Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Fourth Engineer
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine
Unit Text: S.S. "Comrie Castle"
Date of Death: 14/03/1918
Additional information: Son of Mrs. Mackinnon (formerly MacLean), of 8, Newton St., Stornoway, and the late Donald MacLean; husband of Catherine Morrison MacLean, of 25, Francis St., Stornoway.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: E. 28. 15/21. Cemetery:
HASLAR ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY
Mr. MacLean was one of the nine unfortunate men who were killed when the "Comrie Castle" was torpedoed on March 14th, 1918 in the English Channel off St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight, whilst on a voyage from London to New York. Beached on Horse Tail Bank, despite adverse winds and tides, rough seas and other difficulties, she was refloated and beached in a more sheltered position off Netley. From there she was again refloated and towed to Portsmouth for repair.
Others who died:-
Alford, P.T., Steward
Callan, M., Greaser
Driscoll, Denis, Trimmer
Malin, J.P., Fireman.
Tidy, T., Fireman
There are 3 others who were lost but whose names are not mentioned in Union-castle at War 1914-1918.
MERCHANT SERVICE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL