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James Findlay Spink
- Date of enlistment: July 1916
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: 11666DA
- Rank: Deck Hand
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: H.M. Trawler George Milburn
- Unit/Ship: Royal Naval Reserve
- Place of Death: Lost at Sea
- Age at Death: 40
- Date of Death: 12.07.1917
- Burial Country:
- Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 28
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Address: 22 John St, Arbroath
- Occupation: Labourer, Arbroath Saw Mills
Catherine Coull, 17 Ladybridge St, Arbroath
James Spink, 17 Ladybridge St, Arbroath
Betsy Cargill Spink, 11 Ladybridge St, Arbroath
Maggie, born 02.10.1902, Jane, born 25.11.1905, Isabella, born 01.06.1908, James, born 11.11.1910, Thomas, born 09.02.1913, George, born 11.07.1915 & 1 other son (name unknown)
More about James Findlay Spink
James has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard the George Milburn, built by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen in 1916 and operated at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British navy trawler of 235 tons.
On July 12th, 1917, George Milburn was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-42 (Otto Heinrich Tornow), off Waterford, 1.5 miles south of Dunmore Point. 11 persons were lost.
James Findlay Spink 11666DA Royal Naval Reserve
An Arbroath minesweeper, James Findlay Spink, a deck hand, lost his life at sea on 12th July. Deceased leaves a widow and seven of a family, who reside at 22 John Street.
Montrose, Review 20th July 1917
Information supplied by Gary Thomson. Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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