Commemoration 100th Anniversary SS Kenmare

Commemoration for John Macaulay and crew of SS Kenmare


On 2nd of March 1918 the SS Kenmare, belonging to City of Cork Steam Packet Co. Ltd, sailing from Liverpool to Cork, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat about 60 km northeast of Skerries, North County Dublin. Six  members of the crew survived but twenty-nine perished.

The sea only gave up three of the missing crew, their remains were found a few weeks later on Balbriggan, Gormanston and Skerries beaches.

John MacaulayOf those found, one could only be identified by a letter in his pocket, this was Leading deck hand John Macaulay, Royal Navy Reserve, from Islivig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.Headstone

John was buried in Balrothery Cemetery with full military honours on 18th of March 1918 with Coast Guard, Navy, R.I.C. and Military in attendance. Another unknown crew member was also buried in Skerries on the same day.

On Saturday 3rd of March 2018 at 12 noon, the Community of Balrothery will hold a commemoration for John Macaulay and his crewmates to mark the 100th Anniversary of sinking of the SS Kenmare.

Members of John’s family from Isle of Lewis, Scotland are travelling over to attend.

All welcome to attend.

Military Funeral at Balrothery MF Adjusted

The funeral of John Macaulay 18th of March 1918, Balrothery Cemetery.


Balrothery Community Association, Balrothery Graveyard Committee, Balrothery Heritage Ltd

Contact: [email protected], 086 8291947

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