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- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: 299952
- Rank: Stoker 1st Class
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: H.M.S Hawke
- Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
- Place of Death: Lost at Sea
- Age at Death: 33
- Date of Death: 15.10.1914
- Burial Country:
- Cemetery: Chatham Naval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 5
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Address: 5 Rose St, Dundee
- Occupation: Stoker, Kirriemuir Gasworks
Marjory McWalter Donachey, 5 Rose St, Dundee
More about Wallace Donachey
Wallace has no known grave but is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard H.M.S. Hawke, a Cruiser built in 1891. She was patrolling in the North Sea off the coast of Aberdeen when on 15.10.1914 she was struck by a single torpedo fired from German Submarine U-9 and quickly capsized with the loss of 524 crew. 70 crew survived the sinking.
Wallace Donachey 299952 Royal Navy
DONACHEY–FORBES–At Dundee, on the 4th August by special license, Wallace Donachey, 6 Arthur Street, to Marjory M’Walter Forbes, 5 Rose Street, Dundee.
Dundee People’s Journal 8th August 1914
DUNDEE STOKER ON BOARD THE HAWKE
IS THOUGHT TO HAVE PERISHED.
That agony of suspense which is almost as hard to bear as actual sorrow, is the portion of Mrs W. Donachey, who resides at 7 Rose Street, Dundee.
Wallace Donachey, her husband, was a stoker on board the ill-fated “Hawke,” and his name does not appear in the list of survivors, the gravest doubts are entertained as to his safety.
Donachey, had served twelve years in the navy, and only this year was placed on the reserve ranks. The circumstances of the of the case are of the most tragic description, for the missing sailor who was only 33 years of age, was married by special licence on the morning of the very day he was called up, and left the city the same night. Donachey having secured employment as a stoker at Kirriemuir Gasworks, the young couple intended to take up their residence there, but these plans were all shattered in the most tragic fashion on the outbreak of war.
The terrible strain of waiting is naturally telling very heavily on the young wife, but as no official intimation is forthcoming as to the stoker’s fate, there is still some ground for hope.
Dundee Courier 19th October 1914
DONACHEY–Lost at sea board H.M.S. Hawke, on the 16th October, Wallace Donachey, stoker, aged 33 years, beloved husband of Marjory Forbes, 5 Rose Street, Dundee. — deeply mourned.
Dundee People’s Journal 7th November 1914
Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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