McCrory, William James

McCrory, William James

First Radio Officer

SS Clan Ferguson (Glasgow), Merchant Navy

Died as the result of enemy action on Wednesday 12 August 1942 (aged 40)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tower Hill Memorial, London, England (Panel 30)

Brother of Flight Lieutenant John McCrory (No. 65481)


William James McCrory was born on 28 March 1902 at 28 Main Street, Portrush and he was a son of James and Katherine (Catherine) McCrory (nee Boyd) who later lived in Hopefield Avenue, Portrush.  James McCrory was a barber and he and Katherine Boyd were married on 12 April 1898 in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church, Coleraine.  They had five children:

William James (born 11 January 1899 in Church Pass, Portrush; died of tetanus neonatorum 19 January 1899)

Matilda (born 2 June 1900 at 28 Main Street, Portrush; died in infancy)

William James (born 28 March 1902 at 28 Main Street, Portrush)

John (born 11 August 1908 at 28 Main Street, Portrush)

Kathleen Marcella (born 4 March 1911 at 28 Main Street, Portrush)

After their mother Katherine died on 24 June 1938 (aged 64) their father James lived at 63 Bryansburn Road, Bangor.

William James McCrory was the first of the two brothers to die in war.

During the Second World War First Radio Officer William James McCrory served with the Merchant Navy and he died on 12 August 1942 when the SS Clan Ferguson sank some 20 miles north off the Tunisian Zembra Island.  She was sunk by a combination of aerial bombs dropped from German Junkers JU88 aircraft, and torpedoes fired from the Italian submarine Alagi.  The SS Clan Ferguson was a British steam cargo ship built in 1938 by the Greenock and Grangemouth Dockyard Company Ltd., Greenock and owned by Clan Line Steamers Ltd., London.  The SS Clan Ferguson sank when she was in the Operation Pedestal Convoy transporting desperately needed supplies to Malta.

First Radio Officer William James McCrory was 40 when he died; his effects amounted to some £716 and probate was granted to his father.

First Radio Officer William James McCrory is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London and, just over a year after he was killed, his brother John died of disease.