Able Seaman Thomas Lockie

Able Seaman Thomas Lockie, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was lost at sea , aged 19, aboard the S.S. “Adenwen” on the 25th March 1917. He had been born in Barrhead, Renfrewshire in 1898 and was the son of Robert and Helen Lockie of the Temperance Hotel, Selkirk. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He had been an ironmongers apprentice when he enlisted in the Royal Naval Division in April 1916. In September he was transferred to the R.N.V.R. and became a gunner on the ” Adenwen” which was a Defensively Armed Merchant Ship i.e. a freighter which carried guns manned by Naval personnel. The ship, of 3,800 tons, was inbound to Liverpool from Cuba with a cargo of sugar when it was torpedoed and sunk in St Georges Channel by UC-65 with 10 members of crew lost. ( The submarine was sunk by H.M.S. C15 on 3rd November 1917.

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