James Orme, one of the 224 lost when HMS Louvain sank.

James Sinclaire Orme was a P. O Stoker on HMS Louvain. He died on the 20th January 1918 when the Ship was struck by a torpedo in the Aegean sea and sank. The death toll was 224. The date was exactly one month after his marriage to Annie on 20th December 1917.

The ship was built in 1897 by Earles Engineering Hull as a passenger ship and named SS Dresden She was re named HMS Louvain in 1917 when she was owned by the Royal Navy as an armed boarding steamer.
She sailed from Portsmouth for Lemnos, via Malta on 1st January 1918, and left Malta on the 15th January for Mudros. On the 20th January she was struck without warning by a torpedo from the German U boat UC22 and sank in the Aegean Sea. The death toll was 224. One of those lost at sea was my Great Uncle James Sinclaire Orme.
His body was never recovered for burial and his death is recorded at Portsmouth War Memorial.
James Sinclaire Orme was born on 5th February 1894 the son of Stephen Orme and Elizabeth Catherine Sinclaire Orme and husband of Annie.
In 2005 following the death of James’s niece, her family found a post card among her belongings. It was a photograph of James in Uniform, and it read.
James Sinclaire Orme SS.111742 P.O “Please will you tell me if he is living?” The post card had been returned to the family at 66 Andrew Street Liverpool. It appears that his sister had written because the family had not received any news of him. How difficult it must have been for them while they waited for news and then finally were informed of his death.
James married Annie on 20th December 1917 and had only been married a matter of days when he sailed on board HMS Louvain and did not return. .
In February this year 3 members of the family attended a moving and meaningful ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall, when James’ name was added to the Roll of Honour in the Hall of Remembrance.

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