John Gilmore

Able Seaman John Gilmore served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. He died on 12th June 1942 as HMS Grove was torpedoed by U-77 off the North African coast.

Able Seaman

John Gilmore

C/SSX 18758

Able Seaman John Gilmore (C/SSX 18758) served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. At the time of his death, he had eight years’ service in the forces, survived two torpedo attacks and saw action at Dunkirk.

He was the eldest son of Terence Gilmore of Maymore, Toye, Killyleagh, Co. Down. John had visited his parents at Christmas 1941. His younger brother Edward also served in the Royal Navy.

He died on board HMS Grove on 12th June 1942 aged 24 years old.

On 27th March 1942, HMS Grove along with HMS Aldenham, HMS Volunteer, and HMS Leamington laid depth charges in the North Atlantic, which sank U-587.

Sinking of HMS Grove in 1942

English shipyard Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. completed British destroyer HMS Grove in 1942. The ship was en route from Alexandria, Egypt to Malta in Convoy MW-11 as part of Operation Vigourous.

The Grove sank after an attack from U-77 captained by Heinrich Schonder off the coast El Salloum on the Egypt/Libya border. Under the captaincy of Commander JW Rylands, Grove took two direct torpedo strikes at 0537hrs. One hundred and ten men died on board leaving sixty survivors.

John Gilmore’s name is on Panel 54, Column 1 of the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, United Kingdom. A memorial exists on the town war memorial of his hometown of Killyleagh, Co. Down.

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