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Claude Reginald Blyth

Photo:
(none)

Service No:
CH/16620

Rank:
Private

Regiment:
Royal Marine Light Infantry, serving aboard S.S. 'Northumbria'

Died:
09/01/1919

Aged:
23

Commemorated / Buried:
Embleton (Spitalford) Cemetery, A.C. 553

Service History:
SS 'Northumbria' was a ship of 4,215 grt built in 1906 & owned by Westminster Steamship Co Ltd of London.

While on a voyage from Baltimore to Sunderland with a cargo of wheat she struck 2 mines in the North Sea one mile off Redcar at 03:00 on 9 January 1919.

The ship's lifeboats had not been fitted with rowlocks. Most were swamped but one managed to get away. After drifting for a week in stormy weather the sole surviving lifeboat washed up at Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland. All but two of the 10 men who managed to get into the lifeboat were dead. In all, 36 men lost their lives.

Background:
Son of Frederick George Blyth

Local memorial:
Embleton (Spitalford) Cemetery A.C. 553