Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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24/02/2020 The CWGC record Fireman Hugh A Laverty as the son of Bernard and Margaret Laverty of Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
24/02/2020 Fireman Hugh Laverty has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 20 of the Tower Hill Memorial in London.
24/02/2020 Three crew members were lost in the attack. Fireman Hugh Laverty was one of those killed.
24/02/2020 Four hours later, the captain of HMS Petunia, Lieutenant Commander G V Legassisk, ordered the crew to abandon ship, even though the captain of the British Gunner reported that his ship could be towed to port.
24/02/2020 At 06.24 hours on 24th February 1941 the British Gunner, in convoy OB-289 travelling from Swansea to Aruba in Venezuela, was hit by a single torpedo from a U-boat 273 miles north-west of Cape Wrath, off the north coast of Scotland.
24/02/2020 By June 1941, he was serving as a fireman on the merchant ship S.S. British Gunner. A fireman was a stoker in the engine room.
24/02/2020 Hugh Laverty was with the Merchant Navy in World War Two.
24/02/2020 There was a Hugh Laverty born on 10th December 1917 in the Benburb area, whose motherís maiden name was Carlin. However, no marriage record can be found on GRONI from that time regarding a Laverty and Carlin, so it can be confirmed that it is the same Hugh Laverty.
24/02/2020 Hugh Laverty was the son of Bernard and Margaret Laverty. Hugh Laverty was born about 1919.
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