Merchant Navy War Grave Photos for reference

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  1. Billy McGee

    Billy McGee Senior Member

    OTWAY, Ordinary Seaman, JAMES HERBERT, S.S. Rotorua (Plymouth). Merchant Navy. 11th December 1940. Age 18. Son of Frederick Robert and Kathleen Otway; nephew of Celia A. Smith, of Sedgeford, Norfolk. Buried Sandwick Cemetery. Sec. M. Grave 2969.


    Passenger cargo ship Rotorua, 11,911grt, (New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd) had sailed from Lyttelton, New Zealand with a general cargo including foodstuffs and twenty-seven service personnel for Avonmouth and made for Halifax, Nova Scotia via Panama. The ship then joined up with the 24 ship Convoy HX-92, sailing as the Convoy Commodore ship on the 29th November 1940. On the 11th December 100 miles West of St. Kilda U-96 attacks the convoy and the Rotorua was hit by a single torpedo and sank by the stern in twenty minutes taking the ships Master, Convoy Commodore, fourteeen crew, two DEMS gunners and three service personnel with her. The U-boat then surfaced and took two of her crew prisoner before leaving to attack the convoy once again, sinking a further three ships over the next two days. The survivors in a number of lifeboats were sighted the following day by a Sunderland flying boat and were eventually picked up by three Naval Trawlers and landed at Stornoway along with the body of one crew member.
     

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  2. Billy McGee

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    RIDLEY, Chief Engineer Officer, JOHN GARBUTT, S.S. Corfen (London). Merchant Navy. 4th January 1942. Age 49. Son of James and Eleanor Ridley, of South Shields; husband of Irene Ridley, of South Shields. Buried South Shields (Harton) Cemetery. Sec. J. Grave 7298.

    Cargo ship Corfen, 1,848grt, (W. Cory & Son) had loaded a cargo of coal at Sunderland for London and joined up with the five ship coastal Convoy FS-688, which sailed from Methil on the 1st January 1942. On the 3rd January whilst entering the Thames Estuary the Corfen detonated a mine. After being abandoned the ship was taken in tow, but eventually capsized and sank. The twenty-two man crew were picked up and the wounded Chief Engineer was taken to hospital at Dovercourt, but died later from his wounds.
     

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  3. AndyBaldEagle

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    It would appear that I have posted some MN casualties on the wrong thread(sorry!)- my excuse it was early Sunday morning!

    More to follow from my collection of photographs.

    Andy
     
  4. AndyBaldEagle

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    Ramsey (Parkeston) Cemetery

    CWGC :: Casualty Details
    Note the difference in spelling between the headstone and listing!
     

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    Southend on Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery

    Non CGWG Headstone
     

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    Unknown Merchant Navy Seaman, headstone next to that of Siilor Swaisland, and bearing the same date of death.
     

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  19. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Greaser CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH O'CONNOR

    S.S. Stockport (Grimsby)., Merchant Navy
    who died age 25
    on 18 July 1941

    Remembered with honour
    KENSAL GREEN (ST. MARY'S) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY
     

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    Second Engineer Officer RALPH BIRLISON

    S.S. Marwarri (Liverpool), Merchant Navy
    who died age 43
    on 05 October 1939
    Husband of Wilhelmina Alberta Birlison, of Sunderland.
    Remembered with honour
    SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
     

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