Able Seaman James Thomson served in SS Baron Newlands?
Regarding the sinking of the above on 16/03/1942, my late fathers best friend Able Seaman James Thomson is supposed to have been on the ship. He died on 18/03/1942, which would imply he was rescued and died later. Do you know if any Royal Navy Seamen were on the ship, and any other details.
Here is James Certificate from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site.
In Memory of
Able Seaman JAMES THOMSON
D/JX 286916, H.M.S. President III, Royal Navy
who died age 20
on 18 March 1942
Son of William and Clara Thomson, of Great Harwood, Lancashire.
Remembered with honour
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
He is listed on Panel 66 Column 3 of the Plymouth Naval memorial.
Name: THOMSON, JAMES
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. President III
Date of Death: 18/03/1942
Service No: D/JX 286916
Additional information: Son of William and Clara Thomson, of Great Harwood, Lancashire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 66, Column 3.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
The fact he is listed at HMS President 111 ( a London shore base ) means he was a DEMS Gunner who manned the guns in Merchant ships, President 111 carried the Pay records etc for the DEMS Gunners.
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