CPL. Lemberger. M.

  • RankCorporal
  • No4749417
  • Date of Death14/11/1942
  • Age24
  • Regiment/ServiceGreen Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) 7th Bn.
  • Panel ReferenceColumn 59.
  • MemorialALAMEIN MEMORIAL

Cpl M Lemberger’s service number is from the York & Lancaster Regiment block of numbers, so he wasn’t originally a Green Howard. However, at the time of his death he served with the 7th Bn Green Howards, 69th Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division.
Corporal Morris Lemberger was captured prisoner of war (POW) in North Africa. On 13th November 1942 he was put onto the SS Scillin at Tripoli to be transported to Italy. The Scillin whilst off the coast of Tunisia and on its way to Sicily was intercepted by the British submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) the following evening. Unaware that the Scillin was carrying POW’s the Sahib torpedoed the Scillin and it sunk in one minute, there was no chance of escape for the POWs who were in the ship’s hold. Almost all the 800 allied POW’s including Corporal Lemberger were lost. The Sahib picked up the Scillin’s captain, crew and around 27 POW survivors before leaving the area as an enemy vessel approached.

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SS Scillin

At a subsequent inquiry into this ‘friendly fire’ tragedy, Lt. Bromage who was in command of the Sahib was cleared of any wrongdoing. At the time he firmly believed that the ship was carrying Italian troops. However, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) kept the details secret until 1996, over 50 years later. Following pressure for information from families of the deceased POWs the truth finally came out.
Corporal Lemberger was not originally a Green Howard, but was transferred to the regiment at some point during his service.


Sources:

  • www.CWGC.org
  • WW2 talk/the National Archives
  • Ajex Website
  • www2talk.com
  • CWGC email confirming he was lost on the SS Scillin
  • Sheerness Heritage Centre – Scillin & Sahid
  • Tattenhall History – Private Levi Edge (Image of Scillin)

Other Information

  • Son of Isaac and Betsy Lemberger
  • War diary ref WO 169/5023
  • Possible alternative name: Maurice?
  • Cpl M Lemberger’s service number is from the York & Lancaster Regiment block of numbers, so he wasn’t originally a Green Howard. However, at the time of his death he served with the 7th Bn Green Howards, 69th Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division.