Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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01/03/2020 Able Seaman Donald Mackay has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.
01/03/2020 The CWGC record Able Seaman Donald James Mackay as the son of James A and Elizabeth Mackay of Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
01/03/2020 Able Seaman Mackay is listed on page 97 of the Fivemiletown War Dead Book by Mark Byers.
01/03/2020 Able Seaman Donald James Mackay is commemorated locally on Fivemiletown War Memorial and on the World War Two Memorial Plaque in St Margaretís Parish Church, Clabby.
01/03/2020 Able Seaman Donald Mackay was killed in action on 5th November 1940on board S.S. Kenbane Head. There were twenty-four survivors from the Kenbane Head.
01/03/2020 The damage inflicted by Admiral Scheer would have been far greater, had it not been for the sacrifice of courageous HMS Jervis Bay and her heroic crew.
01/03/2020 After the demise of the HMS Jervis Bay, the Admiral Scheer succeeded in sinking six other ships in the convoy including SS Kenbane Head.
01/03/2020 Convoy HX-84 included the HMS Jervis Bay, whose exploits that day are now legendary. It was the only defence for the convoy. HMS Jervis Bay was hopelessly outclassed, but the German ship had to deal with her before pursuing the convoy, which had already begun to scatter and make smoke.
01/03/2020 On 5th November 1940, the German battle cruiser Admiral Scheer attacked the convoy in waters off the coast of Greenland.
01/03/2020 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.
01/03/2020 Able Seaman Donald MacKay served in the Merchant Navy.
01/03/2020 Donald James Mackay was the son of James A and Elizabeth Mackay. He was born about 1916.
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