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John Barbour Wylie – age 21 – Third Officer, S.S. Southern Empress (Leith) Merchant Navy.

John received a King's Commendation for Brave Conduct. (Source: London Gazette 26/2/1943 p.1034)

The whaling factory ship “Southern Empress” was sailing from New York to Glasgow with a cargo of fuel oil and a deck cargo of 21 Landing Craft when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-221. (Source: uboat.net)

Born 1920 in Dennistoun, Glasgow. (Source: SNWM and GRoS – Birth Register)

Son of George Calder Wylie and Margaret Neil Wylie of 317 Onslow Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow E1. (Source: CWGC, UK Merchant Seamen Deaths and Glasgow WW2 Roll of Honour)

Killed by enemy action on 13 October 1942.

Commonwealth War Grave – Tower Hill Memorial, London.