6Aug1914
234602 AB Charles George McConachy, Royal Navy

Charles McConachy was born in Belfast on 11th July 1889.

On 3rd August 1905, while a student of Ballymena Academy, he enlisted into the Royal Navy (Boy service).

On 11th July 1907 his adult service began. He signed up for 12 years service.

After serving on several vessels (on land and sea), on 9th April 1914, he transferred to the HMS Amphion of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla (Harwich Force).

On the morning of 6th August 1914, the Amphion struck a mine laid by the SMS Königin Luise and sunk, killing about 150 British sailors and marines (the first British combat fatalities of the war)

About 18 German prisoners who were on board. McConachy was amongst these casualties.

He has  ‘no grave but the sea.'

Charles George McConachy is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

(See also the ROTD entry for 6th August 2014 for a more complete story of the Amphion sinking)

6 August 1914 died at sea

 HMS Amphion

 

Research by David O'Mara

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