John McLeod Neave

Military Information

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  • Rank: First Mate
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  • Regiment/Service: S.S. Jacona
  • Unit/Ship: Mercantile Marine
  • Place of Death:
  • Age at Death: 49
  • Date of Death: 12.08.1915
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Barnhill Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Section M. Lair 344

Personal Information

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  • Place of Birth: Dundee
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  • Mother:

    Catherine Neave

  • Father:

    John Neave

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  • Spouse:

    Sarah McPherson Neave (nee Paterson) 6 Alpha Tce, Broughty Ferry

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More about John McLeod Neave

The S.S. Jacona was a British Merchant Steamer of 2,970 tons. On 12 August 1915 when en route from the Tees to Montreal she struck a mine and sank 25 miles North North West from Troupe Head, Banffshire with the loss of 29 of her crew.

John McLeod Neave   First Mate   SS Jacona

NEAVE___In loving memory of my dear beloved husband, John M. Neave, who was drowned at sea, 12th August 1915.

In loving memory of my dear brother-in-law, John M. Neave, chief officer, SS Jacona, lost in the North Sea, 12th August 1915.

Dundee People’s Journal 12th August 1916

Report of the sinking of SS. Jacona –   Dundee Evening Telegraph 9th February 1916


John McL Neave was the son of Mr John and Mrs Catherine Neave. He was married to Mrs Sarah McPherson Neave (nee Paterson) of 6 Alpha Terrace, Broughty Ferry. In 1915 he was the First Mate of the SS Jacona, a steam cargo ship completed in 1889 by Laing for Rankin Gilmour as the Saint Marnock. She sank on 12 August 1915 after striking a mine approximately 25 nautical miles North West of Troup Head in Scotland. Three other local men, R W Fleming, E S Hendry and D G Mudie, died in the sinking although Dundee born Fireman/Trimmer D Peebles survived. John Neave’s body was recovered and he is buried in the Barnhill Cemetery, Broughty Ferry, Grave Reference M 344. He is named on the Tower Hill Memorial in London and on the St Stephens Church Memorial, Broughty Ferry.

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

Further information supplied by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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