Fireman and Trimmer
Fireman and Trimmer William James McCready served in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. He was the son of William James McCready and Sarah Jane McCready, and the husband of Sarah McCready of Tullynacross, Co. Down. The couple lived at 12 Hilden View, Lisburn, Co. Antrim in 1943.
McCready died on 8th March 1943 aged 42 years old while serving on S.S. Fort Lamy. U-527 commanded by Herbert Uhlig torpedoed S.S. Fort Lamy at 1823hrs on 8th March 1943 as it straggled behind Convoy SC-121 southeast of Cape Farewell en route from New York, New York, U.S.A. to Liverpool, England. The Master, 39 crew members, and 6 gunners died as a result of the sinking. Also lost was H.M.S. LCT-2480, which was carried on the vessel.
Fireman and Trimmer McCready has no known grave and his name is on Panel 50 of the Tower Hill Memorial, London, England. His name is also on the Lisburn War Memorial, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.