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   Chief Engineer Frederick William Forbes
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 21/09/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: S.S. Myrtle Branch (Sunderland), Mercantile Marine (- Merchant Navy)
Died: 11/04/1918 (Died at Sea)
Age: 38
Frederick William Forbes was the son of James and Anne Forbes. He was born about 1880 in at North Shields, Tyne and Wear. During the war, Frederick William Forbes was Chief Engineer on the Mercantile Marine steam cargo ship, S.S. Myrtle Branch (Sunderland). Myrtle Branch was a 3,741 GRT steam cargo ship. The Maple Branch was captured by the German cruiser Karlsruhe in the Atlantic in September 1914 and he spent seven weeks as a prisoner of war. Myrtle Branch was sunk on 11th April 1918 by a torpedo approximately nine nautical miles north of Inistrahull, County Donegal. Chief Engineer Frederick William Forbes, Mercantile Marine, died at sea on 11th April 1918. He was 38 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Tower Hill Memorial
  , London, 
Grave Ref: None
CWGC Casualty 2886688
The Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave. It stands on the south side of the garden of Trinity Square, London, close to The Tower of London.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Woodschapel Parish Church -WW1 Roll of Honour Ballymaguigan
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 Imperial War Museum Private Papers of F W Forbes (not available online)
2 Magherafelt are plan 2015 Map shows Laurel Cottage in Woodschapel. Below crown copyright.
3 Mercantile Marine Memorial - WW1 Lists Frederick William Forbes
4 Myrtle Branch Photo of Inscription on Tower Hill Memorial
5 SS Myrtle Branch - Details of the sinking of SS Myrtle Branch
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023