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At around 7pm, HMS Shark suffered its final torpedo attack and sank beneath the waves. Two of its crew helped the captain onto a raft, made up of barrels lashed together, which drifted within sight of two other rafts full of survivors. Although many of them were wounded, they took up a song, Nearer, my God, to Thee , as they floated in the water.
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The injuries Captain Jones had received were too severe and he soon died from blood loss and exhaustion. Of his ship's crew, only seven were rescued, by a Danish steamer at around midnight. One man died on the way back to Britain, so only six survivors of the Shark 's ordeal eventually landed at Hull. After Loftus Jones's death at Jutland, his brave leadership in the battle was picked up and reported by the British press, and he was Mentioned in Despatches. But it was only after his widow carried out an investigation into his final hours that he was finally recommended for a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Margaret Jones interviewed members of the Shark 's crew that were with her husband as he worked to defend his ship. She then used their testimonies to write a report, which was sent to the Admiralty.
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After the war, she took their daughter, Linnette, to visit Loftus Jones's grave in Sweden. The award was acquired by the Lord Ashcroft Collection in Tuesday 29 May Jones, though mortally wounded, encouraged his men to the last and only left his ship when it was beyond saving. See object record. Jones took charge of HMS Linnet in Damage caused to the German Destroyer D. Related content.
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