On March 23rd, 1916, SS Minneapolis, was voyaging from Marseille to Alexandria. It carried 60 tons horse fodder for the troop horses. A German submarine U-35 torpedoed the Minneapolis 195 miles E1/2N Malta. Luckily 166 crew and one passenger were rescued by Sheldrake an Acorn class destroyer which was in the vicinity.
However 12 persons were lost one of whom was William. Despite being towed to Malta the SS Minneapolis sank two days later.
His name is on the Tower Hill Memorial. a memorial especially for those who were Merchant Marines and have no graves as they died at sea.
This footage come from You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V54eCoYvUWk
s.s. Minneapolis - American Transport Lines - Grizzly Bear Rag George Link