Motor Launches in Dover Straights.

28 May 40. ML916 together with a large number of other vessels from Sheerness was sent to Dunkirk where under heavy air attack she assisted with the evacuation of troops.

DSC, Distinguished Service Cross.

Lt RNVR  George Gordon MacPHERSON, 3 Apr 45. DSC. Minesweeping - DSC awarded for great gallantry and endurance in clearing the estuary of the Scheldt of mines during the period of September to November 1944.

8 November 1944. Fairmile B Motor Launch (HMML 916) was sunk by a mine off Walsoorden, Zeeland, Holland.

ML916 with her sister boat ML906 was laying a smoke screen when she detonated a mine. There were only two survivors. Nineteen of her crew were killed. Six badly burnt bodies were recovered.  

ML.916, ship loss.
(MPK - Missing Presumed Killed)

BUTTERY, John E, Stoker 1c, D/KX 139507, MPK
CURTIS, Dan B, Ty/Act/Sub Lieutenant, RNVR, killed
DOBSON, George, Stoker 1c, C/KX 152552, MPK
FRASER, Donald J, Able Seaman, P/JX 426061, killed
HALLER, Sydney, Able Seaman, D/JX 151027, MPK
HATLIFF, Jack, Petty Officer Motor Mechanic, P/MX 77888, MPK
HOLTOM, George L, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 522657, killed
HOMEWOOD, Royce T, Able Seaman, P/JX 298631, MPK
KINGHAM, Brian A, Telegraphist, C/JX 614937, MPK
LAY, Ernest, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 557641, MPK
MACKINTOSH, Walter, Able Seaman, D/JX 186952, MPK
NEWSON, Frederick G, Ordinary Telegraphist, P/JX 624883, MPK
OAKTON, Thomas M, Act/Leading Seaman, P/SSX 25460, MPK
SCALES, William F, Able Seaman, P/JX 321222, MPK
SCOTT, Edmund, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 545582, MPK
SIDEBOTHAM, Peter M, Ty/Act/Sub Lieutenant, RNVR, MPK
THOMAS, Adrian L, Able Seaman, C/JX 220363, MPK
WARD, Alfred G, Able Seaman, C/JKX 375220, MPK
WOOD, Edward, Able Seaman, C/JX 354280, MPK

OFFICERS on the Navy List Aug 44.

Temp. Lieutenant RNVR. G.G. MacPherson, (In Command) 28 Aug 44 until its sinking on the 8 Nov 1944.
Temp Act. Sub Lieutenant. RNVR. P. M. Sidebottom. 17 Sep 44. Missing presumed killed when ML 916 sunk.


Dutch people laying floral tributes at the graves ​in Holland of some of the crew of the ML916.

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ML 916

Built by:               William Weatherhead, Cockenzi, Scotland.
Commissioned:   16 Sep 1944 
Displacement:     73 Tons.
Length:                 112 Feet.
Width:                   18.25 Feet.
Draught:               3.75 to 4.75 feet.
Engine:                  3 shaft, Hall-Scott petrol motors. B.H.P. 1,800.
Speed:                   25 Knots. (28.76 miles per hour).
Complement:       16 Officers and men.
Armament:            One, 3 pounder gun.
                                Three, 20 mm guns. (1 x 2 and 1 x 1)
                                Fitted to carry 9 moored or 6 ground mines.

 Used for Submarine chasing, air-sea rescue and minelaying.