ISLAND MEN LOST IN NAVAL MISHAP
Two Cowes men are believed drowned by the sinking of one of H.M. patrol ships on Sunday. One is Mr Willett Moores, second son of the late Mr Charles
Moores and of Mrs Moores, of Eldebaran, Beckford-road, and brother of Mr F R Moores, a well known Cowes footballer. The deceased who was a chef,
was 46, a widower, with one daughter, and a popular member of Cowes Conservative Club. A message of sympathy has been received by the mother
from the King and Queen. The other man is Harry Moth, a fireman, youngest son of Mr and Mrs G Moth of 4 Victoria Cottages, Brunswick-road,
whose wife and child live at 1 Mary-street, Cowes. He was 27 and was in the employ of Messr J S White and Co before the war. Asst-Paymaster F H Bacon, the
secretary of the Hants Cricket Club, who has been drowned, was serving on the same ship. Two Freshwater men were among the lost, viz. Edward John
Pritchard, a greaser, single, aged 43, only son of the late Mr and Mrs W Pritchard, formerly well known Freshwater people, and a brother of Miss N Pritchard
of Queen's-road, and Keith Kenneth Ayles, 31, youngest son of Mr and Mrs G Ayles, of Cambridge House, Church-place, a stoker. Pritchards's body
has been brought home for burial, the interment taking place, with naval honours, at All Saints' on Thursday. The rector (the Rev A J Robertson) officiated.
Totland Coastguards acted as bearers. Deceased has acted as an auxiliary postman, and several postmen attended, representatives of Court Yar A.O.F.
and Mr A Lowe of Yarmouth, a former shipmate.
The headstone of Frederick Pritchard, which also carries a memorial inscription to Keith Ayles