COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
DEBT OF HONOUR REGISTER
In Memory of
CLIFTON JAMES BANKS
H.M.S. Niger, Royal Navy
who died on
Monday 6 July 1942. Age 33.
Additional Information: Son of Frederick Charles and Elizabeth Banks; husband of
Constance Jane Banks, of St. Budeaux, Devon.
Cemetery: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Devon, United Kingdom
Grave or Reference: Panel 63, Column 2
The Memorial is situated centrally on The Hoe which looks directly
towards Plymouth Sound. It is accessible at all times.
NIGER sailed for the UK with Convoy QP13 (35 ships), leaving Murmansk on 27 June as S.O. escort, which by an error of navigation caused by the bad weather, strayed into an allied minefield off Iceland and at 2240hrs. on 5 July 1942 NIGER blew up and sank in position 66.55N, 22.20W. Fog had reduced visibility to 500 yards but HUSSAR eventually obtained a shore fix and led the remaining ships of the convoy (four had been sunk by mines) out of the minefield and reached Reykjavik on 7 July.
The Commanding Officer, 8 officers and 140 ratings perished when NIGER sank; the large casualty list is probably explained by the fact that the ship was carrying naval passengers home from North Russia.
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