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.

Fort Binger

She was a 5,269 GRT cargo ship that survived the war. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr. Toba was 18 May 1942. Please see the entry for him on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE.

Fort Binger
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Maurice Poba 42 18/05/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 42

Fort Buckingham

She was a 7,122 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 20 Jan 1944 by two torpedoes fired by German submarine U-188 NW of the Maldive Islands at position 08° 19' N, 66° 40' E and sank within 10 minutes. The Master, 30 crew members and seven gunners were lost. She was sailing from Bombay to Buenos Aires via Durban and was unescorted at the time. The ship's Master was Murdo MacLeod who had survived the sinking of Michael E in 1941 and served on Arctic convoys including PQ-18 in 1942 which was under continued attack. He had been awarded the D.S.C.

Fort Buckingham
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Abdul Rahman 22 20/01/1944 Fireman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 22
Abdur Rahman 53 20/01/1944 Serang Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 53
Ali Muhammad 23 20/01/1944 Seaman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 23
Ali Raja 53 20/01/1944 Bhandary Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 53
Ali Wazu-Ud-Din 22 20/01/1944 Seacunny Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 22
Babu Nisan 25 20/01/1944 Trimmer Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 25
Herbert Carr 32 20/01/1944 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 32
Arthur Coverdale 24 20/01/1944 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 24. Husband of Emily Coverdale of Tottenham Middlesex.
Daud Sheikh 41 20/01/1944 Seaman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 41
Michael Joseph Egan 40 20/01/1944 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 40. Son of John and Annie Egan.
George Porter Fraser 31 20/01/1944 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 31. Son of Alexander and Elizabeth Fraser.
Ignacius Gomes 30 20/01/1944 Scullion Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 30
Harerswami 39 20/01/1944 Topass Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 39
Hasan Ibrahim 23 20/01/1944 Greaser Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 23
Robert Henry Herford 20 20/01/1944 Third Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 20. Son of Robert Henry and Wilhelmina B. Herford of Cheadle Hulme Cheshire.
Ibrahim Baba 31 20/01/1944 Seacunny Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 31
Ismail Usman 21 20/01/1944 Seaman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 21
Jan Muhammad 46 20/01/1944 Donkeyman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 46
Neil Gillies Lambert 42 20/01/1944 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 42. Son of John and Jeannie Lambert.
Felix Menzies 24 20/01/1944 General Servant Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 24
Mohi Din 22 20/01/1944 Seaman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 22
Muhammad 20/01/1944 Fireman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Muhammad Husain 43 20/01/1944 Greaser Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 43
Murdo Macleod, D S C and Bar 59 20/01/1944 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 59. Son of Murdo and Christina MacLeod; husband of Gladys Mary MacLeod of Rumney Cardiff.
Laurence Otto Nelson 27 20/01/1944 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 27
Hugh Lindsay Paterson 27 20/01/1944 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 27. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Paterson of Jesmond Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Shamsher Din 23 07/02/1944 Seaman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 23
Sharaf-Ud-Din 51 20/01/1944 Tindal Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 51
Sheikh Abdullah 37 20/01/1944 Cassab Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 37
Sheikh Adam 39 20/01/1944 Seaman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 39
Sheikh Husain 36 20/01/1944 Fireman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 36
Sheikh Muhammad 51 09/02/1944 Tindal Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 51
Phillip Vaz 22 20/01/1944 Cook Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 22
Wahid Khan 35 20/01/1944 Bhandary Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 35
James Burke Willoughby 22 20/01/1944 Third Officer Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 23. Age 22. Son of Bruce Marlow Willoughby of Saanich British Columbia.
Murdo McLeod/
Photo of Murdo McLeod, Master of Fort Buckingham by courtesy of his great-nephew [1]

Fort Camosun

She was a 7,162 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war. She was was damaged on 20 Jun 1942 by a torpedo and shellfire from Japanese submarine I-25 at position 47° 22' N, 125° 30' W but survived and was towed to safety. She was damaged again on 3 Dec 1943 by torpedoes fired by Japanese submarine I-27 at position 11° 23' N, 46° 03' E (off the gulf of Aden). According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr. Boyeson was 23 September 1945. Please see the entry for him on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE. I have found no information about the cause of death of Mr. Thomson.

Fort Camosun
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Boyeson 47 23/09/1945 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 47
James Stewart Thomson 52 19/10/1946 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Cumnock New Cemetery West Extn. Sec. E. Grave 3. Age 52. Son of Adam Thomson and of Margaret Thomson (nee Stewart); husband of Katherine McKail Thomson of Old Cumnock.

Fort Chilcotin

She was a 7,133 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 24 Jul 1943 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-172 at position 15° 03' S, 32° 35' W

Fort Chilcotin
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William John Raynor Andrews 19 24/07/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 19
Daniel Horne 29 24/07/1943 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 29. Son of Daniel and Mary Horne of Kinloss Morayshire.
John Kerr, O B E and Bar 45 06/02/1944 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Lochranza Parish Churchyard, Isle Of Arran Grave 110. Age 45. Son of Alexander and Christina Kerr of Lochranza; husband of Margaret C. L. Kerr of Lochranza. Awarded Lloyds War Medal for Bravery at Sea.
Desmond Claude Mcallister 17 24/07/1943 Apprentice Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 17. Son of James McAllister and of Teresa McAllister of Glasgow.
Leon Frederick Roberts 23 24/07/1943 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 23

Fort Concord

She was a 7,138 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 11 May 1943 by torpedoes from German submarine U-456 at position 46° 05' N, 25° 20' W. Two of the crew were taken prisoner and two survivors were picked up after being at sea in a boat for 47 days.

Fort Concord
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Allotey 21 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 21
Awad Abdel Rachman 32 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 32
Maurice Beyts 50 12/05/1943 Lamp Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 50. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Louis Beyts; husband of Selina Beyts of Hull.
Freddy Brown 30 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 30
William John Carney 38 12/05/1943 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 38. Son of William Henry Carney and of Florence Maud Carney of Newport Monmouthshire; husband of Mary Laing Carney of Derby.
Robert Owen Brian Charlton 25 12/05/1943 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 25
Stanley Clegg 30 12/05/1943 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 30. Kings Commendation for Brave Conduct. Son of Capt. Frank Clegg and Florence Clegg.
John Silva Daniel 30 12/05/1943 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 30
Roy Frederick Davis 23 12/05/1943 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 23. Son of Frederick John and Florence Bertha Davis of Walton-on-Thames Surrey.
Farrag Ali Hussein 47 12/05/1943 Storekeeper Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 47
Errol Elton Gordon 28 12/05/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 28
Hamed Ibraham Mohamed 37 12/05/1943 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 37
Joseph Howe 42 12/05/1943 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 42
Ismail Zahara Haji 33 12/05/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 33
Peter Johnson 53 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 53
Thomas Joseph 44 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 44
Khan Ahmed 33 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 33
Deryuro Kurose 51 12/05/1943 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 51
Lamat Basir 24 12/05/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 24
Tandon Lates 42 12/05/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 42
Arthur Matthias 24 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 24. Son of Edgar and Maud Margaret Matthias of Canning Town Essex.
Mohamed Galeb Aly 36 12/05/1943 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 36
Tick Mckenzie 33 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 33
Jack Preston 21 12/05/1943 Third Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 21
Esterao Francisco Rodrigues 54 12/05/1943 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 54
Suliman Ahmed 42 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 42
Frank Summandra 25 12/05/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 25
John Valentine 46 12/05/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 46

Fort Confidence

She was a 7,133 GRT steam cargo ship that was was destroyed on 16 Jul 1943 as a result of a fire at Algiers whilst loading petrol and was beached.

Fort Confidence
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John William Buzec 20 16/07/1943 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy Algeria El Alia Cemetery 12. F. 10. Age 20. Son of Ernest John and Sophia Sarah Buzec of Tottenham Middlesex.
Charles George Featherbe 20 16/07/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Featherbe; husband of Iris Featherbe of Treboath Swansea.
Henry Andrew Hepburn 37 16/07/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 37. Husband of Isabella Hepburn of Dundee.
John Mckay Marr 33 16/07/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 33. Son of John Marr and of Euphemia Marr of Leith Edinburgh.
Noel William Moore 30 16/07/1943 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 30. Son of Joseph and Edith Catherine Moore; husband of Gladys Moore of Liverpool.
John Joseph Macdonald, B E M and Bar 57 16/07/1943 Chief Steward Merchant Navy Algeria El Alia Cemetery 12. F. 15. Age 57. Son of Murdo and Annie MacDonald; husband of Ada B. MacDonald of Knightswood Glasgow.
Charles Neave 34 16/07/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 34. Son of William and Catherine West Neave; husband of Elizabeth Ross Neave of Dundee.

Fort Ellice

She was a 7,129 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr. Anderson was 20 Jun 1945. Please see the entry for him on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE.

Fort Ellice
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Henry Mcewan Anderson 20/06/1945 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50.

Fort Erie

She was a 7,128 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of those listed on the memorial was 9 Apr 1945. Please see the entry for them on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE.

Fort Erie
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Thomas Mckeary 23 09/04/1945 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 23. Son of James J. McKeary and of Annie Logue McKeary of Rock Ferry Birkenhead.
Marsden Nixon 20 09/04/1945 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 20. Son of Isabel Nixon of Lane Head Willenhall Staffordshire.

Fort Fitzgerald

She was a 7,133 GRT steam cargo ship that sunk on 4 October 1943 by a torpedo fired by an aircraft at position 36° 42' N, 01° 17' E.

Fort Fitzgerald
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ismail Ali 04/10/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50.
Charles Arthur Jenkins 35 04/10/1943 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 35. Son of John and Mary Jenkins; husband of Constance Louise Jenkins of Cardiff.
Nagi Ahmed 42 04/10/1943 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 42. Son of Nagi; nephew of Saleh Saif of Barry Glamorgan.
Nosir Yousuf 43 04/10/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 43
Zokerie Ali Ahmed 43 04/10/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 43

Fort Franklin

She was a 7,135 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 16 July 1943 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-181 at position 22° 36' S, 51° 22' E.

Fort Franklin
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Christopher Andrew 16/07/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 23. Son of Annie Andrew of Fruitland Ontario.
Robert William Armitage 16/07/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 23. Son of Kathleen Armitage of Deseronto Ontario.
Martin Lynch 33 19/07/1943 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 33. Husband of C. Lynch of Liverpool.
David Shaw 44 16/07/1943 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 50. Age 44. Son of David and Margaret Hannah Shaw; husband of Elsie Shaw of Sunderland Co. Durham.
Clifford Burton Thompson 20 16/07/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 23. Age 20. Son of Mary Thompson of Toronto Ontario.

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of John MacLeod