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   Cattleman Albert Turkington
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Personal Details
Regiment/Service: S.S. Jacona, Mercantile Marine (Unknown Civilian)
Died: 12/08/1915 (Died at Sea)
Age: 22
Summary      
Albert Turkington was born in Cookstown, County Tyrone. He worked as a cattleman on board S.S. “Jacona” (Dundee), a 2,969 tons Merchant Vessel which was part of the Cairn Line of Steamships built in 1889. Official records state that SS Jacona was sunk on 12th August 1915 when it struck a mine and sank 25 miles North/North West of Troup Head near Fraserburgh, Bannfshire, with a loss of 29 crew, including Albert Turkington.
Further Information
Albert Turkington was born in Cookstown, County Tyrone.
He worked as a cattleman on board S.S. “Jacona” (Dundee), a 2,969 tons Merchant Vessel which was part of the Cairn Line of Steamships built in 1889. Official records state that SS Jacona was sunk on 12th August 1915 when it struck a mine and sank 25 miles North/North West of Troup Head near Fraserburgh, Bannfshire, with a loss of 29 crew, including Albert Turkington.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London
Horseman J. McLaughlin (age 45) from Kilwinning, Scotland was also lost.
Albert Turkington’s colleague, Cecil Hetherington (apprentice) on board S.S. Jacona survived the sinking and struggled to a drifting life boat and after reaching it, returned to rescue the other 9 survivors, including the Captain. He was awarded The Board Of Trade Sea Gallantry Medal for his action on 12th August 1915. He was later presented the Stanhope Medal for Bravery. The Stanhope is a very prestigious award as only one medal is struck each year. Cecil’s brother Archie was killed in an accident in June 1915 while training with 19th Northumberland Fusiliers and is buried at Masham, Yorkshire.Both boys were the sons of Peter Hetherington, a cabinet maker and painter, and Mrs. Jane Hetherington of Cross Keys House, Allendale, Northumberland.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cookstown area Cookstown Central Born in Cookstown area 54.647685 -6.743181
References and Links
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1 Register of Deceased Seamen 1914-1918 Occupation, age and address