|Ireland, Civil Registration Birth Indexes
Name: Reuben Wilson
Registration District: Lurgan
Registration Quarter and Year: Jul - Sep 1901
Volume Number: 1
Page Number: 682
Index Number: 60
[RFSS Nov 2011]
1911 Census record taken on 2 April.
Came back to Northern Ireland 17 April 1934 after the death of his wife Sarah.
After his marriage to Elizabeth he went to Scotland and became a Constable working in the Royal Naval Armament Deopt in Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was in charge of the fire service in the deopt and refused promotion as he would have had to give up that position.
During the second war he was transferred to Chatham, London, although the family stayed in Beith. He was very close to a bomb explosion at a railway station and required hospital treatment for severe shock. During his recuperation he was given the task of cutting up newspapers. One day he asked a nurse why he was doing this job, and she replied that at last he had recovered and that his mind was functionally normally again.
(Info from interview with his daughter Emma Nov 2003]
CANADIAN IMMIGRATION RECORDS
Given name: Reuben
Date of arrival: 1927/04/03 (YYYY/MM/DD)
Port of arrival: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ship: AURANIA, Cunard
Reference: RG76 - IMMIGRATION, series C-1-b
Volume: 1927 volume 5
Microfilm reel: T-14809
[RFSS Sep 2004]
Cunard launched a second trio of intermediate liners in the 1920's, these were the Aurania, Alaunia and Ascania. As part of their post-war building programme Cunard built three 14,000 ton liners which were all oil fired and driven by double reduction geared turbines. The Aurania was built specifically for the New York service. It was the second of the three to be launched, on 6 February 1924. After trials off the north coast of Scotland the Aurania made its maiden voyage, from Liverpool to New York, on 13 September.
In April 1925 the ship switched to a new route, Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal. By June 1927 it was decided that the passenger accommodation should be more diverse and as a result the ship was refitted so that the it could cater for three classes of passenger, cabin, tourist and third class. In 1928 the Aurania began to sail from Southampton, still to Quebec and Montreal. It continued to serve this route until the outbreak of World War II. The ship arrived on the Thames on 29 August 1939 and was immediately requisitioned by the Admiralty.
The Aurania was converted into an armed merchant cruiser and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 15 October. For nine months it served as an escort ship on the Northern Patrol and then joined the Halifax Escort Force. During July 1941 it was escorting a convoy bound for Reykjavik when it ran into ice fields during thick fog. On 14 July it emerged from a fog bank to see a large iceberg ahead. Despite evasive action the Aurania struck the iceberg bows on. The rest of the convoy was forced to continue whilst the Aurania slowly made its way to Halifax. From here it moved to Newport News, in the USA, for repairs, which were completed on 12 September. By late September it had returned to Halifax.
On 13 October it left Halifax, bound for the Clyde, with another convoy. On 21 October the Aurania was struck by a torpedo and immediately listed to port. The captain righted the ship and increased speed. During the confusion some of the crew tried to abandon ship and were thrown out of the lifeboat, but were later picked up. Despite heavy damage it was decided that it would be able to reach the Clyde and it sailed, with the help of aircraft reconnaissance, to the Island of Bute, arriving on 23 October. It was not until February 1942 that the ship was fully repaired and by then there was an urgent need for heavy repair ships. As a result the Admiralty purchased the Aurania and moved it to Devonport to be converted for this role.
On 10 May 1944 the work was complete and it was recommissioned at Plymouth as the heavy repair ship HMS Artifex. After trials it sailed for Trincomalee and remained in the Far East for the rest of its active career. In May 1946 it left the Far East Fleet and returned to Cardiff where most of its crew were redeployed. In June it was sent to Gareloch to join the reserve fleet. It never entered active service again and was finally delivered to shipbreakers at La Spezia in January 1961.
Wedding of Reuben Wilson and Sarah Sinton - 9 February 1929
Photograph courtesy of Emma Stewart (née Wilson), England.
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|[ s2080 ]||Birth Registration - Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958 - Birth of Reuben Wilson registered 3rd Quarter 1901 in Lurgan Registration District, Co. Armagh, Ireland, United Kingdom - Film Number: 101068, Volume Number: 1, Page Number: 682, Digital Folder Number: 4193982, Image Number: 00537 - BR1901-22-06-RW|
|[ s2081 ]||Death Registration - Statutory Registers Scotland - Death of Reuben Wilson registered 1986 in Kilbirnie, Beith and Dalry Registration District, North Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom - GROS Ref: 663/00 0002 - DR1986-06-01-RW|
|[ s3643 ]||Marriage Registration - Canadian Marriage of Reuben Wilson and Sarah Sinton on 9 February 1929 in Cooke's Presbyterian Church, York County, Toronto, Province of Ontario, Canada - Reference number: 1483 - MR1929-09-02-RW-SS|
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