Emotional Bute return for submariner’s family

Anne Speirs with the family of Alfred James Brammer, who died in a training accident in Loch Striven in November 1944.
Anne Speirs with the family of Alfred James Brammer, who died in a training accident in Loch Striven in November 1944.

The family of a Royal Navy submariner drowned off Bute have finally traced his last resting place, 69 years after his death.

Bute Museum’s curator Anne Speirs helped the family of Alfred James Brammer, who was washed overboard during a training exercise with the 12th Submarine Flotilla in Loch Striven in November 1944, piece together his story.

Until very recently, all Mr Brammer’s family knew about his death was that he had been lost at sea.

The family, including Mr Brammer’s 79-year-old brother Thomas, travelled to Bute from their home in Stoke-on-Trent to see for themselves the place where Alfred, known as Jimmy, trained for three months before his death.

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