QUINN John Patrick
Regiment : S.S. Arandora Star (London) Merchant Navy
Service number : J0
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 2nd July 1940 aged 39
Buried : Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London, England, Panel 9.
Relatives : Son of Mr and Mrs J. Quinn; husband of May Quinn, of Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
S.S. Arandora Star was a British cruise liner that was requisitioned in WW2 as a troop ship. On 1st July 1940 she sailed from Liverpool bound for St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. On board were 1,673 people comprising of 479 German internees, 734 Italian internees, 86 German prisoners of war, a military guard of 200 men and a crew of 174 officers. At 06.15 on the morning of 2nd July the ship was 15 miles west of Bloody Foreland, County Donegal, Ireland when she was struck without warning on her starboard side by a torpedo fired from the German U-boat U-47. At 07.20 hours the ship sunk taking her Master and his senior officers with her. A total of 805 people lost their lives – 55 of the 174 crew members, 37 of the 200 military guards, 470 of the Italian internees and 243 of the German internees. The survivors were picked up by the Canadian destroyer HMCS St Laurent. Over the coming weeks a number of bodies from the ship were washed up on the shores of Ireland.
John Quinn has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Tower Hill Memorial.