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Name James Henry Bulmer
Nick Name Jim
Last Known Address Hendon, Sunderland.
Family Circumstances Married to Agnes Leonora Bulmer with one daughter.

Unit of Service Royal Navy HMS VERVAIN   (K190)
Number and Rank P/SSX 24450 Able Seaman
Date & Place of Death 20th February 1945 Atlantic Ocean 25 miles south east of Dungarvan, Southern Ireland.
Grave Location
(if known)
Buried at Sea
Where Commemorated
(if known)

Portsmouth Royal Naval Cemetery. 


Details of any Medals, conflict

James was on various duties on HMS VERVAIN, his wife would have been more than likely entitled to receive the following medals as his next of kin.

James may have been entitled to more than shown below but we are unable to verify his complete service.


           Defence Medal                        1939 - 1945 Star            1939 - 1945 War Medal              The Atlantic Star



Other general information. online links, images etc.

James was born on 5th July 1920. His parents were James Henry Bulmer and Elizabeth Robson Bulmer (Nee Scott).

James and his brother Thomas were brought up on The Sunderland Boys Orphange after their father died. He joined the Royal Navy and married his wife Agnes. When James was killed he had a one year old daughter called Nora. Thomas went on to join the army and you can read about Thomas by clicking this link. Thomas Bulmer


Below is the central record of James Birth

approxiamately half way down the right hand column.



Below is a picture of James and his brother Thomas at The Orphanage around late 1920's or early 1930's


Below are various picture of James in uniform. James is on the right of the double photograph.






The Commonwealth War Graves Commemoration Certificate.





Below are details of the attack in which James was killed.

(Courstesy of Uboat.net)



HMS Vervain (K 190)

British Corvette

We don't have a picture of this vessel at this time.

Name HMS Vervain (K 190)
Type: Corvette (Flower)
Tonnage 925 tons
Completed 1941 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
Owner The Admiralty 
Homeport Portsmouth
Date of attack 20 Feb 1945 Nationality:      British
Fate Sunk by U-1276 (Karl-Heinz Wendt)
Position 51° 47'N, 7° 06'W - Grid AM 89
Complement 96 officers and men (60 dead and 36 survivors).
Convoy HX-337
History Laid down as HMS Broom (K 190), commissioned in June 1941 as HMS Vervain (K 190)
Notes on event

At 11.49 hours on 20 February 1945 HMS Vervain (K 190) (T/A/LtCdr R.A. Howell, RNVR) was hit on starboard side by a torpedo from U-1276 while escorting convoy HX-337 and sank at 12.12 hours about 25 miles south-east of Dungarvan, Ireland. The commander, three officers and 56 ratings were lost. The U-boat was sunk after this attack by HMS Amethyst (U 16) (LtCdr N. Scott-Elliot, DSC, RN) from the same convoy. Three officers and 33 ratings were rescued by the British rescue ship Bury, assisted by a whaler from HMS Geranium (K 16) (T/Lt C. Blackshaw, RNVR) which had swapped her position in the escort screen with HMS Vervain only 10 minutes before the attack.



The The War Department recording of James Death.

(5th entry down).



The Central Register of his death and the record of the commemortive panel he is remembered on. .

(second column 7th entry down).




The memorial at The Royal Naval Cemetary in Portsmouth where James is commemorated.











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