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Huddersfield Examiner 21 October 1939, page 7:
LOST IN ROYAL OAK
Twenty-year-old Huddersfield Marine
A Huddersfield man was lost in the sinking of the Royal Oak. Fred B. Senior, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Senior, of 18, Prospect Street, was a marine on board.
He was a fine young fellow, 5ft. l0 ½in. in height, and was only twenty years of age.
He joined the Navy nearly two years ago, and was transferred to the Royal Oak last June. In the Navy he was very happy — all his letters home bore testimony to that. His mother heard from him only on the 10th.
For his age he had quite a long association with His Majesty’s forces, for he was no more than a boy of about fifteen when he joined the local Territorials.
Mr. and Mrs. Senior have a family of five. Fred was the elder of the two boys. He was educated at Spring Grove School, and was attached formerly to High Street Methodist Sunday School.
An Uppermill Victim
An eighteen-year-old Uppermill youth, James Richard Griffiths, also lost his life in the sinking of the battleship.
The youth joined the Royal Navy nearly two years ago. He was at H.M.S. Ganges School at Shotley, and then at Portsmouth with H.M.S. Hawkins. Later he was transferred to the Royal Oak, and went to that ship from Uppermill on June 1, which was the last his father saw of him. He was educated at the Saddleworth Parochial School, Uppermill.
The Saddleworth Housing Committee on Monday evening passed a resolution of sympathy with the father, Mr. Fred Griffiths, of New Street, Uppermill.