Hubert Augustus Sewell

Engineer-lieutenant Hubert Augustus Sewell was Born in 1884, to Tom Wilson Sewell and Lavinia Quick Sewell (née Fox), of 34 Sandymount Drive, New Brighton. He was the second youngest of their eight children. His father, also an engineer, had been serving with the White Star Line since it had been formed and was for many…

John McVicar

Engineer Sub Lieutenant John McVicar, R.N.R. was born on the 2nd of June 1889, at Port Glasgow, the 4th child of Neil and Isabella McVicar (née McEwan). His parents were both born and grew up in Glassary, Argyleshire and married there in 1878. His father was a Master Seaman who had worked on ships, in…

Thomas Hugh Craig

In a memoir of his childhood in Downpatrick “Black Puddings with Slim”, the late Maurice Hayes, respected Irish public servant, talks about the impact of the death of his aunt’s husband Thomas Hugh Craig. “Auntie Lil had lost her husband of a few days to a ship called the Laurentic mined in Lough Swilly and…

Alfred Vernon Mason

Alfred Vernon Mason, Signalman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, was 25 years old when he died on HMS Laurentic. Alfred was the first of Charles and Jane Mason’s two children. He was born in Wilden, Near Stourport, Worcestershire on the 2nd of April 1891. His mother Jane Hook was born Worcestershire, Hartlebury and his father Charles…

Norman MacDonald

Lewis and the Isles saw many men lost to the First World War despite their relatively sparse population. Of the 30,000 people who lived in Lewis at the time of the 1911 census, some 6,200 joined up during the war. Of these, more than 1,200 died during or after the conflict. Like so many similar…

Andrew Thomas Sutherland

World War 1 had a huge impact on the Shetland islands. In proportion to the population the community suffered one of the highest losses of life of any area in the UK. The total number listed on the Shetland war memorial and the Shetland Roll of Honour is close to 700. By the end of…

Leonard Hargate

Leonard Hargate, Royal Marine Light Infantry, was born in Halfway, near Sheffield, on the 25th of February 1894 to Thomas and Louisa Hargate (née Beresford). He was the fifth of Thomas and Louisa’s eight children. Richard and Lesley Hargate recall passing by the War Memorial each day on their way to school and seeing their…

Frederick Allen Sheedy

Frederick Allen Sheedy was born on the 2nd of October 1897 at Adamstown, near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He was the third son of James and Annie Jane Sheedy (née Cameron). Frederick’s father James passed away in August 1908 when he was only 40 years old, leaving Annie Jane with five young boys to…

Eldred Gosse

Eldred Gosse was among 22 Newfoundland sailors from the Royal Naval Reserve who lost their lives when the Laurentic struck two mines at the mouth of Lough Swilly on January 25th 1917. The men were on leave and returning home on the Laurentic when they drowned. Eldred was born July 6th 1887 to Robert and…

Alexander Knight

Able Seaman Alexander Knight who lost his life on the Laurentic in January 1917 was born in Broughty Ferry in 1898, the older of Alexander and Annie Knight’s two children. His family had lived there for generations.