Skimin, George

Skimin, George

Captain

SS Franz Fischer (London), Mercantile Marine

Drowned at sea on Tuesday 1 February 1916 (aged 48)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tower Hill Memorial, London, England

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, his surname is spelt Skimmin.

George Skimin was born on 23 June 1867 in Bangor and he was the third son of Captain John Skimin and Eliza Skimin (nee Seay) who were married on 18 February 1862 in Belfast.

The Skimin family lived at 9 Brunswick Road, Bangor.

John Skimin was a seaman and he and Eliza had at least seven children:

John (born 1863)

Richard (born 1865)

George (born 23 June 1867)

Mary (born 25 August 1870; died 22 September 1889 aged 19)

Samuel (born 1873)

Hugh Edward (born 7 October 1876 in Bangor; died 16 April 1963)

Arthur (born 1879)

These children were all baptised in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor.

John Skimin died on 20 February 1909 (aged 72) and his wife Eliza died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 12 July 1918 (aged 75).

George Skimin and Jane Barnes were married on 3 June 1892 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  Jane Barnes was a daughter of James Barnes, a sailor.

George and Jane Skimin (nee Barnes) lived at 26 Holborn Avenue, Bangor and they had at least three children:

George (born 1893)

Elizabeth McKean (Eliza, born 1894)

Robert Barnes (born 8 November 1905 at 26 Holburn Avenue, Bangor)

These children were all baptised in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor.

George Skimin was a sailor and during the Great War he served as Captain aboard the SS Franz Fischer which sank in the North Sea on 1 February 1916.  Newspapers at the time reported that this ship had been sunk by a Zeppelin bomb but since then the possibility that she was attacked by a German U-boat has also been suggested.  Only three of the crew of 18 survived.

At the outbreak of the Great War Captain George Skimin’s son George served in ‘A’ Company of the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 18775) but he was discharged after five months because of a defective knee.  Having served his apprenticeship as a plumber, George Skimin Junior established his own plumbing business in Bangor.

Captain George Skimin was 48 when he died and he has no known grave.

Captain George Skimin is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 33); on the RBL Bangor Branch Memorial Plaque; in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.