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    Im trying to find more information about my cousin Leslie McDonald who was a steward on the Oropesa when she was sunk by a u boat in 1941. Does anyone know where I could find any record of his service?

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    Initially, did he survive?

    Any further information that you can give will help.

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    Keith.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    No unfortunately. He was born 12 June 1922 in Liverpool.

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    Steward
    McDONALD, LESLIE
    Died 16/01/1941
    Aged 18
    S.S. Oropesa (Liverpool)
    Merchant Navy

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...onald,-leslie/
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    Yes that’s him. Is there anywhere I could find his navy service records?

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    WRECK REPORT
    LIVE The wrecksite has been derived in part from material obtained from the UK Hydrographic Office with the permission of the UK Hydrographic Office and Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the following authorities. British Crown Copyright, 2019.
    History Allen Tony 26/06/2007
    OROPESA, Cpt. Croft, was a merchantship of 14.118 tons and owned by the Pacific Steam Navigation Co Ltd. She was carrying about 8.252 tons copper, maize and general stores when she was torpedoed by U-96, Cpt. Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock and sunk. She was on route from Mombasa for U.K and 106 crew were lost. Read more at wrecksite: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?11154

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    In September 1939 Oropesa was requisitioned as a troop ship.[2] However, she spent the next 16 months carrying general cargo and passengers.

    On 27 September carrying general cargo she left Liverpool with Convoy OB 11: an outward-bound convoy which then dispersed in the North Atlantic.[8] On 2 December 1939 Oropesa left Halifax, Nova Scotia with Convoy HXF 11 bound for Liverpool.[9] The next day, about 70 nautical miles (130 km) out of port she and the steam turbine cargo liner Manchester Regiment collided. 50 of the latter's crew were transferred to Oropesa and Manchester Regiment was taken in tow, but the cargo ship foundered and sank with a number of deaths.[4] Oropesa returned the survivors to Halifax.[9] On 12 January 1940 carrying general cargo Oropesa left Halifax again, this time with Convoy HXF 16, reaching Dover on 24 January.[10]

    On 3 March 1940 Oropesa left Liverpool with Convoy OB 103.[11] Two days later, on 5 March, OB 103 joined Convoy OG 21F, which was bound for Gibraltar. Further out at sea Oropesa left OG 21F and continued independently to Bermuda.[12] On 7 May carrying general cargo Oropesa left Bermuda with Convoy BHX 41, which joined Convoy HX 41 at sea on 13 May.[13] HX 41 reached Liverpool on 23 May.[14]

    On 15 June 1940 carrying general cargo Oropesa left Liverpool with Convoy OB 168. Two days later, on 17 June, OB 168 formed Convoy OG 34F, which was bound for Gibraltar.[15] Further out at sea Oropesa left OG 34F and continued independently to Panama.[16] She returned with another general cargo, sailing independently as far as Bermuda. On 27 August she left Bermuda with Convoy BHX 69, which joined Convoy HX 69 at sea on 1 September.[17] HX 69 reached Liverpool on 12 September.[18]

    Oropesa's next destination was Suez in Egypt. In June Italy had entered the War and France had surrendered. This made the Mediterranean unsafe for Allied ships, so thereafter nearly all Allied merchant shipping to the Near East and the Indian Ocean went via the South Atlantic and around the Cape of Good Hope. On 3 October 1940 Oropesa left Liverpool with Convoy WS 3A, which reached Cape Town, South Africa on 27 October.[19] On 29 October she continued from Cape Town with Convoy WS 3, which reached Suez on 16 November.[20]

    Final voyage and sinking
    SS Oropesa is located in Oceans around British IslesSS Oropesa
    Approximate position of Oropesa's wreck

    The destroyer HMS Westcott, which with two Royal Navy tugs rescued 143 survivors
    Oropesa left Suez on 30 November with Convoy BS 9A, which dispersed off Aden on 5 December.[21] On 12 December 1940 Oropesa left Mombasa in Kenya, calling at Beira, Mozambique, on 19 December and Cape Town on Christmas Day.[4]

    On 16 January 1941 at 0356 hrs Oropesa was southeast of Rockall in the Western Approaches when the German Type VIIC submarine U-96, commanded by Kptlt Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, hit her in the stern with one G7a torpedo. Oropesa did not sink immediately, so U-96 waited and at 0440 hrs fired another torpedo, but that malfunctioned and went in circles. U-96 fired again at 0503 and 0559 hrs, this time hitting Oropesa beneath her bridge and amidships. The liner capsized and sank at 0616 hrs.[4]

    The Master, Harry Croft, 98 crew, a DEMS gunner and six passengers were killed. The Royal Navy tugs HMS Superman and HMS Tenacity and W-class anti-submarine destroyer HMS Westcott rescued 109 crew, one DEMS gunner and 33 passengers and landed them at Liverpool.[4]

    U-96 had been at the scene for more than two hours but escaped before Westcott could detect her. The next morning the submarine struck in the Western Approaches again, sinking SS Almeda Star and killing all 360 people aboard.[2
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    People on board SS OROPESA123 1. ANCELL, LEONARD (40), Barkeeper, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1901 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 2. BALSHAW, FREDERICK E. (18), Scullion, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of John James Balshaw and Annie Louisa Balshaw, of Litherland, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 3. BARNES, THOMAS (59), Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1882 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 4. BEATTIE, COLIN FLETCHER (19), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1922 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of George W. Beattie and Hermina E. Beattie (nee Fletcher), of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 5. BERNHARDT, ARTHUR (45), Chief Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1896 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Charles and Mary Bernhardt; husband of Josephine Bernhardt, of Seaforth, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 6. BERNSTEIN, LOUIS (19), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1922 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Samuel Bernstein, and of Annie Bernstein, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 7. BLINCOW, HAROLD (21), Fourth Officer, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1920 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Frances Dinsmore, of Dunoon, Argyllshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 8. BLUNDELL, WILLIAM (26), Fifth Engineer Officer, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1915 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of Elsie A. Blundell, of West Derby, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 9. BRACKSTONE, ALFRED WILLIAM , Assistant Cook (no. 124854), SS Oropesa, NAP, †16/01/1941, H.M.S. Queen of Bermuda. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy), Memorial: Liverpool Naval Memorial 10. BREMBLE, ROBERT (57), Chief Baker, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1884 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of Clara Bremble, of Rock Ferry, Cheshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 11. BRENNAN, FRANCIS (18), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of John Brennan, and of Catherine Brennan, of Bootle, Lancashire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 12. BUCKLEY, HAROLD (36), Assistant Baker, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1905 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of B. Buckley, of Kensington, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 13. BURGESS, GEORGE (28), Assistant Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1913 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of William and Lillian Burgess; husband of Josephine Burgess, of Birkenhead, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 14. BURKE, JAMES J. , Radio Officer, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, OROPESA , IRISH OAK 15. BYRON, FRANCIS (21), Sailor, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1920 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Charles E. and Ann J. Byron, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 16. CAMPBELL, ALEXANDER (38), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1903 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 17. CANAVAN, PETER (33), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1908 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Peter and Sarah Canavan; husband of Margaret Canavan, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 18. CHADWICK, ARTHUR J. (42), Baker, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1899 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of Kate Chadwick, of Pensby, C.heshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 19. CLAYTON, KENNETH ROWLAND (24), Sailor, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1917 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 20. COLLISTER, WILLLE KINLEY (42), Quartermaster, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1899 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 21. COXEN, SAMUEL (18), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Samuel John Coxen, and of Ellen D. Coxen, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 22. CREGEEN, ALEXANDER (48), Assistant Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1893 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Charles and Elizabeth Cregeen; husband of May Cregeen, of New Ferry, Cheshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 23. CROFT, HARRY EDMUND HUTTON (55), Master, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1886 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of George Bowes Croft and Rosellen Mary Croft; husband of Amy Dora Elizabeth Croft, of Wallasey, Cheshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 24. DAVISON, GEORGE (34), Able Seaman/Gunner (no. D/JX 214456), SS Oropesa, Royal Navy, 1907 ~ †16/01/1941, H.M.S. President III. Royal Navy. [Family] Son of Horatio and Martha Davison, of Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Husband of Elizabeth Davison, of Belfast, Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial 25. DAY, WILLIE BERTRAM (51), 2nd Steward (no. 803509), SS Oropesa, NAP, 1890 ~ †16/01/1941, ALIAS. See DAY, WILLIE BERTRAM - True family name, Memorial: Liverpool Naval Memorial 26. DIXON, ROBERT (18), Pantryman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Henry and Margaret Dixon, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 27. DOOLAN, JOSEPH (54), Butcher, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1887 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 28. DUNCOMBE, BENJAMIN J. J. (56), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1885 29. EDWARDS, JOHN PERCY (29), Third Officer, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1912 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of John Kynaston Edwards and Nellie Gertrude Edwards; husband of Doris May Edwards, of Walton, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 30. ELIAS, JOHN (38), Third Engineer Officer, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1903 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Alderman D. J. Elias and Mrs. Elias, of Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 31. ELLIOTT, EDWARD (21), Assistant Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1920 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 32. ELLIS, CHRISTOPHER (29), Sailor, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1912 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 33. FAGAN, THOMAS (19), Ordinary Seaman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1922 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of John Christopher and Agnes Fagan, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 34. FINCH, JAMES (18), Steward's Boy, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of James Finch, and of Maud Mary Finch, of Moreton, Cheshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 35. FITZGERALD, ROBERT (35), Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1906 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 36. FLEMING, EDWARD (27), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1914 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 37. FLYNN, PATRICK JOSEPH (43), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1898 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Michael and Alice Flynn, of Liverpool. Served in Royal Navy 1914-1918, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 38. FORD, WILLIAM (18), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Samuel and Ellen Ford, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 39. FURLONG, JOSEPH HENRY (26), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1915 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 40. GAULTON, ERIC STANLEY (28), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1913 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Samuel and Edith Gaulton; husband of Myra Gaulton, of Tue Brook, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 41. GIBSON, FREDERICK RICHARD (52), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1889 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Arthur and Anne Gibson; husband of Mary Teresa Gibson, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 42. GILL, KENNETH STANLEY (24), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1917 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 43. GUEST, WILLIAM PHILIP (32), Lamp Trimmer, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1909 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of William John Guest, and of Eleanor Guest, of Everton, Lancashire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 44. HALL, ARTHUR CLAYTON (23), Fifth Engineer Officer, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1918 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of William and Frances Hall; husband of Eileen Hall, of Gillingham, Kent, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 45. HAMILL, JOHN THOMAS (34), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1907 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 46. HOPKINS, FRANK (40), Greaser, A M, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1901 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Katherine Francis Hopkins; husband of Rose Hopkins, of Kirkdale, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 47. HUGHES, DONALD (18), Donkeyman (no. R171675), SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 08/02/1922 48. HUGHES, LESLIE CHARLES (23), Sailor, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1918 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Hughes, of Bootle, Lancashire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 49. HUTCHINGS, DOUGLAS WILLIAM HOWARD , Passenger (Oiler), SS Oropesa, NAP, †16/01/1941 50. JAFFE, ISAAC (22), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1919 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 51. JONES, FRANK (26), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1915 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 52. KELLY, WILLIAM ARMSTRONG (51), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1890 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of James and Mary Kelly; husband of Annie Kelly, of Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 53. LEAHEY, FRANCIS JOHN (17), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1924 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Francis Leahey, and of Esther Leahey, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 54. MAGEE, WALTER (22), Pantryman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1919 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mary Magee, of Foleshill, Warwickshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 55. MAHER, PATRICK (64), Baker, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1877 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Martin and Theresa Maher; husband of Catherine Maher, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 56. MARTIN, THOMAS (62), Greaser, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1879 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Martin, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 57. MCCORMICK, EDWARD (19), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1922 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Edward and Margaret McCormick, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 58. MCDONALD, LESLIE (18), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 59. MCEVOY, THOMAS (40), Fireman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1901 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 60. MCGILVERY, ALEXANDER (31), Fireman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1910 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 61. MCKAY, ALEXANDER (18), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Alexander and Hannah Margaret McKay, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 62. MCKENNY, DAVID (24), Assistant Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1917 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 63. MELROSS, THOMAS ALEXANDER (28), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1913 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Alexander Melross, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 64. MILES, DAVID WILLIAM NORIE (19), Apprentice, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1922 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Lieut. John Miles, R.N; and of Frances Lottie Miles, of Hayling Island, Hampshire. His brother, John Thomas Norie, also died on service, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 65. MILLIKEN, SAMUEL (46), Passenger (Sub-Lieutenant (E)), SS Oropesa, RNR, 1895 ~ †16/01/1941 66. MULLINEUX, GEORGE ALEXANDER (38), Chief Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1903 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 67. MURPHY, GEORGE (16), Steward's Boy, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1925 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Michael Murphy, and of Elizabeth Murphy, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 68. NELSON, JOHN (53), Able Seaman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1888 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of Annie Nelson, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 69. O'CONNOR, MICHAEL (18), Deck Boy, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Patrick O'Connor, and of Margaret O'Connor, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 70. PARRETT, HAROLD (27), Quartermaster, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1914 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Robert Walker Parrett and Ruth Parrett, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 71. PARRY, HERBERT (20), Assistant Butcher, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1921 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mrs. W. Parry, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 72. PHILLIPS, THOMAS MARTIN (51), Passenger (Sub-Lieutenant (E)), SS Oropesa, RNR, 1890 ~ †16/01/1941 73. PIMLETT, GEORGE (16), Steward's Boy, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1925 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Pimlett, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 74. REARDON, EUGENE (52), Assistant Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1889 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 75. REDMOND, ANTHONY (18), Steward's Boy, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 76. REGAN, JOHN (26), Able Seaman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1915 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 77. RILEY, PETER (18), Assistant Butcher, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Peter and Catherine Riley, of Litherland, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 78. ROBERTS, GEORGE HENRY (36), Quartermaster, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1905 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Roberts, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 79. ROBERTS, KENNETH (18), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of T. F. and Elsie Roberts, of Crosby, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 80. ROBINSON, ALFRED HENRY (28), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1913 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of George and Annie Robinson, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 81. SANSUM, BERNARD (31), Passenger (Scullion), SS Oropesa, NAP, 1910 ~ †16/01/1941 82. SHAKESHAFT, JOHN (17), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1924 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 83. SHARKEY, WILLIAM (40), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1901 ~ †16/01/1941 84. SIMPSON, HAROLD (48), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1893 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of Ivy Simpson, of Tue Brook, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 85. SMITH, HENRY (20), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1921 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Thomas and Mary Emma Smith, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 86. SMITH, JOHN JOSEPH (25), Passenger (Oiler), SS Oropesa, NAP, 1916 ~ †16/01/1941 87. STAFFORD, WALTER (41), Greaser, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1900 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 88. STANTON, OWEN SAMUEL (20), Fireman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1921 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Samuel and M. C. Stanton, of Birkenhead. His father perished with him, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 89. STANTON, SAMUEL (54), Greaser, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1887 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of M. C. Stanton, of Birkenhead. His son Owen Samuel perished with him, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 90. STURGEON, ROBERT (54), Oiler (no. 1066349), SS Oropesa, NAP, 1887 ~ †16/01/1941, H.M.S. Queen of Bermuda. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). [Family] Husband of Sarah Sturgeon, of Larne, Co. Antrim, Memorial: Liverpool Naval Memorial 91. SUMNER, ERIC JAMES (18), Assistant Pantryman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1923 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of John Joseph Sumner, and of Elizabeth Sumner, of Anfield, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 92. SURR, JONATHAN (41), Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1900 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 93. TAAFFE, ALPHONSUS (40), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1901 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Henry and Rose Ann Taaffe, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 94. TRUEMAN, JOSEPH (27), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1914 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Joseph and Catherine Trueman, of Moreton. Cheshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 95. TUCKER, JOSEPH EDWARD (20), Sailor, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1921 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Tucker, of Kentish Town. London, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 96. TUNSTALL, WILFRED (17), Steward's Boy, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1924 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mrs. E. A. Tunstall, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 97. TURNER, CHARLES (25), Sixth Engineer Officer, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1916 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 98. TURNER, THOMAS STOTHER (60), Donkeyman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1881 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of E. M. Turner, of Seacombe, Wallasey, Cheshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 99. VINCENT, GEORGE (26), Greaser, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1915 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 100. WALKER, KENNETH GRAHAME JOHNSTONE (26), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1915 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. B. Walker, of Glasgow, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 101. WARD, THOMAS (54), Assistant Butcher, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1887 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Thomas and Eliza Ward, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 102. WEST, WILLIAM KEMPTON (42), Purser, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1899 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of Victoria Eileen West, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 103. WETHERED, MATTHEW (51), Pantryman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1890 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Thomas and Mary Wethered; husband of Annie Wethered, of Bootle, Lancashire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 104. WHELAN, JOSEPH (17), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1924 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of George and Helen Whelan, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 105. WHITLEY, JOSEPH LEONARD (33), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1908 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 106. WHITTAKER, JOSEPH (30), Able Seaman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1911 ~ †16/01/1941, S.S. Oropesa (Liverpool). Merchant Navy. [Family] Son of Charles and Eugenie Whittaker. Husband of Hilda Whittaker, of Wilton, Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 107. WILLIAMS, HENRY (58), Chief Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1883 ~ †16/01/1941, Husband of Jessie Williams, of New Brighton, Cheshire, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 108. WILLIAMS, MICHAEL (36), Fireman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1905 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Michael and Rose Williams; husband of Anastasia Williams, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 109. WOODS, GEORGE (40), Pantryman, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1901 ~ †16/01/1941, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 110. YEATES, ARTHUR FREDERICK (38), Cook, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1903 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of F. J. Yeates, and of Ada S. Yeates, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 111. YOW, ERNEST LEE (19), Steward, SS Oropesa, Merchant Navy, 1922 ~ †16/01/1941, Son of Lee and Mary Yow, of Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial Read more at wrecksite: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?11154
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja Brown View Post
    Yes that’s him. Is there anywhere I could find his navy service records?

    His full Service Record should be in the Series called CR2 Documents Sonja.
    You would have to request these from Kew ,or better still to get down to Kew in person and Copy them off the Records held there!
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    Default Re: Help finding records

    There is also a Link at Find My Past (They have him as Born 1923) but is the same one .
    This will also have his Records well some of them i presume ,i have no Subscription there any longer so i cannot get what i normally would .
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    I think he would be in the BT364 or BT348 Series CR2 Cards

    Could be one of these ??
    First name(s)L Last nameMacdonald Birth year Birth county/country Discharge number95761 Card typeCR2 SeriesBT364

    First name(s)L Last nameMacdonald Birth year Birth county/country Discharge number458705 Card typeCR2 SeriesBT364

    First name(s)L Last nameMacdonald Birth year Birth county/country Discharge number860945 Card typeCR2 SeriesBT348

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    Default Re: Help finding records

    I have a current subscription to Find My Past that will elapse and not be renewed.

    I looked up Leslie McDonald and found these summaries.

    You may have to bang your screen resolution up as I'm a wee bit crap at these sorts of things!




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