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: Perth
- Service no: 266109
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 14th Battalion
- Place of Death: Lost at Sea
- Age at Death:
- Date of Death: 30.12.1917
- Burial Country:
- Cemetery: Chatby Memorial, Egypt
- Grave/Mem Ref no:
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Blairgowrie
- Address: 4 East Hendersons Wynd, Dundee?
More about James Petrie
James has no known grave but is remembered on the Chatby Memorial. It is believed that he was aboard the Liner, H.T. Aragon an Auxiliary Transport Ship with approx 2,700 people on board,taking reinforcements to Palestine. On 30 December 1917 she had reached the Port of Alexandria and was initially allowed to enter the harbour, but was subsequently ordered out again. She was anchored outside without any protection from Submarine attack, for which she was an easy target and was duly torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine UC-349 with a total loss of 610 people including 19 crew. H.M.S. Attack went to her aid and was herself blown in two by a mine and disappeared with 10 of her crew and many of those she had just taken on board.
Information supplied by Gary Thomson
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