Joseph Stanyer killed on SS Empire Newcomen?
March 28, 2009
I noticed whilst doing a search for the SS Empire Newcomen that you had responded to a Rebecca Dill re her Great Grandfather (John Kinnersley, SS Empire Newcomen) who had been killed on this ship when it was torpedoed on 30th Nov 1941. My Great Uncle Joseph Stanyer was also killed on this ship. Do you have any more detail regarding this ship or the incident that caused its sinking,
I would have expected to find your Great Uncle listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site at Tower Hill, but the only Stanyer listed, is John a 20 year old steward who was killed in 1943.
I do not have any further information on the torpedo boat that sank the ship.
March 30, 2009
What does that mean, any ideas? And why would he be commemorated in Plymouth, but others at Tower Hill
ps I was after a picture of the SS Empire Newcomen. Would you happen to know where I could get one from?
The reason that Joseph appears on the Plymouth Naval Memorial is that he was a sailor in the Royal Navy and not a Merchant Sailor, who appear on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.
On the CWGC site I was searching for a Merchant Navy Stanyer.
The fact that he was listed at HMS President 111 ( it was a London shore establishment that carried the pay accounts for all Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship gunners who manned the armament in merchant ships. )
Here are his details from the CWGC site:
Tonnage lngth Beam ** Completed
Many thanks, Matt