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.

Gripfast

She was a 1,109 GRT steam cargo ship that survived bombing and gunfire from aircraft on 29 January 1940 at a position 10 miles SE by E from Flamborough Head but was sunk in a further aircraft attack on 9 July 1942 at position 50° 26' N 02° 59' W.

Gripfast
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Stephenson Bradley 38 09/07/1942 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 38. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bradley of South Shields Co. Durham; husband of Nora Isabella Bradley of Heaton Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Thomas Cosgrove 68 09/07/1942 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 68. Son of Dan and Bridget Cosgrove; husband of Ellen Cosgrove of Wallsend Northumberland.
William Helm 29 09/07/1942 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 29. Son of Robert and Sarah Helm of South Shields Co. Durham.
Ernest Alfred Phillips 24 09/07/1942 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 24
John Wilkins 32 09/07/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 32. Son of Harry and Maria Wilkins; husband of Elizabeth Anne Wilkins of Pitsea Essex.

Grodno

I am not entirely sure but I believe that she was a 2,458 grt steam cargo ship that survived the war. Miramar - External Ref.#1 also lists a small Passenger ship of 160 grt. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr Guy was 31 July 1942. Please see the entry for him on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE.

Grodno
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Francis Guy 31/07/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United States of America New Orleans (Greenwood) Cemetery Spec. Memorial.

Guardsman

She was a 102 GRT tug that sank on 15 November 1940 after hitting a mine off North Foreland.

Guardsman
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Henry Brooker 54 15/11/1940 Cook Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 54
Charles William Johnson 30 15/11/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 30. Son of Trevor Hilary Johnson and Audrey Johnson; husband of Kitty Johnson of Hull.

Guido

She was a 2,788 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 8 March 1943 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-633 at position 58° 08' N 32° 20' W .

Guido
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Reginald Clifford Stanley Coles 27 08/03/1943 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 27. Husband of Edna Christine Coles of Newport Monmouthshire.
William Garen 62 08/03/1943 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 62. Husband of Letitia Garen of Newport Monmouthshire.
Alf Hagbarth Kristensen 57 08/03/1943 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 57. Son of Jens and Elain Kristensen; husband of Edith Kristensen of Anfield Liverpool.
Samuel Pybus 57 08/03/1943 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 57. Husband of Ellenora A. Pybus of Hull.
Albert Edward Rawlinson 44 08/03/1943 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 44. Son of George and Eva Rawlinson; husband of Emily Rawlinson of Hull.
Melville Percival Shorney 21 08/03/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 21
Ivor Holley Thomas 30 08/03/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 30
Edwin Ralph Wallace 31 08/03/1943 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 31. Husband of Barbara Wallace of Newport Monmouthshire.

Gunda

She was a 2,323 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 19 November 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-181 at position 25° 40' S 33° 53' E .

Gunda
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Abdi Ali Farah 32 19/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 32
Ahmed Noor 22 19/11/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 22
Ali Jaifar 28 19/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 28
Ali Jeacob 27 19/11/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 27
Ali Moradio 22 19/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 22
Ali Samir 27 19/11/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 27
Allee Anjad 39 19/11/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 39
Amir Ali 19/11/1942 Seaman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Bakar Abu 35 19/11/1942 Quartermaster Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 35
Barrick Abdul 41 19/11/1942 Storekeeper Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 41
Gabriel De Costa 25 19/11/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 25
Peter De Costa 32 19/11/1942 Chief Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 32
Ghani Abdul 45 19/11/1942 Quartermaster Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 45
Habidullah 51 19/11/1942 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 51
Jhari 24 19/11/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 24
Joinalla 25 19/11/1942 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 25
Kalloo 25 19/11/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 25
Majodolla 51 19/11/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 51
Malick Abdul 25 19/11/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 25
Meah Calla 24 19/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 24
Meah Gora 19/11/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54.
Meah Kohbad 25 19/11/1942 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 25
Mian Asad 39 19/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 39
Mian Rustom 32 19/11/1942 Quartermaster Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 32
Mian Sultan 36 19/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 36
Mian Sultan 25 19/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 25
Mohamed Ali Haji 29 19/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 29
Patal 37 19/11/1942 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 37
Sabham Abdul 37 19/11/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 37
Sadick Mohamed 24 19/11/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 24
Sayd Ali 19/11/1942 Fireman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Sudick Mohamed 22 19/11/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 22
Walliuddin 22 19/11/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 22

Gwynwood

She was a 1,177 GRT steam cargo ship that sank on 4 February 1941 after hitting a mine in the Humber anchorage.

Gwynwood Gwynwood
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George William Charlton 22 04/02/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Charlton of Goole Yorkshire.
Sydney Cook 42 04/02/1941 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 42. Son of Capt. William Cook and Jane A. Cook; husband of Dora Cook of Goole Yorkshire.
William Gelson 23 04/02/1941 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 23
John Hendry 36 04/02/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 36. Son of Alex A. and Isabella Hendry; husband of Annie E. Hendry of South Shields Co. Durham.
Edward Hutchinson 27 04/02/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 27. Husband of Mary Louisa Hutchinson of Goole Yorkshire.
Arthur Morton 30 04/02/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 30. Son of Walter and Edith Morton; husband of Annie Morton of Goole Yorkshire.
Thomas Mcathey 15 04/02/1941 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 15. Son of Thomas and Caroline McAthey; nephew of Mary Oxley of Boldon Colliery Co. Durham.
Douglas Oliver 22 04/02/1941 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 22. Son of Walter J. and Phyllis L. Oliver of Sunderland Co. Durham.
Thomas William Scarll 26 04/02/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 26. Husband of Amy Scarll of Goole Yorkshire.

Gypsum Queen

She was a 3,915 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 10 September 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-82 at position 63° 05' N, 37° 50' W.

Gypsum Queen
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Alban Jason Chapman 10/09/1941 Master Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 17.
William Leek 46 10/09/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 46. Son of William and Ethel Leek; husband of Elsie Leek of Liverpool.
Richard Norris 16 10/09/1941 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 16. Son of John and Winifred Norris of Allerton Lancashire.
Martin Power 52 10/09/1941 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 52
Joseph Spencer 26 10/09/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 26
William Reginald Wignall 33 10/09/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 33. Husband of Esther G. Wignall of Horbury Yorkshire.
Adam Letts Williamson 27 10/09/1941 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 27

Hadleigh

She was a 5,222 GRT steam cargo ship that was hit on 16 March 1943 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-77 at position 36° 10' N, 00° 30' W. The vessel was towed to Oran and beached but broke in two and was declared a total loss.

Hadleigh
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Brapoh Muner 25 16/03/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 25
Pedro Brito 22 16/03/1943 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 22

Haiching

One of the oldest ships commemorated on the Memorial, having been launched in 1898, she was a 2,080 GRT steam Passenger/ cargo ship that was sunk on 2 October 1943 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-168 at position 18° 46' N, 71° 55' E.

Haiching
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Abad Mian 02/10/1943 Tindal Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Badr-Ud-Din 02/10/1943 General Servant Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Faiz Ahmad 02/10/1943 Carpenter Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Osmonde Hedworth Farrar, O B E and Bar 48 02/10/1943 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 48. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Farrar; husband of Kathleen Beryl Farrar of Downderry Cornwall.
Fung E Ho 44 02/10/1943 Carpenter Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 44. Husband of Chan E Moy.
Jafar Husain 02/10/1943 Butler Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Lorraine James George James 27 02/10/1943 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 27. Son of James Wynn James and Elene Rosa James of Deanshanger Northamptonshire.
Kho Ngan Hoi 46 02/10/1943 Steward Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 46. Husband of Kurk Yee So.
S H Louds 02/04/1943 Second Officer Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Paresh Chandra Sen Gupta 02/10/1943 Wireless Operator Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Sheikh Ahmad 02/10/1943 General Servant Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Wong Win 34 02/10/1943 Fitter Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 34

Haig Rose

She was a 1,117 GRT steam cargo ship that went missing having sailed from Barry on 5 November 1940 bound for Plymouth.

There were no survivors

Haig Rose
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Abdul Asig 35 05/11/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 35
Dashwood Arthur Edward Caple 23 05/11/1940 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 23. Son of William Henry and Annie May Caple of Barry Glamorgan.
Joseph T. Gaffney 30 05/11/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 30
Gordon James Jenkins 24 05/11/1940 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 24. Son of William A. and Dorothy Jenkins of Barry Glamorgan.
Masa Ali 38 05/11/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 38
Mohomed Ali 42 05/11/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 42
James Power 28 05/11/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 28. Son of John and Mary Power of Dungarvan Co. Waterford Irish Republic; husband of Ellen Power of Kinsale Co. Cork.
Owen Rowland Roberts 43 05/11/1940 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 43. Son of Captain Owen Roberts and Hannah Roberts; husband of Margaret Roberts of Amlwch Port Anglesey.
Raymond Charles Roberts 21 05/11/1940 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 21. Son of William John and Mary Nicholas Roberts of Penrhiwceiber Glamorgan.
William Roberts 35 05/11/1940 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 35. Son of Captain Hugh Roberts and Laura Roberts.
Tom Riddell Robson 28 05/11/1940 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 28. Son of Thomas Riddell Robson and Alice Robson of Heaton Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Edwin David Williams 46 05/11/1940 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 46
Thomas Williams 25 05/11/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 54. Age 25