Albert Edward

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Albert Edward Pryke Briggs was born in Redcar, England back in 1923. When he was 12 he saw the HMS Hood anchored off the River Tees. He volunteered to join the Royal Navy the next day. he was told he couldn’t join until he was 15, just one week after turning 15 he joined the Royal Navy. He was trained on the HMS Ganges for 16 months before being transferred to the HMS Hood.

Of course, you know his ship was dispatched to intercept the German battleship Bismark in the Denmark Straits. He was assigned to the HMS Hilary which was used to assist the landing for the D-Day invasion. He served in the Royal Navy until 1973. His total service was 35 years. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant and died in 2008 at 85.

What you may not know about Albert is that he was one of only three men to survive the sinking of the Hood. He joined the HMS Hood Association as one of its youngest member being elected as its first President. I would tell you about all of his awards and medals, but that will take another blog, one of these days.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. One of three survivors, simply amazing! And, now I know! Enjoy your day!

Apr 07, 2019 03:50 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

You can say he understood his passion and lived it to the fullest.

Apr 07, 2019 04:31 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a very small association and that would be an experience one would never get over.

Apr 07, 2019 04:46 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Some folks are born with an extraordinary destiny on the horizon, James.  And, Albert Briggs had the drive to pump it up a notch.

Apr 07, 2019 05:00 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Remarkable to survive that sinking and so many other ships on both sides losing so many sailor's!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 07, 2019 05:05 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. It is powerful to know so young what you want to do and then being able to do it.

Apr 07, 2019 05:09 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James- - -as has been previously mentioned, his passion mustchave played a large role in his life.

Apr 07, 2019 05:09 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a very driven man that started as young as he could and made the best of it.

Apr 07, 2019 06:24 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - He has to be one of those men referred to by Churchill as having so many benefiting from so few.

Apr 07, 2019 06:40 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an incredible story, and I cannot believe that at 15 he was SO mature.  Fun story for a Sunday morning. A

Apr 07, 2019 07:05 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, I guess I did not know how many Navy guys made it out on the hood.  

Apr 07, 2019 08:17 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Our submarine reunion is much the same way when the oldest in their 90s and the youngest is 58. We get together every other year and tell Sea stories until we all pack up and go home.  The numbers have dropped dramatically since I started attending about 12 years ago. But for that short time I’m in my early 20s again and the stories just keep getting better and better James Dray .

Apr 07, 2019 09:03 AM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Albert knew what he wanted to do and he made it happen. His bravery and service is a lesson to us all.

Apr 07, 2019 02:46 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what a determined young man!!!!!   Have a wonderful week. 

Apr 07, 2019 06:04 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow, as I read your post I keep thinking so glad I was in the Army:) seriously that is amazing to survive...someone was looking over him:)Endre

Apr 07, 2019 11:28 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That's a pretty amazing survival story! Thanks for the history lesson.


Apr 08, 2019 10:06 AM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi James, nice to hear he was one of the 3 survivors/over 1400 men on the HOOD.  I went to Google as I recall the catchy song of Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks (Universal Music Publ) :

                                              Sink the Bismarck

In May of 1941, the war had just begun,
The Germans had the biggest ship, they had the biggest guns
The Bismarck was the fastest ship that ever sailed the Seas
On her decks were guns as big as steers and shells as big as trees.

Out of the cold and foggy night came the British ship, The HOOD
And every British seaman, he knew and understood. 
They had to sink the Bismarck, the terror of the sea
Stop those guns as big as steers and those shells as big as trees...

The HOOD found the Bismarck and on that fatal day
The Bismarck started firin' fifteen miles away 
We gotta sink the Bismarck was the battle sound
But when the smoke had cleared away, the mighty HOOD went down...

For six long days and weary nights they tried to find her trail
Churchill told the people, "Put ev'ry ship a-sail."
'Cause somewhere on that ocean I know she's gotta be -
We gotta sink the Bismarck to the bottom of the Sea.

The fog was gone on the seventh day and they saw the mornin' sun,
Ten hours away from homeland, The Bismarck made its' run.
The admiral of the British fleet said, "Turn those bows around."
We found that German battleship and we're gonna cut her down.

The British guns were aimed and the shells were comin fast
The first shell hit the Bismarck, they knew she couldn't last
That mighty German battleship is just a memory,
"Sink the Bismarck" was the battle cry that shook the seven seas.

                 We found that German battleship was makin' such a fuss,
                 We had to sink the Bismarck 'cause the world depends on us -
                 We hit the decks a-runnin' and we spun those guns around
                 Yeah, we found the mighty Bismarck and then we cut her down

Thank you,  James.  I took a little break from work and time to sing an old
song and you know what  -  I have a big 'SMILE."               

Apr 08, 2019 02:10 PM #17
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

The ship was the Bismark James Dray , not the Mismark. I can thank Johnny Horton for that lesson.

 Sink the Bismarck

Apr 09, 2019 06:30 AM #18
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