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.
He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Chatham Naval Memorial.
- ↑ Green, Geoffrey (2007), England expects ...: British Jews under the white ensign from HMS Victory to the loss of HMS Hood in 1941, p. 68, jhse.org. Retrieved 19 Octobr 2012.
- Stern, William, cwgc.org. Retrieved 19 October 2012.