John Kinnersley, SS Empire Newcomen

To whom it may concern, 

I am looking to find out some information about my Great Grandfather John Kinnersley, he was part of the Navy and died when his ship, the “Empire Newcombe” from Hartlepool, UK, went down 

Do you have any information on him or this particular ship?

I look forward to hearing from you soon

Kind regards
Rebecca Dill


Your great grandfather's ship was actually SS Empire Newcomen, and he was in the Merchant Navy.

Empire Newcomen SS; Built in 1941 by W. Gray & Co. for the Ministry of War Transport; 2.873 tons; 315,5 x 46,5 x 23 ft; 269 nhp; triple expansion engines; Empire Newcomen was on her way from London to Sunderland, when on November 30th, 1941, she was torpedoed and sunk by a German Torpedo Boat, five miles South of Dudgeon Light. Ten were killed.

He is listed on the Merchant Navy Memorial at Panel 44 at Tower Hill, London.

I am not able to access names on the various panels via the internet, you would need to physically visit the Memorial to see his name recorded.

Here is his Certificate from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site: http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2363391


In Memory of

S.S. Empire Newcomen (West Hartlepool), Merchant Navy
who died age 31
on 30 November 1941

Remembered with honour

Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Best wishes.


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