John Herbert Bruton

Memorial: Thornbury - St Mary's Church

Regiment: Merchant Navy

Rank and number: Master

Parents: James and Hannah Caroline Bruton

Marital status: Married

Home address: 21 Gloucester Road, Thornbury, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Merchant Seaman

Date of birth: 1880

Date of death: 28/08/1940

Buried/Commemorated at: Died at sea and commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial and on St Mary’s Church Memorial Thornbury

Age: 59

Further information:

Records show John to have gained his second mate’s certificate in 1903 and his first mate’s certificate in 1906. He became a Ship’s Master from the middle of the 1920s.

On 28th August 1940 John was sailing the Dalblair “in ballast” from Newcastle on Tyne to Philadelphia. In the early hours of the 29th, the Dalblair was hit by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-100 whilst in convoy 148 miles northwest of Bloody Foreland, Donegal. The Dalblair sank within ten minutes and four of the crew were lost. Seventeen crew members were picked up by a naval vessel and were taken safely to Londonderry. John and 18 members of his crew and one gunner were picked up by Alida Gorthon, a Swedish merchant vessel in the same convoy, which was also sunk by U-100 three hours later. John and his 18 surviving crew members were all lost.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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