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  cap badgeStoker 1st Class William Robertson Bisset

Royal Navy H.M.S. "Colleen"
Service No: 283414

William Robertson Bisset grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Peter B Bisset and Mary Bisset of 27 Corsewall St, Coatbridge. Older half brother of Lance Corporal Peter Bisset of the 78th Battalion Canadian Infantry who was Killed in Action on the 31/07/1918. William's Father's children with Isabella Bisset - Margaret 'Maggie' Bisset (1876– ) Born - abt 1876 • Old Monkland, William Bisset (1877–07/04/1916) Born - 01/09/1877 • Old Monkland, Isabella 'Bella' Bisset (1881– ) Born - abt 1881 • Old Monkland. William's Father's children with Mary Bisset - James Bisset (1887– ) Born - Dec 1887 • Old Monkland, Jeanie 'Jane' Bisset (1889– ) Born - abt 1889 • Old Monkland, Elizabeth Drummond 'Bessie' Bisset (1891–1961) Born - Dec 1891 • Old Monkland, Mary White Bisset (1893–1928) Born - About Feb 1893 • Old Monkland, Peter Bisset (02/02/1896–31/07/1918) Born - Feb 1896 • Coatbridge. William's Pension was listed as awarded to his father Peter on the 23/09/1918 but was refused. The reason being 'entitlement not admitted'.

Born / Resided

1 Blair Row, Blair Rd, Coatbridge / 27 Corsewall St, Coatbridge.


Died of Heart Disease on the 07/04/1916 aboard the H.M.S Colleen


H.M.S. Clyde 01/08/1898


Royal Navy from 1896.


38 / DOB - 01/09/1877

Buried / Remembered

Cobh Old Church Cemetery (C. 24. 55), Cobh, Co Cork, Republic of Ireland.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

This cemetery has a plot for those men from the "Lusitania" whose remains were washed ashore. There are now 127 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war commemorated here. There are also 14 non World War service burials and 1 Belgian Foreign National burial.

Additional Information

HMS "Colleen" was a shore based ship based at Queenstown (now Cobh) in Cork. There was no combat deaths aboard this ship. William's death was reported as being 'a disease' by the Royal Navy War Graves Roll. William's Grave and the CWGC state his 2nd name as BISSETT. See Directory for William's half brother Peter's page. William is also remembered in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for William's Naval Medal and Award Rolls, his name on the 1901 England Census, on the Naval Casualties Index (William's ship is stated as H.M.S. Sunflower) and William's Royal Navy Register Service Records x 2 (his long Service listed here), Cobh Old Church Cemetery, his CWGC Grave Registration, the Royal Navy Stoker insignia and William's Pension Records x 2 (ship listed as H.M.S. "Sunflower").

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