The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Mansel David

Mansel David served with the Royal Navy and was killed in action when the cruiser HMS Charybdis was sunk off the North coast of Brittany by a an attack from German torpedo boats.

The information on Mansel David has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the South Wales Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameMansel David
Date of Death23rd October 1943
Place of DeathOff the North coast of Britanny
Age at Death22
Unit and RegimentRoyal Navy, HMS Charybdis (cruiser)
RankAble Seaman
Service NumberD⁄JX 168463
Remembrance Grave  WHERE  
MemorialPlymouth Naval Memorial, UK (Panel 79, Column 1.)
NotesSon of William and Sarah Ann David
of Ystradgynlais, Glamorgan

Mansel David
To the left is a photograph of Mansel David, kindly supplied by Timothy, his nephew.
HMS Defiance is the naval training establishment at Saltash, Devonsport

Read about the loss of HMS Charybdis at
From Wikipedia, reproduced under the Creative Commons license:-
In late 1943, the British authorities were aware of the approach of the German blockade runner, Münsterland, which was carrying an important cargo of latex and strategic metals. The Germans had a well-rehearsed procedure for escorting such vessels. The British reacted by executing Operation Tunnel, a standard operation whereby available ships would attempt to intercept.

On 21 October 1943, Charybdis and destroyers HMS Grenville, Rocket and four Hunt class destroyers (HMS Limbourne, Wensleydale, Talybont and Stevenstone) intercepted Münsterland off Ushant, Brittany. The force was attacked at night by the German 4th Torpedo Boat Flotilla (five Elbing class torpedo boats), commanded by Franz Kohlauf, which was escorting the blockade runner.

Charybdis was almost immediately torpedoed by the German torpedo boats T-23 under the command of Friedrich-Karl Paul and T-27. HMS Limbourne was also hit during this action and had to be sunk by HMS Rocket. The German force escaped unharmed. Charybdis sank in position 48°59'N 3°39'W Coordinates: 48°59'N 3°39'W, with the loss of 30 officers and 432 ratings just off the North Coast of Brittany.


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