Thomas Henry Fielder Dampier-Child was a pupil at Oakham School between 1894-1897, when he went to Dartmouth College. He was an Engineer Lieutenant-Commander on HMS Opal and drowned when his ship ran ashore in very severe weather on 12 January 1918. A snowstorm meant Opal and another destroyer, HMS Narborough, lost visibility off South Ronaldsay, Orkney, and smashed into the cliffs. There was only one survivor. 95 men died on HMS Opal and 93 on HMS Narborough. Thomas was the son of Richard and Mary Dampier-Child of Sandown, Isle of Wight and the husband of Isabel A F Dampier-Child. He is remembered on Panel 28 of the Portsmouth Memorial and in Oakham School Chapel.
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