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French graves in Girvan (Doune) Cemetery

 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:53 pm    Post subject: French graves in Girvan (Doune) Cemetery Reply with quote

These 2 graves are in CWGC care in above cemetery.





They do not appear to be listed at http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/ but I understand that the phrase 'Mort pour la France' is a legal status in France. Anyone any idea where I can get personal details from?

Also the ship Longwy SS was sunk off the west coast of Scotland on 4th November 1917 by a German mine. Any other info?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://divernetxtra.com/wrecks/wtour150500.htm

The 2315 ton French steamer Longwy was one of the victims of a German UC-class mine-laying submarine engaged in setting a widespread field of mines across the approaches to Glasgow and the Clyde.

The Longwy, bound for the Clyde from Bilbao with a cargo of iron ore, was 3 miles off Corsewall Point on the Scottish shore of the North Channel out of the Irish Sea when the torpedo hit her, on the morning of 4 November, 1917.

Though it was a torpedo which sank the ship, the course set by Captain Yves Legall might well have ended with a mine explosion anyway. At this late stage of the war, the German mine-laying subs were planting their cargoes close inshore, to catch Allied shipping hugging the coast in an effort to dodge U-boats operating in deeper waters.

The Longwy was built in 1903 in Nantes and, when launched, was 282ft long with a beam of 40ft and a draught of 19ft. She was powered by a three-cylinder triple-expansion steam engine, made by Schneider and Co of Creusot

Two bodies washed ashore after the sinking are buried in Doune Cemetery at Girvan.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great info, thanks

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