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Upper Fahan (St Mura's) C of I Churchyard, Ireland

Upper Fahan (St Mura's) C of I Churchyard, Ireland

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Frank Tardivel

Petty Officer Stoker Frank Tardivel
Royal Navy. H.M.S."Laurentic"

1914-15 Star

Son of French born François Tardivel of St Peter's, Jersey. Husband of Emma E Tardivel (nee Rive) of St Aubins, Jersey. Resident of Guernsey

Killed in action, aged 40 years

Medal Entitlement

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Messina Earthquake 1908 – HMS EURYALUS

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 17 March 1917

Roll of Honour. Particulars have just come to hand regarding Petty Officer Frank Tardivel, who we stated a few days had been drowned when the Laurentic was sunk off the coast of Ireland. The deceased sailor was 40 and a native of St Peters. He joined the Royal Navy in 1895 and this would have completed 22 years service. He had seen considerable service abroad, notably in China, Japan and the West Indies, in addition to the Long Service and Good Conduct Medals he wore the medal awarded by the King of Italy for services rendered during the Messina earthquake in 1908. Shortly before the outbreak of war the Petty Officer had been stationed at Clovelley as Coastguard and was called up to service in the South Atlantic. He later took part in the bombardment of the Dardanelles and he arrived in England just in time to be sent to Ireland to help in the quelling of the insurrection. Much sympathy will be felt for Mrs Tardivel and her daughter, the widow is the youngest daughter of Mr J P Rive, formerly of St Ouens and now of St Aubins. The body, it is a melancholy satisfaction to know, was recovered from the sea and buried in Ireland.

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 10 February 1917

(ex-White Star R.M.S."Laurentic")

In 1917, HMS Laurentic was carrying forty-three tons of gold bullion from Great Britain to Canada. On 25th January 1917 Laurentic struck mines and sank within an hour in 40 metres of water, at Lough Swilly in the north of Ireland, with a huge loss of life and all the gold bullion.


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