Lurgan's Dead from World War 2 1939-45

James Hamill


Cattleman Hamill J.

Merchant Navy S.S. Ville d 'Arlon (Belgium).

who died on
2 December 1940. Aged 28.

Additional Information:
Son of John and M. A. Hamill
of Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Grave or Reference Panel Number:
Panel 114..

The Ville DŽ Arlon was a Belgian Passenger steamer of 7,555 tons, built in 1920. Her name when laid down was 'Shohokin', she was launched as 'Mount Wolf' and completed as 'Cambrai'. In 1931 she was renamed 'American Traveller' for US Lines Co, out of New York. In February 1940 she was sold to Belgium and renamed Ville dŽArlon.

At 04.09 hours on the 2nd December 1940 when on route from New York, (departed 15th November) and Halifax (departed 21st November) for Liverpool, carrying general cargo and livestock, the Ville dŽArlon, Mastered by Albert Wilding, was hit aft by a torpedo from a German submarine U-47. At 04.00 hours she had reported steering problems and dropped back to the rear of convoy HX-90, leaving her vulnerable to the enemy U-Boats. The Master, 54 crew members and one passenger were lost.

from information supplied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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