Alexander Gardiner Mair

M, #2506, b. 8 June 1920, d. 11 September 1940
     Alexander Gardiner Mair was born on 8 June 1920 at Seatown, Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of Alexander Gardiner Mair and Catherine Wood. His family was known by the tee-name of "Cock". Alexander died on 11 September 1940 at sea, near Montrose Bay, Angus, Scotland, at age 20. He perished as a result of an attack on the Steam Trawler 'Beathwood', A 442. See the article ST Beathwood and the Fate of her Crew. His body was never recovered.2,3


  1. [S1813] Edward and Hectorina Louvine Kemp, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Edward and Louvine Kemp of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  2. [S1866] Debt of Honour Register and certificate, Casualty No 2800278, "In memory of deck hand Alexander Gardiner Mair, fishing vessel Beathwood (Aberdeen), fishing fleet, who died on 11 September 1940 age 20. Remembered with honour. Tower Hill Memorial, panel 123. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission."
    All but two of the crew of an Aberdeen trawler were lost when the ship was attacked by a Nazi plane off the east coast last week.
    The vessel was lying at anchor, completely blacked-out, when at about ten o’clock a German plane spotted it by the light of the moon. Engines switched off, the plane dived down and dropped one bomb which hit the trawler amid-ships and went clean through the bottom.
    Most of the crew were below, some were in bed, some at tea, and one man on deck was near the point of the explosion. The only survivors were the mate, Mr Alex. Mair (sen.), who formerly resided at Deskford Street, Cullen; and the engineer, an Aberdeen man.
    Among those lost were:- Skipper George Wood, formerly of 118 Seatown, Cullen, now residing at Aberdeen; second fisherman Alex. Mair (jun.) son of the mate, who is 25 years of age; cook Wm. George Findlay (37), 217 Seatown Cullen, only son of Mr and the late Mrs John Findlay; and Mr Alex. Pirie, 28 Seafield Street, Portknockie."