George Wormald, lost in sinking Empire Lake 15 July 1943 - Looking for survivors of SS Empire Lake

SS Empire Lake

Dear Mac,

The Empire Lake was sunk in The Indian Ocean on 15 July 1943 by two torpedoes fired from U-181. The captain of the u-boat was the famous Wolfgang Lüth, a committed National Socialist and amoral to those he fought. There were 39 hands serving on the ship, 32 were killed and 7 survived. My Father was a Royal Navy Gunner on The Empire Lake but was one of the 32 killed. I have tried so very hard to trace any of the survivors, one I know died in 1987, I have made contact with two other families whose fathers were killed. If there are any of the survivors still living and see your site, please would they contact me.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity.
Kind regards,
Bill Wormald


We will add your email to AHOY, and hope if any survivors from Empire Lake visit, they might seek your address from us.

You may well have your Father's certificate from the CWGC site, but here it is anyway.

Casualty Details
Initials:  G
Nationality:  United Kingdom
Rank:  Able Seaman
Regiment/Service:  Royal Navy
Unit Text:  H.M.S. President III
Age:  39
Date of Death:  15/07/1943
Service No:  C/JX 339850
Additional information:  Son of Joseph John and Anne Frances Wormald; husband of Elizabeth Frances Wormald, of New Barnet, Hertfordshire.
Casualty Type:  Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:  70, 1.

His name is recorded on the Chatam Naval Memorial at 70, 1.

Best regards, 

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