Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Leading Seaman William McMillan. S.S "Henry R James"

NAME; McMillan, William
RANK; Leading Seaman
SERV. NO; 2855C
UNIT/SERVICE; Royal Navy Reserve
REGIMENT; S.S “Henry R James”
BORN; Carrickfergus 1878
LIVED; Carrickfergus
FATE; Died at Sea 16th July 1917 aged 39
CEMETERY; Body never recovered
CHURCH; Unknown
MEMORIAL; Portsmouth Naval Memorial – Panel 27
REMARKS; Son of Annie M McMillan of Schomberg Street, Carrickfergus and husband of Sarah McMillan - William was lost at sea on board S.S "Henry R James" on 16th July 1917 following a torpedo attack by German submarine UC-48 captained by Kurt Ramien.  The Henry R James was on a voyage from Bilbao via Brest to Middlesbourogh with a large cargo of iron ore when it was sunk 10 miles east by north of Ile de Batz (Brittany) France.  The cargo of iron ore made the ship particularly heavy and when struck by the torpedo it would have sunk in a matter of a few minutes, in all 24 men were lost on board.  

Steamer Henry R James

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