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.

Inverlane

She was a 9,141 GRT motor tanker that hit a mine on 14 December 1939 and was beached at position 55° 05' N 01° 07' W.

Inverlane
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Geoffrey Keith Parr 19 14/12/1939 Cabin Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 19. Son of Arthur P. Parr and of Elsie Parr of Saltdean Sussex.
William Ross 25 14/12/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 25. Son of William and Catherine Ross. His brother Charles also fell.
Harry Joseph Yates 29 14/12/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 29
Leslie Francis Yates 24 14/12/1939 Assistant Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 24. Son of Francis Charles Leigh Yates and of Ethel May Yates of Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand.

Inverlee

She was a 9,158 GRT motor tanker that was sunk by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-204 at a position 30 miles from Cape Spartel on a bearing of 240°.

Inverlee
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Albert Addison 31 19/10/1941 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 31. Son of George and Catherine Addison.
Thomas Edmund Alexander 46 19/10/1941 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 46. Husband of Margaret Alexander of Glasgow. Awarded Stanhope Gold Medal and Royal Humane Societys Bronze Medal for Bravery.
William Clarke 30 19/10/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 30. Son of William and Margaret Clarke of Higher Tranmere Birkenhead.
John Douglas Downing 18 19/10/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 18. Son of Lionel D. and Kate Alice Downing of Elvington Kent.
Percival George Eva 34 19/10/1941 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 34. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Eva; husband of Dorothy Olive Eva of Falmouth Cornwall.
Robert Greenaway 65 21/12/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 65
Edward Hodgson 38 19/10/1941 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 38
Ernest Howliston 20 19/10/1941 Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 20. Son of John Thomas Howliston and of Mary Ann Howliston of Sunderland Co. Durham.
David Ivor Jones 41 19/10/1941 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 41. Son of David and Anne Jones.
Evan Gilmour Jones 25 19/10/1941 Fifth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 25. Son of John Lewis Jones and Maggie Lorenzo Jones of New Quay Cardiganshire.
Alfred Richardson Legg 35 19/10/1941 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 35
Alexander Macdonald 26 19/10/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 26. Son of John and Alexandrina Macdonald.
Donald Maclean 21 19/10/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 21. Son of Donald and Flora Ferguson of Port Wemyss Isle of Islay.
Hector Macrae 26 19/10/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 26. Son of John and Jessie Macrae of Portree Isle of Skye.
Alexander Mcclymont 26 19/10/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 26. Son of Thomas and Helen McClymont of Dundonald Ayrshire.
John Mcmillan 60 19/10/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 60
Paul Francis Tralee Sharnock 19/10/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58.
William Sweeney 27 19/10/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 27. Son of William and Margaret Sweeney; husband of Helen Sweeney of Paisley Renfrewshire.
Norman Harold Tysoe 21 19/10/1941 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 21. Son of Harold M. Tysoe and Stella Maud A. Tysoe of Kew Surrey.
Frederick Gilbert Weir 33 19/10/1941 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 33
George Williamson 26 19/10/1941 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 26. Son of John Williamson and of Ada Williamson of Aberdeen.

Inverness

She was a 4,897 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 9 July 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-98 at position 42° 46' N 32° 45' W.

Inverness
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Gallagher 41 09/07/1941 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 41
John Jack 22 09/07/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 22. Son of Mary Jack of Gateshead. Co. Durham.
Alfred Edward Patten 29 09/07/1941 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 29
Reginald Potter 39 09/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 39
Alan Sanderson 27 09/07/1941 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 27. Son of Margaret Sanderson of Fulwell Sunderland Co. Durham.
Robert Smethurst 36 09/07/1941 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 36

Invershannon

She was a 9,154 GRT motor tanker that was sunk on 21 September 1940 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-99 at position 55° 40' N 22° 04' W.

Invershannon
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ah Wo Wong 25 23/09/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 25
Chan Moon 39 23/09/1940 Carpenter Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 39
Chan Yun Lung 46 23/09/1940 Chief Cook Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 46
Chong Yong 34 23/09/1940 Quartermaster Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 34
Chow Ching Seu 29 23/09/1940 Sailor Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 29
Thomas Evans 42 23/09/1940 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 42. Son of Thomas and Rose Evans; husband of Margaret Evans of Benllech Bay Anglesey.
Kan To Wong 27 23/09/1940 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 27
Charles S. Mayes 18 23/09/1940 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 18
Pam Sau 39 23/09/1940 Cook Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 39
George James Rowley 26 23/09/1940 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 26
Tcheng Kun Chi 40 23/09/1940 Steward Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 40
Tsai Young 35 23/09/1940 Storekeeper Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 35
Tsang Fat 40 23/09/1940 Pumpman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 40
Tsao Ah Tsai 46 23/09/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 46
Wai Soo 40 23/09/1940 Donkeyman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 40

Irene Maria

She was an 1,862 GRT steam cargo ship that was damaged on 4 July 1940 by aircraft bombing at position 50° 30' N 02° 00' W but was repaired. She was sunk on 27 November 1940 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-95 at position 53° 06' N 01° 25' E.

There were no survivors

Irene Maria
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Herbert Victor Albrow 47 28/11/1940 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 47
Knud Bolesen 21 28/11/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 21. Son of Magnus and Johanne Bolesen of Esbjerg Denmark.
Hans Burkal 21 28/11/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 21
Christian Helmuth Erlandsen 19 28/11/1940 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 19
Alfred Peter Evers 45 28/11/1940 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 45. Son of Peter and Emilie Evers of Naestved Denmark; husband of Afdode Sigrid Evers.
Anders Jacob Frandsen 34 28/11/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 34
Carl Gottschalck 33 28/11/1940 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 33. Son of Rigmar Gottschalck of Copenhagen Denmark.
Aksel Emil Georg Hansen 21 04/07/1940 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 21
Holger Jacobsen 18 28/11/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 18. Son of Anton Jacobsen and of Kirstine Jacobsen (nee Moller) of Randers Denmark.
Jorgen Nicolai Jensen 20 28/11/1940 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 20. Son of Niels C. and Anna Marie Jensen of Esbjerg Denmark.
B O Jensen 23 28/11/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 23
Edgar Aksel Juul 34 28/11/1940 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 34. Son of Carl August Juul and Birgitte Marie Juul of Soborg Denmark.
Vernon John Martell Lewis 18 28/11/1940 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 18. Son of William John and Mary Margaretta Lewis of Burry Port Carmarthenshire.
Arnold Gerling Nielsen 22 28/11/1940 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 22. Son of Emil and Karen Nielsen of Silkeborg Denmark.
Rasmus Sylvester Nielsen 50 28/11/1940 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 50. Son of Chresten and Sidse Karen Marie Nielsen. Of Denmark.
Sven Ostergaard 30 28/11/1940 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 30. Son of Lodsoldermand H. G. and Gerda Ostergaard of Copenhagen Demnark.
Anders Kristian Ravn 27 28/11/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 27
Jorgen Sandbjerg 42 28/11/1940 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 42
Thomas Schnohr 47 28/11/1940 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 47. Son of Mrs. F. W. Schnohr; husband of Sofie J. Schnohr of Marstal Denmark.
E Sorensen 24 28/11/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 24
Niels Jens Staehr 53 28/11/1940 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 53
Hubert Stanford 22 28/11/1940 Deck Hand Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 22. Son of William and Ethel Stanford of Southampton.
Anthony G. Westgate 16 28/11/1940 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 16

Irishman

There is not much information to hand about this ship but I believe that she was a 99 GRT tug that sank after hitting a mine in Langstone Harbour on 8 May 1941.

Irishman
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Robert Alderton 32 08/05/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 32. Son of James and May Alderton; husband of Ivy Alderton of Pauls Grove Hampshire.
Colin Charles Duke 16 08/05/1941 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 16. Son of John James William and Elizabeth Amelia Duke of Portsmouth.
Albert Lofting 58 08/05/1941 Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Portsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery Plot 40 (Beddow). Row 14. Grave 5. Age 58. Husband of Elizabeth Jane Lofting of Portsmouth.
Harry F. Underdown 20 08/05/1941 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 20
Clement John Young 34 08/05/1941 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 34. Husband of Doris Minnie Young of Fareham Hampshire.

Island Queen

She was a 779 GRT steam cargo ship that sank on 14 July 1940 after hitting a mine at a position 800 yards from A Buoy, East Folkestone Gateway Light Vessel.

Island Queen
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Peter Nicholas Angell 58 14/07/1940 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom City Of London Cemetery And Crematorium, Manor Park Square 247. Grave 107915. Age 58. Husband of Ada Angell of East Ham.
Robert Blackwell 30 14/07/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Chingford Mount Cemetery Screen Wall. Sec. F.13. Coll. grave 36556. Age 30
Ernest Henry Suddell 40 14/07/1940 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 40. Husband of Winifred L. B. Suddell of Barking Essex.

Isleford

She was a 414 GRT motor cargo ship used as an Armament Stores Carrier. She ran aground in Wick Bay Scotland on 25 January 1942 in a blizzard and was lost. The entire crew of 14 plus one DEMS gunner were all drowned. Further information about Mr. Hall can be found on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Omissions' HERE. Please see also information on Panel 130 HERE. More information on the loss can be found at External Reference #23.

There were no survivors

Isleford
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Arthur Cleghorn 54 25/01/1942 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 54
Cyril Stephen Cook 26 25/01/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 26. Son of George Stephen Cook and Susan Cook; husband of Marjorie Ellen Cook of West Chiltington Sussex.
Sidney George Davis 17 25/01/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 17
David Andrew Kevern Foalle 40 25/01/1942 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 40. Husband of Gladys Maud Foalle of Elson Gosport Hampshire.
Horace Duval Gumbrell 41 25/01/1942 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 41
William Alfred Hall 35 25/01/1942 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Arthur Hall; husband of Muriel Joan Hall of Southsea Hampshire.
Victor Douglas Kingdom 24 25/01/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 24. Son of Cecil and Emily Kingdom; husband of Gertie Kingdom of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Harry John Lawrence 28 25/01/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 28. Son of George and Susan Stroud Lawrence; husband of Annie Lawrence of Cardonald Glasgow.
Hector Macnicol 34 25/01/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Perth (Wellshill) Cemetery Sec. K. Jeanfield Div. Grave 211. Age 34. Son of Hugh and Grace Stewart Macnicol of Perth.
Roy Cecil John Mcgrane 18 25/01/1942 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 18. Son of Michael Joseph and Mary McGrane of Hardway Gosport Hampshire.
Frank Rawlins 56 25/01/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 56
Harry Rowe 17 25/01/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 17. Son of Frederick Rowe and of Elsie Mary Rowe of Gosport Hampshire.
George William Smith 59 25/01/1942 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 59
William George Witham 24 25/01/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 24. Son of Ernest and Florence Witham; husband of Ethel Joyce Witham of Bridgemary Gosport Hampshire.

J. B. W.

She was a 72 GRT sailing barge that sank on 15 July 1943 after striking a mine NNE of Maplin Buoy, Burnham-on-Crouch.

J. B. W.
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Thomas James Hills 63 15/07/1943 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 63
James Walter Ward 38 15/07/1943 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Ipswich Old Cemetery Sec. X. Div. 20. Grave 21. Age 38. Son of Frederick Robert and Jane Ann Ward of Ipswich.

Jalapadma

She was a 3,857 GRT steam cargo ship that was destroyed on 14 April 1944 by the explosion aboard Fort Stikine in Bombay - see entry HERE.

Jalapadma
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Randolph Francis David Campbell 62 14/04/1944 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 62
Frank Thomas Withers Lewis 37 14/04/1944 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 58. Age 37. Son of Councillor and Mrs. F. W. Lewis; husband of M. I. Lewis (nee Cross) of Exeter.
Muhammad Jamal 14/04/1944 Fireman Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials
Manuel Pinto 14/04/1944 Butchers Mate Indian Merchant Navy India Bombay / Chittagong 1939-1945 War Memorials