Williams, S J Q

  • Name on memorial: Williams, S J Q
  • Memorial panel: Centre
  • Full name: Stuart John Quare Williams
  • Rank: Cadet
  • Service details: S.S. Serooskerk (Netherlands), Merchant Navy
  • Age at death: 17
  • Date of death: 02/12/1942
  • Birth place: West Derby
  • Parents: George Charles and Mabel Williams, of Putney, London
  • Mother's maiden name: Harrison
  • Parents' marriage details: West Derby Dec-23
  • Wife: unknown
  • Wife's maiden name: unknown
  • Marriage details: unknown
  • Additional information: Source: http://www.grahamtall.co.uk

    At 22.06 hours on 6 Dec, 1942, in the Mid-Atlantic, the Serooskerk (Master D. de Boer), was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-155 and stopped. The ship had been spotted at 19.50 hours on a zigzag course. A first strike at 23.17 hours struck in the stern, but the ship settled only a bit. She sank within two minutes after being hit amidships by the coup de grĂ¢ce at 23.55 hours. Apparently the torpedo had hit at deck level, probably wounding and killing many of the crewmen and destroying the lifeboats because despite of the long time between the attacks no survivors were seen to abandon ship. Stuart Williams was most likely a passenger aboard the Serooskerk, bound ultimately for another ship.

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