Daily Event for July 23, 2011

HMS Marmora was a 10,000 ton passenger ship owned by Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, but on Aug. 3, 1914 the Admiralty requisitioned her and converted the ship into an Armed Merchant Cruiser. Most of her time was spent in the South Atlantic escorting convoys and searching for the famed raider SMS Möwe. On July 23, 1918 she was south of Ireland when SMS UB-64 slammed a torpedo into her side. Distress signals went out and several destroyers responded to her location, all but ten men were rescued from the sinking ship.

A few days before sinking HMS Marmora, Kapitänleutnant Otto von Schrader and his UB-64 had fired the torpedo which damaged the Justicia and on the same day he sank the sailing vessel Ranger, Marmora was the last ship he sank as commander of UB-64, he was placed in command of SMS U-53 in Aug. 1918. In the Second World War von Schrader was promoted to Admiral and was even awarded the Ritterkreuz (Knight's Cross). He was taken prisoner in Norway after the war and committed suicide there on July 19, 1945.
© 2011 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honour
In memory of those who lost their lives in
HMS Marmora
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Aston, David J.
Fireman (Mercantile Marine Reserve)
Daltry, Arthur G.
Able Seaman (RN)
Fitzgerald, Thomas
Fireman (Mercantile Marine Reserve)
Gallagher, Edward
Leading Fireman (Mercantile Marine Reserve)
Gammidge, Edward
Able Seaman (RN)
Hedley, Albert
Trimmer (Mercantile Marine Reserve)
Lindsay, Albert J.
Trimmer (Mercantile Marine Reserve)
Morris, Arthur
Fireman (Mercantile Marine Reserve)
Steed, John A.
Able Seaman (RFR)
Stewart, Edward
Fireman (Mercantile Marine Reserve)

SS Marmora, date and location unknown.

Aug. 4, 2014

Congratulations on the page commemorating HMS Marmora. My great uncle David James Aston was on the ship when it was sunk and it was a pleasure to see him remembered there. Thank you.

David Aston

Jan. 25, 2015

I have recently come across your site and thought you might be interested in the two photos (showing below) and service record that I have attached. The seaman without the cap is my maternal grandfather Frank Pullin who was serving on HMS Marmora when she was sunk, he survived. As to the identity of the second seaman, unfortunately, I have no idea who he might be, I assume he was a pal of my grandfather.

Ian Richmond

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