Fishing Vessels Lost in WW2 Recorded on the Memorial at Tower Hill: Sylvia to Westfield

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.

Sylvia

She was a 213 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 7 April 1941 by aircraft bombing at position 61° 27' N, 05° 48' W.

Sylvia
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Walter Albert Templeman 31 07/04/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 31. Son of Charles and Martha Templeman; husband of Helen Elizabeth Templeman of Grimsby Lincolnshire.

The Tetrarch

She was a 225 grt steam trawler that sank on 30 November 1941 following a collision with Koolga off 20T Buoy, Coquet Island.

The Tetrarch
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Carle 43 30/11/1941 First Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 43
Edward Thomas Symonds Love 38 30/11/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 38. Adopted son of Emma Love of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Thomas William Norris 43 30/11/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 43. Son of Thomas and Jane Norris; husband of Mary E. Norris of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Jack Pearson 35 30/11/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 35
William Rendall 55 30/11/1941 Second Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 55. Husband of Annie Rendall of Tetney Lincolnshire.
William Revell, D S M and Bar 43 30/11/1941 Donkeyman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 43. Husband of Emily Gertrude Revell of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Frederick Ernest Shulver 46 30/11/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 46
George Lancelot Singleton 34 30/11/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 34
George Wareing 40 30/11/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 40. Son of Thomas and Frances Elizabeth Wareing.

Thomas Deas

She was a 276 grt steam trawler that sank on 16 February 1941 after at explosion believed to be caused by her hitting a mine at a position 4 miles from Spurn Point on a bearing of 273°.

There were no survivors

Thomas Deas
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Robert Bush 19 16/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 19
George Robert Dodson 43 16/02/1941 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 43
Thomas George Hudson 48 16/02/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 48
Thomas Madden 36 16/02/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 36
Richard Neill 39 16/02/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 39. Son of James and Martha Neill; husband of Mary Neill of Fleetwood Lancashire.
William Gordon Phillips 40 16/02/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 40
Charles Henry Powdrell 57 16/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 57
Harold Powdrell 51 16/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 51. Son of John and Dinah Powdrell; husband of Rose Emma Powdrell of Hull.
Thomas Patrick Power 41 16/02/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 41. Son of Thomas and Mary Power; husband of E. Rewa Power of Tramore Co. Waterford Irish Republic.
John Henry Raywell 25 16/02/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 25. Son of Joseph and Eliza E. Raywell; husband of Clara Raywell of Hull.
Walter Scott 44 16/02/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 44. Son of Walter and Lilly Scott; husband of Jinnie Scott of Fleetwood Lancashire.
Walter Semper 29 16/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 29
Robert Wilson 23 16/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 23. Son of Edward and Maud Wilson.

Thrive

She was a Buckie steam drifter of unknown size that sank on 19 February 1946.

The following account of her less is described in the following extracts from The Glasgow Herald of 20 February 1946 entitled "Two Perish when explosion wrecks Scots fishing boat".

Clinging to the mast of their wrecked yawl, three survivors of the crew of the seine-net fishing boat, Thrive, of Cockenzie, were rescued from the sea, 12 miles East of Bass Rock yesterday, after their vessel had been blown up by what is believed to have been a depth charge or mine. Two of the crew have been lost and the body of one has not yet been recovered. The Thrive, a 34ft yawl left harbour around 4.a.m yesterday for the fishing grounds and was operating twelve miles east of the Bass Rock.

About midday, the crew drew in their seine net and found a grey cylinder in the net.They hurried to release the net, but before they accomplished that, there was an explosion that blew in the bow of the yawl. Water poured in from the f'cst'sl into the hold. There was no hope of stemming the inrush and the crew immediately lowered the mast flush with the deck. As the Thrive sank they went down with her.

Almost 500 yards away, the crew of a St Monance fishing boat, the Girl Christian skippered by Thomas Gerrard, heard the explosion and saw the Thrive sink. They hastened to the spot and were in time to pick up the skipper, his son and Thomas Thomson who had come to the surface and succeeded in grasping the mast of the Thrive to keep themselves afloat.

The body of James Thomson was recovered but although the St Monance vessel cruised around for some time, the crew saw no trace of the body of William Ross Jnr.

The survivors suffering from exposure and shock, were taken to St Monance by their rescuers. Last night, they returned by train from St Monance to Edinburgh where friends met them and took them to their homes.
Thrive
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Ross 32 19/02/1946 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 32
James Robert Thomson 57 19/02/1946 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Prestonpans New Cemetery Sec. B. Grave 98. Age 57. Husband of Isabella Thomson of Cockenzie.

Togimo

She was a 290 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 11 February 1940 by gunfire from German submarine U-37 at position 50° 40' N, 11° 02' W.

Togimo
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Rice 18 11/02/1940 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 18. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rice of Monasterevan Co. Kildare Irish Republic.

Trinity N. B.

She was a 203 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 17 December 1939 by aircraft bombing at position 57° 50' N, 01° 30' W.

Trinity N B
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Scrymgeour Murray 48 18/12/1939 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 48. Husband of Mary Dunbar Murray of Edinburgh.
Robert Wright 58 18/12/1939 Cook Merchant Navy Norway Egersund (Or Ekersund) Churchyard A. 2. 25. Age 58

Trust

I have been unable to identify this ship but she appears to have been a trawler that was requisitioned for anti-submarine duties. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death those named on the memorial was 26 March 1942 but I have not been able to discover any further information to date.

Trust
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Duthie 45 26/03/1942 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 45. Husband of Elspet Jane Duthie of Peterhead Aberdeenshire.
William Duthie 38 26/03/1942 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 38. Son of John and Helen Duthie; husband of Margaret F. Duthie of Peterhead Aberdeenshire.
John Hepburn 42 26/03/1943 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 42. Husband of Sarah N. Hepburn of Peterhead Aberdeenshire.
John Thain 51 26/03/1942 Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 51. Husband of Mary Ann Brand Thain of Peterhead Aberdeenshire.

Volante

She was a 255 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 12 July 1940 by aircraft bombing at a position 10 miles East of Hvalbam, Iceland.

Volante
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Alfred George Coulam 40 12/07/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 40. Husband of Minnie Coulam of Grimsby Lincolnshire.

Wellvale

She was a 275 grt steam trawler that was lost at or about 16 September 1939 off Mull. The cause of her loss is not known but there have been unconfirmed suggestions that she was sunk by German submarine U-30.

There were no survivors

Wellvale
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Richard Barcock 31 16/09/1939 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 31. Son of George and Ellen Barcock; husband of Jane Barcock of Fleetwood Lancashire.
James William Eastham 51 16/09/1939 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 51. Husband of Annora Eastham of Fleetwood Lancashire.
Magnus James Gordon 26 16/09/1939 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 26. Husband of Mary A. Gordon of Fleetwood Lancashire.
Thomas William Grayson 25 16/09/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 25. Son of Elias and Elizabeth Grayson; husband of Nellie Grayson of Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester.
George G. Grimley 29 16/09/1939 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 29. Husband of N. Grimley of Layton Lancashire.
Robert Reginald Gunn 46 16/09/1939 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 46. Husband of Margaret D. Gunn of Ligoniel Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.
Hugh Parker 63 16/09/1939 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 63
Frederick William Slapp 55 16/09/1939 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 55
Patrick Speariett 20 16/09/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Speariett of Preston Lancashire.
George Redvers Townsend 38 16/09/1939 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 38
Lawrence Patrick Turner 19 16/09/1939 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 19
Walter Wright 21 16/09/1939 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 21. Son of Fred and Myra Wright; adopted son of Thomas and Margaret Ann Brunt of Fleetwood Lancashire. His foster-father also fell.

Westfield

She was a 140 grt steam trawler that went missing on 6 July 1941 and is assumed to have been sunk by aircraft at a position off St.Govan's Head.

There were no survivors

Westfield
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Dainty 60 06/07/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 60
William Flowers 52 06/07/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 52. Husband of L. D. Flowers of Oulton Broad Lowestoft Suffolk.
Bertie Edward Hunt 46 06/07/1941 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 46. Son of Ephraim and Elizabeth Hunt; nephew of Violet Kathleen Hunt of Lowestoft Suffolk.
Martin Kennedy 52 06/07/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 52
John Warford Rushmore 42 06/07/1941 Boatswain Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 42. Son of Frederick and Elizebeth Rushmore; husband of Ruby A. Rushmore of Lowestoft Suffolk.
Percival James Sandford 46 06/07/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 46. Husband of E. H. Sandford of Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.
Thomas Stephens 06/07/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129.
Benjamin Robert Tobutt 37 06/07/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 37. Son of Benjamin and Alice Tobutt of Hakin Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.
Stanley George Watkins 18 06/07/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 129. Age 18. Son of Thomas Bertie Lloyd Watkins and Florence Martha Watkins of Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.