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Wayne Saillard
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Able Seaman J/85973, Giovanni GAUCI was born in June 1899 to Antonio and Vincenza GAUCI. They resided at No. 81, Hamri Street in the village of Ghainsielem on the island of Gozo, Malta.

He was one of just under a thousand Maltese nationals who had lost their lives while serving in the British Armed Forces during the Great War and were once commemorated by name on the Cenotaph located in the town of Floriana, just outside the capital city of Valletta.

His vessel, H.M. Drifter FRIGATE BIRD, was sunk in a collision with the troop transport THESEUS off Marsaxlokk Harbour during the night of 11 March 1918. Both vessels were sailing without lights. Seven men, five of whom were Maltese, from a crew of nine on board FRIGATE BIRD lost their lives that night.

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The other four Maltese nationals who lost their lives in this accident were :

Seaman J/85974, Salvatore GRIMA - age 36

Son of Francesco and Teresa GRIMA. Husband of Angela GRIMA of No. 123 Wardia Street, Qala, Gozo

Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 27

Able Seaman J/85975, Salvatore SANT - age 21

Son of Giuseppe and Carmela SANT of No. 43 Hamri Street, Ghainsielem, Gozo

Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 27

Able Seaman K/50041, Carlo VIDOLICH - age 25

Son of Emmanuele and Maria VIDOLICH. Husband of Emmanuela VIDOLICH of No. 1 St Lawrence Street, Zabbar

Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 28

Able Seaman J/85976, Giuseppe XIBERRAS (served as SCIBERRAS) - age 38

Son of Giovanni and Rosa XIBERRAS. Husband of Maria XIBERRAS of 2, Gharus Street, Xewkija

Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 27

One of the other two casualties was :

Ordinary Telegraphist London/Z/5297, Joseph Henry ARTHUR - age 22

Son of Joseph and Susan Emily ARTHUR of Cadgwith, Ruan Minor, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 31

Perhaps another Forum Member can supply the details of the missing casualty.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

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Hi Wayne,

I have just begun trying to research information on my Great Grandfather, Frederick George Hayhoe. I think he is the other Englishman who died in this collision, he was the skipper I believe.

Do you have any more information on this vessel or what happened? I would love to hear from you.

Jonelle

(nz)

Able Seaman J/85973, Giovanni GAUCI was born in June 1899 to Antonio and Vincenza GAUCI. They resided at No. 81, Hamri Street in the village of Ghainsielem on the island of Gozo, Malta.

He was one of just under a thousand Maltese nationals who had lost their lives while serving in the British Armed Forces during the Great War and were once commemorated by name on the Cenotaph located in the town of Floriana, just outside the capital city of Valletta.

His vessel, H.M. Drifter FRIGATE BIRD, was sunk in a collision with the troop transport THESEUS off Marsaxlokk Harbour during the night of 11 March 1918. Both vessels were sailing without lights. Seven men, five of whom were Maltese, from a crew of nine on board FRIGATE BIRD lost their lives that night.

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Welcome, Jonelle.

He was the skipper. His original RNR record card should be at the Fleet Air Arm Museum (research@fleetairarm.com), with microfiche copies held at the National Archives, Kew. Reports of the sinking are also at Kew in ADM 1/8496/190 and ADM 1/8518/83. None of these is available on-line.

FRIGATE BIRD was a drifter, formerly based at Buckie, and she was working as a tender on the anti-submarine barrier nets.

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I'm not sure how many Gaucis there are in Malta but I found a father and son Gauci ... one in WW1 and one in WW2 .... I wonder if they are related to your Giovanni Wayne ?

G. GAUCI, died 28th May 1917. He was a Fireman on the s.s. Antinoe, when his ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat about 150 miles off Bishop Rock. The Master and twenty men died

Carmelo GAUCI, died 15th September 1941. He was a Cook on the Newbury, a merchant ship of around 5,200 tons. It was carrying a full cargo of coal when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in the North Atlantic, and sank with the loss of the total crew of 45 men

In Memory of

Fireman GEORGE GAUCI

S.S. "Antinoe" (London), Mercantile Marine

who died age 42

on 28 May 1917

Son of Regina Gauci and the late Carmeno Gauci; husband of Annie Gauci (nee Sampson), of 78, Adam St., Cardiff. Born in Malta.

Remembered with honour

TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

In Memory of

Cook CARMELO (CHARLES) GAUCI

S.S. Newbury (London), Merchant Navy

who died age 34

on 15 September 1941

Son of Carmelo and Anna Gauci; husband of Alice Mabel Gauci, of Grange Town, Cardiff.

Remembered with honour

TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

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From Giovanni's records in ADM 188

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Forget what I said before - there are many sailors with the name of Gauci ! :huh: and I just realised this is an old post !

I found this ... but this is probably what you already have ....

Giovanni GAUCI, died 11th March 1918. He was an Able Seaman on the Drifter Frigate Bird. During darkness his ship collided with the troopship Theseus off Marsaxlokk and seven of the nine-man crew lost their lives. Aged 19 years, the son of Vincenza and Antonio Gauci, of Gozo

Annie

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Hi, thank you very much for the info, I greatly appreciate it as we have virtually no information on him, I can not even find his name on any roll of honour. His wife, my great grandmother, sadly would not discuss him.

I live in New Zealand, so its a bit sad those records are not online 8( ... but I'll get there one day!

Thanks again

Jonelle

Welcome, Jonelle.

He was the skipper. His original RNR record card should be at the Fleet Air Arm Museum (research@fleetairarm.com), with microfiche copies held at the National Archives, Kew. Reports of the sinking are also at Kew in ADM 1/8496/190 and ADM 1/8518/83. None of these is available on-line.

FRIGATE BIRD was a drifter, formerly based at Buckie, and she was working as a tender on the anti-submarine barrier nets.

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Welcome to the forum Jonelle

A researcher would be able to look at the ADM 1 records for you. Contact the Fleet Air Arm Museum to see if they will send you a copy of the record. There are also microfilm copies of the service record at Kew in BT 377/7.

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Ok thanks heaps I will do this now.

Kind regards

Jonelle

Welcome to the forum Jonelle

A researcher would be able to look at the ADM 1 records for you. Contact the Fleet Air Arm Museum to see if they will send you a copy of the record. There are also microfilm copies of the service record at Kew in BT 377/7.

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The other man to lose his life that night was Alexander Cowie, 2987ES, Engineman, Royal Naval Reserve. He was the Second Engineer. He was born in Buckie, Banffshire, Scotland c.1897 and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

I would like to know something more about the survivors. Was one of these the Skipper Frederick George Hayhoe?

Mark

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