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.

Empire Eve

She was a 5,979 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 18 May 1943 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-414 at position 36° 37' N 00° 46' E.

Empire Eve Empire Eve
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Arthur Ernest Beynon 18 18/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 40. Age 18. Son of John William and Elsie May Beynon of Miskin Glamorgan.
James Fletcher 18/05/1943 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 40. Husband of Lily Fletcher of Hartlepool Co. Durham.
Stephen Rose 59 18/05/1943 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 59. Husband of E. C. Rose of Sunderland Co. Durham.
Arthur David Sage 36 18/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 36
Edward Smith 30 07/04/1943 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Whitby (Larpool) Cemetery Grave 10366. Age 30. Son of Henry J. Smith and Jane Smith of Whitby; husband of Catherine Smith of Whitby.
Arthur Clarence Spark 41 18/05/1943 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 41. Son of Arthur Bedlington Spark and Annie Spark; husband of Harriet Corner Spark of Whitby Yorkshire.

Empire Explorer

She was a 5,985 GRT steam passenger/ cargo ship that was sunk on 9 July 1942 by a torpedo and gunfire from German submarine U-575 at position 11° 40' N 60° 55' W. Empire Explorer had been rebuilt from the damaged Inanda - see entry HERE.

Empire Explorer
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Winston Leroy Gill 41 08/07/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 41
Evans Garfield Holder 45 08/07/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 45
Clifford Oneal 08/07/1942 Storekeeper Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41.

Empire Florizel

She was a 7,056 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 21 July 1943 after being bombed by aircraft at August Sicily.

Empire Florizel
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Duncan Campbell 37 21/07/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 37. Son of Angus and Isabella Campbell.
D J Mcleod 34 21/07/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 34

Empire Forest

She was a 7,025 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war. Information on how Mr Boyle lost his life can be found on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Queries' HERE. I have found no information about the cause of death of Mr. Edwards.

Empire Forest
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Joseph Boyle 36 06/12/1944 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 36. Son of John and Annie Boyle of Tomhaggard Co. Wexford Irish Republic.
Frank Edwards 30 02/12/1944 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Billingham (St. Cuthbert) Churchyard Sec. Y. Grave 44. Age 30. Son of Charles F. Edwards and Martha E. Edwards; husband of Jean Southern Edwards of Billingham.

Empire Frost

She was a 7,005 GRT steam cargo ship that was badly damaged by bombing on 12 March 1941 and taken under tow. She was attacked again and sunk on 13 March 1941 by further bombing at position 51° 35' N 05° 54' W.

Empire Frost
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Flockhart 45 12/03/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 45
John Mckibbin Holmes 50 12/03/1941 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 50. Son of Charles and Mary Jane Holmes; husband of Mary Ellen Holmes of Belfast Northern Ireland.
Robert Mccleery 40 12/03/1941 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 40
George Mcclure 29 12/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. McClure of Carrickfergus Co. Antrim Northern Ireland; husband of Eileen McClure of Carrickfergus.
John Quinn 23 12/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 23
Robert Thompson 32 12/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 32. Husband of Eleanor Thompson of Belfast Northern Ireland.

Empire Fusilier

She was a 5,404 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 9 February 1942 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-85 at position 44° 45' N 47° 25' W.

Empire Fusilier
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Arthur Urquart Bruce 19 01/12/1940 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery Sec. 9. Gen. Grave 710. Age 19. Son of James Alan and Catherine Bruce of Lerwick Zetland.
Robert Kane 54 09/02/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 54. Son of William and Margaret Kane; husband of Florence Kane of Jarrow Co. Durham.
Alexander Leppik 47 09/02/1942 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 47
James Mesie 49 09/02/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 49
Thomas William Owens 39 09/02/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 39. Husband of E. Owens of South Shields Co. Durham.
John Richard Smith Parkins 27 09/02/1942 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 27. Son of William Parkins and of Margaret Parkins of High Heaton Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Benjamin John Williams 20 09/02/1942 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs.W.H. Williams of Walworth London.

Empire Garden

She was a 8,966 GRT steam tanker that survived the war. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr. McNeil was 25 November 1946. Please see the entry for him on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE.

Empire Garden
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Malcolm Mcneil 19 25/11/1946 Senior Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 19. Son of Murdoch and Isabella McNeil of Castlebay Isle of Barra.

Empire Gareth

She was a 2,873 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war. Information on how Mr. Davies lost his life can be found on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Queries' HERE.

Empire Gareth
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Davies 51 28/07/1943 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 51

Empire Gem

She was a 8,139 GRT motor tanker that was hit on 24 January 1942 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-66 at position 35° 06' N 74° 58' W. She sank at position 35° 02' N 75° 33' W.

Empire Gem
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Daniel William Bell 25 24/01/1942 Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 25
Robert Frederick Bidewell 33 24/01/1942 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 33. Son of Bertie Frederick Bidewell and of Elizabeth Bidewell of Whitley Bay Northumberland; husband of Irene May Bidewell.
William Milne Greig Bowes 28 24/01/1942 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 28. Son of John Yule Bowes and Esther Bowes; husband of Mary K. Bowes.
James Alexander Budge 43 24/01/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 43. Son of William and Margaret Budge.
Dugald Campbell 24 24/01/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Campbell of North Glendale Lochboisdale South Uist.
Thomas Bond Care 23 24/01/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 23. Son of Thomas Bond Care and Clara Rowe Care of Falmouth Cornwall.
Robert Bowden Cattell 23 24/01/1942 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 23. Son of Walter Ernest and Elizabeth J. Cattell of Falmouth Cornwall.
Robert Clark 39 24/01/1942 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 39. Son of Robert and Magdalene Clark; husband of Mary Clark of Low Fell Gateshead Co. Durham. A.M.I.Mar.E.
Miles De Beauvoir Cooper 18 24/01/1942 Apprentice Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 18. Son of Ashley James Cooper and Caryll Cooper of Greenwich Point New South Wales Australia.
Joseph Ewing 28 24/01/1942 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 28. Son of Joseph Ewing and of Mary Ewing of Balornock Glasgow.
Harry Fallon 23 24/01/1942 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 23. Son of R. B. Fallon and of Nora Fallon of Simonside South Shields Co. Durham.
George Ferguson 46 24/01/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 46
Alexander Finlay 23 24/01/1942 Fifth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 23. Son of James and Christine Armit Finlay; husband of M. Finlay of Perth.
Cyril Gane 17 24/01/1942 Cabin Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 17. Son of Albert and Anne E. Gane of Newtown Bristol.
Sampson George 22 24/01/1942 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 22. Son of Mrs. A. George and stepson of Mr. W. T. Guard of Buryas Bridge Cornwall.
Horace Going 24 24/01/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 24. Son of Heber and Lilian Going; husband of Lilian P. Going of Prittlewell Essex.
Douglas Victor Greenhill 22 24/01/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 22
Reginald Norman Hamblin 39 24/01/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 39
Georgian Harris 26 24/01/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 26. Son of Herbert and Linda Annie Harris of Porthcawl. Glamorgan.
Walter Heed 36 24/01/1942 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 36. Son of William and Lily Heed; husband of Edith May Heed of Heavitree Exeter.
Roy Hobbs 23 24/01/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 23
Charles Howard 43 24/01/1942 Storekeeper Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 43
Alexander Innes 18 24/01/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 18
James Roch Jollie 21 24/01/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 21. Son of Charles and Catherine Jollie of Maryhill Glasgow.
Kenneth Macaulay 28 24/01/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 28. Son of John and Christina Macaulay of Uig Isle of Lewis.
William Arthur Morris 16 24/01/1942 Apprentice Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 16. Son of George and Evelyn Morris of Merthyr Tydfil Glamorgan.
Ernest Henry Mcgraw 37 24/01/1942 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 37. Kings Commendation for Brave Conduct. Son of Frederick Ernest and Flora McGraw of Nunthorpe Yorkshire.
Donald John Mcinnes 23 24/01/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 23. Son of Donald John and Marion McInnes of Eriskav South Uist.
Joseph Foster Mckenzie 22 24/01/1942 Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 22. Son of Joseph Parkin McKenzie and Margaret Gertrude McKenzie of East Boldon Co. Durham.
Cedric Spencer Nichols 19 24/01/1942 Third Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 19. Son of Charles Norman and W. A. Nichols of Friern Barnet Middlesex.
John Oconnell 29 24/01/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 29. Son of James OConnell and of Gwendoline OConnell of Gabalfa Cardiff.
Leslie John Ramsay 19 11/04/1945 Assistant Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (Byker And Heaton) Cemetery Sec. 20 Grave 211. Age 19. Son of Charles and Ann Isabella Ramsay of St. Anthonys Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Jack Rothwell 20 24/01/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 20
Omar Sebastian Rutherford 20 24/01/1942 Third Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 20
John Henry Sebury 20 24/01/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 20
John David Stevenson 24 24/01/1942 Fireman and Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 24. Son of Sarah Jane Hodgson of Watford Hertfordshire.
Albert Talboys 17 24/01/1942 Cabin Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 17
Percy Tonge 57 24/01/1942 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 57
Richard Wallace 19 24/01/1942 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 19. Son of Richard and Jane Wallace of North Shields Northumberland.
Thomas Edward Wardingham 45 24/01/1942 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 45. Husband of Marjorie Wardingham of South Shields Co. Durham.
Ralph Weddle 18 24/01/1942 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 18. Son of Alfred and Elizbeth Weddle of Whitley Bay Northumberland.
William Alfred Wheeler 18 24/01/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 18
Thomas John White 44 24/01/1942 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 44. Son of Thomas George and Sabina White; husband of Ruth Elizabeth White of Bexleyheath. Kent.
George Frederick Widger 39 24/01/1942 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 39. Son of John Henry and Mary Widger; husband of Emily Widger of Paignton Devon.

Empire Ghyll

She was a 2,011 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk by a mine on 18 October 1941 at position 51° 40' N 01° 18' E.

Empire Ghyll
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Cecil Arthur Brown 30 18/10/1941 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 30. Son of Arthur and Mary Brown; husband of Ethel Brown of North Shields Northumberland.
Thomas Costello 41 18/10/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 41. Husband of Jessie Costello of Islington London.
Cyril Milburn Ferguson 31 18/10/1941 Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 31. Son of John Hall Ferguson and Minnie Ferguson; husband of Beatrice Jane Ferguson of High Heaton Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Lindsay Mathieson Fisher 41 18/10/1941 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 41. Age 41. Son of Jessie M. Fisher of Grangetown Sunderland Co. Durham.