Arthur Melville

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: Clyde Z/6865
  • Rank: Able Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Sarnia
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 30
  • Date of Death: 12.09.1918
  • Burial Country:
  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 31

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 87 Watson St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Railway Porter/Guard
  • Mother:

    Annie Melville, 87 Watson St, Dundee

  • Father:

    Arthur Melville, 87 Watson St, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Arthur Melville

Arthur has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard H.M.S. Sarnia which was passenger ship requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an Armed Boarding Steamer. She was torpedoed and sunk 12.09.1918 by German Submarine U-65 while on route from Alexandria to Port Said with the loss of 53 lives.


Mr Arthur Melville, 87 Watson Street, Dundee, has been notified that his son A.B. Arthur Melville, Royal Naval Division, is missing, presumed drowned.  This intimation will be received with feelings of regret by travellers on the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway, where for about twelve years Arthur had been employed, latterly as a porter-guard.  He enlisted three years ago.

Dundee Courier 27th September 1918

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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