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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 14/09/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: S.S. Hunsdon (London), Mercantile Marine (Unknown Civilian)
Died: 18/10/1918 (Died at Sea)
Age: 25
Owen McAleer was the son of Mary McAleer and the late Mr. McAleer. Owen was born about 1889 in Dungannon, County Tyrone. His father died when he was young. The 1911 census lists Owen as age 22 living with the family in Dungannon. He was working as a blacksmith. Owen McAleer was working as a Trimmer on the S.S. Hunsdon during the war. The Hunsdon was torpedoed by a German submarine on 18th October 1918 bound for Belfast from Le Harve, only a few weeks before the end of the war. Only one man died as a result of the attack by an enemy submarine. Owen McAleer was 25 years old.
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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 Divernet Describes secrecy about the sinking of the S.S. Hunsdon
6 Google Maps Site of sinking
7 Irish Wrecks Online Photo of S.S. Hunsdon
8 Mercantile Marine Memorial - WW1 Details of Owen McAleer
9 Tower Hill - Lest We forget Photo of the Hunsdon Memorial
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021