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15 September 1941: Gozo Family Mourn Loss of Three Seamen

15 Sep

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SS Newbury (1)

SS Newbury (1)

SS NEWBURY SUNK – ALMOST ENTIRE CREW LOST

Three members of the same Attard family from Gozo lost their lives today when the freighter on which they were serving was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic. Carmelo, Coronato and Giuseppe Attard were serving together as Fitter/Trimmers on the 5000 ton steam freighter SS Newbury which was carrying a cargo of coal from Cardiff to Buenos Aires.

The freighter was lagging behind the rest of her convoy when she was spotted by a German u-boat, U94. The submarine closed and launched torpedoes, one of which struck Newbury.  At the order to abandon ship an attempt was made to launch lifeboats but almost all the crew perished, including the Attards.  Many Maltese are currently serving in overseas military and naval units, and the Merchant Navy but it is unusual for members of the same family to serve on the same vessel.

EXTRA MEDICAL STAFF

Malta needs more medical staff, according to the Governor and Commander in Chief. The additional staff are required to cope with the needs of a greatly increased garrison.  Lt Gen Dobbie has writing to the War Office asking that ten more regimental medical officers, as well as one ear and one eye specialist be posted to Malta at the earliest opportunity. 

The ten regimental medical officers are to operate in charge of areas: three with mobile reserve battalions and the remainder maintained in immediate touch with battalions. All will assist in enabling medical aid posts to function as camp hospitals.

SHORTAGE OF MOTOR TRANSPORT GREASE

Stocks of grease for motor transport use are now running low. Troops have been asked to use utmost economy in utilising the grease and to restrict their orders for supplies from stock to the minimum necessary.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 15 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 16 SEPTEMBER 1941

Weather  Overcast with light rain.

No air raids.

Military casualties  Fusilier James Pollock, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 1941

AIR HQ  Departures 12 Hurricane, 1 Sunderland, 1 Wellington.   38 Squadron 10 Wellingtons attacked Tripoli. 69 Squadron 1 Maryland special patrol.

HAL FAR  Pilot Officer R A Innes became Commanding Officer of 185 Squadron.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Advance party left Gozo for Malta.

(1)  Clyde built ships World War 2

 

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