John Powrie

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: June 1915
  • Place of enlistment: HMS Unicorn, Dundee
  • Service no: Clyde Z/5376
  • Rank: Signaller
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M. Trawler Pelican
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Place of Death: Pembroke Royal Naval Hospital
  • Age at Death: 25
  • Date of Death: 18.02.1916
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Dundee Eastern Necropolis
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: MM.3.1828.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 1890
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 16 Elizabeth Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Tenter, J & A. D. Grimmond, Maxwelltown Works, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:
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  • Spouse:

    Agnes Powrie, 13 Elizabeth St, Dundee

  • Children:

    Isabella, born 11.05.1913, John, born 21.08.1914 & William, born 19.02.1916

More about John Powrie

John Powrie was the husband of Mrs Powrie of 16 Elizabeth Street & 45 Cowgate, Dundee and worked in the Mills as a Tenter. He volunteered to join the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve onboard HMS Unicorn in June 1915 for service in the Royal Naval Division. After initial Naval training at the Crystal Palace in South London he transferred to Sea Service in September and reported to the Naval Barracks at Devonport in Plymouth. From there he was drafted to HMS Sabrina, the shore Auxiliary Patrol Base at Milford Haven in Wales and served in HM Trawler Pelican from October. He died in Pembroke Royal Naval Hospital on 18 February 1917 and an Inquest concluded that the deceased died from injuries accidently received through falling over Victoria Bridge, Milford Haven. John Powrie is buried in the Dundee Eastern Necropolis Cemetery, grave reference MM 3 1828. He is listed as a Signalman in the Dundee City Roll of Honour.

John Powrie   CZ/5367   Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve


Mrs Powrie, 13 Elizabeth Street, Dundee, has received official intimation that her husband, Signalman John Powrie, R.N.V.R., on board H.M.T. Pelican, has died in Pembroke Naval Hospital.  Signalman Powrie fell from a height of about 35 feet on board ship, and sustained a fractured spine.

Deceased was 24 years of age, and enlisted, along with his brother William, in the Naval Division in October last.  Previously he was employed by J. & A. D. Grimond & Co., Ltd., Maxwelltown Works.

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Calwell

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