HMS Puckeridge

During WWII the village was privileged to share its name with HMS Puckeridge, a Hunt Class, Type 2, Destroyer;  built by J S White at Cowes, and launched in 1941.   Sadly, she was sunk by two torpedoes from an enemy submarine, U617, in the western Mediterranean, about 40 miles west of Gibralter, on 6 September 1943 with a loss of 62 lives.  The U Boat was itself sunk by RAF action 6 days later.

The villagers raised £800,000 to provide another 4 destroyers to the war effort.

Reproduced by kind permission of Phillip Vanderwarker from Puckeridge – A Potted Collection of Historical Whimsy

On 8 September, 2003 a 60th Anniversary Commemoration Service was held to honour members of the ship’s company who lost their lives when the ship was sunk.

North East Herts MP Oliver Heald read the lesson during the service which was attended by five survivors. Members of the Royal Naval Association, British Legion and members of the Puckeridge and Standon community also attended the service conducted by Reverend David Humphrey.