Richard James Alexander Lambert

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Salford, Lincolnshire
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Able Seaman
Vessel: SS Arcadian
Battalion: Mercantile Marine
Died: 1917 aged 25 or 26 years
Death location: At sea, 26 miles north east of the Greek island of Milos

 

Life Before the War
Richard was born to parents Thomas and Jane.

Richard married Louisa, nee Burnett, in Southampton in 1914.  They had  2 children:

Louisa A J born in 1915

Gwennie E born 1917

In the census of 1911  Louisa was 19 and  living with her mother, Mary Ann Burnett, born in 1862, and brother Archibald W Burnett, born in 1890.  Archibald died in 1978 in Southampton.

 

War Service
SS Arcadian was a passenger liner.  She was converted early in the first world war to an armed merchant cruiser.

On 15th April 1917 she was torpedoed, by German sub UC-74, 26 miles north east of the Greek Island of Milos and sank in six minutes with the loss of 279 lives.

Richard’s body was not recovered.  He was awarded the Mercantile Marine Medal and is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial.

 

Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published: 19th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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