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HMS Clan McNaughton
HMS Clan McNaughton was a 4985 ton passenger cargo vessel, built in 1911 and requistioned November 1914 from the Clan Line Steamers Ltd, Glasgow, becoming an Armed Merchant Vessel. It is thought that Clan McNaughton foundered in a severe gale off the north coast of Ireland. Last heard from on 3rd February 1915, wreckage was later found in the area and Clan McNaughton was presumed sunk with the 281 strong crew.
There is some speculation that as she had a new crew who were generally unfamiliar with the vessel, and that the armaments added to the deck destabilised her making the McNaughton vulnerable to such severe weather as was found on the day she lost contact.
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List of those who served on HMS Clan McNaughton during The Great War
Albert Edwin James Richardson HMS Clan McNaughton (d.3rd Feb 1915)
I recently acquired a death plaque circa 1915, bearing the name Albert Edwin James Richardson. Having carried out a brief search on the net I believe he was a Royal Marine serving on HMS Clan McNaughton lost 3 Feb 1915. If there are any surviving descendants I would be pleased to give them the plaque.Bob Hughes
Marine. William Banks HMS Clan McNaughton. (d.3rd Feb 1915)
My grandmother often told the story of how as a child, she opened a telegram and wandered into the parlour asking her mother Mary Banks, [nee Brady] and her grandmother, "how can they lose all their hands?" Never understanding the significance of her words, yet seeing all too quickly the effect upon her now twice widowed mother. Her stepfather was William Banks, I believe a stoker aboard HMS Clan McNaughton. I have a photo of him in his Naval Uniform taken prior to his marriage to my great Grandmother.Patricia Donoghue
Col.Sgt. Benjamin Joyce (d.15th Feb 1915)
My grandfather, Ben Joyce, lost his life when HMS Clan McNaughton (a 4985 ton passenger cargo vessel, built in 1911 and requisitioned November 1914 from the Clan Line Steamers Ltd, Glasgow) was last heard of on 3rd February 1915. Wreckage was later found in the area and Clan McNaughton was presumed sunk with the 281 strong crew. He was a colour sergeant in the Royal Marines. He was 39 at the time of his death. I know nothing more about the circumstances of his death.Barry Joyce
Charles Spall HMS Clan Macnaughton (d.3rd Feb 1915)
Charles Spall was born 16th Sept. 1891 and baptised 4th Oct. 1891 at St. James the Great, Bethnal Green. He was the son of Charles James Spall, a cabinet maker of 55 Fellow Street and Mary Ann Spall nee Edwards who had married in 1888 at St. Thomas, Bethnal Green. Charles James father, James Spall, had also been a cabinet maker. In 1912 Charles Spall married Lilian Pask at St. James the Less, Bethnal Green. Charles was 21 years old, a cabinet maker [3rd generation] of 5 Havelock Place and Lilian was the daughter of Joseph Pask a labourer. Lilian worked in a printing works and her address was 2 Havelock Place. Their marriage took place on 7th April 1912.
When war broke out in 1914 Charles joined the Navy and as a member of the carpenters crew and only two years after his marriage he died along with all the others when the vessel HMS Clan MacNaughton was lost off the coast of Scotland. Charles James Spall not only had to cope with the loss of his son but in 1918 his brother Benjamin Spall also died. Benjamin had signed up on the 15th August 1914. He is shown on the Commonwealth War Graves site as having died on 13th Nov. 1918 aged 45 years of age. He was a L/Corporal in the Northumberland Fusiliers and was buried in Nottingham General Cemetery. Benjamin had married quite late in life. He married Louisa Miller in 1910 in Nottingham and only eight years later Louisa like Lilian was a war widow.
I am not related to Charles Spall but a one name researcher working on the name Spall. This has helped me to realise how WW1 affected the ordinary man and woman, how lives were lost and others spoilt as a result of this terrible war.Mahala Mehmet
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