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Rank:Able Seaman
Service No:D/JX 193660
Date of Death:10/09/1943
Service:Royal Navy
Vessel:HMS Abdiel
Plymouth Naval Memorial
Panel Reference:Panel 79,Column 1

HMS Abdiel

Kenneth Butterworth was born in Royton in 1918 to parents George & Agnes. He had older siblings Lena & Albert who appear on the 1911 census. Other possible siblings are Jim,Ethel,Harriet,Henry&Thomas. Please contact if you have any further details.
Kenneth served on the HMS Abdiel, a fast minelayer. Her speed also meant she was also used as a fast troop transport.
On September 8th 1943 the Italian surrender was announced, that same day the Abdiel was sent to take paratroops to the port of Taranto. Just hours before she got there on the 9th, two German torpedo boats - the S-54 & S-61 left the harbour but not before laying mines on the way out. Shortly after midnight, two of these mines detonated beneath Abdiel and the minelayer sank in three minutes with great loss of life among both sailors and soldiers.The Airborne Division lost 58 dead and around 150 injured and 48 ship's crew were lost,including Kenneth Butterworth. There are controversial,unconfirmed, reports that the ship's degaussing equipment had been turned off to reduce noise and to allow troops to sleep better.
Those from the crew of the Abdiel who died were:

ALINGTON RUPERT Lieut-Commander from Lincolnshire                        
BARFIELD JOHN 19 Ordinary Coder D/JX 356564 from Ilford                         
BARNACLE JOHN 43 Gunner from Saltash                                        
BIDDER WALTER 20 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 144896 from Devon  
BOOTH MICHAEL Sub-Lieutenant                                                                              
BOVAIRD  WILLIAM 20  Ordinary Seaman C/JX 355227 from Greenock         
BROWN ANTHONY 40  Lieut-Commander from Somerset                                  
CROMIE DAVID 19 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 152720 from Co.Down                    
DABB ROBERT 20 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 152382                                                             
DEAN PETER 19 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 157990 from Shepherds Bush
DENT DIGBY  30 Lieutenant son of Admiral Douglas Dent  
DOOLEY ANDREW 30 Petty Officer Steward DLX21235 from Co.Kildare                 
EDWARDS ALEC 28 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 84482  from Brixham                         
FISHER  WILLIAM 21 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 119571                             
FLETCHER JOSEPH  19 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 147788                                                        
FORSYTH  JAMES 44 Engine Room Artificer 1st Class D/X.425EC from Gateshead
GLEN ROBERTSON  27  Petty Officer Cook  D/MX 52682 from Plymouth
HARRIS  NORMAN  Able Seaman D/SSX 17237 from Belfast                            
HARRISON JOSEPH  23 Able Seaman D/JX 348123 from Derbyshire
HUMPHRIES CYRIL 32 Leading Writer D/MX 86612 from Somerset                
HUTCHINSON  HUGH 42  Able Seaman  D/J 83090 from Belfast
KIDD ERNEST Stoker 1st Class D/KX 83519                                                                
KNIGHT NORMAN  30  Petty Officer Writer D/MX 74548 from South Africa         
LE-MAITRE PERCY 23 Able Seaman D/JX 356117 from Thornton Heath
McDONALD WILLIAM Able Seaman D/JX 303393                                                                 
MEEK JOHN 28 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 123562 from Rhondda                            
MELTHAM  WILLIAM  24  Able Seaman D/JX 168455 from Heckmondwike
MILLER GEORGE  26 Leading Steward  D/LX 24096 from Lincoln                   
MITCHELL DAVID 19  Able Seaman D/JX 348150 from Edinburgh
OAKFORD ERIC 20  Able Seaman D/JX348092 from Wiltshire
OATES WILLIAM 23 Petty Officer D/JX 148880 from Devon                          
PARRY OWEN  21 Stoker 1st Class D/KX 138899 from Merionethshire               
PRINCE LEONARD Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 108178                                                             
RICHARDS CHRISTOPHER 30 Leading Steward D/LX 25070 from Tintagel
SEDDON EDWARD  21 Ordinary Seaman P/JX 416186 from Lancashire
SHEPHERD DONALD 21 Able Seaman D/JX 303831 from Heywood 
SKINNER RAYMOND 24  Petty Officer D/JX 143479 from Glamorgan
SPARKS  WILLIAM  43  Stoker 1st Class D/SS 125129                                                        
STEVENS JOHN  41 Able Seaman D/JX 199773                                       
THOMAS GEORGE  20  Steward  D/LX 25373 from Plymouth              
THOMAS MYRDDYN  34  Coder P/JX 293881 from Lee,London  
TOMS STANLEY 23  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 61468 from Plymouth
TRAVIS DAVID 27 Leading Signalman D/JX 136008 from Edinburgh                    
TRUMBLE  JAMES Petty Officer Radio Mechanic P/MX 116328                                                    
WESTRAY  JAMES Able Seaman D/KX 80843                                                                      
WIGHT HARRY 23 Able Seaman D/JX 187694  

If you know of an accurate casualty list for the soldiers who died on board then please do get in touch.