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.