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Cockburn, G.T., 2nd Eng., 1918
On Tower Hill Memorial is the name of Second Engineer George Thomas Cockburn, serving with the Mercantile Marine who died 11/02/1918.

Rev, David Youngson has submitted the following:

George Thomas COCKBURN
Mercantile Marine 2nd Engineer
SS Baku Standard

The son of Thomas and Margaret Cockburn, he was born at North Shields. A Marine Engineer residing at 1 Belle Vue Terrace, North Shields, he was Initiated on the 6th June 1910; Passed 1st August 1910 and Raised on the 29th September 1910. He died on the 11th February 1918 aged 31. The husband of Margaret Josephine Cockburn (nee Howey) of 178 Woodhorn Road, Ashington, Northumberland. He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

The SS Baku Standard (3708 grt) was a tanker built on the Tyne by Armstrong, Mitchel and Co. Limited in 1893. Owned by Associated Oil Carriers ( J. Jacobs and Co. of London). She was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine UC38 five miles S x W from Tod Head Lighthouse Aberdeenshire, Scotland on a voyage from Greenock to the Firth of Forth with a cargo of crude oil. There were 24 casualties.

(CWGC list his death as being 11th February 1917. All other records indicate the ship was lost on or about 11th/12th February 1918.)

George Thomas Cockburn is remembered in Tynemouth on T36.14 page 8 and on our List of Ships’ crews

S.S, Baku Standard
The CWGC entry for 2nd Engineer Cockburn

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk