John Gardner Struthers 1923 1944

John Gardner Struthers 1923 1944
(his brother died the following year William Hutchison Struthers 1926 - 1945)

Struthers - missing, presumed killed on active service, in Aug 1944. John Gardner Struthers, BA (Cantab) aged 21, Sub-Lieutenant, RNVR, beloved eldest son of A. F. Struthers, Craigmaddie, Milngavie, Stirlingshire, and Bonawe Argyll

Monumental inscriptions of the family at Baldernock Cemetery
Cemetery/Memorial name: Plymouth Naval Memorial
grave reference: Panel 93, Column 1. HMS Kite
On August 21st, 1944, the convoy was attacked by a strong force of submarines, several of which had previously been sighted by aircraft from Vindex and Striker. An attack was made on the enemy formation from the air and depth charges from Swordfish aircraft sank one submarine. Later destroyers and frigates accounted for two others, but during these operations HMS KITE was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-344 with a loss of ten officers, including Lt. Cdr. Campbell, and 207 ratings. Read more at wrecksite:,-john-gardner/
Died 21/08/1944
Aged 21
H.M.S. Kite.
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Son of Alexander Fulton Struthers and Elizabeth Margaret Struthers, of Milngavie, Dunbartonshire. B.A. (Cantab.).
Struthers, John Gardner
Born Oct. 24, 1922 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Son of Alexander Fulton Struthers, JP MC,
of Milngavie, Dunbartonshire. Stowe School.
Adm. as Pens. at Trinity, Jan, 9, 1941. BA
1944. Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval
Volunteer Reserve (HMS Kite). Died Aug.
21, 1944. Commemorated on Plymouth
Naval Memorial, Devon. (FWR, CWGC)

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