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C. Myiebeckie (Mylaska)

C. Myiebeckie (Mylaska)

About C.

C. Myiebeckie was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1887.  In 1915, he was serving in the British Mercantile Marine and his home was at the Liverpool Seamen’s home.

On 14th April 1915, he engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d, (£6.50p.) and was advanced £1-0s-0d., of this at the time.  He had previously served on the Leyland Lines vessel the S.S. Armenian - presumably in the same capacity.  He reported for duty on board at 8 a.m. three days later, before the liner left the River Mersey for the last time, bound for New York.

Having docked in New York on 24th April 1915, after an uneventful voyage, the Lusitania left there on the early afternoon of 1st May, to return to Liverpool.  Then, six days later, on the afternoon of 7th May, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland and only about 250 miles away from the safety of her home port.

Fireman Myiebeckie lost his life as a result of this action and as his body was not recovered from the sea and identified afterwards, his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial to the Missing of the Great War, at Tower Hill, in London.  He was aged 28 years.

A list of the crew published by Cunard in March 1916 does not contain the name C. Myiebeckie, but does show a casualty named C. Mylaska, who was serving as a fireman when the ship was sunk.  However, the Particulars of Engagement ledger for the Lusitania’s last voyage, held at The Public Record Office at Richmond, Surrey, shows the signature of a C. Myiebeckie but does not show any name approximating to Mylaska.  Similarly, the records of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission only show a dead fireman named Myiebeckie so it is certain that Myiebeckie and Mylaska are one and the same person and the Cunard version is erroneous.

Fireman Myiebeckie’s previous ship the Armenian did not survive him very long, as on 28th June 1915, she was captured by the German submarine U-24 in the Atlantic Ocean with a cargo of mules, and then torpedoed and sunk!

British Ships Sunk By U-Boats, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345.

C. Myiebeckie (Mylaska)



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