John James Lancaster
Merchant Navy. British
|Born||4 Dec 1906|
|Died||12 Jun 1942||(35)|
Roster information listed for John James Lancaster
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Hardwicke Grange||Steam merchant||Third Engineer Officer||12 Jun 1942 (+)||U-129|
Husband of D. Lancaster, of Rishton, Lancashire.
He also served on the following ships: SS Carperby, SS Yearby, SS Ullapool.
Army Service Record Reads.
Enlisted at Accrington into the Territorial Army. Posted to 4th and 5th Battatlion, The East Lancashire Regiment 1st May 1923. Attended annual camp 1923.
Discharged- 25 Feb 1924 to join the Regular Army after serving 301 days.
Re-enlisted at Bury as a Private into the East Lancashire Regulars on 26 Feb 1924.
Posted depot 28 Feb 1924.
Posted 2nd Battalion 17 Oct 1924.
Requested a transfer to the Royal Tank Corps and posted on 23 Oct 1924 to 1st Battalion, Bovington Dorset.
Posted to 4th Battalion 4 Mar 1925.
Discharged on 9 Dec 1925 at his own request at a cost of £35.
Service was 1yr ans 287 days.
From Accrington Observer Sat 11 July 1942;
News has been received that Third Engineer John James Lancaster, 10 Commercial St, Rishton son of Mr & Mrs W Lancaster is missing following the sinking of his ship. The letter conveying the sad news to his wife states that all but three of the crew have been saved. 3rd Engineer Lancaster who is 38, has two sons. He has been in the Merchant Navy for 14 years having adopted it as a career. He has travelled widely visiting 40 different countries and he has circumnavigated the globe on at least 3 occasions.
As a boy he attended Hyndburn Park School and later served his time as a fitter at Howard & Bulloughs. he also attended Antly Methodist Sunday School. His father who is also employed at Howard & Bulloughs is a member of the comities of the Accrington Victoria Hospital, the Workpeople's Hospital fund and the Chaigeley Manor Convlesant Home. Another of Mr Lancaster's sons is Chief Engineer on the Nigerian Railway, and there are two daughters, one of whom is in Canada.