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Thomas Coffey and his wife Mary (nee McGuire)

Thomas Coffey was an Able Seaman aboard the SS. Formby. He was married to Mary (nee McGuire) and they had two children, Thomas and May. May was born after her father died.


Mary, Thomas and May



Thomas Coffey died when the SS. Formby was sunk by the German Uboat, U62 off the coast of Wicklow, Ireland on December 16, 1917. The ship had just left the port of Waterford for the journey to Liverpool. There were no survivors and only one body was recovered from the ship, that of the Stewardess Annie O'Callaghan, which was washed up on the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales.


SS. Formby


Two days later, the SS. Formby's sister ship, the SS. Coningbeg was also sunk by the same Uboat whilst it was returning from Liverpool.


This is the grave of Mary Coffey (nee McGuire) and also of her son-in-law, Thomas Walsh.

On the headstone is a memorial to her husband, Thomas Coffey.




Below are some pictures of the Memorial to both ships in Waterford City, Ireland. The Memorial was opened by Mary Robinson, the President of Ireland in 1997.


Thomas Coffey's name can be seen engraved on this Memorial.




The Memorial in Waterford.




Photo's below are taken off video footage. Click on the images.


   SS. Formby








SS. Coningbeg   






There are no roses on sailors graves,
Nor wreaths upon the storm tossed waves,
No last post from the Royals band,
So far away from their native land,
No heartbroken words carved on stone,
Just shipmates bodies there alone,
The only tributes are the seagulls sweeps,
And the teardrop when a loved one weeps.

Quoted from:
Royal National Lifeboat Institution