Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Able Seaman Arthur Culling died when S.S. Norwood was torpedoed in the North Sea. He was sixteen years old and from South Shields.
The requisitioned steamer was built by Hall, Russell & Co. in Aberdeen in 1895, and was on a voyage from Middlesborough to Aberdeen when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-29, commanded by Kapitanleutnant Ernst Rowenow. UC-29 would suffer a similar fate four months later with only two survivors.
Those who lost their lives when S.S. Norwood sank were:
Second Mate John Aitken, 33 and married, from Shetland.
Fireman John Booth, married, from Aberdeen.
Boatswain John Christie, 63, from Peterhead.
Cook James Coutts, 35 and married, from Aberdeen.
Fireman William Louden, married, from Aberdeen.
Donkeyman (first name unlisted) Massie, 52 and married, from Aberdeen.
Carpenter (first name unlisted) Morrison, 58 and married, from Aberdeen.
First Mate Charles Murray, 33 and married, from Sunderland.
Able Seaman Alexander Paterson, 37 and married, from Inverness.
Second Engineer William Rutherford, 44, from Musselburgh.
Fireman (first name unlisted) Sangster, 32 and married, from Peterhead.
Master Ernest Schofield, 38 and married, from Bridlington.
Able Seaman (first name unlisted) Silver, 21, from Aberdeen.
Fireman (first name unlisted) Slater, 37 and married, from Aberdeen.
Ordinary Seaman William Smith, from Aberdeen.
Steward (first name unlisted) Stewart, 25, from Aberdeen.
Chief Engineer Alexander Troup, 48 and married, from Aberdeen.
All are remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial in London. “O hear us when we cry to thee, for those in peril on the sea”. Si vis pacem, para bellum.