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S.S.Heatherside


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Would any one have information on S .S Heatherside .My grandmothers brother was killed when it was torpedoed. His date of death is 24/8/1917. His name was John Mckenzie and was in the Merchant Navy . I wonder where it was heading and where it sank if it did ? Thankyou . Dave and Teresa :rolleyes:

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The Heatherside was built by Short Brothers for the Charlton Steamship Company in 1909.

Whilst on a voyage from Milford Haven to Malta with a cargo of coal, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U93 in the Atlantic, on August 25th 1917. Twenty- seven men, including the captain, were killed.

The source for this is Dictionary of Disasters at Sea. I note that this gives a days difference in the sinking, but your date is confirmed by the Times Diary and Index of the War 1914-18.

Terry Reeves

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:) Thankyou Terry and Michael for your information ,John Mckenzie is commemerated on the Tower Hill Monument in London. Its good to know where he actually died . Thankyou again Dave and Teresa :)
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