World War 1 (1914 - 1918)

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George Stirling Welsh

Service: Navy
Unit: SS Clan Farquhar (Glasgow), Mercantile Marine*
Rank: 4th Mate

George was born in Newton Mearns in 1897, son of James and Hannah Buchanan Welsh (née Stirling). At the time of George's death, the family had moved from Newton Mearns and were living at 108, Albert Rd., Crosshill, Glasgow. James Welsh was employed as a tailor cutter.

George died on 26 February 1917 when the British steamer SS Clan Farquhar, on a voyage from Calcutta to London with general cargo, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-43 (captained by Hans von Mellenthin) 80 miles north-east of Benghazi. 49 persons were killed. George was aged 20 and is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London.

 


 *The steamer was part of the Clan Line that had been founded in Liverpool in 1877 trading from Britain to India. In the 1880s the Clan Line Head Office was moved to Glasgow.


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