A note of introduction: In July 1940, SS Arandora Star was sunk by submarine action at a position over 100 miles west of Bloody Foreland in Donegal; more than 800 souls were lost, including German and Italian internees and British naval and military personnel.
Some of those who were lost were brought by tide and current to Colonsay where they were laid to rest. These events caused a deep impression locally, and the islanders have maintained an interest in the tragedy and a concern for all those who were affected by it.
A friend of Colonsay, historian Alan Davis, researched the subject on our behalf and this site was developed in the early 2000s as a lasting memorial to all who lost their lives; it is believed to be the most comprehensive and accurate source of information currently available. Since this invaluable resource seems to have been omitted from the current iteration of the Colonsay Community Website it has been recreated on this independent site.
It should be mentioned that in fact Alan Davis researched all names on the Colonsay War Memorials and also all persons lost at sea and whose remains had come ashore at Colonsay or Oronsay in WWI and WWII; this work was published in 2004 as Colonsay's Fallen (Colonsay Books, ISBN 1 899863346). The work included a section upon S.S. Arandora Star, but is of particular interest to people with Colonsay connections. Although it is out of print today, there are copies available for research in the Copyright libraries.
To avoid doubt, what follows on this and linked pages is the work of Alan Davis and it appears with his consent; he is happy for the information to be used for private purposes and acknowledged where appropriate, but reproduction of any significant part of it online or via any other medium does require his prior consent.
1. The Colonsay Connection (January 2008)
2. List of Italian casualties (February 2008)
3. Italian background notes, burials and memorials (Updated September 2012)
4. Losses amongst the Military Guard (February 2008)
5 Crew Roll of Honour (February 2008)
7. German casualties (August 2008)
8. Background notes and bibliography (April 2008)
9. Complete crewlist for the final voyage (September 2012)
10. List of Italian Burials or Commemorations (September 2012)
11. List of Military Guards, by surname (September 2012)
We hope that relatives of those who were lost will contact us with additional information in order to ensure that the lists are accurate and as up to date as possible. Contact details are given below.
For further details or to offer additional information please contact Alan Davis c/o byrne[AT]colonsay[DOT]org[DOT]uk using Arandora Star as the subject line.
This site is owned by Kevin Byrne and every attempt is made to respect copyright; feel free to link to this site but please do not copy material for republication without prior consent. Wherever possible, such consent will be given happily and without charge.