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.

Iddesleigh

She was a 5,205 GRT steam cargo ship that was damaged on 10 August 1944 by a torpedo fired by an E-boat. She was towed away and beached off Langrune. On 17 August 1944, whilst still aground South of #90 Buoy, she was torpedoed again by a one-man assault submarine and was declared a total loss.

Iddesleigh
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Joseph Laurence Armstrong 39 10/08/1944 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 57. Age 39. Husband of Henrietta Anne Armstrong of Maidenhead Berkshire.
Nagur Pitchay 46 10/08/1944 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 57. Age 46. Son of M. Mohi Din.

Ila

She was a 1,583 GRT compound-engined cargo ship that was sunk on 15 October 1941 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-553 at position 53° 34' N 29° 57' W.

Ila
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Joseph Mcconnell 15/10/1941 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 57.

Ile de Batz

She was a 5,548 GRT steam cargo ship that was damaged on 17 March 1942 by a torpedo fired by German submaine U-68 and sunk by gunfire at position 04° 04' N 08° 04' W.

Ile de Batz
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Robert Farouel 17 17/03/1942 Deck Hand Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 17
T Mackenzie 34 17/03/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 34
H St. George 38 17/03/1942 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 38. Son of Louis Henri and Miliane St. George; husband of M. D. St. George of Bexleyheath Kent.
Yahia Mousley 38 17/03/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 38

Ilorin

She was an 815 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 1 September 1942 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-125 at an approximate position of 05° N 01° W.

Ilorin
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Amajoyi Jeremiah 01/09/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Ben 01/09/1942 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Charles Lewis Bott 64 01/09/1942 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 64. Son of Charles Lewis Bott and Margaret Bott; husband of Agnes Maude Bott of Douglas Isle of Man.
Peter Chuta 27 01/09/1942 Watchman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 27. Son of Adamma Chuta; husband of J. P. Chuta of Port Harcourt Nigeria.
Davis 01/09/1942 Headman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Dixon 01/09/1942 Gangman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Edward 01/09/1942 Trainee Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Owen V. Ekwere 01/09/1942 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Philip Ekwere 01/09/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. His brother Samuel Ubaha perished with him.
Samuel Ubaha Ekwere 01/09/1942 Stewards Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. His brother Philip perished with him.
Emanuel 01/09/1942 Winchman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
William Garven 55 01/09/1942 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 55. Son of John and Jeanie Garven.
George 01/09/1942 Labourer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Gilbert 01/09/1942 Quartermaster Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
John 01/09/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Johnson 01/09/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Gilbert Howson Jones, R D and Bar 51 01/09/1942 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 51. Husband of A. Howson Jones of Dudley Worcestershire.
Josiah 01/09/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Frederick Obonne 01/09/1942 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Ojo 01/09/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Paul 01/09/1942 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Peter 01/09/1943 Winchman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Robert 01/09/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Robert 01/09/1942 Gangman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Herbert Ernest Roper 56 01/09/1942 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 56. Son of John Arthur and Mary Roper; husband of Mary Roper of Liverpool.
Sam 01/09/1942 Labourer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Samson 01/09/1942 Winchman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Son of Dwe and Bodey.
Steven 01/09/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Thomas 01/09/1942 Winchman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Tom 01/09/1942 Quartermaster Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Tom 01/09/1942 Labourer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Victor 01/09/1942 Trainee Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Wilson 01/09/1942 Labourer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.

Ilse

She was a 2,844 GRT steam cargo ship that was damaged by a mine on 20 June 1941 on the West side of Hartlepool Approach Channel but repaired. On 7 October 1942 she was hit by a torpedo fired by an E-Boat at position 53° 06' N 01° 25' E and sank whilst under tow at position 52° 49' N 01° 39' E.

Ilse
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Floyd 42 07/10/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 42. Son of Thomas Henry and Isabella Floyd; nephew of Dora Bates of Sunderland Co. Durham.
Robert Fulton 41 10/08/1947 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom South Shields (Harton) Cemetery Sec. 8. Grave 7189. Age 41. Husband of Rita Fulton of South Shields.
George Inglis 27 20/06/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Sunderland (Ryhope Road) Cemetery Ward 1. Sec. A.A. Grave 610. Age 27

Imperial Transport

She was an 8,022 GRT motor tanker that survived the war. However on 11 February 1940 she was torpedoed and damaged by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-53 at an approximate position of 59° N 12° W, and on 25 March 1942 she was hit by two torpedoes from U-94 at position 46° 26' N 41° 30' W. Initially abandoned, she was re-boarded and towed to St Johns for repair. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of both Mr. Edwards and Mr. Williams was 11 February 1940 so were due to the first attack.

Imperial Transport
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Richard Edwards 39 11/02/1940 Pumpman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 39. Son of David and Elizabeth Edwards; husband of Margaret Edwards of Cadoxton Neath Glamorgan.
Jack Williams 21 11/02/1940 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 21

Imperial Valley

She was a 4,573 GRT steam cargo ship that survived the war. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr. McHoult was 30 December 1944. Please see the entry for him on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE.

Imperial Valley
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Bert Mchoult 24 30/12/1944 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 24

Inanda

She was a 5,985 GRT steam Passenger/ cargo ship that sank on 7 September 1940 after being bombed by aircraft whilst in the London Docks. She was recovered, repaired and renamed Empire Explorer - see entry HERE.

Inanda
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
E Allen 36 07/09/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 36. Son of Joseph and Madlin Allen; husband of Violetta Allen of Barbados.
J Best 52 19/09/1940 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Enfield (Lavender Hill) Cemetery Sp. Mem. Age 52
James Linton 40 13/09/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Enfield (Lavender Hill) Cemetery Sp. Mem. Age 40
H Murray 40 07/09/1940 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 40
William Edward Scott 59 07/09/1940 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 59. Age 59. Son of James and Rebecca Scott of Barbados; husband of Inez Scott.

India

She was a 9.977 GRT motor tanker that was sunk on 11 September 1943 by German raider Michel at an approximate position of 20° S 115° W.

India
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Brannigan 19 03/09/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 19
Roger Bruce Fennell 18 03/09/1943 Deck Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 18. Son of Arthur Edmund and Martha Jane Fennell of Wentworth Durban Natal South Africa.
William Gale 20 03/09/1943 Deck Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 20. Son of William Gale and of Rosa Alice Gale of Durban Natal South Africa.
Thomas Gregory 47 03/09/1943 Electrician Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 47. Son of Thomas and Edith Gregory; husband of Mabel Douglas Gregory of Clifton Bristol.
Ronald William Sommerville 01/09/1943 Greaser Australian Merchant Navy Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Memorial Panel 10.
Louis George Van Rooyen 21 03/09/1943 Deck Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 21. Son of Mr. and Mrs. N. P. Van Rooyen of Durban Natal South Africa.

Indier

She was a 5,192 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 3 April 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-73 at position 58° 13' N 27° 36' W.

Indier
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Thomas Broadhurst 35 03/04/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 35
Thomas Brownell 29 03/04/1941 Stoker Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 29
Lawrence Chabot 26 03/04/1941 Able Seaman Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 18. Age 26
Charles Chetra 03/04/1941 Stoker Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Maynard Crossley 26 03/04/1941 Able Seaman Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 18. Age 26
Daniel Dunbar 25 03/04/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 25. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Dunbar; husband of Catherine Dunbar of Liverpool.
James Dunn 22 03/04/1941 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 22
Joseph Gilmore 03/04/1941 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Adonis James 03/04/1941 Stoker Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Michael Kierman 03/04/1941 Stoker Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
John Mcintyre 03/04/1941 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
John Mcneil 37 03/04/1941 Able Seaman Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 19. Age 37
James Phillips 03/04/1941 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
Arnold Charles Schildknecht 26 03/04/1941 Able Seaman Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 19. Age 26
William D. Smith 03/04/1941 Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.