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SS Bray Head
« on: Saturday 30 May 09 23:37 BST (UK) »
I am researching a relative Alexander Reid who was killed when the ship on which he was serving the SS Bray Head was sunk by a German submarine in March 1917. The Bray Head formerly the Indralema, was part of the Head Line or Ulster Steamship Company. The crew were put into open boats and the ship was sunk by gunfire - over 20 of the crew were killed including the master.

I have been told there is an eye witness account and a sketch of the sinking and I am hoping that someone might know something about these.

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Re: SS Bray Head
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 31 May 09 00:14 BST (UK) »
http://www.mercantilemarine.org/showthread.php?t=1198

Have you seen this thread online?

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Re: SS Bray Head
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 31 May 09 00:15 BST (UK) »
There's an account of the sinking here

http://www.rootschat.com/links/06f5/

I can't seem to find a picture though.

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Re: SS Bray Head
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 31 May 09 11:16 BST (UK) »
Thanks for this particularly the stuff from Islandmagee as a secondary part of the reseaerch is to find out a bit more about the other  members of the crew who died. The last crew list of the Bray Head which is in the National Archives shows that a good number came from the Carrickfergus/Islandmagee'Whitehed  area. The eye witness account came from a crew member called J Watson who came from Killyleagh.

Thanks also for the Mercantile Marine forum although I am aware of this and have contributed to it.

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Re: SS Bray Head
« Reply #4 on: Monday 21 March 11 01:04 GMT (UK) »
My great grandmother's brother John Curry Hoy was the captain of the ship. His grandmother was Jane Reid, married James Hoy in 1842 at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Islandmagee.
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Re: SS Bray Head
« Reply #5 on: Monday 21 March 11 12:20 GMT (UK) »
Are you 100% certain about the particulars?
I only ask as given his name, a supposed date of death and a photo showing he was RNR (I think) I can't find him at all on CWGC or a list of RN casualties elsewhere.
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Re: SS Bray Head
« Reply #6 on: Monday 21 March 11 15:36 GMT (UK) »
Hi Yes I am sure of the details > alex Reid was in the Merchant Navy but also judging from his uniform appears to have been in the RNR. Along with the other casualties of the Bray Head he is commemorated on the Merchant Navy memorial on Tower Hill. There is also a medal index card which mentions his RNR service in TNA. It would be intersting to know eher you have looked for his Naval service. Thanks.


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Re: SS Bray Head
« Reply #7 on: Monday 21 March 11 16:19 GMT (UK) »
Fair enough, but unless I'm having a brain meltdown I still can't see him on CWGC and he really should be commemorated. Tried a few spelling variation too, Read, Reed etc

Have a check:
http://www.cwgc.org/debt_of_honour.asp?menuid=14

Worth contacting them if he's not there.
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Re: SS Bray Head
« Reply #8 on: Monday 21 March 11 16:46 GMT (UK) »
Hi

My fault for being economical with his name. His full hame is Moses Alexander Reid and under that name he is commemorated on the CWGC. He was always know to my grandmother as Alex Reid and the name stuck. Sorry !