Great War Dundee
This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: Clyde 1/42
- Rank: Leading Carpenters Crew
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Hawke
- Unit/Ship: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
- Place of Death: Lost at Sea
- Age at Death: 22
- Date of Death: 15.10.1914
- Burial Country:
- Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 7
- Date of Birth: 10.11.1891
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 10 Roslin Tce, Dundee
- Occupation: Joiner
Helen Watson Murray, 10 Roslin Tce, Dundee
George Lunan Murray, 10 Roslin Tce, Dundee
Helen & James
More about George Murray
George has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
He was serving aboard H.M.S. Hawke which was a light Cruiser when she was attacked on 15.10.1914 and torpedoed by German Submarine U-9 off the coast of Aberdeen. The torpedo struck amidships and she capsized within 10 minutes. The Destroyer “Swift” and the Steamer “Modesta” went to her aid and picked up 71 survivors but 524 crew were lost.
George`s father, also George, was a millwright and the family lived at 10 Roslin Terrace, Dundee
George joined the RNVR in 1909 and was a bandsman with the RNVR Unicorn Band. He joined HMS Hawke on 5th August 1914 in Queenstown, Ireland. On the night of 14th October the Hawke was torpedoed by submarine U-9 whilst patrolling off Aberdeen in the North Sea.79 seamen survived but 524 died, of whom George was one.
Information supplied by Gary Thomson, further information kindly supplied by Hugh Mcrae
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