Which Ship?

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  1. ColinA

    ColinA Well-Known Member

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    Donald Herbert Bryan is said to have perished aboard SS Empress of Canada
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    http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/Coates.html#WW2
    and yet I have found a reference on Ancestry to him having been on the HMS Pembroke II (Source Registers of Reports of Deaths: Naval Ratings.; Class: ADM 104; Piece: Piece 128; Piece Description: Piece 128 (1939 Sept - 1948 June))

    I have also discovered that HMS Pembroke is just an alternative name for the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham
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     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Naval_Barracks,_Chatham
    Now I am confused. :headbang:

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    I'm confused too. Same service number.

    The H.M.S. Pembroke II document is on FMP.
     
  3. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    His memorial is at Chatham perhaps that’s what is meant.
     
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    I think you may be right, Sue.

    The date of death 'at sea' is the same as the date the Empress was torpedoed.
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    As H.M.S. Pembrook II was an 'accounting base' (a place where the accounts of the Royal Navy active service were made/kept) I would agree with what @Archie's Mum has said:
     
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    The HMS Pembroke II was an accounting base at Chatham between 1940 and 1957. Your man served on the S.S. Empress of Canada. The base would take account of all lives lost at sea. His name is on the memorial at HMS Pembroke II base. I think that's where the confusion is creeping in.

    I do believe there's an echo in here :D
     
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    ColinA Well-Known Member

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    I think you may be correct.
     
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    Thanks peeps!
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