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 Ernest Downs

Ernest Downs

Birth
Death 11 Sep 1941 (aged 52–53)
At Sea
Burial London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Plot Panel 102.
Memorial ID 15227547 · View Source
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Fireman and Trimmer Ernest E Downs in the Merchant Navy

The Stonepool and the Berury were torpedoed and sunk just east of Cape Farewell at 2:45 am on September 11, 1941. It is believed the attacker was a German U-boat U-207 which was in turn sunk a few hours later. The master Joseph Hewitson Nicholson, 33 crew members and eight gunners were lost. Six crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMCS Kenogami and landed at Loch Ewe. Downs was 53 years old.


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Stonepool
West Hartlepool
Downs E.

Gravesite Details Some sources show his surname as Downes but he is recorded on the monument at Downs. Year of birth is approximate based upon his age at death.

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