Daniel Vernal who died on the SS Saint Barchan in 1918

February 14, 2013


I’m contacting you because I have recently undertaken some research on my late grand uncle (Daniel Vernal) who died on the SS Saint Barchan in 1918 and I found the information on your website to be brilliant.

My grandmother (Catherine Vernal, nee Wood)  was very close to her brother and talked about him often with great affection. I have some information about Daniel from her, a photograph of him and 3 shipmates, sorry no names.

In addition, I have his permit to access the Alexandra Dock, a letter of notification dated 23/10/18 from J & A Gardner & Co Ltd re; the sinking of the Saint Barchan and a following Memo dated 26/10/18 confirming he had been lost at sea.

My father Daniel Vernal Wood was born in November 1917 and he was named after his uncle because of the close bond my grandmother had with her brother. 

I’m not sure if any of this is of interest, I hope it is another link for other interested parties, if you wish I am happy to scan this information and forward it to you. 

Gladys Palmer
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A little on Daniel:

VERNAL, Second Engineer, DANIEL, S.S. Saint Barchan" (Glasgow). Mercantile Marine. Drowned, as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine, 21st October 1918. Age 25. Son of Daniel Vernal, of 3, Albert St., Paisley, and the late Isabella Morrison Vernal (nee Goudie). Born at Paisley.


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