Price, Hugh Longueville

Price, Hugh Longueville (Hugh)

Sixth Engineer Officer

MV Waimarama (Southampton), Merchant Navy

Died as the result of enemy action on Thursday 13 August 1942 (aged 21)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tower Hill Memorial, London, England (Panel 116)

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

BIOGRAPHY

Hugh Longueville (Hugh) Price was born on 27 August 1920 at 66A Merrion Road, Dublin and he was a son of Francis Longueville (Frank) Price AMIME (Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers) and Winifred Olive Price (nee Bushell).  They were married in 1919 in Forden, Montgomeryshire.  Hugh was baptised on 22 September 1920 in Donnybrook Church of Ireland Church, Dublin.  The Price family lived in Merrion Road, Dublin; then Greenisland, Co. Antrim; then Gorselands, Downshire Road, Holywood and then 354 Kilmarnock Road, Newlands, Glasgow.

Hugh’s father died in 1972 in Claro, Yorkshire.

Hugh Price attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) from 1932 until 1938 and was captain of rowing in 1938.  During the Second World War Hugh Price served with the Merchant Navy as Sixth Engineer Officer aboard the MV Waimarama and he died on 13 August 1942 when this ship sank as the result of an enemy air attack shortly after 8.00 am.  The MV Waimarama was in a convoy of 14 merchant ships travelling from Scotland to Malta and she was carrying ammunition and octane spirit in cans.  This cargo ship was built in 1938 by Harland and Wolff Ltd., (Belfast and Glasgow) and she was owned by the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company Ltd.  The MV Waimarama sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon, Tunisia after taking a direct hit and exploding in a blazing inferno.  Nine of the 14 ships in the convoy were lost.  Despite being showered with debris the nearby MV Melbourne Star was one of the five ships that reached Malta.

Sixth Engineer Officer Hugh Longueville Price was 21 when he died, and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London and in RBAI.  His effects in Northern Ireland amounted to some £81 and probate was granted to his father.