DONALD REGINALD NOY

Born: 12th November 1924, Penwortham, Lancashire.

Died: 20th September 1943; age: 18.

Rank: 2nd Radio Officer.

Regiment: Merchant Navy, S.S. ‘Fort Longueuil’

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 50.

Tower Hill Memorial,

London.

 

Father: Albert Noy, born 1898, Bacup, Lancashire.

Evelyn Noy (nee Keighley), born December 1897, Pitt Street, Longridge, Lancashire.

 

In November 1941 Donald was appointed Wireless operator by the British Postal Service.

 

S.S. ‘Fort Longueuil’ 168397 London – 20th September 1943.

 

The Fort ships were a class of 198 cargo ships built in Canada during World War Two for use by Britain. The S.S. ‘Fort Longueuil’ was completed in December 1942 by United Shipyards Ltd., Montreal, Quebec. Her owner was James Chambers & Co. Ltd., Liverpool. On the 16th July 1943, the S.S. ‘Fort Longueuil’ left Barry docks with a cargo of government stores and ammunition’s. Her Master – George Cardno Edward with a crew of 49 from Britain, India & Canada plus 10 British Gunners from The Royal Artillery. She arrived at Alexandria on the 8th August. The cargo was unloaded and she continued on sailing through the Suez Canal arriving at Aden on the 8th September to bunker. She departed Aden the next day with a full cargo of phosphate bound for Freemantle, Australia. The un-escorted S.S. ‘Fort Longueuil never arrived and was reported missing on the 15th October. She had been torpedoed by U-532, and had sank immediately southwest of Chagos Island, in the Indian Ocean. There were just 2 survivors. The 2 Indian crew members drifted at sea for 134 days before finally coming ashore at Sumatra to become Japanese PoWs.

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