Monday, 27 April 2015

Greenwood, James Hoyle - Leading Motor Mechanic

Gravestone for Lead MM
James Hoyle Greenwood
H.M. Landing Ship Tank 404,
Royal Navy
Died 13 April 1943
Age 34

LST 404 was built in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, and set sail in convoy from Norfolk, Virginia, for the Mediterranean via Bermuda, on 9 April 1943. As the ship neared Bermuda, Leading Motor Mechanic James Greenwood was reported missing believed drowned, following a boat accident. His death was later confirmed to his wife when his body was recovered from the sea.

James was the son of Emily and the late Charles William Greenwood. He was aged 34 and married with four small children. His home was in Clayton-le-Moors. (In due course his widow remarried and moved to London). James a native of Haslingden, formerly worked in the Haslingden Corporation Transport Depot and also at the Dunkenhalgh Printworks. He joined the Royal Navy in 1941.

James is buried in Bermuda Royal Naval Cemetery, Ireland Island, Bermuda. The cemetery dates from the year 1800 and contains over 1,600 graves. It lies between Lodge Point and the West coast, near the North side of the lagoon. It has 34 1939-1945 War graves. James lies in Grave number 417.

Bermuda Royal Naval Cemetery, Ireland Island, Bermuda
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Photo: Both Gravestone and Burial Ground from Colin Thompson (Bermuda)