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 Newcomen

She was a 2,840 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 30 November 1941 by torpedoes fired by an E-boat at a position 5 miles S of Dudgeon Light Cromer.

Empire Newcomen Empire Newcomen
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Percy Aird 54 30/11/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 54. Son of John and Elizabeth Aird; husband of Mary Ann Aird of West Hartlepool Co. Durham.
Raymond Donald 27 30/11/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 27. Husband of F. Donald of Sunderland Co. Durham.
Arthur Harland 21 30/11/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Sunnybrow (St. John) Churchyard Plot C. Row 397. Grave 125. Age 21
Scrafton Le Gay Holthouse 53 30/11/1941 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 53
John Webster Kinnersley 31 30/11/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 31
Clifford James Lloyd 46 30/11/1941 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 46. Son of Dan and Diana Lloyd; husband of C. F. H. Lloyd of Abertridwr Glamorgan. Mentioned in Despatches 1914-1918 War.
David Mckenzie 28 30/11/1941 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 28. Son of Robert Shepherd McKenzie and of Mary Murdoch McKenzie (nee Cuthbert) of Lochee Dundee.
Digby George Ivor Dyball Paske 40 30/11/1941 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 40. Husband of Eileen Alexandra Paske of Canton Cardiff.
William Foster Skirving 58 30/11/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 58. Son of William Foster Skirving and Martha Skirving; husband of Louisa Skirving of West Hartlepool Co. Durham.
Andrew Wilkie 58 30/11/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 58. Son of Andrew and Mary Wilkie; husband of Elsie Wilkie of Gosforth Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Empire Nomad

She was a 7,167 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 13 October 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-159 at position 37° 50' S 18° 16' E.

Empire Nomad
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ali Merab 29 13/10/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 29
Matthew Dickson 46 13/10/1942 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 46. Kings Commendation for Brave Conduct. Husband of Margaret Dickson of Baillieston Lanarkshire.
Ernest Arthur Albert Fuller 27 13/10/1942 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 27. Son of Walter E. and Ruth Evelyn Fuller of Cosham Hampshire.
John Thomas Nelson 61 13/10/1942 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 61
Edgar Darcy Scott 25 15/10/1942 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 25. Son of Edgar and Carlotha Scott of Cayman Brac Cayman Islands.
R Seneres 35 13/11/1942 Stoker Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 35. Now known to be buried in Cape Town (Maitland Road) Cemetery South Africa.
Ullah Azid 27 13/10/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 27

Empire Norse

She was a 6,960 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr. Williamson was 20 August 1945. Information on how he lost his life can be found on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Queries' HERE.

Empire Norse
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Gilbert Williamson 58 20/08/1945 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 58. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Williamson; husband of Andrina Williamson of Edinburgh.

Empire Oak

She was a 484 GRT steam tug that was sunk on 22 August 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-564 at position 40° 43' N 11° 39' W. At the time she was sunk there were 6 survivors from Aguila on board - see entry HERE - all of them were in when Empire Oak was sunk.

Empire Oak
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Max Booth 17 22/08/1941 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 17. Son of Horatio and Leah Booth of Newbold Chesterfield Derbyshire.
Nicholas Concepcion 36 22/08/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 36. Son of Nicholas and Celia Concepcion; husband of Elizabeth Concepcion of Liverpool.
Charles Dixon 30 22/08/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 30. Son of William and Sarah Elizabeth Dixon.
James Eastham 19 22/08/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 19. Son of James and Emily Eastham of Preston Lancashire.
Francis Forrest 40 22/08/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 40
Albert Golden 38 22/08/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 38
Michael Dennis Kavanagh 21 22/08/1941 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 21
William Kenneth Lidguard 17 22/08/1941 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 17. Son of Frank C. and Charlotte M. Lidguard of Hull.
Cyril George Robinson 26 22/08/1941 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 26
Charles Henry Temple 35 22/08/1941 Second Watchkeeper Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 35
John Thompson 27 22/08/1941 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 27. Son of John and Maria Elizabeth Thompson.
Edwin Tompkins 16 22/08/1941 Galley Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 16. Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Tompkins of Hull.
William Crawford Wallace 45 22/08/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 45

Empire Ocelot

She was a 5,866 GRT steam cargo ship that was damaged on 28 September 1940 by torpedoes and gunfire from German submarine U-32 at position 54° 37' N 21° 30' W. She later sank at postion 54° 55' N 22° 06' W.

Empire Ocelot
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Charles Donnelly 27 28/09/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 27. Son of Charles and Mary Ann Donnelly of Liverpool.
Frank Leslie Hall 26 28/09/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 26. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth M. Hall; husband of Catherine Anne Hall of Frizinghall Bradford Yorkshire.

Empire Oil

She was a 8,029 GRT steam tanker that was damaged on 10 September 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-659. She was sunk by further torpedoes fired by U-584 at position 51° 23' N 28° 13' W. There were no fatalities resulting from this attack, but some survivors rescued by HMCS Ottawa were killed when that ship was sunk on 14 September 1942.

Empire Oil
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ronald Victor Bacon 23 13/09/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 23
David Bell 40 10/09/1942 Fifth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 40
James William Foster 30 13/09/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 30. Son of James William and Helen Foster; husband of Kathleen Grace Foster of Aveley Essex.
Reginald Maurice Haydon 34 13/09/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 34
George Albert Hayfield 18 13/09/1942 Cabin Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 18. Son of Henry and Alice Hayfield of Shirehampton Bristol.
William Sidney Holmes 60 13/09/1942 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 60. Husband of Alice Holmes of Shirehampton Bristol.
Basil Hughson 16 13/09/1942 Third Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 16. Son of Basil and Eve Hughson of South Shields Co. Durham.
Alex Edward Salmon 38 13/09/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 38. Husband of Amle V. M. Salmon of Tilbury Essex.
Edwin Harvey Simmonds 24 13/09/1942 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 24
Charles Gwyn Smith 22 13/09/1942 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 22
Mark Trainor 39 13/09/1942 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 39
Raymond Leslie Weeks 27 10/09/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 27
Bertie Worrall 45 13/09/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 45. Son of John and Mary Ann Worrall of Chester; husband of Clara Worrall of Kingswood Gloucestershire.

Empire Osborne

She was a 2,906 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war but was damaged on 20 December 1944 on hitting a mine in the River Seine. According to the CWGC database, Mr. Davis lost his life on that date.

Empire Osborne
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Francis Davis 34 20/12/1944 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 34. Son of Francis Davis and of Amy Pauline Davis of Thornaby-on-Tees Yorkshire.

Empire Panther

She was a 5,711 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 1 January 1943 on hitting a mine at position 52° 19' N 05° 21' W.

Empire Panther
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Ronald Douthwaite 27 01/01/1943 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 27. Son of Charles and Louise Douthwaite; husband of Doris Douthwaite of Whitby Yorkshire.

Empire Path

She was a 6,140 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 24 December 1944 on hitting a mine at position 51° 22' N 02° 52' E.

Empire Path
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Norman Brady 21 24/12/1944 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 21
Frank Logan Marshall 37 24/12/1944 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 37. Son of Thomas and Mary Jane Logan; husband of Mary Jane Marshall of Horsley Hill South Shields Co. Durham.
Andrew Mcewan Mcpherson 43 24/12/1944 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 43
Richard Christopher Walsh 34 24/12/1944 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 34. Son of Richard and Ellen Walsh; husband of Teresa Walsh.
Victor Hugh Wilkie 21 24/12/1944 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 21. Son of Alexander Hugh and Annie Wilkie of Dunfermline Fife.

Empire Patrol

She was a 3,220 GRT motor passenger/ cargo ship that was caught fire on 29 April 1945 at position 31° 56' N 32° 04' E and sunk whilst under tow on 1 October 1945 at position 31° 30' N 32° 33' E. Overall 33 lives were lost - presumably mostly no British people.

Empire Patrol
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Saleh Selim Ahmed 50 29/09/1945 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 50
Zayed Mohamed Mohamed 46 29/09/1945 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 44. Age 46