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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 07/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Viknor, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 04/10/1893
Died: 13/01/1915 (Died at Sea)
Age: 21
Samuel Gourley was the son of James and Maggie Gourley. Samuel M Gourley was born on 4th October 1893 in Portglenone.. Samuel was an apprentice shoe maker. His father became senior postmaster in Portglenone. Samuel Gourley enlisted a year before the war started on 3rd September 1913. He was living at 4 Carnegie Gardens, Port Glasgow, Scotland at the time. Able Seaman Samuel Gourley was serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on board HMS Viknor when it sank off the north-west coast of Donegal on 13th January 1915. There were no survivors. Samuel was 21 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  Portsmouth, Hampshire, 
Grave Ref: Panel 10
CWGC Casualty 3033632
The Memorial is situated on Southsea Common overlooking the promenade, and is accessible at all times. A copy of the Memorial Register is kept at the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square and may be consulted there.
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1 1901 Census lists Gourley family 1901 census lists Samuel M as age 7 living with the family at house 42 in Garvaghy, Portglanone, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Gourley family 1911 census lists Samuel M as age 17 living with the family at house 83 in Portglenone, Antrim
3 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of Able Seaman Samuel Gourley
4 Inverclyde WW1 Details of Able Seaman Samuel Gourley
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 Portsmouth Naval Memorial Photos of all the panels - Panel 10
7 Royal Naval Association Brave Report Issue 11 includes report on Able Seaman Samuel Gourley
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