Thomas Collins 14-Aug-17

First Name: Thomas
Last Name:Collins
Rank: Deck Hand
Regiment: Royal Navy Reserves
Military Number:
Place of Birth:Fairhill Claddagh
Place of Death:HMS Prize (Atlantic Ocean)
Date of Death:14-Aug-17
Additional Information:

Killed in Action: ( Atlantic Ocean)14 August 1917. Age 21

Supplementary Notes: Killed during action with an enemy submarine. Son of Peter & Delia Collins of Fairhill Road, Claddagh, Galway.

Remembered: Portsmouth Naval Memorial-Hampshire-United Kingdom (27).

Topsail Schooner commissioned by the Royal Navy as a Q ship (decoy ship), sunk by UB-48 on or about this date in the Irish Sea. There were no survivors. Lieutenant-Commander W E Saunders VC, DSO, RNR, in command.

– This from a contributer who is related to the late Lt-Cdr Saunders. (JJ College, in his ´Ships of the Royal Navy´ has the location ´in the Atlantic´ and the date 15th August)

The Schooner was captured from the Germans in 1914 in the English Channel and subsequently sold, to be hired in 1917. It was originally the Else, and renamed on capture as ´First Prize´.

COLLINS, THOMAS (21), Deckhand (no. 2877SD), HMS Prize, Royal Naval Reserve, †14/08/1917, Son of Peter and Delia Collins, of Fair Hill Rd., Galway, Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


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