Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
157484   Assistant Steward Norman Dennis Rigley
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 28/12/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Palomares, Naval Auxiliary Personnel, Merchant Navy (British Civilian)
Died: 09/11/1942 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Norman Dennis Rigley was the son of George William and Elizabeth Alice Rigley of 53 Stainburn Avenue, West Derby, Liverpool. He became known as Den. Dennis Rigley served as an Assistant Steward on board the Armed Merchant Cruiser, HMS Palomares. In November 1942, during Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, HMS Palomares acted as an Anti-Aircraft artillery vessel. On 9th November 1942 the ship was badly damaged by enemy action. Assistant Steward Norman Dennis Rigley was killed in this engagement.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Liverpool Naval Memorial
Grave Ref: Panel 17 Col 2
CWGC Casualty 2499457
The Memorial is situated on the Mersey River Front at the Pier Head, Liverpool, close to and behind the Liver Buildings and the end of James Street. From the end of the M62 motorway follow the signs for the City Centre and Maritime Museum.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WWII Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 338
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 H.M.S. Palomares Some photos of the ship pre-war and as HMS Palomares
2 Uboat.Net - HMS Palomares Extensive details of HMS Palomares
3 Wikipedia - HMS Palomares Details of HMS Palomares
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023