View Full Version : Sad, last survivor of HMS Hood passed on this week

10-11-2008, 05:06 PM
I was just catching up with the newspaper and read this.

Here is the BBC story about it :


10-11-2008, 05:38 PM
That's very sad news to hear http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

RIP Mr Briggs http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

I wonder how many survivors of the Bismarck are still alive to this day...

10-11-2008, 05:41 PM
Nice post. I'd seen Mr. Briggs on several documentaries. If I recall correctly, as the ship was sinking, he was ordered by the officer in his compartment to abandon ship. He started to leave the compartment, and stopped to let the officer exit first, but the officer ushered him out of the compartment first. As he was just getting through the hatch, the ship went down, and he was the only one to make it out alive from that compartment. Had the officer stepped out first, Mr. Briggs would not have been one of the three survivors.

Very sad post, but it is good that he is remembered.


10-11-2008, 10:39 PM
R.I.P. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

10-12-2008, 03:02 AM
Mr Briggs had a short appearance in this part of a great Bismarck documentary ive posted in another thread recently.

Bismarck decisive battles Part 3 of 5 (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cb8_1200191977)

Just enter "Bismarck decisive" into the search box to find all parts of this documentary http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

10-12-2008, 03:06 AM
Rest in peace, Mr. Briggs.

10-12-2008, 09:13 AM
What tragic memories he must have lived with over the last 67 years, since surviving the sinking of the Hood.

Rest in peace, old sailor.