Urmston WW2 

John Grindey

Rank:2nd Radio Off
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Merchant Navy
Name of Rgt or Ship:S.S. Solon II
Country of burial:Lost at SeaGrave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Tower Hill Memorial
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
The Solon was built in 1925, it's gross register tonnage was 4,550, it was
400 feet long, 53 feet wide and could make 10 knots.   A cargo ship, it was
one of 11 ships operated by the Compagnie De Navigation D'Orbigny, 81 Rue
Taitbout, Paris.

On the 17/07/40 it was seized at Swansea and became a British - Ministry of
War Transport Vessel - Solon II.
Off the coast of Giuana, whilst Travelling from Turkey to the U.K., on the
03/12/42 she was torpedoed by U-508 and sank in position - 07.45N 56.30W.  
There were 8 survivors, but 75 crew/passengers were lost.
Memorials found on:
St. Michael's (Flixton)Davyhulme Wesleyan
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