On October 28th, 1940 a luxury liner called Empress of Britain sank off Ireland having been hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat. She was the largest liner lost during the Second World War and the largest ship sunk by a U-boat. There is also a link in the story to Hoylake.
In a Liverpool Daily Post report (republished here). A Liverpool man and seaman named James Carroll reportedly left the burning deck of the liner to escape in a lifeboat. Among the crew of the Empress of Britain were three brothers from Hoylake named Triggs. One of the brothers was in the lifeboat. A trawler came to the aid of the lifeboat and one the crew on the trawler was, by amazing coincidence, another Triggs brother.
The three brothers pictured above are Julian, Herbert Victor and Harold Triggs. Christopher Triggs was a crew member of the trawler.
Another Hoylake man lost his life in the sinking of the liner. Seaman John Roberts, aged 19 and the 4th son of Mr & Mrs E Roberts of 2, Shaw Street, Hoylake was initially reported missing but was subsequently reported to have been killed by a falling crane as he was making for his boat station.
Meols resident H Davies of Sandfield Avenue, Meols survived and was recorded as wounded and in hospital.
Thanks to Jennifer Triggs and family for granting permission to republish the above photo.