William Stern

Stoker 1st Class William Stern was an English sailor of the Royal Navy who died during the First World War.

He was born on 3 July 1892, at Bishopsgate, London, the son of Jacob Cohen, a waterproofer, and Esther Stern (née Moses). Stern joined the Royal Navy in 1909, on a 12-year commitment.

Stern died on 5 September 1914, when the German U-boat U-21 torpedoed and sunk the scout cruiser HMS Pathfinder, off St. Abbs Head, Scotland, with the loss of 259 crew. The cruiser thus became the first vessel to be sunk by a submarine.[1]

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Chatham Naval Memorial.


  1. Green, Geoffrey (2007), England expects ...: British Jews under the white ensign from HMS Victory to the loss of HMS Hood in 1941, p. 68, Retrieved 19 Octobr 2012.


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