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Dated added: 04/09/2016   Last updated: 13/12/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: S.S. Athenia, Civilian - British (Unknown Civilian)
Date Of Birth: 31/10/1900
Died: 03/09/1939 (Died at Sea)
Age: 38
Bridget McErlean was the eldest daughter of Henry and Jane McErlean. She was born on 31st October 1900 in the Portglenone area. She was the second of six children. She was travelling to America on board SS Athenia. On 3rd September 1939 it was attacked and sunk by a German U-boat in the Atlantic, 340 miles off the Donegal coast. Bridget McErlean was described as being a 38 year old domestic, a US citizen.
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Cemetery Details
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CWGC Casualty 3167597
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1 1901 census lists McErlean family Lists Bridget as age 1, living with the family at house 28 in Money Staghan Ellis, Claudy, Londonderry
2 1911 census lists McErlean family Lists Bridget as age 10, living with the family at house 20 in Moneystaghan Ellis, Clady, Londonderry
3 Athenia passenger list Lists Bridget as being as US citizen.
4 Wartime NI - Bridget McErlean Details of Bridget McErlean
5 Wikipedia - SS Athenia Details of SS Athenia including photo
6 Brief details of Bridget McErlean
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