William Anthony McGowan and Charles Kavanagh McGowan


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Reference WMO/275055

Address:

Kirkinner Cemetery

St Kennera Terrace

Kirkinner

DG8 9AW

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Description: Addition to Gravestone
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. Name: MCGOWAN, WILLIAM ANTHONY, Third Mate Mercantile Marine, SS Kalibia (Glasgow), Age: 22, Date of Death: 30th November 1917, Additional information: Son of William McGowan. Born at Newton Stewart. Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial. On November 30th 1917, SS Kalibia, on a voyage from Norfolk to Bordeaux with a cargo of steel billets, was sunk by German submarine U-80, 29 miles southwest of The Lizard. 25 persons were lost. Name: MCGOWAN, CHARLES KAVANAGH, Master, Merchant Navy, SS St Sunniva (Aberdeen), Age: 40, Awards: DSC, Date of Death: 22nd January 1943 Additional information: Husband of Isabella McGowan, of Bishopton, Renfrewshire., Panel Reference: Panel 90, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial. Requisitioned by the Admiralty on Tuesday 29 August 1939, the St Sunniva took part in the Norwegian Campaign and took up duties at Scapa Flow as a guardship from October 1939 until September 1942, with occasional trips to Aberdeen. In Sept 1942 the vessel was converted at Hull to a convoy rescue ship, departing from the Clyde on 2 Jan. 1943. Between 21st and 22nd January 1943 she disappeared without trace whilst serving as rescue ship with transatlantic convoy (it is presumed that her masts and rigging became encrusted with ice and she turned turtle). She was lost with all hands. Charles McGowan is listed on the Douglas Ewart School WW2 memorial and his DSC award was reported in the London Gazette: London Gazette Date:23 October 1942 Issue number:35761 Page number:4653. The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointment to the Distinguished Service Order, and to approve the following Awards: For fortitude, seamanship and endurance in taking Merchantmen to North Russia through heavy seas and in the face of relentless attacks by enemy aircraft and submarines: The Distinguished Service Cross. Captain Charles Kavanagh McGowan, Master.
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