H.M.T. Nigeria

 

H.M.T. Nigeria was built in 1901 for Raylton Dixon of Middlesborough as a passenger liner for the for the African Steamship Company (Elder Dempster).
 
She was requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to supplement the ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
 
On the 8th November 1916 she was chartered by the Admiralty for service as an accommodation ship and was sent to Russia. A number of her crew died whilst in Russia, but not as the result of enemy action, so they are not officially war dead and are not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC.
 
The ship was severely damaged by fire at Romanoff-sur-Murman (Murmansk). At first she was scuttled but in April 1917 she was re-floated and repaired. See Historical RFA for full details of her civilian and military career.
 
 
'Crewmen' not commemorated by CWGC
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME DATE OF DEATH NOTES
  Steward WILLIAM GAINFORD BUNN
He died of Tubercular Meningitis on the 23rd January 1917 at Romanoff-sur-Murman (Murmansk).
He was born at Liverpool.
He was 22 years old and was living at 40 Wellington Road, Liverpool at the time of his death.
 
 
  Able Seaman CARL FRED P  BOYLE
He was killed on the 9th March 1917 when the ship was severely damaged by fire at Romanoff-sur-Murman (Murmansk).
He was born at Garston.
He was 16 years old and was living at 41 Gladeville Road, Aigburth at the time of his death.
He is remembered on the memorials at S.S. Matthew & James' C.of E. Church, Mossley Hill and on the Garston Roll of Honour
  Able Seaman E ROBERTS
He was killed on the 9th March 1917 when the ship was severely damaged by fire at Romanoff-sur-Murman (Murmansk).
He was born at Port Madoc, Wales.
He was 48 years old and was living at 25a Bentinck Street, Liverpool at the time of his death.