Please create a page for John Francis Long, Died 10th March 1917 with all hands aboard the SS Polandia
John Long would have been our Great Uncle as he was married for just 15 months to our Great Aunt Euphemia. Sadly, we knew little of him, but because of the Centenary, when searching Family Trees, you come across a name which sounds familiar, & when you try to find details you begin to understand the quietness of their loss.
John Francis Long was born in Limerick 1895, like his Dad Thomas before him, he was a Mariner.
Mercantile Marine records for WW1 are lost, so we don’t know when he joined up, but on Boxing Day 1915 In St Nicholas Church on the Pier Head in Liverpool, known as the Sailors Church as its
They were married, John was 20, and Euphemia 18, as both their Fathers were deceased Euphemia’s Grandad was witness.
As no records exist, it is only thanks to websites such as
British Legion Roll of Honour Database, Wreksite & CWGC, we discover their story.
On the 10th March 1917, John was serving as a Seaman aboard the cargo ship SS Polandia. It set sail from across the Mersey in Birkenhead carrying government material destined for Cherbourg and was never heard of again. Others reports say Missing, Probably Mined, Possibly Torpedoed. Again, there is a variation in the number of souls lost, but all of the crew approximately 25 were listed as drowned. John was aged just 23, and never got to see his first child, a son also named John Francis, born a couple of weeks later.
John and the rest of the crew of the SS Polandia are remembered on the walls of the Tower Hill Memorial London
Rosemary Lim commented
John's page is now at https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/7700360 . Please complete his details using your as we can only set up the record using the information in the official records.