Post by Administrator on Nov 19, 2020 16:53:40 GMT
VIA: Old Barry in Pictures album Barry and the Vale at War.
By the end of 1914 over 1400 Barry men had enlisted. In the aftermath of the war, at the peace day celebrations in 1919, William Howell Chair of the Council, estimated that 15000 Barry men had served. Not all volunteers of course, many of those men being conscripted after 1916. Of those, he estimated some 700 had died. Significantly, Barry as a Port Town was home to many merchant sailors. Of these at least 261 died during the war. Their names now recorded on the Barry Merchant Navy Memorial outside the Civic Centre. The greatest loss of life cane in 1917, when 136 Barry Merchant seamen died. 93 following in 1918.
Post by Administrator on Nov 19, 2020 17:00:06 GMT
Arthur Leonard Lacey
Born 1917 Died 19 Sep 1943 (Age 26) Son of Arthur J. and Florence M. Lacey, of Barry Island, Glamorgan.
Killed when his ship was torpedoed on 19th Sep 1943. sunk by German U-Boat U-532 (Ottoheinrich Junker) Merchant Navy. British.
The Fort Longueuil Complement 59 (57 dead and 2 survivors).
Convoy Route Barry, South Wales - Alexandria - Kosseir, Egypt - Aden (9 Sep) - Fremantle, Australia Cargo 8475 tons of phosphate
History Completed in December 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
Notes on loss
On 16 Jul, 1943, the Fort Longueuil left Barry docks with a cargo of government stores, including ammunitions and arrived safely at Alexandria on 8 August. After the cargo was discharged she sailed from there on 26 August, sailing through the Suez Canal two days later and docked at Aden on 8 September to bunker. The next day, the ship left for Australia after loading phosphate. She was due to arrive at Fremantle, Australia and then to sail to Port Kembla and Newcastle, New South Wales, but was reported missing on 15 October. By 3 November, it was known that the ship had been lost at the estimated position of 10°S/68°E.
On 19 Sep, 1943, the unescorted Fort Longueuil (Master George Cardno Edward) was torpedoed by U-532 and sank immediately southwest of Chagos Archipelago. The complement consisted of 49 crew members from Britain, India and Canada and ten British gunners (the ship was armed with one 4in and five 20mm guns). Only two Indian crewmen, Thakar Miah and Mohamed Aftab, managed to survive on a raft and became Japanese prisoners on 1 Feb, 1944, when the raft drifted ashore on Sumatra after 134 days at sea (!). Below is a list of Crew.
Name Age Rank Served on Aftab Muhammad, , Merchant Navy Greaser Fort Longueuil + Ali Johur, , Merchant Navy 27 Donkeyman Fort Longueuil + Ali Mofiz, , Merchant Navy 22 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Ali Toimoos, , Merchant Navy 25 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Ali Wasib, , Merchant Navy 34 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Andrews, Arthur Trevor, Merchant Navy 22 Sailor Fort Longueuil + Assanolla, , Merchant Navy 34 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Austin, Ernest Brian, Merchant Navy Cook Fort Longueuil + Bone, Robert, Merchant Navy 18 Ordinary Seaman Fort Longueuil + Bradley, Robert Willie Hartley, Merchant Navy 19 Apprentice Fort Longueuil + Brundell, Thomas, Merchant Navy 54 Carpenter Fort Longueuil + Clark, William Peter, Merchant Navy 37 Able Seaman Fort Longueuil + Clayton, Ernest Ronald, RN 23 Able Seaman (DEMS gunner) Fort Longueuil + Clough, Thomas Douglas, Merchant Navy 53 Chief Engineer Officer Fort Longueuil + Coleman, Daniel, Merchant Navy 20 Sailor Fort Longueuil + Cook, Thomas, RN 33 Able Seaman (DEMS gunner) Fort Longueuil + Cottrell, Colin Clasper, RN Able Seaman (DEMS gunner) Fort Longueuil + Deroy-Jones, Roy Harry, Merchant Navy 21 Able Seaman Fort Longueuil + Deslandes, Arthur Crofts, Merchant Navy 22 Third Officer Fort Longueuil + Edward, George Cardno, Merchant Navy 51 Master Fort Longueuil + Edwards, Peter David, Merchant Navy 19 Steward Fort Longueuil + Evans, David Thomas Lionel, RN 44 Petty Officer (DEMS gunner) Fort Longueuil + Gardner, Archibald Major, RN 19 Able Seaman (DEMS gunner) Fort Longueuil + Gledhill, Arthur Shane, Merchant Navy 19 Apprentice Fort Longueuil + Hurn, Raymond George, Merchant Navy 16 Cabin Boy Fort Longueuil + Lacey, Arthur Leonard, Merchant Navy 26 Cook Fort Longueuil + Lawrence, Percival John Lewis, Merchant Navy 19 Ordinary Seaman Fort Longueuil + Leader, Daniel, Merchant Navy 34 Able Seaman Fort Longueuil + Livermore, Sydney Charles, Merchant Navy 20 Able Seaman Fort Longueuil + Meaha Muslim, , Merchant Navy 42 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Mellon, Clement Emile, Merchant Navy 29 Boatswain (Bosun) Fort Longueuil + Milsom, Roydon Gilbert, Merchant Navy 32 Second Officer Fort Longueuil + Mitchell, Alexander, Merchant Navy 24 Able Seaman Fort Longueuil + Mohamed Aftab, , Merchant Navy Crew member Fort Longueuil Nicholls, Ernest, Merchant Navy 40 Chief Steward Fort Longueuil + Noy, Donald Reginald, Merchant Navy 18 Second Radio Officer Fort Longueuil + Parry, Edward, Merchant Navy 24 Fourth Engineer Officer Fort Longueuil + Perry, Alfred Henry, Merchant Navy Third Engineer Officer Fort Longueuil + Pickmere, Edward Christopher, Merchant Navy 25 First Radio Officer Fort Longueuil + Rahman Fazlur, , Merchant Navy 24 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Rahman Lutfor, , Merchant Navy 34 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Smith, Frederick James, Merchant Navy 29 Assistant Steward Fort Longueuil + Smith, William John Edward, Merchant Navy 20 Sailor Fort Longueuil + Steel, John, Merchant Navy 18 Sailor Fort Longueuil + Stokes, Frederick Raymond, Merchant Navy 18 Third Radio Officer Fort Longueuil + Thakar Miah, , Merchant Navy Crew member Fort Longueuil Thakur Ullah, , Merchant Navy Fireman Fort Longueuil + Ullah, Furman, Merchant Navy Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Ullah Abbas, , Merchant Navy 24 Greaser Fort Longueuil + Ullah Assab, , Merchant Navy 30 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Ullah Ismail, , Merchant Navy 28 Greaser Fort Longueuil + Ullah Rahat, , Merchant Navy 27 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Ullah Roab, , Merchant Navy 31 Fireman and Trimmer Fort Longueuil + Wallace, James, Merchant Navy 52 Second Engineer Officer Fort Longueuil + Watts, John Clifton, RN 34 Able Seaman (DEMS gunner) Fort Longueuil + Williams, Frank Lloyd, Merchant Navy 49 Chief Officer Fort Longueuil + Xenophon, John, Merchant Navy 15 Boy Fort Longueuil +