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Ernest James HOLROYD

Male Abt 1869 - 1918  (~ 48 years)


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  • Name Ernest James HOLROYD 
    Born Abt Jul 1869  Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008
    Gender Male 
    Health Died in a fiery collision between two ships during World War I; the S.S. War Knight (Ernest’s ship) and the OB Jennings. 
    History Parents were Elijah Holroyd and Sarah Thompson, married in 1855 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England according to the England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915. He is listed in the Seattle, Washington city directory in 1913, living with his wife, Gertrude L. Holroyd, with the occupation of a Master Mariner.
    The S.S. War Knight was in a convoy of sixteen merchant ships and an escort of seven destroyers, en route from New York to London bringing vital supplies to a nation gripped in a war that was meant to end all wars. Just after midnight on 24 March 1918, as the convoy approached the Isle of Wight, signals were missed with calamitous consequences –some ships had heard the order to alter course, some had not. In the confusion and darkness, the War Knight turned and her bows carved into side of the fuel tanker, OB Jennings. Both ships were carrying lethal cargoes.
    The War Knight with a thousand tons of fuel oil, bales of rubber, and drums of chemicals, ruptured the side of the Jennings sending a torrent of Naphtha, a highly volatile fuel, from the tanker across her own decks. Within seconds, the two ships exploded into a sea of flame, engulfing the crews. Few survived this deadly inferno. But, against all odds, the fires on the Jennings were extinguished and she was saved. The War Knight was not so lucky and was being towed to Watcombe Bay, when she had further misfortune and struck a mine. Finally the allies sunk her by gunfire to quench the fires which raged in her cargo
    During both World Wars, the busy shipping lanes leading to the Ports of Southampton and Portsmouth attracted many German ‘U’ Boat Commanders. Torpedoes, mines and gunfire all took their toll, but the real tragedy of this disaster is that it was not due to enemy action, but to a misheard order. 
    Immigration Abt 1881 
    Occupation Master Mariner 
    Died 24 Mar 1918  Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I56111  Reid Family | David's side of the family
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2014 

    Family Lucy Gertrude COX,   b. Abt Aug 1870, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1922, Brooklyn, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married 27 Nov 1904  Panama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Frederick Ernest HOLROYD,   b. 22 Apr 1900, Houghton, King, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Mar 1973, New York, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +2. Warren William HOLROYD,   b. 28 Dec 1901, Kirkland, King, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt May 1967, Deer Park, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Family ID F37784  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Mar 1918 - Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S238] United States Federal Census, Seattle, King, Washington; Enumeration District #196, Pg. 5B.

    2. [S364] England Census, 1871, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England; Pg. 21.

    3. [S365] England Census, 1881, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England; Pg. 39.