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ANDREW DOUGLAS DRYSDALE M.B., Ch.B. (Edin.).
Royal Army Medical Corps
Ticket No. 312
Destination: Cape Town
Son of Peter Finnie Drysdale and Annie Bonar Drysdale, of Edinburgh.
Andrew was a passenger who lost his life when SS Ceramic was sunk by a U-boat mid-Atlantic on 6th December 1942.
On November 23, 1942 the Ceramic left the Mersey for Australia, independently routed, with 378 passengers. Her subsequent complete disappearance was at first little publicised at home, due to the general censorship of shipping information, and the Admiralty assumed that she had been sunk without survivors from the 500 or so persons on board.
It was learned a long time later that she had been torpedoed and sunk on December 6 in latitude 40 deg. 30 min. N., longitude 40 deg, 20 min. W, and that one survivor, a sapper of the Royal Engineers, had been picked up by the U-boat and taken to a German prison camp.
U-boat U 515 , responsible for the sinking the SS Ceramic , Photographed from a USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) aircraft - U.S. Navy photo 80-G-227198