Jan ten Klooster

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Mike L, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    I wonder if any of our genealogists would be able to find the family of Jan ten Klooster?

    He was the Captain of the Dutch vessel SS Costa Rica, sunk off the coast of Greece in 1941.
    Couple of links from a quick Google search:



    I don't want to contact any relatives directly as yet but possible contact details would be helpful.

    Thanks in anticipation.
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-Current about Jan Ten Klooster
    Name: Jan Ten Klooster
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 16 feb 1883
    Birth Place: De Huizen (Hoogeveen)
    Death Date: 26 mei 1941 (26 May 1941)
    Death Place: Rode Zee
    Death Age: 58
    Father: Jan Ten Klooster
    Spouse: Hjördis Thoresen
    Mother: Trijntje Ages van der Meulen
    Children: Jan Samuel Carl Ten Klooster
    URL: http://www.genealogieonline.nl...

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Mike

    I have also come across this information that may be useful - it may need one of our Dutch members to translate, or if not I have a Dutch friend who could do it, and he is also into genealogy, so may be able to help out finding relatives, if you need.

    http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-van-bommel/I3416.php - hope it opens for you

  4. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Cheers for that TD, brilliant!

    Unfortunately, if that tree is complete, it appears that the only son died in 1983.
    I guess there could be some other relatives around though.

    I don't know if you read all the info in the earlier posts but when Costa Rica was sunk she had 2600 Allied troops on board, just evacuated from Greece. Three RN destroyers managed to get them all off, and the crew, before she finally went down. Ten Klooster was subsequently awarded a British DSC but unfortunately died before it could be presented.

    By a strange co-incidence the crews of the LCTs that picked up many troops from the Greek coast had sailed from Glasgow to Egypt on board Costa Rica as part of convoy WS5. The landing craft Officers often dined with Ten Klooster during the voyage and they regarded him very highly. The night before arrival in Egypt they had something of a party on board and a veteran landing craft Officer still has a copy of the menu for that party.

    This all came to light when helping to research the book in my signature and two chapters are devoted to the convoy and the loss of Costa Rica. I would like to let any surviving family members have a free copy of the book.

    Some photos of Ten Klooster, and his dog, Costa:

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