In remembrance WW2 – January 25

Standard

A Carrickfergus Convoy Signalman and a Derry Gunner

John Beattie Dumigan of Carrickfergus was lost on a convoy to Murmansk in a U-boat attack

John was an RN Convoy Signalman. C/JX 234041. He was in S.S Fort Bellingham and he died on 25/01/1944 when it was sunk.

At 00.16 hours on U-360 (Becker) fired a spread of three FAT torpedoes at the convoy JW-56A in the Barents Sea north of North Cape. There were three hits.

In fact, the only ship hit was that of the convoy commodore Cmdr I.W. Whitehorn RN, who was in the Fort Bellingham (Master James Ninian Maley). It fell behind the convoy, where she was sunk by U-957 with a T-3 torpedo at 06.53 hours the same day.

The master, the commodore, four naval staff members, 22 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by HMS Offa (G 29) (LtCdr R.F. Leonard, RN) and landed at Murmansk.

Two crew members were taken prisoner by U-957. 18 crew members, 16 gunners and two naval staff members were lost including JB Dumigan. Son of John and Martha Dumigan; husband of Rhoda M. Dumigan, Carrickfergus. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 76

+McFARLAND, Samuel
Gunner Samuel McFarland (1486790) of the Royal Artillery died on 25/01/1946. Aged 29, he served with 24 Battery, 9 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment. Son of John McFarland and of Martha K. McFarland of Limavady. Aghanloo Church of Ireland Churchyard

cropped-somme-0171.jpg

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.