Clydesdale, Samuel (No. PLY/13833)

Clydesdale, Samuel


No. PLY/13833, HMS President III, Royal Marines

Died as the result of enemy action on Monday 2 December 1940 (aged 50)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England (Panel 43 Column 1)

Stevenson family grave headstone in Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down


Marine Samuel Clydesdale (No. PLY/13833) died as the result of enemy action on 2 December 1940, and he is commemorated on the Stevenson family grave headstone in Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down:

In loving memory of

Sarah Clydesdale died 11 January 1937

Samuel Clydesdale, Royal Marines lost at sea December 1940

Margaret Stevenson beloved wife of William Stevenson 7 April 1947

Also the above William Stevenson died 31 January 1956

Their son Samuel Clydesdale Stevenson died 31 October 1969

Alice, wife of Samuel Clydesdale Stevenson died 29 January 1995

Samuel Clydesdale was born on 31 August 1890 in Drumadonnell, Drumgooland, Ballyward, Co. Down and he was a son of Ellen Clydesdale.  Samuel’s sister, Margaret (Maggie) Clydesdale, was born on 8 March 1884.

Margaret (Maggie) Clydesdale and William Stevenson, a painter from Holywood, were married on 9 April 1912 in Fountainville Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

Sarah Clydesdale was 82 when she died and Margaret Stevenson (nee Clydesdale) – Samuel’s sister – was 63 when she died.

Samuel Clydesdale served during the First World War and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

He and Kate Fryer of Devonport were married on 6 May 1920 in Eastney Registrar’s Office, Portsea Island, Portsmouth, Hampshire.  During the Second World War Samuel Clydesdale was attached to HMS President III which was the shore-based accounting base for the naval gunners on Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS).  Marine Samuel Clydesdale (No. PLY/13833) was the naval gunner serving aboard the MV Lady Glanely when he was killed and in the Register of Deceased Seamen his last place of abode is recorded as 2 Strand Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth.

Built in 1938 by William Doxford and Sons Ltd., Sunderland the MV Lady Glanely was on route from Vancouver in Canada via Panama and Bermuda to London with a cargo of wheat and lumber when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-101 about 400 miles west of the Bloody Foreland in County Donegal.

Marine Samuel Clydesdale (aged 50) was one of more than 30 men who died, and he is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon.

His mother Ellen died of tuberculosis on 30 November 1903 in Ballybannon, Clough.