Born: 31st December 1898, Battersea, London.
Died: 14th June 1942; age: 43.
Enlistment Details: Location: Chatham; Date: 31st December 1916 – signed up for 12 years. Height: 5ft 6 1/2ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & dark brown hair. Boil scars left side of
neck, scar right knee.
Rank: Master of Arms; Service Number: C/M 39591.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Liverpool.’
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William George & Blanche McPherson; husband of Kathleen Florence Marie McPherson, of Ipswich.
1901 16, Selwood Terrace, Kensington, Middlesex.
William was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Thomas McPherson, 26, a Gymnastic Instructor, born St. Simon Zelotes, Upper Chelsea, Middlesex.
Blanche Maude McPherson (nee Saich), 29, born Newmarket, Cambridgeshire.
Mildred McPherson, 3, born Battersea, London.
Cyril Robert McPherson, 7 months, born Battersea.
1 general domestic servant.
1911 44, Devonshire Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
William was 12 years old and living with his mother, step father, siblings & step siblings.
Edward John Davis, 34, a Taxi Cab Driver, born Finsbury, London.
Blanche Davis, 38.
Winifred Maude Davis, 7, born Cambridge.
Edward George Davis, 5, born Cambridge.
Reginald Jack Davis, 3, born Cambridge.
Harry Ronald Davis, 11 months, born Cambridge.
William’s father, William Thomas McPherson died, January 1908, at 9, Peas Hill, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
On the 14th August 1918, at St. Paul’s Church, Canonbury, Islington, Middlesex, William married 18 year old, Ethel Rosena Eleanor Cooper. William was 20 years old, occupation Able Seaman, H.M.S. Actaeon. His father William McPherson was a deceased Gymnastic Instructor. Ethel was born Janaury 1900, Islington, Middlesex. They had 1 son.
In 1938, Ipswich, William married Kathleen Florence Marie Cunnell, born 1915, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
14th June 1942, Ships log.
Under air attack by Savoia aircraft.
Hit on starboard side in engine room by torpedo.
Major flooding caused 7 degree list and steering gear jammed.
Speed reduced to 4 knots and training gear for X and Y-turrets jammed.
Taken in tow by HM Destroyer ANTELOPE escorted by HM Destroyer WESTCOTT.
HM Corvettes JONQUIL and SPIREA joined escort from Gibraltar.