Mela Brown Constable’s brother, Wilfred, was on board The Cameronia when it sunk in 1917.
The Cameronia began life as a passenger steamship built in Glasgow in 1911. She was torpedoed on 15th April 1917 by the German U-boat U-33 while en route from Marseilles in France to Alexandria in Egypt. She was serving as a troopship at the time and contained approximately 2,650 soldiers on board. The ship sank in 40 minutes, 150 miles east of Malta; taking 210 lives. The survivors escaped in lifeboats or were picked up by the escorting destroyers, HMS Nemesis and HMS Rifleman.