Able Seaman Percy Battrick
Mercantile Marine. SS Normandy
Son of Mrs. Mary Jane Battrick, of 59, Priory
Cottage, Newton Rd., Woolston. Born at Jersey.
Killed in action, aged 22
S.S. "Normandy" (Southampton), 618grt, defensively-armed,
25 January 1918, 8 miles E by N from Cape La Hague, torpedoed without warning
and sunk by submarine, 14 lives lost.
NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post
of Monday 28 January 1918
Jersey Sailor Drowned Through Enemy Action.
All disasters at sea, great or small, usually affect
this Island and by the sinking of a small cargo vessel
by the enemy a few days ago one young Jerseyman has
lost his life and another is seriously ill. Percy Battrick,
who was unfortunately not among the few men of the crew
saved, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs W J Battrick
of First Tower and what makes the case even more tragic
is that on 4 January last he was married to Miss E M
Hearne, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs J Hearne of
St Aubins. The first notification received stated that
the sailor had been drowned, then another telegram stated
that he was thought to be saved but, unfortunately,
later news confirmed the first notification. We tender
the widow and relatives our sincere sympathy.