Ross, Ernest

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ERNEST ROSS

SAVED FROM THE WARRIOR
Nottingham Man's Vivid Story of Naval Fight.
SHIP ON FIRE
Fought Three German Battleships in True Nelson Style.

A vivid account of the part played by H.M.S. Warrior in the naval battle off Jutland was related to a "Nottingham Daily Express" representative on Saturday by Able-Seaman Ernest Ross of 105 Abbotsford-street, Nottingham, who returned to his native city the previous night.
"We were ordered to sea" he said, "on the night before the battle. We steamed all the next day and came into action at night.
"We had not been fighting long when the Defence was blown up, and the Black Prince and the Duke of Edinburgh being sent on a special mission, we were left alone to oppose three of the German's latest battleships.
"First of all we engaged a light cruiser, opening fire at a range of 15,000 yards and afterwards closing to within 4800 yards. I was down below, and all I could do was to sit and listen to the shells bursting overhead and our gear falling on to the deck. The starboard engine was broken down, and soon afterwards the other was put out of action, as well as the steering gear.
"After we had been under fire about seventeen minutes the Warspite came up and signalled for us to drop out of the action. The arrival of the Warspite saved us, for she at once received the fire that otherwise we should have got.
"The Warrior was listing heavily to starboard, and the afterpart of the ship was on fire. We succeeded in putting out the fire, and then began bringing up the wounded and the dead. The latter were buried at sea on the following morning.
"Our principal task now was to keep the ship afloat. Everybody, including the stokers and even the commander himself, was at the pumps; but the water gradually rose, and about eight on Thursday morning we signalled to the aeroplane ship Engadine, which had been standing by all night, to come alongside. She did so, and after the wounded had been taken aboard the crew of the Warrior left their ship. The Engadine had towed the Warrior 70 miles - it took about ten hours - when she broke up and sank". (A report published on Saturday stated that it was the Campania, but Ross is sure that it was the Engadine.)
Nottingham Journal 12 June 1916 via Spike Sheldon