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 William Henry Boland

William Henry Boland

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Death 13 Jan 1915 (aged 38–39)
Burial Kilchattan (Isle of Colonsay), Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Memorial ID 100120334 · View Source
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W.H. Boland
Petty Officer, RN. 170915
H.M.S. "Viknor"
13th. January 1915 Age 39

When the day breaks
and the shadows flee away

Husband of Rose E. Boland, of 76 Lynn Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

The epitaph is taken from the Song of Solomon, wherein it appears twice: Chapter Two, Verse 17; and Chapter Four, Verse Six.

H.M.S. Viknor began life as the Atrato, built in 1888 by Robert Napier for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. A passenger liner between the British Isles and the West Indies, its name was changed in 1912 to the Viking and, two years later, was converted into an armed merchant cruiser (with another change of name) to patrol the waters between Scotland and Iceland. The following January, although it had been in contact with the shore, it sank off Tory Island, near County Donegal, without sending a distress signal, with the loss of all hands (nearly three hundred). It has never been established whether this was because of a storm which was taking place at the time, or whether it was caused by one of several German mines which were known to be in the vicinity.


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  • Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100120334
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Boland (1876–13 Jan 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100120334, citing Kilchattan Old Graveyard, Kilchattan (Isle of Colonsay), Argyll and Bute, Scotland ; Maintained by Iain MacFarlaine (contributor 46514200) .