LITHERLAND AT WAR
1939-1945

John Sayers Neill
Aged 37
Steward
Mechant Navy
Died due to enemy action 7th December, 1942
Aboard S.S. “Ceramic” (Southampton)
Husband of Catherine A. Neill
25 Sefton Road
Litherland
Son of William John & Mary Neill


Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial

Digby Forsythe Ramsay
Aged 56
Greaser
Merchant Navy
Died due to enemy action 7th December, 1942
Aboard S.S. “Ceramic” (Southampton)
Husband of Florence Elizabeth Ramsay
30A Bridge Road
Litherland


Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial 
TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

S.S. “CERAMIC”

S.S. Ceramic was built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast in 1913 for the White Star Line and transferred to Shaw Saville and Albion line in 1934. She was torpedoed off the Azores in 1942 by the German submarine U515 and sank with 656 lives lost, with only one survivor; Sapper Eric Munday of the Royal Engineers who was picked up by the U515 and spent the rest of the war as a POW. Ceramic sank quickly before any distress message could be sent, and consequently it was months before the admiralty knew what had happened to Ceramic. U515 was sunk in 1944 by aircraft from USS Guadalcanal and depth charges from escorting vessels. 43 members of U515 survived the attack and 16 were killed. The u-boat commander; Capt Werner Henke was later to commit suicide whilst in American custody – Another report says he was shot whilst trying to escape.


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