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 John B. Mercer

John B. Mercer

Birth
Death 13 Jan 1915 (aged 21–22)
Burial Kilchattan (Isle of Colonsay), Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Memorial ID 100120408 · View Source
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1034/X Seaman
John B. Mercer
H.M.S. "Viknor"
Newfoundland R.N.R.
13th. January 1915 Age 22
Grant him Lord, eternal rest
with the spirits
of the blest
Also an
unknown British seaman
of the Great War
1st. March 1915
Known unto God

R.N.R. = Royal Naval Reserve
Son of Thomas George Mercer and Elizabeth Mercer, of Bay Roberts West, Newfoundland.

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 100120408
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John B. Mercer (1893–13 Jan 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100120408, citing Kilchattan Old Graveyard, Kilchattan (Isle of Colonsay), Argyll and Bute, Scotland ; Maintained by Iain MacFarlaine (contributor 46514200) .