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953417   Fireman William Semple
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 18/02/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Ebro, Mercantile Marine (- Merchant Navy)
Died: 28/10/1918 (Died of Illness)
William Semple was the son of John and Eliza Semple, married about 1857. He was born in Magherafelt. He was one of ten children. The family lived in Killyfaddy, just south of Magherafelt. William Semple volunteered in Glasgow in March 1916 and joined the Merchant Navy. His ship was requisitioned. Whilst serving on HMS Ebro, Fireman Semple contracted influenza and died of the ‘Spanish Flu’ in the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth, on Monday 28th October 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ford Park Plymouth Cemetery
  Plymouth, Devon, 9
Grave Ref: Grave K-16-44
CWGC Casualty 2852260
During the First World War, Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse contained between them the Royal Dockyard, Royal Naval Barracks (known as H.M.S. Vivid), the Royal Marine Barracks of the Plymouth Division, and naval and military hospitals. For the duration of the war, Devonport was made headquarters of the Auxiliary Patrol Area.
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1 1901 census lists Semple family Does not list William as living with the family at house 29 in Killyfaddy, Ballymoghan, Londonderry
2 1911 census lists Semple family Does not list William as living with the family at house 18 in Killyfaddy, Ballymoghan, Londonderry
3 Photo of Fireman William Semple's grave
4 HMS Ebro Diary WW1 Details movement and sickness in September 1918
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Fireman William Semple's grave can be purchased here
6 Wikipedia Details of RMS Ebro / RMS Ebro
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023