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|Completed||1925 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Alexander Capper & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||5 May 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-123 (Horst von Schroeter)|
|Position||4° 30'N, 10° 20'W - Grid EU 7251|
|Complement||46 (2 dead and 44 survivors).|
|Route||Buenos Aires - Montevideo (17 Apr) - Freetown - UK|
|Cargo||7798 tons of general cargo|
|History||Built as Wirral 1934 renamed Holmbury |
|Notes on event|
At 11.20 hours on 5 May 1943 the unescorted Holmbury (Master John Bryce Lawson) was torpedoed by U-123 about 170 miles west of Cape Palmas. The vessel was sunk by 26 rounds of 10.5cm gunfire. Two crew members were lost. The master was taken prisoner, landed at Lorient on 8 June and taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. 37 crew members and six gunners landed at Tradetown, Liberia.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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