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Author Topic: Chief Shipwright Samuel Colwill  (Read 161 times)
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« on: April 26, 2017, 07:31:14 AM »

Rank:Chief Shipwright
Service No:175985
Date of Death:27/02/1916
Regiment/Service:Royal Navy S.S. "Maloja."
Grave Reference: K. M. 9.
Additional Information:Husband of Ann Colwill, of 6, Lucas Terrace, Prince Rock, Plymouth.

Western Morning News - Monday 06 March 1916

The body of Mr. Samuel Colwill, R.N., of 6, Lucas-terrace, Plymouth, was identified at Dover on Saturday by his brother, Mr. Charles Colwill, and another relative. Mr. Samuel Colwill had been in the navy for 22 years, and was lately employed in H.M.S. Hearty. He had been stationed at the Naval Barracks, Devonport, for three or four months, and having been appointed to a ship in the Mediterranean was going as a passenger to Gibraltar in the Maloja when that vessel was sunk. The funeral will take place at Dover to-day with naval honours.

Unfortunately there is an error on this recent headstone - as can be seen, the inscription reads MAJOLA instead of MALOJA. I've emailed the CWGC about this..

For more details on the incident which claimed his life, please see the following topic:

The sinking of the P&O steamer "Maloja" , mined 27th February 1916

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 09:54:27 AM »

Name:   Samuel Colwill
Rank:   Ch Shipt
Birth Date:   18 Feb 1871
Birth Place:   Plymouth, Devon, England
Widow: Ann, 6, Lucas Tce, Plymouth, Devon—believe married Ann Keech ¼ Dec 1892, Plymouth
Parents Charles H(died 1881/1891), Rachel M

Service Record:-
A joiner when he joined(Sic) as a Carpenter on 1.10.1893
Became Chief Shipwright 1.8.1914.

In 1911 on HMS Powerful at Sydney, Australia. As Carpenter’s Mate. Wife Ann at 6 Lucas Terrace with daughter May(born 1894)

Probate. Of 6 Lucas Terrace, Prince Rock, Plymouth. Died 27.2.1916 in the English Channel off Dover. Probate to Charles James Colwill*, carpenter. Effects£254
*elder brother?

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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2017, 08:23:22 AM »

Part of an email from the CWGC received today..

"Thank you for your email below highlighting the spelling error on the recent headstone to Chief Shipwright Samuel Colwill. Our Records section has now placed an amendment request into our works programme which will be assessed by one of our works teams when they are next on site. If an amendment in situ is possible this will be carried out in due course however if a replacement headstone is required this will add some time to the process. Therefore I cannot give a time scale as to its completion.

If you wish to receive a photograph of the completed work please do let us know and also feel free to check with as to the progress in a few months time."

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