Alexander Piggot Stephen

Military Information

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  • Rank: Lieutenant
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M. Yacht Zarefah
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 27
  • Date of Death: 08.05.1917
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  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 27

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 10.11.1889
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  • Mother:

    Helen Piggot Stephen, 2 Rhona Pl, Queen St, Broughty Ferry

  • Father:

    James Stephen, 2 Rhona Pl, Queen St, Broughty Ferry

  • Siblings:

    Frank, Walter McNicoll, James, Alexander & Elizabeth

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More about Alexander Piggot Stephen

Alexander has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He is also remembered on a family gravemarker in Barnhill Cemetery, Broughty Ferry and on the Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry school war memorial.

The Zarefah was originally built as the Marentanza V. In 1914 she was hired by the Royal Navy and equipped for mine sweeping duties. On May 8, 1917 she was struck by a mine from the German Submarine UC-31, 1 mile North East of Mull Head, Deerness with the loss of her 16 man crew.

Alexander Stephen   Lieutenant   Royal Navy

BROUGHTY FERRY NAVAL OFFICER KILLED.

Navigating Lieutenant Alexander Stephen, so of the late James Stephen, blacksmith and Mrs Stephen, Rhona Place, Queen Street, Broughty Ferry, who was in command of a patrol boat, has been killed.  Deceased, who was twenty-seven years of age, held a master’s certificate, and was regarded as a very efficient seaman.

Dundee Courier 14th May 1917

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

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