Commemoration to mark the 100th Anniversary of sinking of the SS Kenmare

March 10, 2018 0

Today a commemoration service was held in Balrothery to mark the 100th anniversary of the late John Macaulay, Royal Navy Reserve no. 4315SD.  John along with 34 passengers was on the SS Kenmare  which was torpedoed on 2nd March 1918 some 25 miles off the coast of Skerries by German Uboat 14.   The piper Paul McGowan led the procession to the graveside and Rev. Anthony Kelly led the group in prayer and a wreath was laid to mark the occasion. 

Six  members of the crew survived but twenty-nine perished. The sea only gave up three of the missing crew, their remains were found a few weeks later on Balbriggan, Gormanston and Skerries beaches.

Of those found, one could only be identified by a letter in his pocket, this was Leading deck hand John Macaulay, Royal Navy Reserve, from Islivig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. John was buried in Balrothery Cemetery with full military honours on 18th of March 1918 with Coast Guard, Navy, R.I.C. and Military in attendance. Another unknown crew member was also buried in Skerries on that same day.