Muckle, Hugh

Muckle, Hugh

Horseman

SS Cabotia (Glasgow), Mercantile Marine

Died as a result of enemy action on Friday 20 October 1916 (aged 38)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tower Hill Memorial, London

BIOGRAPHY

Born 12 May 1878

Grandson of Thomas and Agnes Muckle (nee Magill) who were married on 8 March 1853 in Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church

Lived in the townland of Ballycopeland

Thomas Muckle was a farmer and he and Agnes had at least eleven children including Agnes and Mary.

Agnes Muckle died on 7 June 1909 (aged 78) and Thomas Muckle died on 31 May 1911 (aged 81).

Hugh Muckle was a son of Agnes Muckle and he was baptised in Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church.  Hugh worked on the family farm before he went to sea.  He joined the Royal Navy on 15 September 1898 for a period of 12 years and it was noted that he was 5 feet 10 inches tall with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.  He served as a Stoker aboard HMS Vivid II and HMS Benbow until he was invalided out of the Navy in April 1900.

During the Great War Hugh Muckle served as a Horseman aboard SS Cabotia and he was 38 when he died as a result of enemy action on 20 October 1916.  The SS Cabotia was a British merchant ship and on 20 October 1916 she was intercepted by German Submarine U-69 and sunk by gunfire when she was 120 miles West-North-West of Tory Island on route from Montreal to Liverpool.  More than 30 seamen died including the Captain.  At the time of Hugh Muckle’s death his mother Agnes was living in the townland of Killaughey, Donaghadee.