1171X Smn Nathan Mugford, Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve.
Born at Port de Grave in 1892, Nathan was serving on HMS Alcantara at the time of his death. A former ocean liner, the Alcantara had been armed in 1915 but encountered the German armed merchant cruiser SMS Greif in the North Sea on 29 February 1916. During the action, the Alcantara was crippled by torpedoes and the Greif severely damaged by exploding ammunition. Both ships had to be abandoned and the Alcantara was sunk (the abandoned Greif being later sunk by the Comus and the Munster). 72 men died on the Alcantara and 187 on the Greif, Nathan being one of them. As he has ‘no grave but the sea', Nathan is commemorated on the Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial.
Research by David O'Mara