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HMS ST. GEORGE Seamen Drownings


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Hello All,

The Information below is relating to a Relative Thomas Cochrane. Would anyone be able to find out for me any details of what actually happened in this Accident when he and others Drowned Please?

Thanks in advance,


Thomas Cochrane

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Birth Date: 18 Feb 1896

Birth Place: Belfast

Branch of Service: Royal Navy

Cause of Death: Killed or died by means other than disease, accident or enemy action

Official Number Port Division: S.S.5098. (Ch)

Death Date: 12 Nov 1915

Ship or Unit: HMS St George

Location of Grave: Not recorded

Name and Address of Cemetery: City Cemetery, Belfast, Ireland

Relatives Notified and Address: Mother: Elizabeth 23 Fleet Street, Belfast

Names of sailors who died in accident, H.M.S.St George, depot ship, ex-cruiser, all drowned

COCHRANE, Thomas, Ordinary Seaman, SS 5098, St George, 12 November 1915, accident

SMART, William J, Stoker 1c, K 6321 (Ch), St George, 12 November 1915, accident

Holmes Arthur J. Ordinary Seaman Royal Navy H.M.S. "St. George." Service No: J/38543

Date of Death: 12th November 1915 Aged 19 years, accident, Son of James Holmes, of 22 Grafton Place Leicester.

Memorial Reference: T. "U." 1439. Leicester (Welford Road) Cemetery

H.M.S. St George

HMS St George was a Depot Ship for the 9th Destroyer Flotilla at Chatham and in the Firth of Forth 1913-14, then as an Auxiliary Patrol Depot Ship in the Tyne Aug-Nov 1914 and Depot Ship for the 7th Destroyer Flotilla in the Humber Nov 1914 to Apr 1915. Auxiliary Patrol Depot Ship at Immingham May to Nov 1915. Depot ships were harbour-based and provided facilities to the vessels of its Auxiliary Patrol, flotilla etc - a power plant, workshops, stores etc - when they were in port. These depot ships were usually out of date warships, saved from scrap, converted for the purpose and probably never went to sea in anger again.

All the Best


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