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World War II: Sinking of the SS Slamat (27 April 1941)

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  • William Douglas Tomlinson (1917 - 1941)
    William was part of the New Zealand Medical Corps serving on the converted Dutch passenger ship the SS Slamat. The New Zealand Medical Corps team consisted of 7 other New Zealanders serving on the ship...
  • Lennox Douglas (1901 - 1941)

SS Slamat (or "DSS Slamat", with DSS standing for dubbelschroefstoomschip, "twin-screw steamship") was a Dutch ocean liner of the Rotterdam-based Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd line. Although she was a turbine steamship, she tended not to be referred to as "TSS". She was built in Vlissingen in the Netherlands in 1924 for liner service between Rotterdam and the Dutch East Indies. In 1940 she was converted into a troop ship. In 1941 she was sunk with great loss of life in the Battle of Greece.

The Dutch troop ship Slamat was part of a convoy evacuating about 3,000 British, Australian and New Zealand troops from Nafplio in the Peloponnese. On the 27th April, 1941, as the convoy headed south in the Argolic Gulf in the early morning, it was attacked first by Bf 109 fighters of the Jagdgeschwader 77, then Ju 87 dive bombers and Ju 88 and Do 17 bombers. A 250 kg (550 lb) bomb exploded between Slamat's bridge and forward funnel, setting her afire.

Her water system became disabled, hampering her crew's ability to fight the fire. Another bomb also hit her and she listed to starboard. The destroyer HMS Diamond rescued about 600 survivors and HMS Wryneck came to her aid, but as the two destroyers headed for Souda Bay in Crete another Ju 87 attack sank them both. The total number of deaths from the three sinking’s was almost 1,000. Only 27 crew from Wryneck, 20 crew from Diamond, 11 crew and eight evacuated soldiers from the SS Slamat survived.

Dutch crew victims

  • Tjalling Luidinga - Captain
  • Samuel de Boo - Purser
  • George Brand - Scheepsdokter
  • Gerardus Borsboom - Pantryman
  • David Bruggeman - Kwartiermeester
  • Martinus Diekerhof - 1e Machinist
  • Hendrik Doornkamp - Matroos
  • Albertus Gramsma - 3e Machinist
  • Cornelis ten Have - 2e Machinist
  • Willem Jacob Klijn - 1e Officier
  • Gijsbert van Langeveld - 4e Machinist
  • Antonis Nicolaas Lokkerbol - Hofmeester
  • Johannes Hendrikus Lindeman - 2e Marconist
  • Jacobus Antonis Meeuwsen - Kok-Patissier
  • Jan Nieweg - Matroos
  • Frederik Jan de Reus - 4e Machinist
  • Cornelis Johannes Schraven - Kwartiermeester
  • Arie van der Sjouw - 3e Kok
  • Philippus Sluijter - Bootsman
  • Jan Marinus Weber - Barkeeper
  • Jan Pille - Leerling Officier

Australian crew victims

  • A.R. Boyle - Assistant Bakker
  • O.R.M. Christianson - 1st Butcher
  • O. Christianson - Butcher
  • A. Duncombe - Ass. Storeman
  • W. Jarman - 3rd Wireless Operator
  • J. Masen - 2nd Cook
  • J. Mitchell - Ass. Barber
  • G.H. Stanley - 2nd Cook
  • J.B. Walker - Gunner
  • V.L. Williams - Gunner

Australian military victims attached to the SS Slamat

  • W.J. Scott - Lieutenant
  • E.H. Stafford - Sergeant
  • C. Fraser - Corporal
  • E.F. Bird - Lance Corporal
  • L. Gray Lance - Corporal
  • J.B. Walker - Able Seaman
  • V.L. Williams - Able Seaman
  • A. Bagnell - Private
  • W. Browder - Private
  • B. Hancock - Private
  • D.G. Healey - Private
  • T.G. Hendry - Private
  • F. Lowe - Private
  • D.A. Newman - Private
  • J.A. Waddleton - Private
  • D.A. White - Private

Norwegian victim

  • A.M. Haraldsen - Sailor

New Zealand Expeditionary Force Medical Corps victims

Goanese crew victims

  • H. Smith
  • Louis Pereira
  • Sebastias Gomes
  • Antonio H. Fernandes
  • Francis Menezies
  • Ellenririo Antao
  • Joaquin S. Saldanha
  • Louis Fernandes
  • Damio Alfonso
  • Patricio Pareira
  • Ligorio Dias
  • Caetano Fernandes
  • Minguel P. Pinto
  • Chinappa Victor
  • Joap L. Rodrigues
  • Ceatan Consalves
  • Euginio Rodrigues
  • Francis Fernandes
  • Pedro D. Cunha
  • Glorio R. Garetto
  • Camillo Gomes
  • Jose S. Gomes
  • Sebastio Crasto
  • Jeronie Gabral
  • Mathias F.D. Sa
  • Joaz M. Vaz
  • Diago Consalves
  • Martin Rodrigues
  • Joaquin Moreas
  • Jaao M. Baretto
  • Cameline Feirera
  • Roque S. de Sa
  • Louis P. Fernandes
  • Laurnce Azevedo
  • Matias Dias
  • Ciforniano D. Sousa
  • Piedade Costa
  • John de Costa
  • Amros D. Fernandes
  • Francis P. Peirera
  • Joaquin Fernandes
  • Custario Baretta
  • Baptiste Costa
  • Caetan Rodrigies
  • Jaao Fernandes
  • Baptiste Pereira
  • Pedro A. Almeida
  • Sebastias D. Cunha
  • Mattias Comes
  • Vincent Leitao
  • Joze F.D. Silva
  • Caetan D. Costa
  • Caetan Dias
  • Jose M. Callaco
  • Joaquin Comes
  • Doming X. Rebello
  • Danacio Viegas
  • Casmeri Fernades
  • Joaquin P. Fernandes
  • Joseph D. Sousa
  • Antonio E. Dias
  • Manuael Alfonso
  • Nicolas P. Braganza
  • Domingo Callaco
  • Dennis Pereira
  • Jerome Coutinho
  • Joaquin D. Costa
  • Domingo Callaco
  • Santan Rodrigues
  • Laurence D. Silva
  • Caetan Alfonso
  • Lucozinho Alfonso
  • Antonio P. Menezies
  • Petro Leitzo
  • Peter Quadros
  • Sebastias Moreas
  • Bonofacio V. Marquez
  • Jose D. Mello
  • Jozef S. Pereira
  • Mattias Fernandes
  • Ardonio Mascarenhas
  • Antonio P. Lopez
  • Petro Pereira

Chinese crew victims

  • Ling Yong - Wasbaas
  • Hoeilam - Wasbaas
  • Fong Han - Wasbaas
  • Don Fook - Stoker no. 1
  • Ng. Yung - Stoker no. 2
  • Chaw Tam - Stoker no. 3
  • Ngang Tshai - Stoker no. 4
  • Lee Ying Sung - Olieman
  • Lun Li - Olieman
  • Yuan Man - Olieman
  • Ah Mow - Olieman
  • Leu Wong Tong - Stoker
  • Shi Quai - Stoker
  • Sang Hert - Stoker
  • Ling Loy - Stoker
  • Shang Shee - Stoker
  • Jeng Tong - Stoker
  • Wong Chey - Stoker
  • Tsai Ye - Stoker
  • Wong Fook - Kok
  • Wong Bing Liem - Stoker
  • Wang Pae - Stoker
  • Lee Yoong Seng - Olieman
  • Ah Ching - Timmerman

Further information

http://www.krlmuseum.nl/buitslslamat.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Slamat

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Greece#Evacuation_of_Empire_forces