POW on SS Scillin

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by Cathy Peel, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. Cathy Peel

    Cathy Peel New Member

    I understand my grandfather, Curtis Walker (who was taken prisoner in the fall of Tobruk) was one of the POW being transported from Tripoli to Sicily on SS Scillin when it was torpedoed by the British Sub.
    I can't seem to find his name on any casualty lists, the letter my Nana received regarding his death reads as though it is presumed he was on it. His death is recorded as 14th November 1942 when the ship sank but I was after confirmation.
    Can anyone help me find it please?
    He was a driver in the RASC 8th army, 50th (Northumbrian) division. Service number T/113820.
    many thanks
    Cathy Peel
  2. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Forum.

    Various threads on here refer to the SS Scillin and using the "Search" box top right on the page will list the threads. Post 5 on the linked thread may assist in looking for confirmation, as he was. This was written by the late Brian Sims, or ADM199 on the forum, a very highly regarded member.

    Casualty list and POW list
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Maybe try and obtain a copy of

    Casualties at sea, Mediterranean: SS Scillin [Scillon, Scilion], Italian prisoner of war... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 361/132
    Casualties at sea, Mediterranean: SS Scillin [Scillon, Scilion], Italian prisoner of war transport ship, torpedoed on 14 November 1942
    Date: 1943 Jan 01 - 1945 Dec 31
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: M 227 (45/Gen/7193)
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
    Access conditions: Open on Transfer
    Record opening date: 20 November 2007

    Hopefully it would verify if he was onboard,

    Driver Curtis C Walker (Unknown-1942) - Find A... - he is shown on the memorial so presume his body was never found or recovered

  4. Cathy Peel

    Cathy Peel New Member

    Thank you all, I will look into these.

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