Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Website
In Memory of
Eric Leonard Hoskins DSM
H.M.S. Martin, Royal Navy
who died on
Tuesday, 10th November 1942. Age 27.
Son of Percy and Margaret Annie Hoskins, of Elham, Kent.
was awarded the DSM for conspicuous bravery under fire whilst operating one of
the guns on HMS Warspite, they were fighting against the Italians during the
Battle of Matapan in March 1941. (Info. from family member
Christine Rawlinson in 2010)
(Info. from family member Christine Rawlinson in 2010)
The Hoskins family lived in a cottage at Standard Hill, Elham.
CHATHAM MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom
The Memorial overlooks the town of Chatham and is approached by a steep path from the
Town Hall Gardens.
Information about HMS Martin
Destroyer of the M class
|Navy:||The Royal Navy|
|Built by:||Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Parsons|
|Laid down:||23 Oct, 1939|
|Launched:||12 Dec, 1940|
|Commissioned:||4 Apr, 1942|
|Lost:||10 Nov, 1942|
|History:||HMS Martin (Cdr. C.R.P. Thomson, DSO, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by the
German submarine U-431
northeast of Algiers, Algeria in position 37.53N, 03.57E. 161 Officers and
men went down with the ship. There 63 survivors.
Hit by U-boat