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- Born: 10 November 1923 at 9.05 am, 65 Bishop Street, Port Dundas, Glasgow, Scotland
- Died: 19 July 1943 1
Cause of his death was wounds while in active service.1
Hugh died at the age of 19 years in the Second World War:
"In memory of
Able Seaman HUGH MCCORMICK
D/JX 349826, H.M.M.T.B. 75, Royal Navy
who died age 19
on 19 July 1943
Son of John and Margaret McCormick, of Glasgow.
Remembered with honour"
from the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Armed Forces BMD details
Registration event: Death
Name: MCCORMICK, Hugh
Ship or unit: H.M.M.T.B.75
Rank: Able Seaman
Record source: GRO War Death Naval Ratings Indices (1939 to 1948)
from Find My Past website
The vessel in which Able Bodied Seaman Hugh McCormick met his death in 1943 was H.M.M.T.B.75. This was part of the Coastal Forces of the Royal Navy and the abbreviated form can be enlarged to:
His Majesty's Motor Torpedo Boat number 75
This MTB can be seen as an album of photos in colour at:
"MTBs were designed for high speed, operating at night, low speed ambush (to keep noise low and to produce no wake)and manoeuvrability on the water; this was to enable them to get close enough to launch their torpedoes at enemy vessels. With next to no armour, the boats relied upon surprise and their agility at high speed to avoid being hit by gunfire from bigger ships."
Areas of the UK assisted the war effort by raising money according to suitable targets established by the Government. When the target was reached a warship was assigned to it, and an adopteee-adopter relationship established between the town or institution and the ship. Motor Torpedo Boat 75 had such a relationship with Silsden in Yorkshire. 1
Internet Site, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.