Vessels Lost in WW1: Ilaro to Industria

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.

Ilaro

Ilaro was a 2,799 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1895 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. for African Steamship Co. and managed by Elder, Dempster & Co. She sank on 23 October 1915 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-5 approximately 4 nautical miles East of Dungeness. She was en route from Forcados to Hull with a cargo of palm kernels and maize.

Ilaro
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Blair Stephen Robert 46 23/10/1915 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Isabella Blair (Nee Gibbon), Of 45, Roker Park Rd., Sunderland. Born At Hull.

Ilston

Ilston was a 2,426 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1015 by Dunlop, Bremner & Co. Ltd. for Swansea Steamers Ltd. and managed by Richards, Turpin (Shipping) Ltd. She was sunk on 30 June 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-23 at position 49° 56' N, 05° 07' W - approximately 4 nautical miles South-East of The Lizard. She was en route from Swansea to France with railway material.

Ilston Ilston
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ali Hasan 30/06/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Cave Henry 41 30/06/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Sarah Cave; Husband Of Mary Jane Cave, Of 103, Chester Rd., West Hartlepool. Born At St. Helier, Jersey.
Gent Charles William 29 30/06/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Reginald Hamilton Gent And Elizabeth Gent, Of 36, Pentreguinea Rd., Swansea.
Hinson Nelson 18 30/06/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Anna Maria Hinson, Of Church Plain, Wells, Norfolk.
Richards Joseph 30/06/1917 Signalman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Richards was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 28 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Said Nusair 30/06/1917 Donkeyman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

Ilvington Court

Ilvington Court was a 4,217 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for Dalecrest Steamship Co. Ltd. as Dalecrest. From 1915 she was owned by Court Line Ltd. and managed by Haldin & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 6 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-34 at position 36° 43' N, 02° 06' E - approximately 8 nautical miles North-West by West of Cape Cherchell. She was en route from Barry to Malta with a coal and a general cargo. A history of this ship can be found on the Benjidog Ship Histories website HERE.

Ilvington Court
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Dixon William Henry 63 06/12/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Elizabeth Dixon; Husband Of Isabella Dixon (Nee Bell), Of 47, Norfolk St., North Shields. Born At Penshaw.
Gillies Kenneth 25 06/12/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Gillies, Of Eriskay, South Uist, Inverness-Shire, And The Late Donald Gillies.
MacDonald Norman 22 06/12/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Marion MacDonald, Of Drinishadder, Tarbert, Harris, Inverness.
McLennan Norman 23 06/12/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Norman And Catherine McLellan (Nee Cunningham). Born At Harris, Inverness.
Mullally James 45 06/12/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial (Served As McNally). Son Of The Late Patrick And Johanna Mullally; Husband Of The Late Mary Mullally (Nee Reilly). Born At Rathdowney, Queen S Co.
Power Michael 59 06/12/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Lawrence, And Catherine Power. Born At Waterford.
Salter Frederick William 20 06/12/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frederick And Esther Williams Salter (Nee Holes), Of 2, Argyle Rd., Dorchester Rd., Weymouth. Born At Portsmouth.
Tait Charles 23 06/12/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Tait, Of Springfield Cottage, Culcabock, Inverness. Born At Inverness.

Imber

Imber was a 2,154 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1914 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Ltd. for Cork Steamship Co. Ltd. She was damaged on 13 July 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-50 at position 39° 14' N, 18° 38' E - South of Cape St. Maria di Leuca. She was en route from Taranto to an unknown destination. However this does not account for the death of Mr. Morris and I have not been able to discover any information about this.

Imber
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Morris Charles Thomas 49 26/01/1918 First Officer Tower Hill Memorial Addenda Panel

Imperial Queen

Imperial Queen was a 246 GRT steam trawler completed in 1914 by Dundee Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for Great Northern Steam Fishing Co. At the time of her loss she was owned by Imperial Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. and registered in Grimsby as GY 502. She departed Grimsby on 22 July 1920 and was last reported as seen on 30 July 1920. She is believed to have struck a mine in the North Sea.

There were no survivors

Imperial Queen
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref Additional Information
Williamson Richard 39 28/07/1920 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Christy Williamson, And The Late Mrs. Williamson; Husband Of Sarah Agatha Williamson, Of 77, Neville St., New Cleethorpes. Born In Ireland.
Boyington Horace 40 28/07/1920 Engineman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Boyington, Of 142, Newmarket St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Byrne William 26 28/07/1920 Spare Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Byrne, Of 93, Castle St., Grimsby. Born In Ireland.
Chapman Walter Alfred 65 28/07/1920 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Susan Chapman; Husband Of The Late Mrs. Chapman. Born At Barking, Essex.
Croucher Dan Geoffrey 17 28/07/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emily Louisa Davies (Formerly Croucher), Of 94, Tunnard St., Grimsby, And The Late Harry Croucher.
Fletcher Thomas Martin 36 28/07/1920 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Fletcher; Husband Of Sarah Jane Fletcher, Of 16, Railway Tea Gardens St., Grimsby. Born At Hull.
Hill Charles Ernest 50 28/07/1920 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of E. J. Hill, Of 12, Garnett St., Cleethorpes.
Jacobsen John Thomas 17 28/07/1920 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Benedictus And Alice Ann Jacobsen, Of 12, Garibaldi St., Grimsby.
McIver Sidney Ernest 28 28/07/1920 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. McIver; Husband Of Arabella McIver (Nee Hamilton), Of 4, Barcroft St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Norwich.
Richardson Francis Morton Titherton 33 28/07/1920 Second Engineman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Richardson. Born At Newark.
Russell Albert Edward 21 28/07/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Julia Russell; Husband Of Mabel Russell (Nee Bonner), Of 14, Sussex St., New Cleethorpes. Born At East Barkwith, Lincs.

Imperialist

Imperialist was a 346 GRT steam trawler completed in 1811 by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd. for Imperial Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. She sank on 6 September 1914 after striking a mine laid by German warship Albatross approximately 40 nautical miles East-North-East of Tynemouth. She was en route from Iceland to Hull.

Imperialist
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Jackson Thomas William 38 06/09/1914 Spare Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Lavinia Jackson; Husband Of Elizabeth Jackson (Nee Dale), Of 5, John S Terrace, Walcott St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Wood Joseph 06/09/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial

Impulse

Impulse was a steam trawler based in Ramsgate but I have been unable to find out any further information about her size, construction or owner. She appears to have been destroyed by a mine on 5 April 1919.

There were no survivors


An entry in the local newspaper from 1919 (I only have a secondary reference so don't know the actual source) is quoted below:

After having had over 40 smacks sunk by the enemy during the war, the Ramsgate fishing industry has suffered another loss, that of the motor-vessel Impulse which is believed to have been blown up by a submerged mine, No trace of the crew has been found, but fragmentary remains of the vessel have been landed by the sailing fishing vessel Era which reported hearing a violent explosion near the Tongue lightship early on Saturday morning.....
Impulse
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Blay William Frederick 48 05/04/1919 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Florence Caroline Blay (Nee Wood), Of 1, Alliance Rd., Ramsgate. Also Served On H.M. Troopship Princess Victoria, Running From Folkestone To France. Born At Egham, Surrey.
Bushell Henry 50 05/04/1919 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Tamasene Bushell; Husband Of Eliza Jane Bushell (Nee Cox), Of 2, Hereson Rd., Ramsgate. Born At Ramsgate.
Mynheer Daniel 05/04/1919 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Revell William 45 05/04/1919 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Foster And Sarah Agnes Revell; Husband Of Rose Emma Revell (Nee Smith), Of 19, Sydney Rd., Ramsgate. Born At Ramsgate.

Incentive

Incentive was a 83 GRT steel steam drifter completed in 1910 by Cochrane & Sons of Selby for C. & R. Harvey Ltd. of Kessingland, Lowestoft and registered as LT.581. She sailed from Lowestoft for the North Sea fishing grounds on 27 May 1915 and was not seen again. She is presumed to have struck a mine but this cannot be confirmed.

There were no survivors

Incentive
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Eade Lewis 28/05/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Brinded Edward 33 28/05/1915 Stoker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas Brinded; Husband Of Florence Brinded, Of 96, Carlton Rd., Lowestoft. Born At Mutford, Suffolk.
Clarke William George 28/05/1915 First Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. E. Lewis (Formerly Clarke), Of 19, Stamford St., Lowestoft.
Eade John 28/05/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Ward (Formerly Eade), Of 24, Motton Rd., Lowestoft.
Lynes George 28/05/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of C. M. Lynes, Of 45, East St., Lowestoft.
Muirhead Edward Graham 28/05/1915 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of C. Muirhead, Of 81 Raglan St., Lowestoft.
Summers Alexander 28/05/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. E. Summers, Of 36, Denmark Rd., Lowestoft.
White Arthur 26 28/05/1915 Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ada White, Of 6, Beckham Rd., Lowestoft.

Indore

Indore was a 7,300 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1898 by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd for J.H.Welsford & Co. She was damaged on 25 July 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-62 approximately 20 nautical miles North-North-West of Rathlin Island. She was en route from Liverpool to Galvaston in ballast. She was beached, refloated and repaired and survived the war being finally broken up in 1926.

Indore
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Boyce P.O. 30 27/11/1918 Chief Officer Paignton Cemetery 2909 Son Of Osmond Boyce (I.S.C.), And Edith Mary Boyce; Husband Of Florence Eveline Boyce, Of Dinsdale, Manor Rd., Paignton.
Hemans Blankson 22 25/07/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Cape Coast.
Taylor George 27 25/07/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Accra.

Industria

Industria was a 133 GRT steam trawler completed in 1887 by Cook, Welton & Gemmell for F. & T. Ross Ltd. and registered at Hull as H.14. She was stopped on 25 March 1917 by German submarine UC-75 off the coast of Scotland and the vessel scuttled.

Industria Industria
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Acum John Henry 17 21/03/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alfred Cheetham Blythe Acum, And Ada Acum, Of 18, Ireland Terrace, Gillett St., Hull.
Barks Thomas 65 21/03/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Anston.
Burnett Walter 53 21/03/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William George And Eliza Burnett; Husband Of Elizabeth Ann Burnett (Nee Wright), Of 380, Boulevard, Hull. Born At Hull.
Carney Peter 42 21/03/1917 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Carney, Of 22, Gillett St., Hull. Born At Dundee.
Hass Thomas Martin Graham 30 21/03/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emil And Elizabeth Hass; Husband Of Ellen Hass (Nee Parkinson), Of 13, Emilys Grove, Brighton St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Parker Ernest Charles 21/03/1917 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Parker Sydney William 37 21/03/1917 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Wilson, John). Son Of The Late James And Sarah Ann Parker; Husband Of Alice Maude Parker (Nee Wills), Of 5, Arthur S Avenue, Havelock St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Watson Ernest Elijah 26 21/03/1917 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Markham, Norfolk.
Williamson Ernest 35 21/03/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Williamson, And The Late John William Williamson; Husband Of Isabella Williamson (Nee Harrison), Of 17, Clifton Terrace, Beverley Rd., Hull. Born At Goole.