James Rankine Ramsay

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: 6521 17/18
  • Rank: Shipmaster (First Mate)
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: S.S. War Song
  • Unit/Ship: Mercantile Marine
  • Place of Death:
  • Age at Death: 48
  • Date of Death: 15.01.1918
  • Burial Country: Fance
  • Cemetery: L'isle de Sien, New Communal Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Collective grave

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 36 Victoria Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Helen Ramsay

  • Father:

    James Ramsay

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Janet Ramsay, 36 Victoria Rd, Dundee

  • Children:

More about James Rankine Ramsay

James R Ramsay was the son of Mr James and Helen Ramsay and was married to Mrs Janet Ramsay of 36 Victoria Road, Dundee. The SS War Song was a 2,500 ton steam cargo ship completed in 1917 by Detroit Shipbuilding Company of Wyandotte, Michigan for the British Government Shipping Controller. She was sunk on 15 January 1918 by gunfire from the German submarine U-93 about 12 miles West of the Ile de Sein near Brest. She was en route from Bilbao to Brest with a cargo of iron ore. James Ramsay’s body was recovered and is buried in the L’ Isle de Sein New Communal Cemetery, Finisterre, Brittany, France. Sixteen men were lost in the sinking. Some records say that the ship was sunk by U-84.

Information supplied by Gary Thomson.

Further information supplied by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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