An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

David Stanley Hill BUGLASS



Second Electrician, Merchant Navy;
M.V. ‘Cingalese Prince’.


Died 20 September 1941, aged 24 years.

Commemorated on the Merchant Navy Tower Hill Memorial,
London, Panel 28.


The unescorted cargo ship M.V. ‘Cingalese Prince’, 8,474 tons, of London, was torpedoed and sunk on 20 September 1941 by the German submarine U-111 as the ship sailed up the South Atlantic bound for Liverpool with a general cargo including manganese ore and pig iron. Of the ship’s complement of 77, 57 perished, including Second Electrician David Buglass.

The Tower Hill Memorial in London records the names of the many thousands of merchant seamen and those of the fishing fleet who lost their lives in the two World Wars and whose only grave is the sea.



David Stanley Hill Buglass was the son of David T. and Ethel Buglass of Redcar. He entered Coatham School in September 1928, as a fee-paying day boy, and joined Miln’s House. He joined the school at the same time as Nichols (q.v.) and remained in school until 1932. In March 1930 he won the school singing contest and he was also an athlete. Always doing well at cross-country races, on Sports Day July 1931 he won three under-15 events, the 220 yards, the 440 yards, and the half-mile. He established a new school record in the half-mile event, as well as finishing in one of the first three places in three other events. The school magazine of December 1932 lists him as a member of the Old Coathamians Association, living at 21, Lumley Road, Redcar, although by 1933 he had moved to St. Thomas Grove. In 1940 he was on the first published list of Old Coathamians in H.M. Forces, and he was first recorded on the School’s Roll of Honour in July 1942.