Van Essen, Cecil Echlin

Spring of 1913 to 23 June 1940

War Service:
CECIL ECHLIN van ESSEN died on 23 June 1940 while serving in the North Atlantic as 3rd Engineer on the deep sea rescue tug Coringa.
The circumstances of the loss of the Coringa were never established. She was owned by The British India steam Navigation Company Ltd of Brisbane and was requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 for salvage, rescue, minesweeping and patrol duties. In January 1940 she was again requisitioned and sailed to Britain.

He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Liverpool Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial in St Augustine’s church, Grove Park and on the Liverpool Naval Memorial.

He was born in Lewisham in the spring of 1913, the son of Everard and Cornelia van Essen of Grove Park.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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