O’Shea, Brian Ralph

Brian Ralph 

O’Shea

1923 - 1941
Aged18
Rank Air Fitter
Service no.FX 75495
Regiment Fleet Air Arm, HMS Lanka, Royal Navy
Born March 9, 1923
DiedMarch 30, 1941

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About
Brian Ralph
O’Shea

Gateway School 1934-39.

Air Fitter O’Shea was travelling as a passenger on board the SS Staffordshire, when the ship was bombed by a German aircraft northwest of the Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and abandoned. The casualties, 14 passengers and 14 crew died as a result of hypothermia due to the near freezing sea temperature. Among those who died was Air Fitter O’Shea. He is buried in Sandwick Cemetery, Stornaway, Isle of Lewis, Section M, Grave 2981. SS Staffordshire was beached in Loch Ewe on 29 March and refloated on 23 April. The wording on Brian Ralph O’Shea’s headstone is:- INTO THY HANDS, O LORD, WE COMMEND HIS SPIRIT

 

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