John Blackburn – age 18 – 3rd Radio Officer, S.S. Empire Ruskin. (Source:SNWM and GRoS – Marine returns)
John drowned at Mers-el-Kebir anchorage. Oran, Algeria. The “Empire Ruskin” had arrive at Oran on 11/12 November 1942 carrying stores and troops to support the Allied landings of Operation Torch. (Source: UK merchant seaman deaths, GRoS – Marine Returns and warsailors.com)
Born 1924 in Dennistoun, Glasgow. (Source: SNWM and GRoS – Birth Register)
Son of ?????? of 134 Meadowpark Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow E1.
(Source: UK merchant seaman deaths and the Glasgow WW2 Roll of Honour)