Fishing Vessels Lost in WW2 Recorded on the Memorial at Tower Hill: Hercules II to Kincorth

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.

Hercules II

She was a 165 grt steam trawler that went missing after leaving Grimsby on 17 April 1940. She was last seen on 20 April 1940 in the North Sea; the cause of her loss is not known.

There were no survivors

Hercules II Hercules II
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Barley 26 21/04/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 125. Age 26. Son of Jacob Walter Barley and of Janet Barley of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Fred Lamming 51 21/04/1940 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 125. Age 51. Son of Edward Lamming and Helen Lamming of North Thoresby Lincolnshire; husband of Jane Lamming of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Charles William Mold 27 21/04/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 27. Son of George Edward and Kitty Mold; husband of Lilian May Mold of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Sidney Morris 61 03/05/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 61
John George Moyers 62 03/05/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 62
William Mcphillie 62 21/04/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 62. Husband of V. McPhillie of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Frederick Bernard Patrick 29 21/04/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 125. Age 29. Son of Frederick John and Jane Patrick; husband of Lily Patrick of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Alexander Pirie 65 21/04/1940 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 65
Kenneth William Willey 25 21/04/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 25. Husband of Ada Willey of Grimsby Lincolnshire.

Hopton

She was a 202 grt steam trawler that was damaged on 26 February 1941 by aircraft bombing and gunfire at a position 6 miles East-South-East of Girdleness. She was sunk on 8 June 1941 by a British mine off Iceland at position 62° 56’ N, 12° 30’ W.

Hopton
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Bensley 55 08/06/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 55
Walter Coventry Davis 50 08/06/1941 Steward Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 50. Son of Walter Coventry Williams Davis and Kate Amelia Davis; husband of Lillian Maud Davis of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Alfred Rudolph Evardson 41 08/06/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 41. Husband of Fanny Evardson of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Stanley James Fuller 32 08/06/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 32
John Robert Hack 49 08/06/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 49. Son of John Robert and Mary Elizabeth Hack; husband of Rebecca Elizabeth Hack of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire.
John Hughes 52 08/06/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 52
James William Marshall 28 08/06/1941 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 28
Roland Dore Peck 18 08/06/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 18. Son of Annie E. C. Wilkins of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire.
Charles Playle 42 08/06/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 42. Son of John and Helen Playle of Grimsby Lincolnshire; husband of Florence Betsy Playle of Grimsby.
Joseph Robert Rowston 54 08/06/1941 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 54
Charles Edward Skelton 49 08/06/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 49. Husband of Alice E. Skelton of Grimsby Lincolnshire.

Horace E. Nutten

She was a 209 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 29 March 1941 in Moray Firth. The cause of her loss is not known.

Horace E Nutten
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Alexander Allan 59 29/03/1941 Second Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 59. Husband of Jessie Ann Allan.
George Anderson 40 29/03/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 40. Husband of Georgeina Anderson of Aberdeen.
Henry Davis Charlton 60 29/03/1941 First Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 60
John Connor 29 29/03/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 29. Son of John Connor and of Jean Connor (nee Royan); husband of Violet Elaine Connor (nee Scott) of Aberdeen.
Keith Mclean Cowie 52 29/03/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 52
Joseph Dawson 61 29/03/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 61. Husband of Isabella Dawson of Aberdeen.
Peter Edwards 45 29/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 45. Husband of Janet Edwards of Northfield Aberdeen.
Alexander Flockhart 39 29/03/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 39. Son of Charles and Isabel Flockhart; husband of Andraina Leslie Flockhart of Port Seton East Lothian.
Frederick George Foster 33 29/03/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 33. Son of George F. and Rose H. Foster of Torry Aberdeen.
Thomas Edward Nutten 55 29/03/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 55. Husband of Isabella Nutten of Torry Aberdeen.

Iranian

She was a 202 grt steam trawler that went missing after leaving Grimsby on 12 January 1944 for the fishing grounds of Hornsea. She was posted missing on 23 February 1944.

There were no survivors

Iranian
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Richard Bland, R D and Bar 48 12/01/1944 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 48. Son of Arthur and Annie Bland; husband of Agnes Bland of Grimsby Lincolnshire. Formerly Skipper Lieut. R.N.R.
William Brambles 46 12/01/1944 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 46
Thomas Banks Bryant 35 12/01/1944 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 35. Husband of E. M. Bryant of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Albert Edward Chester 41 12/01/1944 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 41. Husband of Ethel M. Chester of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Herbert Stanley Evans 32 12/01/1944 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 32
Henry Albert Fitzgerald 39 12/01/1944 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 39. Son of Edward and Louisa Fitzgerald; husband of Lilian M. Fitzgerald of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Tobias Johanesen 43 12/01/1944 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 43. Son of Johan Wittus Johanesen and Maria Johanesen.
George Kitchiner Johnson 27 12/01/1944 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 27. Husband of Elsie Johnson of Addlethorpe Lincolnshire.
Timothy Oliver 65 12/01/1944 Steward Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 65. Son of George and Eliza Oliver.
Ernest Edward Popple 43 12/01/1944 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 43
Milson Quickfall 45 12/01/1944 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 45. Husband of Harriet Quickfall of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Edward George Staff 61 12/01/1944 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 61. Husband of A. E. Staff of Grimsby Lincolnshire.

Isabella Fowlie

She was a 196 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 10 July 1941 by aircraft bombing at a position 7 miles East-North-East of Longstone.

Isabella Fowlie
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Thomas Goodwin Lupton 27 10/07/1941 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 27. Husband of Nora Lupton of West Hartlepool Co. Durham.
Henry Rogers 60 16/07/1941 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Dunfermline Cemetery Eastern Division. Grave 3458. Age 60. Son of Henry and Annie Rogers.
Thomas Richard Smith 54 10/07/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 54. Husband of Maria Elizabeth Smith of Hartlepool Co. Durham.

Joan Margaret

She was a 25 grt fishing vessel that had been requisitioned by the Royal Navy. She sank on 20 March 1941 after hitting mine in the River Humber.

Joan Margaret
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Richard Haxby 36 20/03/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 36
George Robert Pearson 36 20/03/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Filey (St. Oswald) Churchyard New ground. Row E. Grave 10.S. Age 36. Husband of Fanny E. Pearson of Filey.
Thomas Edmond Pearson 32 20/03/1941 Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 32. Son of George and Millah Pearson; husband of Ethel Pearson of Filey Yorkshire.
John William Powley 38 20/03/1941 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 38. Son of John and Frances Powley.
George Willis 42 20/03/1941 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 42. Son of George and Ann Willis; husband of Fanny Willis of Filey Yorkshire.

John Baptish

She was a 290 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 9 September 1940 after hitting a mine at a position South of the Coningbeg Light Vessel.

There were no survivors

John Baptish
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Hubert Anson 28 10/09/1940 Sailor Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 28. Husband of Muriel Maud Anson of Hull.
Albert Leslie George Badham 35 07/09/1940 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 35. Son of Thomas and Emily Badham; husband of Ellen Badham of Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire.
Alfred Leslie Bird 20 07/09/1940 Sailor Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 20
James Wynford Eynon 26 10/09/1940 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 26. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Eynon of Picton Pembrokeshire.
John Robert Freeman 28 10/09/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 28. Son of Robert and Mary Jane Freeman of Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.
John Henry Wayman Garton 53 07/09/1940 Boatswain Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 53. Son of John Henry and Caroline Garton; husband of Nellie Garton of Hull.
William Henry Hughes 41 07/09/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 41
Robert Jordan 52 10/09/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 52. Son of Thomas and Margaret Jordan; husband of Elizabeth Jordan of Rosslare Strand Co. Wexford Irish Republic.
William James Mclean 55 07/09/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 55. Son of James and Emma McLean; husband of M. G. McLean of Milford Haven Pembrokeshire. Mentioned in Despatches 1914-18 War.
Samuel Nelson 26 10/09/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 26. Son of George William and Agnes Rebecca Nelson of Hull.
Arthur Edward Pritchard 44 10/09/1940 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 44. Son of Edith Ester Pritchard; husband of N. S. Pritchard of Brixham Devon.
James Edward Thomas 46 10/09/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 46. Son of Job and Mary Thomas; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Thomas of Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire.
Henry Wordsworth 47 07/09/1940 Sailor Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 47

John Dunkin

She was a 202 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 11 February 1941 by aircraft bombing at a position 13 miles East-by-East of Buckie.

John Dunkin
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Alexander Gordon Will 69 11/02/1941 Second Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 69

Kinclaven

She was a 178 grt steam trawler that was lost on 27 March 1941 - believed to be due to aircraft attack off Faeroe.

There were no survivors

Kinclaven
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Christie 55 27/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 55. Husband of Isabella M. Christie of Aberdeen.
John Christie 46 27/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 46
James Gardiner 48 27/03/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 48. Son of James and Margaret Gardiner; husband of Mary Gardiner of Torry Aberdeen.
John Gault 47 27/03/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 47. Son of William and Jane Ann Smith Gault; husband of Isabella Gault of Torry Aberdeen.
William Main 45 27/03/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 45. Husband of Margaret W. Main of Torry Aherdeen.
William Main 41 27/03/1941 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 41. Son of William and Anne Main; husband of Isabella Livingstone Main of Kincorth Morayshire.
Edward Moore 71 27/03/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 71
John Phillips 63 27/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 63
John Leiper Wood 52 27/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 52. Husband of Ellen Wood of Torry Aberdeen.
Thomas Bett Wood 48 27/03/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 48. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Wood; husband of Dorothy Wood of Castlemaine Victoria Australia.

Kincorth

She was a 148 grt steam drifter that was sunk on 10 December 1941 after hitting a mine at a position 7 miles from Lynas Point on a bearing of 082°.

Kincorth
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George William Blowers 39 10/12/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 39. Husband of Gertrude A. Blowers of Pakefield Suffolk.
William Charles Bowles 49 10/12/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 49. Son of William and Jane Bowles; husband of Laura Adeline Bowles of Great Yarmouth. Norfolk.
John Condron 18 10/12/1941 Boy Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 18. Son of Richard and Ellen Condron.
Leonard Cross 18 10/12/1941 Boy Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 18. Son of Charles Edward and Elizabeth Cross of Fleetwood Lancashire.
George Douglas 18 10/12/1941 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 18. Son of Harold Douglas and of Florence Douglas of Fleetwood Lancashire. His father perished with him.
Harold Douglas 51 10/12/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 51. Husband of Florence Douglas of Fleetwood Lancashire. His son George perished with him.
Arthur William Jeffries 60 10/12/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 60. Son of Robert Arthur and Mary Ann Jeffries; husband of Ethel Pamela Jeffries of Lowestoft Suffolk.
Albert Rowland Wynn Kay 18 10/12/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 18
Horace Frederick Palmer 42 10/12/1941 Boatswain Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 42
Walter Charles Rix 51 10/12/1941 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 51
George Charles Snow 44 10/12/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 44