Albert Isaac Cumming

Albert Cumming was the Chief Steward and died when the Glenart Castle was torpedoed by a U Boat in 1918.

It was a hospital ship and caused a huge uproar at the time.

He was born in Torquay, Devon.


Husband of Alma Elizabeth Cumming of 53 Daneville Rd, Camberwell, London.

Chief Steward Albert Isaac Cumming - Mercantile Marine - HMHS Glenart Castle. Died 26 February 1918, age 48.

Remembered on Tower Hill Memorial.

Union Castle line SS Galacia was taken over by the British Government as a hospital ship and renamed Glenart Castle.

On 26th February 1918, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-56, ten miles West of Lundy Island, on a voyage from Newport to Brest, to collect wounded.

Capt Burt and 94 of her crew were among the 153 killed out of her complement of 186.

Thame War Memorial:                      Cumming A

All Saints War Memorial Board:      Chief Steward Cummings HMS Barnard Castle. (There is no record of a ship called Barnard Castle in WW1.)

St Mary's War Memorial Board:       Cumming A

He is commemorated on the Thame Remembers web site

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