In January 1917 the German government announced
the adoption of "unrestricted submarine warfare".
Merchant Navy World War 2
John G Durkin,Third Engineer, Age n/k. Merchant Navy. Son of Bridget Durkin of Swinford, County Mayo,Irish Republic.C.S. "Anastassia" (Hydra).Convoy SC-15.Was shelled and topedoed by Italian submarine Veniero, North Atlantic, West of Ireland, 54.24'N 19. 04'W, 18 of the crew of 28 lost, 10 crew members were taken prisoner,1 died later. 18th December 1940. Tower Hill Memorial.
Patrick Rodger Grogan, Second Radio Engineer. Age 29 , Merchant Navy.Son of Margaret Grogan,Ballyhaunis,County Mayo,Irish Republic. S.S. Virgilia (Glasgow).Convoy FS-654.Sunk by torpedo boat,MTB.S-109 and sunk.North Sea,3miles North East of Hearty Knoll Buoy, 23 lives lost.24th November 1941. Tower Hill Memorial,Panel 115.
James Hennessy,Radio Officer.Age 22,Merchant Navy.
Son of James and Harriet Hennessy,Westport,County Mayo, Irish Republic. S.S. Magdalena (West Hartlepool).Convoy SC-3.Torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat,U-48 South of Iceland.30 Lives lost.18th September 1940. Tower Hill Memorial, panel 66.
William Hunter,Chief Officer,Age 33,Merchant Navy.
Son of Henry and Cathrine Ann Hunter,Husband of Monica Josephine Hunter,
Ballyhaunis,County Mayo,Irish Republic.Born 1908.
M.V. Silverpalm,(London),Convoy n/k.
Torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat, U371,North Atlantic,56.27' 25.12W
No survivors,68 Lives lost.A life boat containing 8 bodies was spotted in the area.
12th June 1941.
Tower Hill Memorial,panel 97.
Gerald O'Hara,First Radio Officer, Age 50, Merchant Navy. Husband of Jane O'Hara, Ballina, County Mayo, Irish Republic. S.S. Devon (London), Intercepted by a German Vessel, Indian Ocean. P.O.W. Arbeitserziehungslagher, Nazi forced labour camp, Bremen-Farge ,Germany. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein -Westfalen, Germany.7.D.14. 15th March1944. Prisoner of War, malnutrition and exhaustion.
James Sweeney, Trimmer. Age 26,Merchant Navy.Son of Anthony and Margaret Sweeney,Polraney, Achill Sound,
County Mayo, Irish Republic.
S.S. Amakura (Liverpool) Convoy WAT-15.
Torpedoed and Sunk by U-Boat, U-558, Carribean Sea,90 miles South of
Jamaica.13 Lives lost.
25th August 1942.
Tower Hill Memorial, panel 6.
Joseph Boyle,Fireman and Trimmer,Age 24.Mercantile Marine.
1916.Born in County Mayo,Ireland.
SS Brantingham (Leith).Torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat,U-46,about 70
miles of Vardo,Arctic Ocean,crew not recovered from lifeboats,24 Lives lost.
4th October 1916,Presumed drowned,No known Grave.Tower Hill Memorial.
A. Creighton, Fireman, Age 26. Mercantile Marine.
Born in County Mayo,Ireland.
S.S. River Forth (Glasgow) defensively-armed.
60 miles S by E from Malta, torpedoed without warning
and sunk by U-Boat,UC-35,2 lives lost.3rd March 1917. No known Grave.
Martin Duffy,Donkeyman (stoker),Age 38.Mercantile Marine.
Son of the late Michael and Mary Duffy.Born in County Mayo.
S.S. Boorara (London).defensively-armedas a result of a torpedo
attack,damaged by U-Boat,UB-31,2.5 miles of Beachy Head.
English Channel,5 Lives lost.20th March 1918.No known Grave. Tower Hill Memorial,
Peter Gavin,Fireman, Age 36, Mercantile Marine Reserve. Son of James Gavin of Castlebar, County Mayo, Husband ofCathrine Gavin of 13th , Iden Street, Boundary Place, Liverpool. S.S. Laurentic, armed, (Liverpool) ran into two mines of a field laid by the U-Boat, U-80 off Malin Head, Northern Ireland. The ship capsized and sank very quickly in 120 ft of water with aloss of 345 lives out of 475 aboard. Fifteen boats got clear butmany men died of exposure in bitter winter conditions at night. 25th January 1917, No known grave Royal Navy, Plymouth Naval Memorial,panel 25.
Francis Gallagher,Cattleman. Age 29. Mercantile Marine. Son of John Gallagher,and the late Maria Gallagher (nee Conway), Inishbiggle, Ballycroy, Westport, County Mayo. S.S. Innisfallen (Cork). defensively-armed,16 miles East of Ireland, Irish Sea,torpedoed without warning and sunk by U-Boat,UB-64,10 lives lost. 23rd May 1918, Drowned. No known Grave. Tower Hill Memorial.
Patrick Gallagher, Fireman. Age 53, Mercantile Marine.Son of Patrick Gallagher Coolbrone, Knockaniiiaun, Ballina,County Mayo, Ireland and the late Jane Gallagher.S.S. Kalibia (Glasgow). defensively armed, torpedoed by U-Boat, UB-80 29 miles South West of the Lizard, English Channel,25 Lives lost. 30th November 1917. No known GraveTower Hill Memorial.
Anthony McGreal, Age 27.Mercantile MarineSon of Anthony McGreal, 32 Brae Street Birkenhead,Cheshire,and the late Bridget McGreal (nee Dever). Born at Westport, County Mayo, Ireland.S.S. Dwinsk (London),defensively-armed,400 miles NE by N from Bermuda as a result of a torpedo attack and surface attack by U-Boat,U-151.24 lives lost18th June 1918, Drowned, No known Grave.Tower Hill Memorial..
Patrick Terrence Mullvancey, Sailor, Mercantile Marine. Born in County Mayo,Ireland. S.S. Tycho (Hull), defensively armed,16 miles West of Beachy Head,English Channel, torpeod by U-Boat,UB-40,15 Lives lost.20th May 1917,Drowned,No known Grave.Tower Hill Memorial.CWGC.
All Remembered at The Mayo Peace Park ,
Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland.
This research work was carried out by Mr Martin Coyle “London” a member of the Mayo Peace Park .