Fireman & Trimmer, S.S. Storaa
Died 3 Nov 1943
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial
Alfred (Abraham) was born on 22 October 1923 in Whitechapel, London to Ukranian born parents Solomon and Jane (Chone) nee Nierman. He was the youngest of eight children and their father worked as a cardboard box manufacturer who became a naturalised British citizen in 1906.
In March 1943, Alfred was working on the ship Winsum travelling from Trinidad to New York before he transferred to the ship S.S. Storaa as a fireman and trimmer. The Storaa left Southend, Essex on 2 November 1943, as part of Convoy CW 221, transporting 2500 tons of tank parts and aircraft supplies for the D Day landings. Just after midnight on 3 November 1943 German E-boats were sighted and HMS Whitshead and the Storaa opened fire driving off the enemy, but a quarter of an hour later a torpedo struck Storaa amidships. She was heavily laden and sank quickly. Of the total of 36 peoples onboard, 22 were lost with seven survivors being picked up by an English coaster which was also part of the convoy.