Ordinary Signalman Richard Curry was the son of Thomas & Mary Curry, Coagh, Co. Tyrone. He was serving on board HMS Jervis Bay. On 5th November 1940 HMS Jervis Bay was acting as sole escort for a freighter convoy when it was engaged by the German pocket Battle Ship “Admiral Scheer”. To protect the convoy, HMS Jervis Bay ordered the convoy to scatter and attacked the Admiral Scheer alone. This gallant but unequal action which lasted for 24 minutes resulted in the loss of HMS Jervis Bay and the deaths of her Captain and 198 of her crew including Richard Curry (aged 19).
From the Brompton Barracks Chatham - At the traffic signals turn right onto Globe Lane - A231 (signposted 'Historic Dockyards'). Keep in left hand lane then turn left onto Dock Road (signposted Gillingham). At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Wood Street - A231 (signposted Gillingham). Turn Right on Mansion Row (The memorial is signposted from here), then 1st left on Sally Port Gardens and finally 1st right on King's Bastion. Follow road through the housing estate, the car park to the memorial is at the end of this road. The Memorial overlooks the town of Chatham and is approached by a steep path from the Town Hall Gardens. A copy of the Memorial Register is kept in the Naval Chapel of Brompton Garrison Church and may be consulted there.