Image from the Evening Star – 14th August 1941.

Born: 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 29th October 1942; age: 22; killed when Motor Vessel ‘Abosso’ was torpedoed between Newfoundland and Ireland.

Residence: Ipswich.


Rank: Staff Sergeant; Service Number: S/5828726.

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps / Gordon Highlanders.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 15, Column 2.

Brookwood Military Cemetery,




Father: Daniel Booth, born March 1894, Ipswich. A Customs & Excise Officer

Mother: Dorothy Winifred Booth (nee Cubitt), born January 1899, Ipswich.

Family home at 58, Melbourne Road, Ipswich.


In August 1941, at Rushmere St. Andrew Church, Suffolk, Patrick married Kathleen Mary Finch, born April 1921, Ipswich, daughter of Charles Henry Finch, an elementary school headmaster and Ruth Finch (nee Miller), of ‘Kampala’ 15, Weymouth Road, Ipswich.

Evening Star – 14th August 1941



Booth – Finch


The marriage took place at Rushmere Church of Patrick Daniel Booth, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Booth, of Melbourne Road, and Miss Kathleen Mary Finch, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Finch, of ‘Kampala,’ Weymouth Road, Ipswich. The bride wore a white lace frock over a heavy satin slip, with veil and head-dress of orange blossom, and she carried a bouquet of dark red roses. Her bridesmaid, Miss Margaret Booth (sister of the bridegroom), wore a dress of green taffeta, and carried a bouquet of pale pink carnations. A reception was afterwards held at the Crown and Anchor Hotel, and later the bride and bridegroom left for their honeymoon, in Scotland, the bride travelling in a floral dress, with blue coat and hat to tone. The bridegroom is serving with H.M. Forces.


Probate to Kathleen Mary Booth – widow.


Patrick is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial and the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.


29th October 1942

The Motor Passenger Ship ‘Abosso’ was built by Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead for Elder Dempster Lines, African Steamship Co., in 1935. She was the largest passenger ship in Elder Dempster Lines fleet and sailed the route between her home port in Liverpool and Apapa, Nigeria. She was converted into a Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship during the Second World War, serving as a troop ship, but still able to carry civilian passengers on a route between the UK and Africa.  

During the night of the 10th October 1942, ‘Abosso’ with Captain Reginald William Tate, sailed from Cape Town. Included in her cargo was 3000 tons of wool and bags of mail. On the 29th October, between Newfoundland and Ireland the German submarine U-575 spotted ‘Abosso.’ She surfaced and approached at full speed, at 19:42hrs the submarine fired four torpedoes at the unescorted ‘Abosso.’ At 20:15hrs one torpedo hits at portside, a few minutes later she was hit a second time at starboard. Withing 15 minutes ‘Abosso’ had sunk vertically killing 362 people – only 31 survived.


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