Secret Capture - search engineering
Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:35 PM
One casualty who's name is not given is remembered by Alfred Mendes, a West Indian lad on the crew of the Borgfred, which joined the convoy from Iceland. He offered the following account in Roskill's book:
"One of them, wrote Mr Mendes, was a young mess-boy from the Bengore Head, and his rescue will always be remembered by me as a classic
example of Norwegian seamanship. We had already taken on board all the survivors we could see, and were moving ahead again, when someone
spotted this boy in the water some way off on our port quarter. Before the Borgfred had lost way again our Bosun, a big Norwegian
whalefisher called Per Strøm, and one or two A.B.s had lowered the small lifeboat, and were on their way to pick him up; but in spite of
all we could do for him the boy died from exposure. His subsequent burial at sea was witnessed by three Captains - our own and the two
we had rescued."
Remarkably, after the Bengore Head and Esmond were sunk by U-110's midday attack, there was only one casualty. Some of this must be due to the well organized rescue ships in the convoy, but it was a lucky escape for the crews. Later sinkings were not so fortunate.
The search engine found the mess-boy:
Name: McCABE, WILLIAM JOHN
Initials: W J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Assistant Steward
Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy
Unit Text: S.S. Bengore Head (Belfast)
Date of Death: 09/05/1941
Additional information: Son of James and Susan McCabe; husband of Margaret McCabe, of Broughshane, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 16.
Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
The total day's casualties for this day is sobering, of 514 UK deaths, 382 were civilians and 16 Merchant Navy. There were also thirty nine Commonwealth casualties.
The WW2 Commonwealth Casualty Search Engine:
"Well, the most important thing that was new was the idea of URI -- or URL. The idea that any piece of information anywhere should have an identifier, which will not only identify it, but allow you to get hold of it. That idea was the basic clue to the universality of the Web. That was the only thing I insisted upon." Tim Berners-Lee.
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