McCalla, William Trevor

McCalla, William Trevor

Lieutenant

His Majesty’s Trawler (HMT) Sisapon, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Killed in action on Wednesday 12 June 1940 (aged 35)

Buried:

Royal Navy Cemetery, Shotley (St Mary) Churchyard, England (Section P Grave 13B)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque

BIOGRAPHY

The trawler Sisapon was requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1939.  During the Second World War many trawlers were requisitioned for minesweeping and anti-submarine duties.

William Trevor McCalla was born on 16 November 1904 at Redburn, Bloomfield, Belfast, and he was a son of William and Mabel Mary McCalla (nee Douglas) who were married on 20 September 1899 in St Columba’s Church of Ireland Church, Knock, Belfast.  William McCalla, a Shipping Agent from 12 Cyprus Gardens, Belfast was a son of Robert McCalla, a carpenter.  Mabel Mary Douglas from Holmwood, Belmont Park, Belfast was a daughter of Samuel Douglas, a merchant (deceased).

William and Mabel Mary McCalla (nee Douglas) had three children:

Daphne Winifred Douglas (born 21 August 1900 at 12 Cyprus Gardens, Belfast)

Sarah Adelaide (born around 1901/1902 in Belfast)

William Trevor (born 16 November 1904 at Redburn, Bloomfield, Belfast)

William Trevor McCalla was educated at Campbell College, Belfast; he was a Director in W. McCalla & Co. Belfast, and he was Proprietor of the Ulster Steam Tender Company.

William Trevor McCalla was a keen motorist, and he was a frequent competitor in the Ulster Tourist Trophy (TT) races.  In 1934 he was winner of the County Down Trophy Race.

Lieutenant William Trevor McCalla was the husband of Pamela McCalla (nee Cooper) of Amesbury, Wiltshire.

During the Second World War he served aboard HMT Sisapon which was mined and sunk off Harwich on 12 June 1940.  Eleven crew members were lost.