Gunner Herbert Dash, second son of Walter and Elizabeth (nee Bester) Dash of Malton, Meldreth, was one of those lost when HMS Black Prince was sunk in the naval battle off Jutland. All 789 hands on board died when the cruiser sank. News of his death on 31st May 1916 was carried in an article in the Royston Crow of the same date.
Herbert Dash was just 24 years of age when he died and had been in the Royal Navy since he was 15. After his death his commanding officer wrote that he was devoted to his work as a gunner and showed great promise in this important branch of the service. He had been serving on HMS Hampshire, the ship which went down with Lord Kitchener, before being transferred to the Black Prince.
Mr and Mrs Dash had one other son in the Navy and three in the Army.
An 'In Memoriam' notice which appeared in the local paper on 16th June 1916 read as follows:
Dash - On 31st May in the naval battle off Jutland, Herbert, the dearly loved son of Mr and Mrs Dash, Malton, Meldreth. To his memory "Glory, honour and love".
For more information, please see the Meldreth Local History Group's website: http://www.meldrethhistory.org.uk/page/herbert_dash?path=0p4p24p109p