229552 Cadet Radio Officer Frederick William Woodley of the Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy), H.M.S. Malvernian, Son of William and Eva Woodley of Sidmouth. Born in the March Quarter of 1924. Died 1 July 1941 aged 17. After his death his mother presented a Bible to the Sidmouth Junction Chapel in his memory.
Remembered with honour on the Liverpool Naval Memorial
Frederick went to sea in the Malvernian, but his ship was shelled and hit just in the position where he was working, possibly in the radio cabin. After the explosion the crew were unable to find his remains, He was possibly blown to pieces without trace but was not the only man on the ship to be killed - 2nd Radio Officer Robert Starling also "disappeared" in the blast. The badly damaged vessel then drifted off Spain for some days during which some 55 of the crew (including the captain) managed to use the boats to reach Corunna but the remainder were captured by German mine sweepers, taken from their boats and sent to POW camps in Germany, The Malvernian was finally sunk by German aircraft on July 19th 1941 without loss of life.