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.

Hazelside (1928)

She was a 4,646 GRT steam cargo ship that was hit on 24 September 1939 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-31. The ship attempted to escape at high speed but was stopped with gunfire and finally sunk at position 51° 17’ N 09° 22' W.

Hazelside (1928)
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Aldan 24/09/1939 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56.
Ali Darasat 37 24/09/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 37
William Benns 35 24/09/1939 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Benns; husband of Catherine Benns of Blyth Northumberland.
Charles Henry Davis 56 24/09/1939 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 56. Son of William and Emma Davis; husband of Gladys Davis of Scalby Yorkshire.
Martin Greve 39 24/09/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 39
Khan J Lal 40 24/09/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 40
James Leask 34 24/09/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 34
Maurice Middlemast 24 24/09/1939 Third Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 24. Son of James and Dorothy Anne Middlemast.
Mohamed Hayed 40 24/09/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 40
James T. Tinn 39 24/09/1939 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 39. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth T. Tinn; husband of Florence Tinn of Whitley Bay Northumberland.
Denis Treacy 24 24/09/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 24. Son of Richard and Julia Treacy of Arklow Co. Wicklow Irish Republic.

Hazelside (1940)

She was a 5,297 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 28 October 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-68 at position 23° 10’ S 01° 36' E.

Hazelside (1940)
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Anthony Cutajar 36 08/11/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 36
William Scott Hedley 64 08/11/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 64. Son of Robert and Mary Hedley; husband of Jessie Muriel Hedley of Darlington Co. Durham.

Hektoria

She was completed in 1899 as a 11,985 GRT steam Passenger/ refrigerated cargo ship and was converted into a whale factory ship in 1932. I have not ascertained what role she was playing when taking part in convoy ON-127 when she was damaged on 12 September 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-211. She was sunk later the same day by a torpedo fired by U-608 at position 48° 55' N 33° 38' W.

Hektoria
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Haakon Ekeberg 36 13/03/1941 Electrician Merchant Navy United Kingdom Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery Sec. 3. N.C. Coll. grave 995. Age 36. Of Norway.
Kristian Hansen 56 11/09/1942 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 56. Husband of Helene G. Hansen of Larvik Norway.
Osvald B. Hoel 35 13/03/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery Sec. 3. N.C. Coll. grave 995. Age 35. Of Norway.

Helena Margareta

She was a 3,265 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 8 April 1941 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-107 at position 33° 00' N 23° 52' W.

Helena Margareta
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ahmed Ahmed 52 08/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 52
Ahmed Saif 41 08/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 41
Ali Dola 48 08/04/1941 Lamp Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 48
Ali Hamed Abdo 36 08/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 36
Ali Salem 42 08/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 42
Joseph Ashby 59 08/04/1941 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 59
Azig Abdul 41 08/04/1941 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 41
Alexander Dawson 19 08/04/1941 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dawson of Belfast Northern Ireland.
James William Dawson 20 08/04/1941 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 20
Mohamed Husain 37 08/04/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 37
Ismail Mohamed 63 08/04/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 63
Kassem Ahmed Mohamed 36 08/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 36
Harold Kirk 44 08/04/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 44
William Macalpine 17 08/04/1941 Galley Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 17
William Macdowall 60 08/04/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 60. Husband of Janet MacDowall of Sidcup Kent.
Matt Bin Awang 40 08/04/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 40
Alfred Mitchell 44 08/04/1941 Deck Hand Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 44
Abdul Motalet 41 08/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 41
Muthana Nassa 38 08/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 38
James Alfred Poppitt 62 08/04/1941 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 62
Brian Purdy 19 08/04/1941 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 19. Son of Joseph J. and Jane Purdy of Low Fell Gateshead Co. Durham.
Said Ahmed 44 08/04/1941 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 44
Said Ben 36 08/04/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 36
Saleh Mohamet 50 08/04/1941 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 50
Hamed Sheriff 49 08/04/1941 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 49
Wilkie Small 51 08/04/1941 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 51
Luke Swift 17 08/04/1941 Cabin Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 17

Helen Moller

She was a 5,261 GRT steam tanker that was sunk on 5 June 1944 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-183 at position 04° 28' S, 74° 45' E.

Helen Moller
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Frederick Palmer 37 05/06/1944 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 37
Charles Frederick Paull 50 05/06/1944 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 50
Wali Mian 55 05/06/1944 Seacunny Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials Age 55

Helenus

She was a 7,555 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 3 March 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-68 at position 06° 01' N, 12° 02' W.

Helenus
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Keane 18 03/03/1942 Deck Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 18
Koh Yung Ching 36 03/03/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 36
Miao Joo Sung 29 03/03/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 29
Wong Kee Shi 31 03/03/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 31
Wong Tew Pao 32 03/03/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 32

Helka

She was a 3,476 GRT steam tanker that sank on 25 May 1941 after bombing by aircraft at position 32° 15' N, 24° 35' E.

Helka
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Hamed Salem 18 25/05/1941 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 18

Helmond

She was a 982 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr. Menzies was 7 October 1945. Please see the entry for him on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE.

Helmond
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Truran Menzies 07/10/1945 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56.

Helmspey

She was a 4,764 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 11 February 1943 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-516 at position 34° 22' S, 24° 54 E.

Helmspey
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Thomas Edge 31 12/02/1943 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy South Africa Port Elizabeth (South End) Cemetery Sec.Q. N.C.(Old). Grave 111. Age 31
Abdul Mohamed 11/02/1943 Greaser Merchant Navy South Africa Port Elizabeth (South End) Cemetery Moslem Sec.
Thomas Frederick Robson 33 11/02/1943 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 33. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Robson; husband of Victorine Robson of Custom House Essex.
Leslie Sanderson 22 11/02/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 22
William Watson 27 11/02/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 27. Son of John Henry and Esther Watson of Robin Hoods Bay Yorkshire.

Heminge

She was a 2,505 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 30 September 1940 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-37 at position 53° 26' N, 18° 33' W.

Heminge
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Davies 44 30/09/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 56. Age 44. Son of John and Mary Davies; husband of Irene Maud Davies of Hull.