James Hamill

Cattleman James Hamill of Portadown, Co. Armagh served in the Merchant Navy. He was on S.S. Ville d'Arlon when it came under attack in the Atlantic in 1940.


James Hamill

Cattleman James Hamill served in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. He was the son of John Hamill and M.A. Hamill of Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Cattleman Hamill died on 2nd December 1940 aged 28 years old while serving on S.S. Ville d’Arlon. At 0409hrs, U-47 sank the British merchant vessel in the mid-Atlantic with a single torpedo. Ville d’Arlon had stopped possibly to carry out repairs to faulty steering, which had led it to lag behind the rest of Convoy HX-90.

Cattleman Hamill has no known grave and his name is on Panel 114 of the Tower Hill Memorial, London, England. In 2018, his name was a new addition to the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

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