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   Able Seaman Donald James Mackay
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: S.S. Kenbane Head (Belfast), Merchant Navy (British Civilian)
Died: 05/11/1940 (Died at Sea)
Age: 24
Donald James Mackay was the son of James A and Elizabeth Mackay. He was born about 1916. Able Seaman Donald MacKay served in the Merchant Navy. By November 1940 Able Seaman Mackay was serving on board SS Kenbane Head. It was part of convoy HX-84 which had sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia. On 5th November 1940, the German battle cruiser Admiral Scheer attacked the convoy in waters off the coast of Greenland. After the demise of the HMS Jervis Bay, the Admiral Scheer succeeded in sinking six other ships in the convoy including SS Kenbane Head.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Tower Hill Memorial
Grave Ref: Panel 60
CWGC Casualty 2799666
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.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Memorial WWII Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 97
References and Links
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1 Cookstown War Dead Signalman Richard Curry was on board Jervis Bay
2 Facebook - Kenbane Head Lists Northern Ireland men who died on Kenbane Head
3 Forum discussion - Merchant Navy Details of ship and sinking
4 Tower Hill - Lest We forget Photo of the Kenbane Head Memorial
5 Wartime NI - Kenbane Head Lists Northern Ireland men who died on Kenbane Head
6 Wartime NI - WW2 Brief details of Able Seaman Donald James Mackay
7 - S.S. Kenbane Head Details of ship and sinking
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