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Rev John Robert Bartley

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Rev John Robert Bartley

  • Birth 1858 County Cavan, Ireland
  • Death 10 Oct 1918
  • Burial Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
  • Plot Protestant plot, near main path.
  • Memorial ID 44030354

Rev John Robert Bartley.LLB
He was Minister of Tralee Presbyterian Church, aged 63.He died in the sinking by enemy U Boat of the RMS Leinster - Ireland's worst maritime disaster.At the time of the 1901 census, he was 45 and living with his sister, Elizabeth Bartley, aged 41 at 19 Cameron Street (Cromac, Antrim).In the 1911 Census of Ireland he is shown as having been married to his second wife, Marion Emily for 9 years.
Address:10 Muing, West (Tralee Rural, Kerry)

His name is included in
R.M.S. Leinster

His son, Sergeant William Bartley died of wounds received in action only four days later and he was interred with his father and sister.

Sinking of The RMS Leinster

On the morning of October 10th, 1918 at 9.45am, the mail-boat RMS Leinster, belonging to the City of Dublin Steam Packet, Company, left Kingstown Pier (Dún Laoghaire) bound for Holyhead. The 2,646 tons vessel carried 771 men, women and children, including crew, civilian passengers and 492 individual soldiers and sailors going on leave or returning.

She had been attacked on the December 27, 1917, by a German submarine whose torpedo missed its mark, and since then had been defensively armed with a single 12-pounder gun. About an hour after leaving Kingstown the Leinster was 11 miles east, south east of the Kish Light Vessel.

At that point, without warning, she was struck by a torpedo from the submarine UB 123. A second torpedo struck her some minutes later. The engine room was blown out, and she sank thirteen minutes after the first impact.

The lifeboats were launched, and SOS messages were sent; after about an hour, two old destroyers and other vessels arrived from Kingstown and Holyhead and combined in the work of saving life. But, in spite of the energy of the rescuers and the heroism of individuals from the Leinster, over 500 persons lost their lives.

Of these, 145 officers and men including members of the Royal Navy and Mercantile Marine, whose bodies were recovered, are buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin. A further 142 officers and men of the Army, one nurse and one civilian messenger are commemorated at Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton; 39 of the crew, including the Master, Captain William Birch are commemorated on the Merchant Navy Tower Hill Memorial, London.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 44030354
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev John Robert Bartley (1858–10 Oct 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44030354, citing Tralee New Cemetery, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .