William Mair

M, #3205, b. circa 1895, d. 27 December 1915
     William Mair was born circa 1895.1 He was the son of James Mair and Margaret Smith. His family was known by the tee-name of "Slater" or "Latin". William died on 27 December 1915 at at sea, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He drowned with the loss of HM Drifter 'Ladysmith' BF 1528 in a gale whilst on war service at the mouth of Milford Haven. The entire crew was lost.2,3 He was buried after 27 December 1915 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.3


  1. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  2. [S2695] Debt of Honour Register and certificate, Casualty No 3033869, "In Memory of Deck Hand WILLIAM MAIR, Service Number: 7273DA, H.M. Drifter "Ladysmith", Royal Naval Reserve who died on 27 December 1915 age 19. Son of James and Margaret Mair, of "Aranmore", Portknockie, Banffshire. Remembered with honour. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission."
  3. [S2599] William Mair, Gravestone inscription data, "NM123437, William Mair, c.1895 to 27 DEC 1915. Occupation : sailor & fisherman. Date of Birth : c.1895. Headstone Ref : H273. Date of Death : 27 DEC 1915. Place of Death : Milford Haven."