Vessels Lost in WW2 Recorded on the Memorial at Tower Hill

This page includes basic information about the ships and how they were lost, a photo of the relevant panel(s) of the Tower Hill Memorial and information about those that lost their lives extracted from the CWGC database. In the table I have included information about those who served on the ships but who had a normal burial as this seems appropriate to me. In some cases further family information about the individuals may be available on the CWGC website - External Ref. #7.

Anglo Canadian (Anglo-Canadian)

The name of this ship was actually Anglo-Canadian (with a hyphen). She was a 5,268 GRT motor cargo ship that was hit by a bomb from an aircraft on 6 April 1942 at Vizagapatam Roads, Bay of Bengal but survived. She was sunk by a torpedo fired from German submarine U-153 on 25 June 1942 at position 25° 12' N 55° 31' W. Somewhat exceptionally, the survivors are reported to have been assisted into lifeboats by the submarine shining a spotlight and were given water and cigarettes.

Anglo Canadian
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Leo Maurice Housley 18 25/06/1942 Third Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 18. Son of Maurice and Nora Housley of Salford Lancashire.

Anglo Indian (Anglo-Indian)

The name of this ship was actually Anglo-Indian (with a hyphen). She was a 5,609 GRT steam cargo ship that was bombed by aircraft, but not sunk, on 12 February 1942 in the Dutch East Indies. I have not discovered any information about the death of Mr. Harrison but this may have been as a reult of injuries sustained in the attack.

Anglo Indian (Anglo-Indian)
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Harrison 05/11/1945 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Belfast City Cemetery Sec. C.2. Grave 46. Son of James Harrison and of Birdie Clestine Harrison of Enfield Middlesex.
Henry Marshall 39 25/08/1942 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 39. Son of Henry Marshall and of Sarah Briggs Marshall of South Shields Co. Durham.

Anglo Peruvian (Anglo-Peruvian)

The name of this ship was actually Anglo-Peruvian (with a hyphen). She was a 5,457 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk by a torpedo from German submarine U-96 on 23 February 1941 at position 59° 30' N 21° 00' W.

Anglo Peruvian
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John William Bailey 37 23/02/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 37. Son of Wandless and Margaret Bailey; husband of Ann Bailey of South Shields Co. Durham.
W Bird 27 23/02/1941 Assistant Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 27
Reginald John William Birdsey 21 23/02/1941 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 21. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Birdsey.
David Reginald Blackwell 16 23/02/1941 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 16
Joseph Benham Chambers 23 23/02/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 23
Thomas Charlton 22 23/02/1941 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 22. Son of William and Mary Isabell Charlton of Sunderland Co. Durham.
William Frederick Crimmin 62 23/02/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 62. Husband of A. M Crimmin of Worle Weston-super-Mare Somerset.
Giuseppe Degiorgis 51 23/02/1941 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 51
Arthur Elsy 21 23/02/1941 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 21. Son of Thomas L. and Margaret Elsy of Bedlington Station Northumberland.
Samuel Harold Fielding 24 23/02/1941 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 24. Son of Harold and Alice Elizabeth Fielding of Hull.
Norman Benjamin Grundy 38 23/02/1941 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 38. Son of John and Edith Grundy; husband of Mary Ellen Grundy of Hampstead London.
Arthur Matthew Hudson 33 23/02/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 33. Son of Arthur Thomas Hudson and Eleanor Hudson; husband of Mabel O. Hudson of Camborne Cornwall.
Thomas Jago 54 23/02/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 54. Husband of A. J. Jago of South Shields Co. Durham.
William Leach 57 23/02/1941 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 57. Husband of Jessie E. Leach of Brooklyn New York U.S.A.
George Wallace Miller 59 23/02/1941 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 59. Son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Miller.
Ronald Hillman Spence Pacey 44 23/02/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 44. Son of Hillman Rolling Pacey and Deborah Lowther Pacey; husband of Clara Pacey.
Cyril Mervyn Quick 35 23/02/1941 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 35
Patrick Quirke 24 23/02/1941 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 24. Son of Julia OToole of Bohermore Galway Irish Republic.
Thomas Harold Roe 19 23/02/1941 Third Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 19
John Innes Russell 25 23/02/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 25. Son of Thomas Frederick and Jane Anne Russell of Bungay Suffolk.
Arthur Frederick Stanley 45 23/02/1941 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 45
Peter Walker 37 23/02/1941 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 37
Robert Harvey Whitehorn 56 23/02/1941 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 56. Son of Robert and Anne Whitehorn; husband of N. Whitehorn of Greenford Middlesex.
Paulo Zammet 52 23/02/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 52

Anglo Saxon (Anglo-Saxon)

The name of this ship was actually Anglo-Saxon (with a hyphen). She was a 5,596 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk by gunfire and a torpedo on 21 August 1940 at position 26° 10' N 34° 09' W.

I am grateful to Ahoy - Mac's Web Log - External Ref. #26, and Billy McGee for the following information:

On the 21st. of August 1940 she was off the west coast of Africa and was sighted by the German Armed Merchant Raider Widder. Her Captain Ruchteschell, decided to wait till darkness fell before he attacked, and at 2008 ( 8.08 PM ) which was only a few minutes before the moon was due to rise, he took his ship on a course directly opposite to that of the unsuspecting British vessel. When he was at a range of only 2,500 yards he opened fire, immediately hitting the Tramp's deck gun, and setting fire to its ready use ammunition. Ruchteschell decided to quickly finish her off, and fired a torpedo, which struck home and the Anglo Saxon promptly sank. There was a report of two boats getting away from the stricken ship, and the Raider noted morse signals being exchanged, and the German Captain decided not to pick up any survivors. He recorded in his war diary, the boats are: Only 800 miles from the Canaries, and the wind was favourable.

A small boat known as the Jolly boat, had been launched after the torpedoing, and it had seven men on board. The fate of the second boat and its occupants is unknown, other than it was not seen nor heard of again. Of these seven men, only Robert Tascott and Roy Widdiscombe lived to reach the Bahamas. The Jolly boat made one of the longest journeys in maritime history covering some 2,700 miles. After some weeks only two men still lived, Robert and Roy.,They noted on the 24th. of September: All water and biscuits gone, but still hoping to make land. For the remaining 37 days they survived on rainwater, seaweed, and a few small sea creatures. They contemplated suicide, they fought, but managed to live through a three day hurricane, to finally land in the Bahamas on the far side of the Atlantic Ocean on the 30th. of October 1940. They had been battling the elements to survive an amazing sea voyage in a small open boat over 70 days.

Post war the Captain was tried for war crimes, the only Armed Raider Captain to face a court. Able Seaman Robert G. Tascott gave evidence that the Widder opened fire on the boats as they tried to move free from the sinking Anglo Saxon. In his defence, Ruchteschell stated the noise from his guns firing precluded the hearing of any "Cease Fire" orders. He was however sentenced to ten years gaol, and died in custody.
Anglo Saxon Anglo Saxon
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Walter Robert Thomas Louis Allnatt 28 21/08/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 28
George Bedford 21 21/08/1940 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 21
Adolphus Bresler 45 21/08/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 45
Barry Collingwood Denny 31 21/08/1940 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 31. Son of C. Collingwood Denny and Alice Violet Denney.
Alistair St. Clair Duncan 28 21/08/1940 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 28. Son of Johan S. Duncan of Burray Orkney.
Albert Eley 26 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 26. Son of Charles Eley and of Amy Eley of Newport Monmouthshire.
Stanley George Elliott 22 21/08/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 22. Son of Mrs. A. Elliott of Blaina Monmouthshire.
Philip Robert Limpenny Flynn 53 21/08/1940 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 53. Son of Philip and Mary Flynn; husband of Monica Mary Flynn of Hove Sussex.
James Fowler 37 21/08/1940 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 37. Son of Stephen Townsend Fowler and Elizabeth Fowler.
James Joseph Gormley 24 21/08/1940 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 24
Verdun Charles Green 24 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 24. Son of Albert and Rose Green; husband of Linda A. Green of Barry Dock Glamorgan.
Oscar Waldemar Hansen 47 21/08/1940 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 47. Son of Soren Peter and Mette Thomine Hansen of Newport Monmouthshire.
Lionel Henry Hawks 23 21/08/1940 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 23
John Innes Houston 55 21/08/1940 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 55. Son of Innes and Agnes Houston of Lisburn Co. Antrim Northern Ireland; husband of Mabel Ellen Houston of Romford Essex.
Trevor Keyse 19 21/08/1940 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 19. Son of James Robert and Margaret Keyse of Newport Monmouthshire.
Thomas Francis Maher 34 21/08/1940 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 34. Husband of Mary Ellen Maher of Cathays Cardiff.
Edward Ernest Milburn 39 21/08/1940 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 39. Son of Edward Ernest and A. Milburn; husband of Ethel May Milburn of North Shields Northumberland.
Leslie Joseph Morgan 20 21/08/1940 Assistant Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 20. Son of Charles and Gertrude Morgan of Newport Monmouthshire.
Alfred John Nicholas 37 21/08/1940 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 37
Michael Oleary 48 21/08/1940 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 48. Husband of C. OLeary of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire.
Andres Oliver 26 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 26
John Daniel Peaston 29 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Henry Peaston.
Walter Murray Pickford 30 21/08/1940 Third Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 30. Son of Comdr. G. T. Pickford R.D. R.N.R. and D. I. M. Pickford.
Roy Hamilton Pilcher 21 21/08/1940 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 21. Son of Bernard A. and Beatrice H. Pilcher of Godalming Surrey.
William Frederick Prowse 18 21/08/1940 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 18. Son of Frederick W. and A. D. Prowse of Newport Monmouthshire. His brother Ivor James also fell.
Lars Christian Rasmussen 53 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 53
Thomas Albert Rice 20 21/08/1940 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 20. Son of Thomas and Margaret Rice of Marsden Co. Durham.
Robert Savory 33 21/08/1940 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 33. Son of William Lloyd Savory and of Mary Ellen Savory of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Alfred Ernest Smith 41 21/08/1940 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 41
Charles Stuart 44 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 44. Son of John and Elizabeth Stuart.
Philip James Takle 16 21/08/1940 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 16
Frederick Tenow 58 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 58. Husband of Mary B. Tenow of Newport Monmouthshire.
M Tobin 35 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 8. Age 35
Charles John Wallace 21 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 21. Son of Charles and Catherine Wallace of Newport Monmouthshire.
George William Ward 20 21/08/1940 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 20. Son of Samuel and Ann Mercy Ward of South Shields Co. Durham.
Charles Henry Williams 29 21/08/1940 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 29. Son of Bill and Margaret Williams; husband of I. E. Williams of Barry Dock Glamorgan.
David John Williams 20 21/08/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 20. Son of Frederick and Margaret Williams of Barry Dock Glamorgan.
Harry Alfred Willis 40 21/08/1940 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 40. Husband of A. M. Willis of Newport Monmouthshire.

Angularity

She was a 501 GRT motor cargo ship that was torpedoed by an E-Boat on 5 February 1941 off the East Coast between Ipswich and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Angularity
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Arthur George Burgess 62 06/02/1941 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 62. Husband of Zillah Burgess of Gorleston-on-Sea Norfolk.
Henry Charles Dack 24 06/02/1941 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 24
Horace James Doughty 22 06/02/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 22. Son of Harry and Ada Doughty of Margate.
Edward Jopling 49 06/02/1941 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 49
Leslie Herbert Manning 20 06/02/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 20. Son of William Henry and Emily Manning of Margate.
Percy Walter Richmond 65 06/02/1941 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 65

Annavore

She was a 3,324 GRT steam cargo ship that was torpedoed and sunk on 21 December 1941 by German submarine U-567 at position 26° 10' N 34° 09' W. I have not been able to find a photograph of the Addendum panel that is supposed to include Mr. Goodwin but will check again on my next visit to the memorial in case it has been added recently.

Annavore
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Horace Ronald Blackman 16 21/12/1941 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 16. Son of Sidney Blackman and of Annie Blackman of Dagenham Essex.
Reginald Goodwin 21/12/1941 Galley Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Addenda Panel.

Anonity

She was a 303 GRT motor cargo ship that was sunk on 4 March 1941 by a mine approximately 1.5 miles SE of Skegness pier.

Anonity
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ian Cook Lobban 43 04/03/1941 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 43. Son of George and Helen Cook Lobban.
Robert James Mantripp 42 04/03/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 42
John James Pegg 16 04/03/1941 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 16. Son of Albert and Prudence Mary Pegg.
Theodore Albert Pearce Sargent 31 04/03/1941 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 31. Husband of Florence Ada Sargent of Carrow Abbey Norwich.

Anselm

She was a 5,954 GRT steam passenger/cargo vessel that was sunk on 5 July 1941 by two torpedoes fired by German submarine U-96 at position 44° 25' N 28° 35' W. She was used as a troop ship during the war.

Anselm
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Thomas Beaty 19 05/07/1941 Assistant Butcher Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 19
Edward Maher 19 05/07/1941 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Maher.
Richard Andrews Mould 35 05/07/1941 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 35. Son of Richard Andrews Mould and Margaret Ann Mould; husband of Constance Eleanor Mould of Southport Lancashire.
Robert Perry 32 05/07/1941 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 32. Son of Robert and Emily Perry of Liverpool.

Anshun

She was a 3,188 GRT motor passenger/cargo ship that was bombed by an aircraft on 10 December 1941 at Manila harbour but survived. She was subsequently sunk on 6 September 1942 by gunfire from Japanese warship Tatsuta at Milne Bay New Guinea.

Anshun
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James William Bennett 39 10/12/1941 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 39. Son of James Ellis Bennett and Elizabeth Jane Bennett; husband of Mary Elizabeth Bennett of North Sydney New South Wales Australia.

Antigone

She was a 4,545 GRT steam cargo ship that was torpedoed and sunk on 11 May 1943 by a torpedo from German submarine U-402 at position 40° 30' N 32° 30' W.

Antigone
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Buchanan 21 11/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 21. Son of John and Isabella Buchanan of Edinburgh.
Thomas Sneddon 23 11/05/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 23. Son of John and G. Sneddon of Edinburgh.
Norman Macleod Thomson 34 11/05/1943 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 9. Age 34