We have his War Grave details, and have paid our respects in Bayeaux where he was buried.
Its trying to unearth the details about his death rather than family lore. Unfortunately no one spoke over his life, or death and those who may have known are now dead.
I've downloaded the stuff from NA..only upto 1941 unfortunately. I also went onto the convoy web. Blackwater sailed the day after my grandfather's accident so it obviously wasn't damaged. I think I'll have to try and access his military record,
But its been fascinating finding out about this Ship .
The reference BT381/2731 is not downloadable from the National Archives. You'll have to visit in person or have someone view the do***ent for you. If the log has survived and is in the records, it will probably contain an entry about the accident you're interested in.
Thank you. Will let you know what I find out from N A.
Have asked for a page check on date he was killed, have his name, rank and number. Forgot to put in his Port Operating Company...but hopefully will be able to find out some more.
Once again, many thanks x
I am a latecomer to this thread (and a newcomer to ship nostalgia).
The Captain of the Blackwater in July '44 was a great uncle of mine, Thomas B. Mitchell (I believe he was the youngest captain of John Kellys at the time). It is folklore in our family that he brought the first cargo of ammunition over to the D-Day beaches. My father, who is living, sailed with him occaisionally after the war. I asked him about the accident in question but he said that Tom had never mentioned it (people did not necessarily 'open up' in those days).