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ric Oloff De Wet, D.S.C.

Sub-Lieutenant Eric Oloff De Wet, D.S.C.
Royal Navy. HMS Narborough

Mentioned in Despatches

Distinguished Service Cross
1914-15 Star

Son of Thomas Oloff de Wet, C.B.E., Capt. R.N. (Retd.) and Elizabeth de Wet (nee Bradstreet), of Le Colombia Manor, Jersey. Served in H.M.S. "Queen" on staff of Admiral Mark Kerr.

Reported drowned, aged 20 years

He was born on February, 28, 1897 and was the oldest of 3 boys and 2 girls

Lost on HMS Narborough together with their sister destroyer HMS Opal in a storm on the Pentland Skerries. There was only 1 survivor out of a compliment of 160 on both ships.

Admiral Mark EF Kerr CB,CVO wrote to his parents "Had he survived he would have become the youngest British Admiral" - "Famile de Wet" - HC (Henk) de Wet