Remembering Athenia

Passenger Casualties

The table below is a transcription of newspaper reports of passenger casualties and has been included to assist anyone searching for information about relatives as the newspaper cuttings are not searchable.

Name/Other Information Nationality Last Abode
William Allan British Northfield, Queen Street, Alloa
Georgina Allan, Age 51, Domestic British West Croydon
Harriet Barrington, Age 52, Housewife British Sandfield Road, Gateacre, Liverpool
John Bernard, Age 23, Student U.S
Peter Birchall, Age 49, Librarian US Hawberry Street Bedford
Nancy Bishop, Age 36, Housewife British C/O T. Eaton Company, Regent Street London
Frederick Blair, Age 60, Musician, born Chatham Ontario British Savoy Court Hotel, Portman Square, London
Herbert Bown, Age 79, Retired, born Birmingham England U.S. Faireview Road, Dartmouth
Henry Braunschneiger, Age 33, Lawyer German C/O Cunard White Star, Liverpool
Elizabeth Brookes, Age 60, Widow British C/O Scott, Highholm Street, Port Glasgow
William Brown, Age 60, Teacher, born Scotland U.S C/O McMorland, Belmont, Barrhill Road, Gourock
Sarah Burdett, Age 51, Housewife U.S. Broughton Astley, Nr Leicester
Helen Burrows, Age 50, Housewife British C/O Coleman, York Lodge, Antrim
E. Campbell, Age 37, Teacher U.S. Ederston Road, Peebles
Helen Chalmers, Age 46, Table Maid British Restalrig Circus, Edinburgh
Isabella Chalmers, Age 51, Nurse British Restalrig Circus, Edinburgh
Ina May Duncan, Age 30, Nurse British C/O Davidson, Craighill Terrace, Edinburgh
Arthur Fisher, Age 16 U.S C/O R. Hancock, Tunbridge Wells
Mrs. A.B. Fletcher British Kildare Terrace, Bayswater, London
Helen Flower, Age 45, Housewife British Cromer Villas Road, Wandsworth, London
Alexandrina Forbes, Age 52, Housewife British Frederick Street, Aberdeen
Muriel Fraser, Age 54, Secretary British Cockspur Street, London
Anna Gacii (possibly Gach), Age 13, Schoolgirl Polish
Cora Gilroy, Age 41, Housewife U.S Lockend Road, Leith
John Gilroy, Age 7, born Detroit Michigan U.S Lockend Road, Leith
Martha Goddard, Age 52, Housewife British Oldham Road, Manchester
Sarah Goodman, Age 31, Secretary British Northfield Road, London N
Nellie Graham, Age 34, Housewife British Collier Street, Carnoustie
George Graham, Age 2½ British Collier Street, Carnoustie
Helen Hannah, Age 37, Housewife U.S Berebriggs, Strathaven
Sara B. Harper, Age 66, Housewife N/K Belfast
Robert Harper (husband) N/K Willowholme Drive, Belfast
Ellen Harrington, Age 63, Housewife U.S C/O Cunard Whte Star Limited, Liverpool
Robert Harris, Age 21 U.S York Buildings, Adelphi, London
James Haslet, Age 41, Butler British Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire
Margaret Haslet, Age 38, Housemaid British Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire
Albert Hart, Age 60, Accountant British C/O Miss A Hart, University Avenue, Belfast
Margaret Hayworth, Age 9, Schoolgirl, born Hamilton Ontario British Primrose Hill Drive, Aberdeen
Margaret Hogg, age 52, Housewife British C/O Tough, Dundee Terrace, Edinburgh
Mary Hodge, Age 49, Widow British C/O Thos. Cook and Sons, Glasgow
Jean Gwen Holmes, Age 6, Schoolgirl, born Winnepeg British Inverskip Street, Greenock
Ellen Howland, Age 65 U.S C/O Raymond Whitcombe and Co, London SW
Dorothy Hutchings, Age 39, Teacher British Peel Street Glasgow
George Innes, Age 41, Advertising Executive British C/O Stewart, Glenmackie Terrace, Dundee
Matilda Jacobs, Age 24, Housewife British English Street, Shieldmuir, Wishaw
Emily James, Age 38 British C/O E. Pullen, Preston Park Avenue, Brighton
Lottie Kunstlicher, Interpreter German Great Russell Street, London
Eudokia Kucharczuk, Age 40, Housewife Polish
Aleksandra Kucharczuk, Age 8 Polish
Jakeb Kucharczuk, Age 2 Polish
Stefan Kucharczuk, Age 15 Polish
Margaret Lennon, Age 57, Housewife British Newall Terrace, Dumfries
Catherine Leslie, Age 69, Widow British C/O Preshaw, Chancellor Street, Glasgow
Artur Lourie, Age 35, Merchant Polish C/O Regent Street London
Edith Lustig, Age 27, Housewife German C/O Great Russell Street, London
Charles Mailer, Age 69 British Wilson Street, Craigie, Perth
Lucy Marston, Age 53, Housewife British Ely View, Houghton Road, St Ives
Thornton Mustard, Age 47 British Dudley Arms Hotel, Dudley
Sophie McDonald, Age 78 British C/O Dawson, Sankey Street, Warrington
Bridget McErlean, Age 38, Domestic U.S Moneystaghan, Portglenone, Co. Antrim
Agnes McFarlane, Age 43, Housewife British Curwood Street, Greenock
Gladys McFarlane, Age 3, born Verdun P.Q. British Curwood Street, Greenock
Ray McFarlane, Age 19, Student U.S C/O Macfarlane, Cathkin Avenue, Rutherglen
Margaret McGorty, Age 7 U.S Milltown Birches, Portadown, Co. Armagh
Jean C McNeish, Age 69, Widow British Glebe Road, Letchworth, Herts or Clochview, Kirn
Alexander Nicol, Age 40, Receiving Clerk U.S Easter Drylaw View, Edinburgh
Edith Nicol, Age 33, Housewife U.S Easter Drylaw View, Edinburgh
Marion Nicol, Age 9, born Lawrence Mass U.S Easter Drylaw View, Edinburgh
Alexander Park, Age 49 U.S C/O McAleer, Omagh, Co.Tyrone
Annie Quine, Age 57, Housewife U.S Marsh Lane, Halsall
Nancy Redgers, Age 16, British Tredegar Street, Risca, Mon
Gertrude Reed, Age 58, Housewife U.S C/O Stewart, Stubbs Road, Chertsey
Alice Robinson, Age 44, Housewife U.S C/O Mr Home, Little King Street, Edinburgh
Mary Scott, Age 31, Housekeeper British C/O Mr J Scott, James Street, Edinburgh
Jessie Sharp, Age 45, Housewife British C/O Williamson Limited, Frederick Street Edinburgh
Fejga Spring, Age 32 Polish
Emma Steele, Age 49, Librarian British C/O Canada House London
Anna Stewart British
F. Stotland, Age 13 Stateless
Rebekka Stotland Stateless
Fred Tinney, Age 30 U.S C/O Robinson, Graham Street, Johnstone
Madeleine Tinney, Age 27, Housewife U.S C/O Robinson, Graham Street, Johnstone
Hariet Tolley, Age 74 British Tyran Avenue, Llancily
Harry Truss, Age 54 British Fleet, Holbeach
Ethel Truss, Age 52, Housewife British Fleet, Holbeach
A.H.Vincent, Age 7 British C/O Thomas Cook and Son Newcastle
Sara Warenreich, Age 39, Cook, born Vienna U.S c/o Kingsley, Miens Road Blackburn
Anne Waterman, Age 52, British C/O C.W.S. Limited, London
Fred Weir, Age 61, British C/O Watson, Lochend Road, Leith
Matilda Wilkes, Housewife U.S C/O American Express Company, Glasgow
Jonathan Wilkes, Age 8 U.S C/O American Express Company, Glasgow
David Wright, Age 63, Laundry Manager U.S Killshannagh, Co. Tyrone
Jessie Young British Wilson Street, Craigie, Perth

Robert Shenton Harris

I am grateful to Bill Zimmerman of Norfolk Virginia who contacted me about one of the lost passengers, Robert Shenton Harris from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Robert was an American student returning home via Canada when Athenia was lost. He may well be one of the first US Casualties of the war.

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Memorial to Robert Shenton Harris at Fredericksburg Virginia. [1]

Annie Quine

I am grateful to Paul Charlesworth who contacted me after coming across the gravestone of Annie Quine at Halsall in Lancashire and located the cuttings from the Ormskirk Advertiser shown on on this website.

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Memorial to Annie Quine at Hallsall [2]

Merchant Navy Casualties

Nineteen members of the Merchant Navy were killed in the incident as detailed in the Roll of Honour below. Information is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Hannah Baird 03/09/1939 Stewardess Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 17.
James Carlin 56 03/09/1939 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 56
Ian Donnelly 26 03/09/1939 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 26
John Donnelly 23 03/09/1939 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 23
James Elder 45 03/09/1939 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 45. Husband of Mary Elder of Cambuslang Lanarkshire.
Charles Fordyce 65 03/09/1939 Watchman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 65. Son of George and Jessie Fordyce; husband of Mary Penelope Fordyce.
Hugh Gallagher 23 03/09/1939 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 23. Son of Thomas Gallagher and of Isabel Gallagher of Glasgow.
Alison Harrower 41 03/09/1939 Stewardess Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 41. Daughter of William and Hannah Foster Denny Harrower.
John Hogg 51 03/09/1939 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 51. Husband of Sarah A. Hogg of Brantford Ontario Canada.
Margaret Johnston 41 03/09/1939 Stewardess Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 41. Daughter of James and Christina Johnston of Glasgow.
John Kent 50 03/09/1939 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 50. Husband of Jessie Darroch Kent of Bridgeton Glasgow.
Jessie Lawler 60 03/09/1939 Stewardess Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 60. Wife of Patrick Lawler of Sholing Southampton.
James Marshall 15 03/09/1939 Bellboy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 15
David Morrison 32 03/09/1939 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 32
Michael J. Mcdermott 33 03/09/1939 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 33
John Mcjarrow 39 03/09/1939 Printer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 39
John Mckeown 47 03/09/1939 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 47. Husband of M. E. McKeown of Dunoon Argyllshire.
David Provan 65 03/09/1939 Barber Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 65. Son of Alec and Margaret Provan; husband of Martha Provan of Glasgow.
Samuel Thomson 45 03/09/1939 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 12. Age 45. Husband of Julia McCafferty Thomson. of Glasgow.

Memorials

The Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill

Eighteen of the crew members who lost their lives on Athenia are commemorated on the memorial at Tower Hill to those 'who have no grave but the sea'.

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Photos of the panels commemorating the loss of Athenia seamen on the Merchant Navy memorial at Tower Hill. [5]

Memorabilia

The Glasgow Museum of Transport housed at the Riverside Museum at Pointside Quay has an excellent model of Athenia and various memorabilia. They are not easy to photograph but I have done my best with them.

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Photos of the model of Athenia at the Glasgow Museum of Transport. [32]

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Seaman's discharge books belonging to James McConnell (1918-1963). James was an engineer aboard Athenia when she was sunk. He survived and worked at sea until the 1960s. [32]

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Photo of the cooks from Athenia taken in March 1928 [32]

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Photo of the discharge books of Charles Simpson who was third cook on Athenia when she was torpedoed. He saw his colleagues scalded by steam and burned by hot oil when the torpedo hit the ship. [32]

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Photo of the keys that opened Athenia's silver room where the silver tableware was kept. The keys came back to Glasgow but the silver itself is at the bottom of the Atlantic with the ship. [32]

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Photo of the a selection of typical souvenirs available for sale to transatlantic passengers on board Athenia. They are a cap-shaped souvenir from 1932, salt and pepper shakers with the Athenia crest from the 1920s-1930s and an Athenia tea strainer purchased in 1935. [32]

Discovery of Wreck

On 5 October 2017 it was reported that wreck hunter David Mearns believed he had located the wreck of Athenia at a depth of 650 feet but this has yet to be confirmed.