World War 2 (1939 - 1945)


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John McIntosh

Service: Merchant Navy
Ship: SS Empire Mermaid - 6,319 tons
Rank: 2nd Radio Officer

John McIntosh was born in 1925 in Glasgow, son of Donald McIntosh and Annie H. McIntosh whose address is given on the Commonwealth War Certificate as Dalguise, Perthshire. John's address on his merchant seaman's death record is Crookfur Cottage, Newton Mearns. It is thought that he was a gardener at Crookfur House.

The Empire Mermaid was built in 1919 as the Endicott for the US Shipping Board, Seattle. In 1933 she was purchased by Lykes Bros - Ripley SS Co, Lake Charles. In 1940 she was renamed Empire Mermaid, requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport and managed by Lyle Shipping Company. On the 28 March 1941, en-route from the USA to Hull, she was bombed by a Focke-Wulf Condor aircraft off the north west of the Hebrides and sank. Twenty-three of her crew were lost. John was 26 years old and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Memorial - panel 43.

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