Israel Rothman

Fireman & Trimmer, S.S. Fort Mumford
Died 20 Mar 1943
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial
Age 23

Israel was born on 20 September 1919 in Stepney, London to Polish parents Julius and Jane nee Berwick and his father worked as a tailor machiner. The family lived at 13 Ship Alley in Stepney, London and on the 1939 Register, Israel was listed as a ship steward.

Israel was a fireman and trimmer on the ship S.S. Fort Mumford which was on its maiden voyage from Vancouver, Canada loaded with 6,649-tons of war supplies for the Mediterranean, via Lyttleton, New Zealand and Colombo, Ceylon.

The ship was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-27 killing all the crew apart from one survivor who was rescued by an Arab dhow.