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.

Gatinais

She was a 389 GRT motor cargo ship that was sunk on 3 December 1942 by a torpedo fired by a German E-boat at a position 5 mailes off Start Point on a bearing of 190°.

Gatinais
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ridley Athol Bainbridge 33 03/12/1942 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 33. Husband of Caroline Jane Bainbridge of Potters Bar Middlesex.
Thomas George Herbert 28 03/12/1942 Cook Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 28. Son of Albert James Herbert and Margaret Ethel Herbert; grandson of Annie Mary Williams of St. Thomas Swansea.
John Jones 30 03/12/1942 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 30. Son of Isaac and Anne Jones; husband of A. D. Jones of Ecclesfield Yorkshire.
Harry Purvis 37 03/12/1942 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 37. Son of Richard and Ann Purvis; husband of Marion Purvis of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Thomas Arthur Richards 20 03/12/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 20. Son of Arthur and Daisy Richards of Porth Glamorgan.
John Barron Robinson 37 03/12/1942 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 37. Son of Peter and Lucy Ann Robinson; husband of Gertrude Mary Isabel Robinson.
Thomas James Walters 57 03/12/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 57. Son of James and Martha Walters; husband of Martha Elizabeth Walters of Dinas Cross. Pembrokeshire.

Gazcon

She was a 4,224 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 1 September 1942 by a torpedo fired by Japanese submarine I-29 at position 13° 01' N, 50° 30' E.

Gazcon Gazcon
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Abdul Hassan 26 02/09/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 26
John Herbert Ball 27 02/09/1942 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 27. Son of Lt.-Col. H. Ball M.B.E. and Mrs. Ball of Great Sankey Lancashire.
William Ignatius Corkhill 20 02/09/1942 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 20. Son of Mary Corkhill of Dingle Liverpool; husband of Jessie Corkhill of Dingle.
John Edmunds 23 02/09/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 23
John Richard Fenton 20 02/09/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 20. Son of Nancy Fenton of Churchtown Southport Lancashire.
Thomas Harvey 28 02/09/1942 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 28
Thomas James Jones 61 02/09/1942 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 51. Age 61. Husband of Eleanor Jones of Port Talbot Glamorgan.
Martin Nils Sandell 64 02/09/1942 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 64
Frederick Bentham Scott 39 02/09/1942 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 39
John S. Wesley 19 02/09/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 19. Son of John and Emily Wesley of Liverpool.
Yahya Qasim 33 02/09/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 33

Gemlik

She was a 691 GRT steam ferry that survived the war. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr Westerberg was 26 April 1941. Information on how he lost his life can be found on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Queries' HERE.

Gemlik
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Peter Arvid Westerberg 53 26/04/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy South Africa Cape Town (Maitland) Cemetery Sec. 1. Grave 23640C. Age 53. Son of Peter Arvid and Frances Emily Westerberg of South Shields; husband of Elizabeth Westerburg of South Shields Tyne and Wear England.

Gemstone

She was a 4,986 GRT steam cargo ship that sunk on 4 June 1942 by gunfire from German raider Stier at position 01° 52' N, 26° 38' W.

Gemstone
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ali Mohamed Hesassin Assab 46 22/12/1943 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 46
James F. Clements 59 21/02/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy Japan Yokohama War Cemetery Brit. Sec. G. B. 7. Age 59
Darnley Manning 37 22/12/1944 Able Seaman Merchant Navy Japan Yokohama War Cemetery Brit.Sec. G. B. 10. Age 37
Caleb Phillips 51 24/05/1943 Boatswain Merchant Navy Japan Yokohama War Cemetery Brit. Sec. G. B. 4. Age 51

George H. Jones (Geo. H. Jones)

The correct name for this ship was apparently Geo.H.Jones. She was a 6,689 GRT steam tanker that was sunk on 11 June 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-455 at position 45° 40' N, 22° 40' W.

George H. Jones
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Daniel Lewis 24 11/06/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 24. Son of William and Margaret Lewis of Aberystwyth Cardiganshire.

Geo. W. McKnight

She was a 12,442 GRT motor tanker that survived the war. She was attacked and damaged on 3 May 1942 by a torpedo and gunfire from German submarine U-66 at position 11° 18' N, 61° 19' W. The DEMS gunners put up a spirited defence and the submarine broke off the attack.

Geo.W.McKnight
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Valentine Bamfield 20 14/10/1944 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 20. Son of S. W. Bamfield and of Gertrude A. Bamfield of Sea Mills Gloucestershire.
Arthur Thomas Sydney Jones 33 14/10/1944 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 33
Frederick John Wakeford 19 14/10/1944 Senior Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Wakeford of Exeter.

Geraldine Mary

She was a 7,244 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 4 August 1940 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-52 at position 56° 46' N, 15° 48' W.

Geraldine Mary
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Robert Hogarth Barbour 37 04/08/1940 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 37
William Nelson Stewart 30 04/08/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 30

Germanic

She was a 5,351 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 29 March 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-48 at position 61° 18' N, 22° 05' W.

Germanic
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ali Ahmed 45 29/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 45
Frederick William Bonewell 39 29/03/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 39. Son of Elizabeth Hayes; husband of Beatrice Elizabeth Hannah Bonewell of Hull.
Said Saif Mohamed 46 29/03/1941 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 46
Saleh Abdullah 46 29/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 46

Gertrude May

She was a 72 GRT sailing barge that sank on 27 December 1942 after hitting a mine at position 51° 45' N, 01° 19' E.

Gertrude May
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Edward Eriksson 48 27/12/1942 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 48. Son of Johan Edvard Svante Eriksson and Hedvig Charlotta Louisa Eriksson of Stockholm Sweden.

Giang Seng

She was a 1,859 GRT steam passenger/ cargo ship that had been built in 1899. She is believed to have been scuttled at Surabaya on 2 March 1942. However according to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr. Clunies-Ross was 10 February 1945. Please see the entry for him on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE.

Giang Seng
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Abdul Rashid 24 03/09/1939 Trimmer Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 24
Leonard Charles Clunies-Ross 58 10/02/1945 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 52. Age 58. Husband of E. C. Clunies-Ross of Singapore Malaya.
Maskin Ali 30 02/03/1942 Trimmer Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 30
Rifat Ullah 44 03/09/1939 Fireman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 44
Tubai Ullah 02/03/1942 Trimmer Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials