S. R. Hospital Ships Lost
Dover Express 7 Jun 1940
The loss of the hospital ship “Maid of Kent” was officially announced in the shipping losses for the week ending May 26th. The “Brighton,” another hospital ship, was sunk by an attack at the same time in Dieppe Harbour. Both are Southern Railway vessels. The “Maid of Kent” was built in 1925 and the “Brighton” in 1933.
The Maid of Kent reached France on its last voyage on Friday, 17 May, and on that night and all through Saturday, when the wounded were aboard, air-raid warnings and all-clear signals alternated.
“We rather tired of them, but it was not until Saturday night that the bombs came,” said Sister P. M. Garrard. On the night before the sisters had orders to leave the ship Sister Garrard played darts in one of the wards with the walking wounded, and after a huge explosion about 9:00 p.m. near the ship (which was not hit) the rest of the night was passed in playing cards and other games, and “waiting for it.” Nottingham Journal 11 Jun 1940.
The Maid of Kent normally carried 70 to 130 stretcher cases, loading up in France in 65 minutes and unloading in 35 minutes.
The Maid of Kent was hit and set on fire on May 21st while in Dieppe Harbour, the Brighton made a run for it, but was holed and ran aground in the channel.
On board the Maid of Kent, was Greaser Barrington Bradish of the Merchant Navy. He was the son of Stephen and Caroline Bradish and the husband of Matilda Bradish of Dover. Matilda was my 3rd cousin 3x removed.
Barrington Bradish had a long history in the Royal Navy had joined at the age of 18 for 12 years. In 1940, at the time of his death, he was in the Merchant Navy. The . Maid of Kent had been requisitioned from the Southern Railway as a hospital ship in Sept 1939.
Royal Navy Register of Barrington Bradish’s Service
Barrington had at least 5 children and had married Matilda Crepin on 23 Jun 1914 at Christ Church in Hougham, Dover, Kent.
Dover Express 21 May 1941
Merchant Seamen Deaths
See Barrington Bradish on Lives of the First World War.
See Barring Bradish on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.