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Rio Bravo to Rockforest

This page has been updated to include basic information about those that lost their lives. The data is by courtesy of the CWGC and I have included information about those who served on the ships but who had a normal burial as well as those lost at sea and recorded on the Tower Hill memorial. In most cases further family information about the individuals is available on the CWGC website - External Ref. #7.



Rio Bravo

She was a 1,124 grt motor tanker that was sunk on 2 November 1944 by a torpedo fired by an E-boat at position 51° 16’ N, 02° 53’ E.

Rio Bravo

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on Rio Bravo

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
BLOCK JOEL 34 02/11/1944 Cook TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BROWN JAMES ROBERTSON 35 02/11/1944 Greaser TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BRUCE ROBERT ROBERTSON 32 02/11/1944 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
EDEN THOMAS HERD 24 02/11/1944 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
HALL HORACE 20 02/11/1944 Sailor TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
HARRIS CHARLES ERNEST 30 02/11/1944 Donkeyman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
HOWARD RAYMOND MALCOLM 17 02/11/1944 Cabin Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
KENNEDY WILLIAM CRAWFORD 23 02/11/1944 Second Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
McBRYDE JOHN 38 02/11/1944 Boatswain TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
RYAN JOSEPH LAWRENCE 43 02/11/1944 Radio Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
TAIT THOMAS PETER 24 02/11/1944 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
TUCKER GEORGE FREDERICK 33 02/11/1944 Chief Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
WAKEMAN EDWIN JOHN 18 02/11/1944 Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.


Rio Dorado

She was a 4,507 steam cargo ship that was sunk on 16 March 1941 by gunfire from a German raider - thought to have been either Gneisnau or Sharnhorst - at position 42° 00’ N, 43° 00’ W. I believe there were no survivors but have not been able to confirm this.

Rio Dorado Rio Dorado

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on Rio Dorado

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
ADAIR GEORGE 22 16/03/1941 Third Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
ANDERSON ALEXANDER 33 16/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BARNES LESTER 16/03/1941 Fireman HALIFAX MEMORIAL Panel 19.
BARRASS JOHN ROBERT 25 16/03/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BEESTON THOMAS 43 16/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BRADFORD PHILIP 31 16/03/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BROWNING FREDERICK OAKLEY 59 16/03/1941 Chief Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
CLARE 57 16/03/1941 Master TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
COLVILLE ROBERT 42 16/03/1941 First Radio Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
COOPER JOHN DANIEL 17 16/03/1941 Mess Room Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
COWLER WILLIAM 43 16/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
CRAWFORD ROBERT 45 16/03/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
CUMMINS JOHN GLADSTONE 19 16/03/1941 Deck Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
DAVIDSON FRED 22 16/03/1941 Fourth Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
DENATHORN SAMUEL 59 16/03/1941 Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
GANDERTON GORDON CHARLES MILNER 30 16/03/1941 Second Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
GIBBONS JOHN (M.M.) 57 16/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
GRIST FRANCIS ROY 28 16/03/1941 Sailor TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
JACKSON LAWRENCE 16 16/03/1941 Galley Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
KIRBY THOMAS RAYNE 19 16/03/1941 Third Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
LAING WILLIAM ROBERT 20 16/03/1941 Second Radio Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
LEE JOHN WILLIAM WHINNIE 35 16/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
LLOYD CHARLES C. 16/03/1941 Cook HALIFAX MEMORIAL Panel 18.
MAYNE ALBERT FREDERICK 35 16/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
MacKENZIE ANGUS 31 16/03/1941 Boatswain TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
McPAKE ANTHONY 46 16/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
PASCOE WILLIAM GUNN 38 16/03/1941 Donkeyman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
ROBSON ROBERT 40 16/03/1941 Donkeyman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
SIMPSON THOMAS BRIAN 23 16/03/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
SMITH JOHN 41 16/03/1941 Greaser TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
STEPHENS FREDERICK BOWRING 64 16/03/1941 Second Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
STEPHENSON ALBERT 43 16/03/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
STOUT JOSEPH WILLIAM 19 16/03/1941 Ordinary Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
THOMPSON GEORGE 18 16/03/1941 Cabin Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
THORNTON BERNARD JOHN 19 16/03/1941 Apprentice TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
TOBIN MICHAEL 44 16/03/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
WILLIAMS JAMES EDWARD 20 16/03/1941 Apprentice TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
WILSON ARTHUR WILLIAM 57 16/03/1941 Chief Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.


River Afton

She was a 5,479 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 5 July 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-703 at position 75° 57’ N, 43° 00’ E (in the Barents Sea).

River Afton

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on River Afton

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
BREEN JOHN 36 05/07/1942 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BRIDGER LEONARD ROY 19 05/07/1942 Sailor TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
COULL CHARLES 47 05/07/1942 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
FRY WILFRED 22 20/08/1942 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
HAINSWORTH SYDNEY CLIFTON 28 05/07/1942 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
HOOLE GEORGE ADRIAN 16 05/07/1942 Cabin Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
LONGSTAFF JOHN FENWICK 27 05/07/1942 Chief Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
MASON HAROLD WILLIAM 22 05/07/1942 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
MELLETT VICTOR JAMES 36 20/09/1942 Carpenter TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
PITSAL MIHKEL 39 05/07/1942 Boatswain TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
PRITCHARD ARTHUR JOHN 21 05/07/1942 Donkeyman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
ROLFE GEORGE 21 04/07/1942 Fourth Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
WALLER THOMAS EDWARD 19 05/07/1942 Cook TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
WATSON JOHN FOX 46 05/07/1942 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 86.
WOOD JOHN ERSKINE RUDLAND 47 05/07/1942 Second Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.


River Humber

She was a 351 grt compound-engined cargo ship that sunk on 4 June 1940 following a collision with HMS Folkestone at a position 8 miles East-North-East of Skerries.

River Humber

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on River Humber

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
CULLY JOHN 33 04/06/1940 Mate TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
GIBSON JOHN 32 04/06/1940 Chief Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
MAGINNESS FRANCIS 30 04/06/1940 Fireman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
McMASTER JAMES 20 04/06/1940 Ordinary Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.


River Lugar

She was a 5,423 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 26 June 1941 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-69 at position 24° 00’ N, 21° 00’ W. She was hit amidships, broke in two and sank within seconds.

River Lugar

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on River Lugar

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
AGREE JOSEPH 48 26/06/1941 Donkeyman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
ASHTON LENNARD 31 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
ASHWORTH ERNEST WILLIAM 54 26/06/1941 Second Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BELL DONALD 20 26/06/1941 Second Radio Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BELL JOSHUA 31 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BONAR JOSEPH 30 26/06/1941 Chief Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BONZ SOWA 28 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BRESLIN PATRICK 20 26/06/1941 Ordinary Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BROWN CHARLES 33 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
BROWN TOM 46 26/06/1941 Donkeyman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
CLARK CHARLES ANDERSON 45 26/06/1941 Carpenter TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
COLLIER DENIS ALFRED CHARLES 16 26/06/1941 Ordinary Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
CONNELLY PATRICK 40 26/06/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
COX WILLIAM NATHANIEL 44 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
DAVIES DAVID THOMAS 33 26/06/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
FADDEN AUGUSTINE 45 26/06/1941 First Radio Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
FERGUSON JOHN 48 26/06/1941 Cook TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
FLYANT TOM 43 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
FRAME WILLIAM 47 26/06/1941 Master TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
FRASER WALTER NICOL 23 26/06/1941 Fourth Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
GILLESPIE EDWARD 19 26/06/1941 Third Radio Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
HOLME CHARLES ARTHUR 41 26/06/1941 Chief Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
JOHNSON GEORGE 44 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
JOHNSON LEWIS 47 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
MUIR JOHN 19 26/06/1941 Assistant Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
MYLES GEORGE ASHLEY 28 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
McLELLAN DANIEL GOODMAN 28 26/06/1941 Sailor TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
RAE CHARLES ROBERT 34 26/06/1941 Chief Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
RAPER GEORGE WILLSTRIP 27 26/06/1941 Boatswain TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
ROBISON FREDERICK WILLIAM 38 26/06/1941 Second Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
SCOTT GEORGE NIMMO 24 26/06/1941 Assistant Cook TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
SOWA BONZ 28 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
SWAN EDWARD 38 26/06/1941 Third Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
TOBY JOHN 45 26/06/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
TURNER GEORGE THOMAS 28 26/06/1941 Third Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
WAUGH THOMAS 20 26/06/1941 Assistant Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.


River Thames

She was a 88 grt tug that sank on 21 December 1940 after hitting a mine at position 51° 28’ N, 00° 46’ E.

River Thames

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on River Thames

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
BRIGNALL GEORGE 46 21/12/1940 Fireman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
KING HERBERT CHARLES 26 21/12/1940 Mate TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.
MOCKETT WILLIAM GEORGE 52 21/12/1940 Leading Hand TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 87.


River Trent

She was a 246 grt motor cargo ship that survived the war. She was damaged on 11 July 1941 on hitting a mine at position 53° 00’ N, 01° 15’ E.

River Trent

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on River Trent

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
FORD JAMES 23 18/01/1944 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.


Robert L. Holt

She was a 2,918 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 4 July 1941 by gunfire from German submarine U-69 at position 24° 15’ N, 20° 00’ W. There was an exchange of fire with the ship over more than two hours during which the submarine records firing 102 HE rounds, 34 incendiary rounds plus fire from machine guns.

There were no survivors

Robert L Holt

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on Robert L. Holt

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
ATKINS MATTHEW CHARLES 37 04/07/1941 Chief Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
BLACKBURN JOHN 23 04/07/1941 Assistant Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
COWAN WILLIAM 56 04/07/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
CREE DAVID 32 04/07/1941 Second Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
DUNCAN 25 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
ENE JAMES E. 35 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
FRASER COLIN NORMAN 38 04/07/1941 Boatswain TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
FYNN RICHARD SAMUEL 32 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
GREEN WILLIAM 25 04/07/1941 Assistant Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
HARDING PHILLIP JOHN 17 04/07/1941 Cabin Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
HELLAWELL CLAUDE 20 04/07/1941 Second Radio Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
HILLIER JOHN 42 04/07/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
ISHERWOOD JOSEPH 36 04/07/1941 Assistant Cook TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
JACKSON THOMAS 44 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
JOHANSON JOHN 20 04/07/1941 Assistant Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
KENDALL JOHN ALEXANDER 50 04/07/1941 Master TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
LAMIN BRIEN 35 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
LLOYD WILLIAM GERARD 30 04/07/1941 Cook TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
MARTIN DAVID 20 04/07/1941 Ordinary Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
MAWSON CLARENCE LANCASTER 20 04/07/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
METCALFE JOHN JOSEPH 16 04/07/1941 Deck Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
MOULTON RAYMOND 49 04/07/1941 Chief Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
McCONVILLE FRANCIS 36 15/04/1943 Able Seaman LIVERPOOL (FORD) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY Sec. R.F. Grave 381.
McCONVILLE JAMES 35 04/07/1941 Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
McDONNELL WILLIAM EDWARD 19 04/07/1941 Sailor TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
O'BRIEN LAWRENCE 60 04/07/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
O'NEILL ANDREW 19 04/07/1941 Sailor TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
ODONKER RAPHAEL DRAH 34 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
RAE WILLIAM 41 04/07/1941 First Radio Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
ROGERS HENRY JOHN 32 04/07/1941 Third Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
ROSS ROBERT MERRICK 26 04/07/1941 Fourth Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
SAYLE THOMAS STEPHEN De NOYSE 36 04/07/1941 Second Engineer Officer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
SIGLEY JOHN ALBERT 35 04/07/1941 Chief Steward TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
SOLOMON CHARLES 36 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
TAYLOR WILLIAM 27 04/07/1941 Able Seaman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
TICKLE TOM 40 04/07/1941 Head Fireman TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
VINCENT LAURENCE 38 04/07/1941 Carpenter TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
WALKER BOLAJI 32 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
WALKER JOHN 37 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
WILLIAMS GEORGE CLAUDE 25 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
WILLIAMS GEORGE L. 36 04/07/1941 Fireman and Trimmer TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.
WRIGHT HARRY 16 04/07/1941 Deck Boy TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.


Robin Goodfellow

She was a 6,939 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 25 July 1944 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-862 at position 20° 03’ S, 14° 21’ W. This was an American vessel with just one UK crew member. Overall 33 crewmen and 27 armed guards lost their lives in the attack.

There were no survivors

Robin Goodfellow

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on Robin Goodfellow

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
ENDWIG KENNETH JACK 25 25/07/1944 Sailor TOWER HILL MEMORIAL Panel 88.


Rockforest

She was a 233 grt steam tug that survived the war. According to the CWGC, the Date of Death of Mr Cannell, who was Chief Engineer Officer, was 12 September 1945. He appears to have been buried at Corozal American Military Cemetary and came from Lytham St Annes where I now live. Information on how Mr Cannell lost his life can be found on the Queries and Omissions page under 'Queries '.

Rockforest

UK and Commonwealth Merchant Navy Seamen Recorded as Lost on Rockforest

Surname Forename Age D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref
CANNELL MAURICE ROBERT 45 12/09/1945 Chief Engineer Officer COROZAL AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERY Sec. K. Row 8. Grave 8.