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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/08/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: S.S. Hunsdon (London), Mercantile Marine (Unknown Civilian)
Date Of Birth: 03/12/1888
Died: 18/10/1918 (Died at Sea)
Age: 29
Owen McAleer was the son of Mary McAleer (nee Donaghy). He was born on 3rd December 1888 in Dungannon. His father died when he was young and his mother worked as a house keeper. Owen became a blacksmith. He later moved to Belfast and married. He had two daughters. Owen McAleer found work as a trimmer on the S.S. Hunsdon. The Hunsdon was torpedoed by a German submarine on 18th October and sunk at the mouth of Strangford Lough. Trimmer Owen McAleer was the only man to lose his life.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Tower Hill Memorial
Grave Ref: No Ref.
CWGC Casualty 3059801
The Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave. It stands on the south side of the garden of Trinity Square, London, close to The Tower of London.
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1 1901 Census lists McAleer family Lists Owen as age 13 living with the family at house 1 in Park Road,Dungannon, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McAleer family Lists Owen as age 22 living with the family at house 5 in Park Road (East Side), Dungannon, Tyrone
3 Belfast Street Directory 1910 Jennymount Street, Belfast
4 Belfast War Dead O McAleer of S.S. Hunsdon listed at Jennymount Street, Belfast
5 Google Maps Site of sinking
6 Irish Wrecks Online Photo of S.S. Hunsdon
7 Mercantile Marine Memorial - WW1 Details of Owen McAleer
8 Tower Hill - Lest We forget Photo of the Hunsdon Memorial
9 Details of Owen McAleer and Hunsdon
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023