Maginnis, Hugh

Maginnis, Hugh

Ship’s Cook

SS Wileysike, Mercantile Marine

Died as a result of enemy action on Thursday 9 May 1918 (aged 38)


Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co. Down (Grave 1B. 57)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Hugh Maginnis served as Ship’s Cook aboard the SS Wileysike which was built in Newcastle in 1888.  SS Wileysike was a defensively armed merchant ship.

On 9 May 1918 when on route from Glasgow to France, the SS Wileysike was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-54 some eight miles South-West of St Ann’s Head, Pembrokeshire in Wales.

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that Hugh Maginnis was a son of Hugh and Jane Maginnis and that he was born in Bangor.

Hugh Maginnis was in fact born on 4 October 1879 in Junction, Carrickfergus and he was a son of Hugh and Jane Maginnis (nee Francis) who were married on 15 April 1877 in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.  Hugh Maginnis, a widowed gardener from Ballykillaire was a son of Hugh Maginnis, a labourer.  Jane Francis from Bangor was a daughter of John Francis, a master mariner.