Lest We Forget

1939 - 1945

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Hardy, David

Master Mariner, serving as Chief Officer, Merchant Navy, SS Crichtoun (Leith)
Service Number
Merchant Seaman R 193143
29 May 1918 at Kingskettle, Fife
James and Catherine M. Hardy (Blyth)
Date of death
Between 18 and 19 March 1945 (Aged 26)
North Sea
Other Memorials
Panel 33, Tower Hill Memorial, London
Strathmiglo Churchyard, Fife.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

His parents ran the Post Office in North Queensferry.

He seems to have gone to sea as 3rd Mate of the SS Baron Kelvin in December 1939. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair.

David married Dorothy Heggie at Strathmiglo, Fife in 1945 and she later lived at Strathmiglo. They had a daughter Catherine who never knew her father.

The SS Crichtoun, Master, Malcolmson (1,097 ton steam cargo vessel, with a single triple expansion engine) was on a voyage from Leith to London when she was torpedoed by German E-boats and sunk off Lowestoft, near buoy 4AR, with loss of 22 of 25 aboard (Twenty of them merchant seamen crew and two of her four gunners). She was probably one of the last two ships to be sunk by E-Boats, on the east coast route.

David Hardy

Others in the crew included:-

Anderson, William, Able Seaman

Black, Samuel, Chief Engineer Officer

Cowie, Alexander Knight, Donkeyman

Farquhar, Alexander, Second Engineer Officer

Fox, Patrick, Fireman and Trimmer

Gillies, John, Fireman and Trimmer

Grant, Robert Graham, Cook

Irvine, David Robertson, Chief Steward

Laing, Charles Ramsay, Fireman and Trimmer

MacLeod, George, Second Officer

Mainland, James Robert, Able Seaman

Malcolmson, Laurence, Master

McPherson, Andrew Ian, Assistant Steward

McSherry, Andrew Colbertson Taylor, Ordinary Seaman

Rendell, Frederick Norman, Ordinary Seaman

Stewart, Gilbert, Quartermaster

Williamson, James John, Boatswain

Wilson, George, Fireman and Trimmer

SS Crichtoun
SS Crichtoun


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

National Archives. BT389/8/239 Certificate of British Registry, Crichtoun. R193143 Discharge Certificate




Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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