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Remembered Today:

Second Cook Alim Irfan, IMS


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from the CWGC


Nationality: Indian

Rank: Second Cook

Regiment: Indian Merchant Service

Unit Text: S.S. 'CLAN MURRAY' (Glasgow).

Date of Death: 29/05/1917

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Cemetery: BOMBAY 1914-1918 MEMORIAL


Country: India

Locality: unspecified

Location Information: The names of the dead are recorded on eight panels in the entrance hall of the Indian Sailors' Home, and the memorial may be visited by obtaining the key from the Secretary of the Indian Sailors' Home. The main road leading to the Port Area is P.D. Mello Road which runs to the "Gateway of India". The entrance to the Sailors Home is on Thana Street.

Historical Information: THE BOMBAY MEMORIALS. The three Memorials of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham and the Memorial of the Merchant Navy at Tower Hill record the names of those European sailors who met their death in combatant service, or at the hands of the enemy, and whose graves are not known. There remain, however, the sailors of Asiatic or African birth who took the same risks and met the same fate, and for these men two other Memorials at two great Eastern ports have been erected. The names of the Chinese sailors are erected at Hongkong; the Indian, Adenese and East African sailors are commemorated at Bombay, and with them are associated those Indian dead of the Royal Indian Marine who fell in the Great War and whose graves are in Eastern waters. The Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial commemorates more than 2,000 sailors who died in the First World War and have no other grave than the sea. Of 29 Officers and Warrant Officers of the Royal Indian Marine who fell in the War, twenty-three are buried in known graves and the name of one appears on the Basra Memorial. A tablet erected in Bombay (St. Thomas) Cathedral records the names of these dead, and forms a Memorial to the five whose names are given separately under the heading of the Bombay Cathedral Memorial.

No. of Identified Casualties: 2210

[sS Clan Murray; built 1897; 4,835 tons; cargo of wheat; torpedoed and sunk 40 miles west by south of Fastnet, 1917, with the loss of 64 lives.]


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