Pat Gillon was in the SS North Britain
December 07, 2008
I just wanted to drop a note to say thanks - I read your information on the SS North Britain. I was very interested in the information from Brian James Newcombe too.
My Uncle Pat Gillon was on the SS North Britain. I had not known very much other than that he had been on a merchant navy boat that had been sunk. Yesterday we were visiting Edinburgh Castle and looked at the Merchant Navy Roll of honour - so got the details of the date of his death and that he was on SS North Britain. When I did a search - I found your information. It was very interesting to read your information. It sounds like all those poor men were like lambs to the slaughter. It is in a sense reassuring that the boat went down so quickly - rather than it being a long and desperate struggle.
I spoke to an older generation family friend recently - and she said that my grandparents had been heartbroken by the death of their 20 year old son.
I have found folks recently who are doing research on my family history -I will send them the link to your information - so at least in generations to come the information will remain.
So thank you for your work in recording this history!