Dermot Michael Power

Able Seaman Dermot Michael Power was a Canadian seaman serving in the Royal Navy until November 1941 on board the cruiser HMS Cairo during World War Two.

Able Seaman

Dermot Michael Power

P/JX 200120

Canadian Dermot Michael Power served with the Royal Navy at the time of his death in 1941. He came to be buried in Belfast City Cemetery.

Able Seaman Dermot Michael Power (P/JX 200120) served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. He was the son of William Power and Josephine Power of St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.

He died on 2nd November 1941 aged 25 years old. At the time of his death, he served on board HMS Cairo (D 87). The Cairo was a Carlisle class light cruiser launched on 19th November 1918 by Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead, United Kingdom.

The Royal Navy converted the ship to an anti-aircraft cruiser at Chatham Dockyard between 1938-1939. Work completed on HMS Cairo in May 1939.

HMS Cairo

Imperial War Museum Photo: FL 5349 (Part of the Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs). HMS Cairo underway. The anti-aircraft cruiser saw use throughout 1939-1949 as a convoy escort ensuring safe passage for troops and goods through dangerous waters. Copyright Royal Navy Official Photographer.

On board HMS Cairo

On 23rd May 1941, HMS Cairo was one of many ships in action during the Royal Navy’s pursuit of the German battleship Bismarck. The Cairo was one of the cruisers along with HMS Exeter, and destroyers HMS Cossack, HMS Maori, HMS Zulu, HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Restigouche, and HMS Eridge escorting convoy WS 8B. This convoy consisted of 5 troop ships travelling from the Clyde to the Middle East.

Throughout 1941, HMS Cairo would escort many convoys through dangerous waters. Italian submarine Axum sank HMS Cairo on 12th August 1942 off the coast of Tunisia, North Africa.

Dermot Michael Power’s grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section D, Grave 12 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. His headstone bears the inscription:

Gone is the one we loved so dear. Silent is the voice we loved to hear.

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