HMS Viknor, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (British Navy)
Date Of Birth:
13/01/1915 (Died at Sea)
Samuel Gourley was the son of James and Maggie Gourley. Samuel M Gourley was born on 4th October 1893 in Portglenone.. Samuel was an apprentice shoe maker. His father became senior postmaster in Portglenone. Samuel Gourley enlisted a year before the war started on 3rd September 1913. He was living at 4 Carnegie Gardens, Port Glasgow, Scotland at the time. Able Seaman Samuel Gourley was serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on board HMS Viknor when it sank off the north-west coast of Donegal on 13th January 1915. There were no survivors. Samuel was 21 years old.
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