80 years on; the Bridlington Branch of the Royal Naval Association recognises incredible rescue 

Two blue plaques were recently unveiled to remember the two survivors from the SS Lulworth Hill who were rescued by HMS Rapid after surviving for 50 days on a raft.

Colin Armitage and Kenneth Cooke were the only two survivors from the SS Lulworth Hill, they endured some huge challenges including watching the 12 other crew-members die, facing extreme starvation and the raft being circled by sharks.

The SS Lulworth Hill was presumed lost with all hands after it was torpedoed by the Italian Submarine, Leonardo da Vinci on 19th March 1943. It wasn’t until 7 May, HMS Rapid, an R-Class Destroyer, recovered the life raft. Colin and Kenneth were both awarded the Lloyd’s Medal for Bravery at Sea and the George Medal.

Members of Bridlington Royal Naval Association and Bridlington Submariners Association, including Standard Bearers, were at Bridlington Harbour for Kenneth Cook’s plaque unveiling. Some of Kenneth’s relatives were present with one giving a short speech. The plaque was funded by Bridlington Tourism Association.

In a similar ceremony in Hull, relatives of Colin Armitage were present for the unveiling.

Petty Officer Rich Jones, Member of Bridlington RNA said:

“I was working on a book about Bridlington during the Second World War and came across the incredible story of Ken. When I found out Colin was from Hull it seemed fitting put a blue plaque up for each person to honour them in their respective hometowns.  

“Their story is incredible, and I am so proud we were able to remember them in this way.” 

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