M.V. Fishpool and M.V. El Argentino gunner losses 26/7/43

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  1. Steve49

    Steve49 Boycott P&O...

    M.V. Fishpool was lost after an Axis air attack at Syracus, Sicily. Lloyd's says had onboard 36 crew and 17 gunners, of whom 23 crew and 5 gunners lost. CWGC lists 23 MN deaths, but I can only identify the 4 gunners below to associate with this loss.

    WATSON, Matthew, Act/Leading Seaman, D/JX 229934, (President III), MPK [PlyM]
    COLLIE, Thomas P, Gunner, RA (2 Maritime Regt), 2875823 [SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, SICILY]
    CUMMINGS, Joseph P, Gunner, RA (1 Maritime Regt), 1809118 [SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, SICILY]
    JONES, Robert J, Gunner, RA (1 Maritime Regt), 1564978 [SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, SICILY]

    M.V. El Argentino was also sunk in an air attack on this date (but west of Cape Carvoeiro). Lloyd's says 4 crew lost in the that sinking and 84 crew and 10 gunners survived, but I've identified one gunner loss, in addition to the 4 MN deaths.

    LEACH, Leonard A, Gunner, RA (6 Maritime Regt), 6297100, killed [PlyM]

    So is Lloyd's in error with the gunner losses associated with these two sinkings or was Gnr Leach the fifth gunner lost with Fishpool?


  2. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Hi Steve,
    Lloyd's is correct on this occasion and gunner Leach was the fifth gunner lost with the FISHPOOL.

    LEACH, Gunner, LEONARD ALEXANDER, 6297100, 6 Maritime Regt., Royal Artillery. (SS Fishpool) 26 July 1943. Age 34. Son of William Thomas Leach and Caroline Leach; husband of Florance Ruth Leach, of Plumstead, London. Panel 85, Column 1.

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