Boatswain Herbert Pratt

HM Submarine K-13, Royal Navy

Malvern Commemoration: St Matthias Malvern Link,

Burial/Commemoration: Faslane Cemetery

Nature of Death: Died aboard the K-13 in the Gareloch 29/1/1917

Age: 33

Next of Kin: Husband of Amy Pratt (nee Hirts) of Siverdale, Somers Park Avenue and 50 Belmont Road, Gillingham

Previous Employment: Pre-war sailor

Royal Navy


Herbert Pratt, the son of George Pratt, an Excise Officer served in the Royal Navy for some years before the Great War. He married Amy Hirts at St Peter’s Church on 30th March 1907 and at this time gave his occupation as Petty Officer aboard HMS Barfleur. By 1917 he was serving aboard the new, ill-fated K-Class of oil-fired steam submarine, K-13. The after compartments of the vessel, whilst performing a dive test flooded and 31 men lost their lives.

The members of the West of Scotland Branch, the Submariners Association, hold a memorial service every year on the fourth Sunday in January, to those who died onboard the K13.

Herbert Pratt is also commemorated at the Church of the Ascension, Newtown.

Malvern News 17/2/17
David Lutwyche 2004

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