Blair, Bryce Smith

Blair, Bryce Smith (Bryce)

Second Officer

SS Artist (Liverpool), Mercantile Marine

Died as a result of enemy action on Saturday 27 January 1917 (aged 36)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tower Hill Memorial, London

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour


In some records his first forename is spelt Brice.

Bryce Smith Blair was born on 27 September 1880 at 122 Dublin Road, Belfast and he was a son of Thomas and Eleanor (Ellen) Louisa Blair (nee O’Neill) who were married on 20 June 1872 in Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Thomas Blair, a traveller from Belfast was a son of William Blair, a farmer.  Ellen O’Neill from Toome was a daughter of Charles O’Neill, a farmer.

Thomas and Eleanor Blair had five children:

Thomasina (born 2 February 1874 at 3 Lavinia Street, Belfast)

William James (born 11 January 1877 at 4 Fortview Terrace, Belfast; baptised in Duncairn Presbyterian Church Belfast)

Thomas (born 26 December 1878 at 124 Dublin Road, Belfast)

Bryce Smith (born 27 September 1880 at 122 Dublin Road, Belfast)

Maude (born around 1883/1884)

Their father, Thomas Blair, died of liver cancer on 23 May 1899 in Belfast Workhouse.

At that time the Blair family was living at 5 Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast.

Bryce Smith Blair was a sailor and he was 36 when he died with 34 others on 27 January 1917 when the SS Artist (a defensively-armed British Merchant Ship) was torpedoed by an enemy submarine off the coast of Wales.

At the time of Second Officer Bryce Smith Blair’s death his mother Eleanor was living at 9 Springfield Road, Bangor.

Eleanor Louisa Blair died on 21 January 1927 (aged 88) and was buried in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.

Second Officer Bryce Smith Blair is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.