Rodaways of ww1-2

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MERCHANT NAVY  2 ,      William Henry Rodaway



William is nephew of my G/Grandfather Frederick Rodaway   born Liverpool 1897
parents WILLIAM Rodaway born 1868 Agnes Annie Conlon 

2nd photo is SS RHINELAND,Rhineland Steam merchant Tonnage    1,381 tons
Completed    1922 - AG Weser, Bremen
Owner    James Currie & Co Ltd, Leith
Homeport    Leith
Date of attack    21 Sep 1941    Nationality:      British
 
Fate    Sunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)
Position    47° 00'N, 22° 00'W - Grid BE 4944
Complement    26 (26 dead - no survivors)
Convoy    OG-74
Route    Clyde - Lisbon - Gibraltar
Cargo    912 tons of coal and bags of mail
History     Completed in December 1922 as Altengamme for Schlüter & Maack, Hamburg. 1926 sold to Britain and renamed Rhineland for James Currie & Co Ltd, Leith.
Notes on event     

At 23.20 and 23.21 hours on 21 Sep 1941, U-201 fired torpedoes at the convoy OG-74 about 800 miles north-northeast of the Azores and reported two ships sunk. The ships hit were Liss
a and Rhineland.

The Rhineland (Master John Thorburn Gilroy) was sunk by a coup de grâce at 23.41 hours. The master, 22 crew members and three gunners were lost.


WILLIAM RODAWAY

Vessel:RHINELAND  First Ship signed up  22/02/1915  DESERTED 23/02/1915

Birthplace:LIVERPOOL

Age:17

Rank:MESS ROOM STEWARD  

                                                                                                         


WILLIAM RODAWAY

Vessel:EL URUGUAYO

Birthplace:LIVERPOOL

Age:18

Rank:DECK BOY

Previous vessel:

FIRST VOYAGE

Valid dates for this crew list:

23/02/1915 - 01/05/1915  looks like he aged very quick, his birth was registered September quarter 1897,


WILLIAM RODAWAY

Vessel:LEVIATHAN

Birthplace:LIVERPOOL

Age:17

Rank:ORDINARY SEAMAN

Previous vessel:

EL URUGUAYO

Master:

WILLIAM JOHN ROBERTS

Valid dates for this crew list:

01/01/1915 - 30/06/1915


SS Leviathan, originally built as the Vaterland, was an ocean liner which regularly crossed the North Atlantic from 1914 to 1934.  The second of three sister ships built for Germany's Hamburg America Line for their transatlantic passenger service, she sailed as the Vaterland for less than a year before her early career was halted by the start of World War I.  In 1917, she was seized by the U.S. government and renamed Leviathan.  She would become known by this name for the majority of her career, both as a troopship during World War I and later as the flagship of the United States Lines.


She was seized by the United States Shipping Board when the United States entered World War I, 6 April 1917; turned over to the custody of the U.S. Navy in June 1917; and commissioned July 1917 as the USS Vaterland, Captain Joseph Wallace Oman in command.  She was re-designated SP-1326 and renamed Leviathan by President Woodrow Wilson on 6 September 1917.


William signed up into the army 1916/17  into the KINGS LIVERPOOL REGIMENT,  8th BATTALION  (Liverpool Irish)  ( he might have even  served  with  is uncle Pte Frederick Rodaway  who also served in the 8th battalion,)he  was discharged unfit and awarded the SWB


PTE 307064 Wm . Rodaway

Discharge Unit: 8th KLR

Regiment: 8th KLR

Badge Number: 363203

Piece: 3076

List Number: H 0801/1-1200/2

Record Group: WO Record Class:329

PTE 4708 William H Rodaway   
This was is number in 1916  4708  and attached  to the 1/5th battalion. 
In 1917   All infantry soldiers defined as TF were allocated a new  6 digit number
 THE 8th battalion  block numbers starting at 305001 to 330000.
William married Helen Pierre in 1920 on the 1911 census he was living at 22 West st Liverpool with is parents and 3 sisters,
Frances,Agnes and Maud and two brothers Henry and Arthur.