Harry died seven months after 
ship was attacked

Three-badge AB Harry Tisson, who died of wounds seven months after HMS Foxglove was attacked off the Isle of Wight.

Three-badge AB Harry Tisson, who died of wounds seven months after HMS Foxglove was attacked off the Isle of Wight.

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Last week I asked if anyone knew of several men who died, but who were not named after HMS Foxglove was attacked east of the Isle of Wight on July 9, 1940. Well I think we have found one of them.

Wendy Clements contacted me to say her grandfather ,Harry Tisson, was serving in Foxglove at the time and is buried in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff. She does not know how he ended up there and very little else about Harry.

He died from wounds received on February 16, 1941, seven months after the attack.

In the picture Harry is with his wife Violet Lilian and eldest son Ken. At the time of his death the family lived at Hilsea.

Although he was 45 when he died, I should think the photo was taken when he was 25 to 30.

Looking at his medals, I also think he had served in the latter years of the First World War. He could have joined as a boy at HMS Ganges in 1915 and retired after 22 years’ service.

He could have been recalled at the outbreak of the Second World War and kept his three good conduct badges plus his rank.

This is supposition on my part, but I think I may be near the mark. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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