Commemoration. The Roll of Honour and Seamens’ Memorial

HMS Mary Rose, launched on 8 October 1915, was an Admiralty M-class destroyer sunk on 17 October 1917 approximately 70 miles east of Lerwick while escorting a convoy of 12 merchant ships from Norway.

More than 600 Royal Navy sailors, merchant seamen and civilians from Dundee and the wider Tayside community lost their lives in the Great War at sea. Just one among them was 30 year old Leading Seaman George Paton (circled) who died along with many of his shipmates when their M-class destroyer HMS Mary Rose was sunk in a gun battle with enemy surface raiders off Shetland on 17 October 1917.

The son of a former seaman in Dundee’s naval drill ship HMS Unicorn, George lived with his wife Mary in the city’s Bernard Street. In May 1918, seven months after the sinking of HMS Mary Rose, Mary Paton gave birth to a daughter she christened Mary Rose after her late husband’s ship.

Today, George Paton and those like him who lost their lives in the sea war are commemorated in both on the Dundee Seamens’ Roll of Honour and with a memorial plaque unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal in the City Churches on 10 July 2017.