No, but these remains were washed ashore at Stradbally strand, Co Kerry, on 11 July 1915.
Initially presumed to be from the Lusitania and included in the list of her victims (No. 248)They were subsequently identified as those of Mr Thresher.
You may not know that he is buried in Stradbally graveyard, Castlegregory, Co Kerry, where there is a stone.
Another body washed up on the Irish coast initially appeared to be that of a war-decorated German but proved to be a Briton from the Falaba!
Inquest at Baltimore
Iron Cross Found On Body
An inquest was held at Baltimore on Monday by Coroner Neville and a jury on the body of a man found off Sherkin Island on Saturday evening by two men named Cornelius Collins and Jeremiah McCarthy.
The evidence showed that the body was a considerable time in the water and was in a decomposed state. The two forearms were missing, the flesh was gone from the gace, and the hair from the head.
‘I found one shilling and sixpence in silver and five coppers in the pockets of his clothes,’ said Constable Quinn, ‘and he had an Iron Cross marked Für Kultur.’
A Juror — ‘Maybe a German spy.’
Dr O'Meara — ‘No, it was probably a joke on the German army.’
The witness said he also found a small leather card case containing visiting cards with the name ‘Capt. F.C. Goulden, Junior Army and Navy Club,’ and further evidence was given that a wire had been received from Mrs Goulden, Portishead, Somerset, stating that the body was that of her husband, lost in the Falaba.
I am glad that you found my message. I am also pleased to say that there was a James Arthur Silcock on the Falaba. He travelled first class, and was destined for Lagos, Nigeria. I gather he was part of the Colonial Civil Service. Mr Silcock was 31, and came from Ballymakenny, Drogheda, Ireland, according to the lists of those lost on the Falaba, held at Kew. At the inquiry into the sinking Cyril Bressey mentioned in his account that he shared a cabin with Mr Silcock. After the Falaba was stopped by the submarine, Bressey went to his cabin in search of a lifebelt. He found one he had brought with him on the voyage. Bressey said that the cabin was empty, and that Silcock was not there. Given that the submarine had chased the Falaba before stopping the ship, it is likely that James Silcock was one deck with other passengers.
I hope that helps.
With best wishes
Thank you so very much. I did not know that my great grandfather was so young when he died. I do know that he left behind a young son and a pregnant wife.
Thank you again for helping me confirm that he was indeed on the Falaba.
Best Wishes, Fiona.