In remembrance WW1 – January 25

On this day in 1917 the Laurentic was mined off Lough Swilly

SS Laurentic was a British ocean liner of the White Star Line. She was converted to an armed merchant cruiser at the onset of WW1, and sank after striking two mines north of Ireland on 25/01/1917, with the loss of 354 lives. She was carrying about 43 tons of gold ingots at the time of her loss, and some estimate that 20 bars of gold are yet to be recovered. At least five men from Northern Ireland died.

+LARMOUR, Edward Archibald Rice
RNR. Lieutenant (E). HMS Laurentic. Died 25/01/1917. Age 36. Son of Annabelle Steele (formerly Larmour), and the late Edward Armour, Belfast; husband to Johanna Margrietha Larmour, Streeton Ave., Wallasey, Cheshire. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. IMR

+LAVERTY, William Aicken
RN. Leading Seaman. 218192. HMS Laurentic. 25/01/1917. Age 30. Enrolled 04/02/1904 for 12 years. War service in Fantome, Vivid I, Pelorus, Cormorant and Laurentic (01/08/1916 – 25/01/1917). Born Belfast 04/02/1886. Son of James and Jane Laverty, Ravenscroft St., Connswater, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 20. McQuiston Memorial – PCI RH. ADM 188/383/218192

+McKEAN, James
RN. Leading Seaman. 209507. HMS Laurentic. Died 25/01/1917. Age 32. Enrolled 13/03/1902 for 12 years. Served to 14/03/1914. Joined RFR 15/03/1919. War service in Laurentic. Born Belfast 13/03/1884. Son of James and Mary Ann McKean, Canning St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial. York Street – PCI WM. ADM 188/366/209507

+McQUADE, Alexander
RN. Stoker I. 277718. HMS Laurentic. Died 25/01/1917. Age 50. Born Belfast. Son of William and Martha McQuade; husband to Annie Jane McQuade, Wimbledon St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial. IMR

+MITCHELL, Robert R
RNR. Engineer Lieutenant. HMS Laurentic. Died 25/01/1917. Age 32. Son of John and Jane Mitchell, Church Avenue, Holywood. Holywood cemetery. Holywood WM. Holy Trinity, Glencraig Parish, WM

RFR – Royal Fleet Reserve; IMR – Irish Memorial Roll; PCI RH – Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour; WM – War Memorial

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