A very good detailed link about HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne.CLICK HERE
The BBC also have good information about HMS Charybdis. CLICK HERE
Another interesting link from 'The Royal Court of Guernsey' about HMS Charybdis & HMS Limbourne.CLICK HERE
This is a partial colourised photograph of the German funeral salute to the drowned and killed sailors that were on HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne. The funeral took place on November 17th 1943; Both ships were sunk on the 23rd October.
Note the folded Union Flag under the arms of an altar boy (Ernie Baker), his father Ernest T Baker is standing to his right (also an altar boy at St Joseph's Church). Both ran Bakers Bazaar in the Pollet, St Peter Port. Just off the photograph is Canon Hicky who conducted the service.
Could the Union flag that the altar boy is carrying be the actual one that was used to cover the coffin of a sailor from H.M.S. Charybdis and was retrieved by William Henry de Carteret in whose memory it was donated to St Johns Church in Guernsey?
It is believed that this particular image was not used for propaganda purposes in the Guernsey media, as the rifles were not in a straight line and therefore did not show the German forces at their best.
Thanks goes to James Maguire who is Ernie Baker's nephew for giving extra information to this article.
Location: Foulon Cemetery Guernsey