1. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.118
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour4A GQS

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Unit / Ship / Est.: SS Polesley 

POLESLEY SS was 4,221grt and a defensively-armed British Merchant Ship. She was built by C. Connell & Co., Glasgow, 11.4.1905, completed 5-1905 as the Den Of Crombie. In 1906 sold to Germany, renamed Istria by the Hamburg-Amerika Linie, Hamburg. On the 17th August 1914 she was captured by HMS Black Prince, in the Red Sea, on a voyage from Sabang to Suez. In 1914 Admiralty requisitioned in London in 1915. Renamed POLESLEY by Houlder, Middleton & Co., Ltd., London (crown nominees). In 1918 - Farrar, Groves & Co., Ltd., London (crown nominees). On the 21st September 1918 when on route from Cardiff fro France she was torpedoed by German submarine UB-88 and sunk when 1 mile North from Pendeen Light House, Cornwall. 43 lives lost including Master. Owned by Farrar, Groves & Co, London.

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Action : Naval Campaign 

Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations where attrition rates are in ones and twos and which do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes Merchant Navy losses.

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"Polesley" was torpedoed and sunk by UB 88. I suspect the time issue comes from the source. British sources have the sinking on the 21st. German sources, based ultimately upon the submarine's war diary, give the sinking on the 22nd. And German time was an hour ahead of British time.

Commemorated: BULLOCK, SYDNEY First Mate 21/09/1918 28 Mercantile Marine United Kingdom TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

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TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Lodge of Prudent Brethren No. 145 E.C.London

28th August 1917

Lodge records show that he was Chief Officer H.M.T.S and resident at Manor Park. He did not take any higher steps than Entered Apprentice. War Service is recorded in the contribution record, with the final annotation "Died ?? August 1918."

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