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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Clennett, Arthur

Ordinary Seaman
25 1/2, Lynn Street, West Hartlepool
West Hartlepool

Arthur Clennett must have barely signed up as a sailor when his ship, the steamer Cairnstrath, was torpedoed and sunk off St. Nazaire in the Bay of Biscay, by the German submarine UC-71, on August 4th, 1917, on 4th August 1917. The ship was on a voyage from Bilbao in Spain to Newcastle with a cargo of iron ore and twenty two crew, including Arthur, were lost.

He was just 17 and one of two children born in West Hartlepool to Arthur and Jennie Clennett, the other being a girl, Margaret who was a year younger. At the time of his birth, the family lived at 28 Wansbeck Gardens but by 1911 they were at 25 ½ Lynn Street which had been Arthur senior’s childhood home and the premises of the family photography business, which was one of some repute in Victorian West Hartlepool. It was situated on the east side of Lynn Street, close to Surtees Street and on the next block to the market buildings.

Young Arthur’s father was one of at least two brothers and three sisters born to Robert Clennett, originally from Stockton, and his wife Margaret who had hailed from St. Pancras in London. Arthur senior, and grandfather Robert were both photographers at this Lynn Street address, and perhaps young Arthur was to have followed this career after the war, although sadly this was not to be.