McNally, Hugh (No. D/JX 191475)

McNally, Hugh

Petty Officer

No. D/JX 191475, HMS President III, Royal Navy

Drowned at sea on Wednesday 11 April 1945 (aged 43)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England (Panel 93 Column 3)

Family grave headstone in Redburn Cemetery, Holywood


In some records his surname is spelt McAnally.

Hugh McNally was born on 24 July 1901 at 33 Little Georges Street, Belfast and he was a son of James and Mary McNally (nee Maginness, sometimes McGinness, sometimes McGuinness) who were married on 31 March 1888 in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Belfast.  James McNally (aged 20), a hackler from Union Place, Belfast was a son of Andrew McNally, a labourer (deceased).  Mary Maginness (aged 20), a millworker from Columbus Street, Belfast was a daughter of Harry Maginness, a labourer.

James McNally worked as a hackler (flax dresser) and he and Mary had at least eight children:

Ellen (born 18 September 1888 at 30 Union Place, Belfast)

Mary Ann (born 7 January 1893 at 14 Union Place, Belfast)

James (born 29 July 1894 at 9 Carnmoney Street, Belfast)

John (born 1 September 1896)

Margaret (born 4 April 1898 at 7 Walback Street, Belfast)

Hugh (born 24 July 1901 at 33 Little Georges Street, Belfast)

Joseph (born 3 August 1903 at 33 Little Georges Street, Belfast)

Daniel (born 5 September 1905 at 19 Artillery Street, Belfast)

Hugh McNally and Bridget Rock were married on 30 March 1929 in St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Ligoniel, Belfast.  Hugh McNally was a mill worker from 21 Artillery Street, Belfast and Bridget Rock, a spinner from 11 Legmore Street, Belfast was a daughter of Richard Rock.

Hugh and Bridget McNally (nee Rock) lived in Castlereagh, Co. Down.

During the Second World War Petty Officer Hugh McNally (No. D/JX 191475) served with the Royal Navy aboard the MV Panama and he was 43 when he died on 11 April 1945.  He was presumed drowned and his last shore address was 113 Alliance Avenue, Belfast.  The diesel-powered MV Panama was built in 1915 in Copenhagen and was on route from Cardiff to Philadelphia when she perished.  In heavy weather her engines broke down, her ballast shifted, and she capsized and sank in mid-North Atlantic.  More than forty men died and there were only five survivors.

Petty Officer Hugh McNally (No. D/JX 191475) is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon and on the family grave headstone in Redburn Cemetery, Holywood.

Bridget McNally (nee Rock) died on 8 December 1984 (aged 76) and their son John died on 17 December 2010.