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    Here are a few names that survived that ship , E Blackridge ,C T Cooper ,Tom Davies ,Goerge Doyle,H harris ,F Jackson ,C H King ,B Lane ,D McDonald, W j Mc Gurty, E A Rees,E Taylor ,C DWiliams,T Dempster ,I Gobie and F Chadwick .I would be please in anyway to find out any info about the above people regards Lou Barron

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    Lou,you have mentioned the Bootle lad Tommy Foy in the past was he not on the G.C. or did you meet him in Changi ?
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    Sorry about that i failed badly to mention Tommy Foy he was also a survivor of that ship and good friend of mine in those pow days

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    Hello Lou,
    Just going through some of my files and thought this may be of interest to you. [Some of your shipmates]. I think this would be the first leg of any journey home from Manilla. Although I think EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA did go all the way home to Liverpool, arriving in December of 1945.

    Cameron, John, Stwd, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 27 September 1945 – USS GEN HOWZE.
    Parigiter, Robert G., Senior 2nd Officer, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 18 September 1945 – EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA.
    Broomfield, Leslie A. Engineer, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 18 September 1945 – EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA.
    Chadwick, James H. 4th Engineer, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 27 September 1945 – USS GEN HOWZE.
    Hughes, James W., Catering, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Lawes, Leonard, HD Waiter, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Moore, Earnest W., Stwd, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Perrin, Raymond, A/Stwd, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Smith, David, A/Stwd, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 –USS ADM HUGHES.
    Trocahi, John J., Writer, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Uden, Charles P., A/BR Stwd, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 19 September 1945 – USS GASPER.
    Williams, Frederick J.E., Bosun Mate, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Whitcher, Harold, Cat ‘g, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Morris, Austin F., Stwd, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Murphy, Edward, Cook, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Horsley, John, Dk Boy, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Hailey, Frederick, A/ T Cook, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Byrne, James, Cook, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – JOS DYCKMAN.
    Belchamber, Charles J., Cater ‘g, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – JOS DYCKMAN.
    Cooper, Arthur T., G/Boy, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 Septermber 1945 – JOS DYCKMAN.
    Curran, James A., Cater’g, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – JOS DYCKMAN.
    Daniels, Sidney, Cater’g, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – USS ADM HUGHES.
    Fox, Charles E G., 5th Engineer, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 19 September 1945 – USS GASPER.
    Gaskell, Sidney N., Stwd, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 25 September 1945 – JOS DYCKMAN
    MacAvoy, James, JP, 2nd Engineer, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 19 September 1945 – USS GASPER.
    Robertson, William, Engineer, GLOUCESTER CASTLE, Date of Repatriation, 19 September 1945 – USS GASPER.

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    Thanks Hugh for that info .Most of them guys went on to Japan the ones i mentioned was dropped of in Singapore me included and i think only three died while a pow .Our good friend Deep Sea did mention the name McDonald who died in in Changi Jail

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    Hi Lou,
    Austin Morris a Steward on the GC lived around Ellesmere Port area and died around ten years or so ago.

    When I was searching for information of a family friend, Joe Farnworth, I recieved a letter from the Einion Rees . unfortunately I cannot find it anywhere, this was around 12 years ago. they lived in Essex
    I did hear that Evan Alcyn Rees after suffering from the mental and physical scars of the Japanese treatment stayed home for two years then rejoined Union Castle as a Quartermaster and sailed on the mail ships with his younger brother Einon.
    Einon was sunk and taken prisoner when the Roxburgh Castle was sunk.
    Another brother, Louis, , was taken prisoner by the Italians and interred in a German Camp.
    Another brother , the 4th, was captured by the Germans while serving in the RAF.
    their parents got the four telegrams , Missing in action,
    They had memorial Services for them. Then they all turned up after the war.
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    Another Steward, whos name I cannot remember, was repatriated after the war and was killed on a motor bike in January 1946.
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    Hope this helps Lou.
    Cheers
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    SS Gloucester Castle was part of a section of twenty-four vessels from OS.32 sailing on to the Cape and beyond. On July 15, 1942, she was shelled and sunk by the auxiliary cruiser, Michel, in position 08S 01E (about 840 miles west of Luanda, Angola). There were sixty-one survivors but ninety-three crew members were killed and are commemorated on Tower Hill, Panel 52.
    AKEHURST, Boatswain (Bosun), ERNEST HENRY, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 41. Son of William Henry and Ellen Maud Akehurst; husband of Ethel May Akehurst, of Great Totham, Essex.
    BEDFORD, Steward, MAURICE JOHN RAGLAN, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 38.
    BISHOP, Second Officer, ERIC CHRISTOPHER HENRY, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 29. Son of Henry and Mary Annie Bishop, of Worthing, Sussex; husband of Hilda Frances Bishop, of Wimbledon, Surrey.
    BURKE, Fireman, JOHN, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 32.
    CADLE, Deck Boy, REGINALD SYDNEY ALFRED, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 16. Son of Sidney Albert and Ethel May Cadle, of Caterham, Surrey.
    CARLYLE, Greaser, EVAN CAMERON, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 21. Son of George and Ivy Elizabeth Carlyle; husband of Winifred Carlyle, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
    CHAPMAN, Steward, MICHAEL, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 18.
    CHRISTIAN, Hospital Attendant, JOHN THOMAS, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 22. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Christian, of Kirkdale, Liverpool.
    CLARK, Engineer Officer, JOHN ALEXANDER, Merchant Navy. Lost in S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). 15th July 1942. Age 30. Son of John J. and B. H. Clark. of Peterhead. Aberdeenshire.
    CONNOR, Trimmer, PATRICK, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 18.
    CORRIGAN, Steward, PETER, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 19.
    DANIELS, Steward, FRANK, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 52. Son of Arthur T. and Margaret E Daniels.
    DARBY, Trimmer, HAROLD, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 56.
    DE FREVILLE, Third Radio Officer, BASIL DENIS HERBERT, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 22. Son of Geoffrey Philip Herbert and May de Freville, of Sutton, Surrey.
    DEVINE, Fireman, PETER, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 21. Son of James Devine, and of Mary Devine, of Birkenhead.
    DISLEY, Assistant Steward, WILLIAM JOSEPH ARTHUR, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 23. Son of William and Ada Elizabeth Disley, of Dagenham, Essex.
    DIXON, Trimmer, JAMES, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 18. Son of James and Margaret Dixon, of Liverpool.
    DUNK, Donkeyman, JOHN, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 58.
    EDWARDS, Sailor, JAMES HENRY, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 18
    FARNWORTH, Deck Boy, JOSEPH, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 17. Son of Joseph and Primrose Lily Farnworth, of Bolton, Lancashire.
    FENN, Fireman, JOHN ARTHUR, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 28. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Fenn, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
    GARTH, Lamp Trimmer, LANCELOT SILVEN, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 53. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Garth; husband of Dorothy Garth, of Salisbury.
    GREEFF, Quartermaster, PETER PHILIP, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 29. Son of John and Eliza Greeff, of Cape Town, South Africa.
    GRIFFITHS, Trimmer, FRANCIS, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 22. Son of Martin and Mary Ellen Griffiths.
    GUISE, Second Radio Officer, JAMES ALEXANDER DOUGAL, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 26. Son of James Alexander Guise, and of Elizabeth Annie Guise, of Cromarty.
    HAYES, Able Seaman, JOSEPH JAMES, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 26.
    HAYTER, Chief Steward, ERNEST WILLIAM, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 52. Son of George and Mary Jane Hayter; husband of Lily Hayter, of Southampton.
    HITCHINSON, Trimmer, ERNEST ARTHUR, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 24. Son of Joseph Henry and Marian Magdalene Hitchinson, of Red Hill, Natal, South Africa.
    HODSON, Quartermaster, ROBERT, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 45.
    HOLDEN, Deck Boy, GEORGE, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 16. Son of Arthur and Evelyn Holden, of Sale, Cheshire.
    INGRAM, Steward, KENNETH, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 30.
    JACKSON, Greaser, ERNEST ALBERT, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 47. Husband of Elizabeth Ann Jackson, of Liverpool.
    JENKIN, Steward, SYDNEY PAYNE, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 56. Son of James and Annie Jenkin; husband of Cecilia Jenkin, of Durban, Natal, South Africa.
    JENKINS, Trimmer, JOHN P., S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 17. Son of Edward Jenkins, and of Isabella Jenkins, of Liverpool.
    KELLY, Assistant Cook, CHARLES, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 43.
    KENDALL, Trimmer, JAMES, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 21. Son of Sarah Kendall, of Kirkdale, Liverpool.
    KERR, Assistant Steward, CHARLES HENRY COLBROOK, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 23. Son of Alexander Kerr, and of Alice Kerr, of Glasgow.
    LAMBERT, Fireman and Trimmer, LEONARD WILLIAM, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 20.
    LEYLAND, Trimmer, GEORGE, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 22.
    LLOYD, Assistant Steward, DOUGLAS R., S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 23. Son of Albert Edward Cornelius and Elsie Sarah Lloyd, of Southampton.
    LONERAGAN, Boots, WALTER FREDERICK, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 61. Son of Walter James Loneragan and Emma Louisa Loneragan; husband of R. A. Loneragan, of Brentwood, Essex.
    LOVERING, Sailor, KENNETH OSCAR, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 21. Son of William Henry Lovering, and of Louise Lovering, of Fowey, Cornwall.
    MACPHERSON, Chief Engineer Officer, ARCHIBALD CLUNY, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 57.
    MAGUIRE, Fireman, RICHARD, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 38. Son of Thomas Andrew and Ellen Jane Maguire.
    METCALF, Assistant Storekeeper, ERNEST, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 31. Son of George and Henrietta Metcalf; husband of Elizabeth Gwendolene Metcalf, of Southampton.
    MILLER, Fireman, PATRICK, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 33. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Miller, of Liverpool.
    MINNS, Quartermaster, REGINALD RICHARD, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 56.
    MOORCROFT, Fireman, JOSEPH, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Moorcroft; husband of Mary Moorcroft, of Huyton, Lancashire.
    MORAN, Ordinary Seaman, THOMAS HENRY, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 21. Son of Dominic and Elizabeth Moran, of Kirkdale, Liverpool
    MORIN, Sailor, JOSEPH MICHEL, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1941. Age 38.
    MORRIS, Fourth Officer, THOMAS ALFRED, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 32. King's Commendation for Brave Conduct. Son of Ellis and Bertha Morris, of Porth, Glamorgan; husband of E. Marion Morris, of Pontypridd, Glamorgan.
    MacASKILL, Carpenter, DONALD, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 62. Husband of Isabella MacAskill, of Ilford, Essex.
    McCAULEY, Sailor, JOHN, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 28. Son of Thomas and Elisabeth McCauley; husband of Emily McCauley, of Canley, Coventry.
    McGEAGH, Assistant Steward, JOHN BARRINGTON, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 22. Son of Thomas Alexander McGeagh, and of Mary Jane McGeagh, of Liverpool.
    McLAREN, Surgeon, ARCHIBALD, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 27.
    O'DONNELL, Butcher, ERNEST, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 48. Husband of E. O'Donnell, of Swanwick, Hampshire.
    OPIE, Able Seaman, ARTHUR SEYMOUR, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 30. Son of William John and Edith Mary Opie.
    PAINE, Storekeeper, JOHN ERNEST, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 49. Son of John and Kate Paine; husband of A. R. Paine, of Millwall, London.
    PARSONS, Steward Hairdresser, PERCIVAL GEORGE, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 37.
    PENFOLD, Fifth Engineer Officer, NORMAN GRAHAM, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 25. Son of Henry Oscar and Ethel Victoria Penfold, of Southampton.
    QUICKE, Steward, EDWARD CECIL, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 33. Son of Reginald Cecil and Ada Emily Quicke, of Southampton; husband of Hilda May Quicke, of Southampton.
    ROBERTS, Assistant Cook, HARRY, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 36.
    ROEBUCK, Assistant Steward, ERIC, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 25.
    ROSE, Master, HERBERT HAROLD, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 59. Husband of G. H. Rose, of Otterbourne, Hampshire.
    SARTAIN, Steward, DENNIS ARTHUR, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 18.
    SEWARD, Assistant Cook, ERNEST HENRY, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 54. Husband of Emily Seward, of Chapel, Southampton.
    SHANNON, Third Officer, WILLIAM GARDINER, M B E, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 32. Son of William and Mary Hamilton Shannon; husband of Moyna V. Shannon, of Wembley Park, Middlesex. Master Mariner, Merchant Navy.
    SIMPSON, Trimmer, PETER, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Simpson, of Liverpool.
    SMITH, Fireman, DAVID, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 31. Son of George and Florence Smith; husband of Hilda May Smith, of Birkenhead.
    SMITH, Storekeeper, WILLIAM ALFRED JOHN, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 34. Son of Edward William and Linda Victoria Smith; husband of Elsie Marion Smith, of Sholing, Southampton.
    SOLOMON, Pantryman, JACOBUS, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 58.
    SOUTHART, Fireman, WILLIAM, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 38. Husband of C. Southart, of Liverpool.
    STEVENSON, Boatswain's Mate, EDWARD EVELYN, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 28.
    SWEENEY, Scullion, JOHN JOSEPH, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 16th July 1942. Age 19. Son of Patrick and Frances Sweeney, of Liverpool.
    TAYLOR, Greaser, ALFRED HENRY, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 22. Son of Alfred and Evelyn Jessie Taylor, of Hornsey, London.
    THOMAS, Stewardess, EDITHA, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 56. Wife of Rowley Thomas.
    THOMSON, Steward, GEORGE FETTES, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 28. Husband of Elizabeth Thomson, of Glasgow.
    VAUGHAN, First Radio Officer, KENNETH RAYMOND, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Vaughan, of Greenhithe, Kent.
    WALKER, Chief Officer, JOHN DENNIS, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 32. Son of Julia Kate Walker, of Durban, Natal, South Africa.
    WALTON, Purser, ARTHUR ALAN, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 28. Son of Arthur and Eveline Ethel Walton.
    WATTS, Fireman, THOMAS, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 35.
    WEIR, Ordinary Seaman, CLEMENT, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 16. Son of Alexander and Emily Weir, of Rock Ferry, Birkenhead. His brother John also fell.
    WOLTERS, Watchman, HENRICK EDWARD ADOLPH, S.S. Gloucester Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 15th July 1942. Age 63.

    Commemorative data kindly provided by Billy McGee: british-merchant-navy.co.uk - british-merchant-navy Resources and Information. This website is for sale!.
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    Thanks Brian about E Rees He was one of the six MN guys who was lucky enough to like me to arrive back in Liverpool on the best cruise ship that ever sailed the SS Monawai

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    I was just going through some papers and i see that have missed a few names of G\Castle and i am hoping that someone might know of them .R .Boland(Paddy) ,P McGee ,J.Cordelland and Harold Baker ,Now this may sound a tale but this is a very true story ,it concerns Harold Baker and it happened in a Dunedin Pub in 1950 ,I and some of my wives Family was in the Vic pub standing at the bar and next to me with our backs to one anther then he turned round me to and with a look of amazement it was one of my old pow mates we had a few times together with our wives but he died in about 1954 , He and Barry Lane was the only guys that i met up with

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    Hi Guys, I have just found your site and wonder if anyone would have any information about Clement Weir who was lost when the Gloucester Castle was sunk. He was my uncle and only 16 , an Ordinary Seaman. His brother ,my uncle John , also went down with the SS Traveller off New York.
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