McCune, Charles Knox

McCune, Charles Knox

Third Radio Officer

SS Lalande (Liverpool), Merchant Navy

Died as the result of enemy action on Saturday 14 November 1942 (aged 22)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tower Hill Memorial, London, England (Panel 63)

Belfast Banking Company Second World War Memorial Plaque (now in Danske Bank, Donegall Square West, Belfast)


Charles Knox McCune was born on 8 July 1920, his birth was registered in Belfast and he was the third son of Robert Eaton McCune and Margaret Moore McCune (nee Knox) who lived at Riverside, Cloughfern, Whiteabbey, Co. Antrim.  Robert Eaton McCune was a grocer and general merchant (his father William was a banker) and he and Margaret Moore Knox were married on 11 September 1912 in College Street South Reformed Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  They had at least four children:

Anna May Knox (born 14 August 1913 at 577 Shore Road, Belfast)

Thomas Strahan (born 17 October 1915 at 7 Shore Road, Belfast)

Robert Eaton (born 24 December 1917 at 7 Shore Road, Belfast)

Charles Knox (born 8 July 1920)

Before he went to sea Charles Knox McCune was employed by the Belfast Banking Company and he worked in both the Londonderry and Portaferry Branches.

During the Second World War Charles Knox McCune served with the Merchant Navy aboard the SS Lalande.  The SS Lalande was a cargo vessel built in 1920 by D. and W. Henderson Ltd., Glasgow and operated by the Lamport and Holt Line Ltd.  On 14 November 1942 Charles Knox McCune died in the Mediterranean Sea off Oran in Algeria when the ship was hit at 5.13 am by a torpedo fired from the German submarine U-73.  In the Register of Deceased Seamen, Cloughfern is spelt Clairghfern.

(After the attack, the ship made it to port and re-entered service after extensive repairs.  In August 1959 she was broken up at Hamburg in Germany).

Charles Knox McCune’s effects amounted to some £136 and probate was granted to Robert Eaton McCune, merchant.  Robert Eaton McCune died on 17 March 1963 (aged 90) and probate was granted to Thomas Strahan McCune general merchant.

Third Radio Officer Charles Knox McCune was 22 when he died and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London and on the Belfast Banking Company Second World War Memorial Plaque (now in Danske Bank, Donegall Square West, Belfast).