P/JX 313443 Able Seaman John William Hill, a DEMS Volunteer serving on board an American-owned steam ship, the Jack Carnes.. Son of Thomas and Amy Hill; husband of Mavis Hill.. Born in Galmpton in 1921. Died 31 August 1942 aged 21. Missing and presumed killed when his ship was shelled and torpedoed off the American coast.
DEMS = Defensively equipped merchant ship. An acronym used to describe British Merchant ships which carried guns and military volunteers to man those guns and were supported by British shore establishments.