ID: OOD_011 / Edwin Sparrow

TitleRaymond William King of Tollesbury
Seaman steward Service No. LT/JX185800
Royal Naval Patrol Service HM Yacht ESSEX MAID

Age 25
Died 2 December 1940
Raymond was wounded and died in Chatham Naval Hospital. He was buried Springfield Holy Trinity Churchyard, Chelmsford.
Commemorated on the Roll of Honour at St Mary's Church, Tollesbury.

Raymond's father owned the outfitters in Tollesbury where the Surgery was built later.

The motor yacht ESSEX MAID was built at Rowhedge Ironworks for John Blott of Witham, launched in April 1939. She came under Royal Navy control in September 1939 and in 1942 she was a harbour defence patrol craft based at Wivenhoe.

ESSEX MAID in the few months when she was in the hands of the Blott family

HM Yacht ESSEX MAID 14 April 1943. Image from Imperial War Museum Copyright IWM (FL 11761)

1939-45 War Star 1939-45 War Medal

1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; 1939-1945 War Medal; Defence Medal

Holy Trinity Church, Springfield, Chelmsford

H.R. King shop in Tollesbury

Photograph 1 of ESSEX MAID is from James Blott, added June 2021.
Photograph 2 of ESSEX MAID is from Imperial War Museum
Photograph of H.R. King shop from Cedric Gurton

The article above is from the Memorial Profile for Raymond King, written by Edwin Sparrow, with some additions. It is similar to the section in On Our Doorstep.

AuthorEdwin Sparrow
SourceMersea Museum