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Charles McGuinnity

In memory of:

Boots Charles McGuinnity

September 4, 1915
North Atlantic

Military Service




Merchant Navy


Canadian Merchant Navy


RMS Hesperian (Glasgow, Scotland) (124266)

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March 23, 1890
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Son of Charles McGuinnity and Rose King of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Husband of Emily Franson of Birkenhead, England.

On 4 September 1915, the Hesperian was en route from Liverpool, England, to Montreal, Quebec, when it was torpedoed at 8:30 a.m. by the U-20 off the coast of Ireland, 85 miles (137 km) southwest of Fastnet Rock, southeast of Ireland in the North Atlantic. The attack resulted in the death of 32 people, as the ship was carrying 653 passengers. Remaining afloat, she was towed 35 miles (56 km) before sinking 130 miles (209 km) off Queenstown, England, on 6 September. This U-20 will sink the Lusitania.

Commemorated on Page 47 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


London, United Kingdom

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THE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL stands on the South side of the garden of Trinity Square, a hundred yards East of Mark Lane Station, and just within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney and the Liberty of the Tower. It is at the hub of maritime England. Behind it are Trinity House and the offices of the Port of London Authority, and the Thames stretches before it; the wide space of Great Tower Hill, leading down from it to the river, is the traditional forum of merchant seamen and their fellow workers. Lloyd's is on the North, the Custom House and Billingsgate Market are near it on the West, and beyond the Tower, Eastwards, is the long line of the Docks the greatest dock system in the world.

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  • Memorial– His name as it is inscribed on the Tower Hill Memorial. The 480 fallen Canadians lost at sea, are honoured on this Memorial. May they never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)
  • Memorial– The tower Hill Memorial is located in London, England at Tower Hill and across from the Tower of London. This Memorial is dedicated to the 50,700 Commonwealth merchant seamen, fishing fleet workers and other on-board crew lost during the First World War. Included on this list are the 480 Canadians that gave their lives in the cause of the Great War. (J. Stephens)

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