Vessels Lost in WW1: J. W. Thompson to John M. Smart

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.

J.W. Thompson

J.W. Thompson was a 186 GRT steam tug completed in 1909 by Dialogue Shipbuilders of Camden New Jersey. She left Cardiff for Kola Bay on 28 February 1917 and was not seen again.

There were no survivors

J W Thompson J W Thompson J W Thompson
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ballantyne Walter W. 46 28/02/1917 Assistant Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Ballantyne, Of 73, Conway Rd., Cardiff. Born At Cardiff.
Carney William 30 28/04/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Mary Ann Carney; Husband Of Gladys Carney (Nee Bowden), Of Ii, Walker Rd., Splott, Cardiff. Born At Glasgow.
Child Allan George 27 28/02/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Louise Child; Husband Of Ellen Child (Nee Gordon), Of 202, Corporation Rd., Bute Docks, Cardiff. Born At Cardiff.
Evans Daniel Edgar 32 28/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Evans (Nee Morris), Of 43, Sophia St., Cardiff, And The Late William Evans.
Georgiadis A 27 28/02/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Roumania.
Gordon A 25 28/02/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born At Cardiff.
Gray H.H.W. 15 28/02/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Born At Birmingham.
Jenkins Albert Edward 35 28/02/1917 Cook and Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Paul And Mary Jenkins; Husband Of Magdalen Jenkins, Of 23, West St., Trowbridge, Wilts. Born At Chepstow.
Lambeth William 56 28/02/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Julia Roberts Lambeth (Nee Dickens), Of 3, Ballina St., Honor Oak Park, London. Born In Norway.
Patterson Walter 56 28/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Grangemouth.
Peace H 30 28/02/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Peace; Husband Of Mary May Peace (Nee John), Of 3, Wells St., Canton, Cardiff. Born At Shrewsbury.
Stavin H 24 28/02/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Roumania.
Swanson David 49 28/02/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Wick.
Thomas John Newton 34 28/02/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John Newton Thomas And Emma Thomas.
Welsh D 50 28/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In U.S.A.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson was a 202 GRT steam trawler completed in 1919 by Hall, Russell & Co. for The Royal Navy as Charles Blight - a "naval trawler". After the war she sold to James Johnson of Scarborough and renamed Jack Johnson. She left Scarborough on 3 September 1920 and on the following day another fishing vessel in the vicinity Stratherrick heard an explosion. The vessel was not seen again and is presumed to have struck a mine.

There were no survivors

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Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cappleman George Henry 51 04/09/1920 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Francis And Annie Cappleman; Husband Of Emily Blanche Cappleman (Nee Coulson), Of 9, Lancaster St., Scarborough. Born At Scarborough.
Crosby Fred 36 04/09/1920 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Harriet Crosby, Of 23, Durham St., Scarborough. Born At Scarborough.
Eves Ernest 28 04/09/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Eves And The Late Edmund Eves; Husband Of Norah Eves, Of 2, Westsandgate, Scarbosough. Born At Scarborough.
Matson Edmund Eves 18 04/09/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Allan And Alice Matson, Of 45, Quay St., Scarborough.
Megginson John 39 04/09/1920 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Steven And Lydia Megginson; Husband Of Jennie Megginson (Nee Morley), Of 41, Longwestgate, Scarborough. Born At Scarborough.
Nightingale Albert 28 04/09/1920 First Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Nightingale, Of 95A, Longwestgate, Scarborough.
Pye John William Claybourne 23 04/09/1920 Clerk Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William John Pye, Of 39, St. Sepulchre St., Scarborough.
Taylor Isaac 44 04/09/1920 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Lucy Taylor, Of 17, Providence Place, Scarborough. Born At Scarborough.
Trotter Harry 23 04/09/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Thomas Trotter, Of 5, Ebenezer Place, Scarborough.
Walker James 04/09/1920 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial

Jacona

Jacona was a 2,969 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1889 by Laing for Rankin Gilmour as Saint Marnock. From 1899 she was owned by W.Thomson & Sons and renamed Jacona. She sank on 12 August 1915 after striking a mine approximately 25 nautical miles North-North-West of Troup Head.

Jacona Jacona
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brown F 18 12/08/1915 2nd Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.
Bruce George 38 12/08/1915 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Bruce, Of 21, Spring Terrace, North Shields. Born At Liverpool.
Cheyne Arthur Duncan 25 12/08/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Andrew And Christina Cheyne; Husband Of Catherine Cheyne (Nee Thomson), Of 67, Prince Regent St., Leith. Born In Shetland.
Cronin C 46 12/08/1915 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Montreal.
Crowden John Bain 27 12/08/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John Bain Crowden And Of Jessie Crowden; Husband Of Catherine Jardine Crowden (Nee Wilson), Of 7, St. Andrew St., Leith. Born At Leith.
Dickens Louis 29 12/08/1915 Second Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Montreal.
Duggan J 37 12/08/1915 Pantryman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Dublin.
Ferguson D 53 12/08/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Argyll.
Fleming Robert Wallace 42 12/08/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Alexander And Mary Fleming (Nee Lindsay). Born At Broughty Ferry.
Ford George 24 12/08/1915 Cattleman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Moffat.
Fraser Magnus 24 12/08/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Elizabeth Fraser, Of Setter Papa Stour, Lerwick, Shetland. Born In Shetland.
Goossens Polydos 48 12/08/1915 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Belgium.
Healy Maurice 18 12/08/1915 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Maurice And Mary Healy, Of Earlville, Aginagh, Macroom, Co. Cork.
Hendry Edward Slaughter 23 12/08/1915 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Annie Hendry (Nee Sturrock), Of 33, Baldwan Terrace, Dundee. Born At Dundee.
Johnstone Andrew 23 12/08/1915 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Janet Johnstone, Of Hillside Cottage, Dale, Sandvoe, Northroe, Lerwick, Shetland. Born At Fraserburgh.
McGhee James 19 12/08/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.
McLaughlan J 45 12/08/1917 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Kilwinning.
Morgan Frederick J. 42 12/08/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Helen Louisa Morgan, Of 2, Wheeler St., Newport, Mon. Born At Newport, Mon.
Mudie David Goodall 31 12/08/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David Goodall Mudie And The Late Ann Mudie (Nee Shepherd); Husband Of Margaret Mudie (Nee Mitchell), Of 21, North Ramsay St., Monifieth, Forfar. Born At Tayport, Fifeshire.
Neave John Mcleod 49 12/08/1915 First Mate Barnhill Cemetery Section M Lair 344. Son Of Catherine And The Late John Neave; Husband Of Sarah Mcpherson Neave (Nee Paterson), Of 6, Alpha Terrace, Broughty Ferry, Forfarshire. Born At Dundee.
Nimmo John 22 12/08/1915 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Nimmo, Of 78, Henderson St., Leith.
Nollet John 34 12/08/1915 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Belgium.
Perry Henry Joseph 33 12/08/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Jane Perry (Nee Mcfarlane), Of 50, Bangor Rd., Leith. Born At Leith.
Semple John 41 12/08/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Millom.
Sinclair J.T. 22 12/08/1915 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of W. Sinclair, Of Haig St., Dunston-On-Tyne. Born At Gateshead.
Tait Magnus T. 27 12/08/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Tait, Of 5, Hamilton St., Leith. Born In Shetland.
Turkington Albert 22 12/08/1915 Cattleman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Turkington, Of 17, Nolver St., Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. Born In Co. Tyrone.
Vandenheuval F 55 12/08/1915 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Belgium.
Vandenheuval Jean 26 12/08/1915 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Belgium.

Jaffa

Jaffa was a 1,594 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1897 by J. Scott & Co. for Bailey & Leetham Ltd. From 1903 she was owned by Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd. She was sunk on 2 February 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-30 approximately 3 nautical miles East by South of the Owers light vessel. She was en route from Boulogne to Southampton in ballast.>

Jaffa
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Biggadike William 28 02/02/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Edward And Charlotte Ann Biggadike; Husband Of Rose Biggadike (Nee Tompkins), Of 3, Heron St., Selby St., Hull. Born At Boston, Lincs.
Friel John 50 02/02/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Hull.
Hawkins George 37 02/02/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Amelia Hawkins; Husband Of Alice Maud Hawkins (Nee Wheal), Of 42, Grosvenor Buildings, Poplar, London. Born At Notting Hill Gate.
Hooley Albert 50 02/02/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Oldham.
MacLachlan Allen 47 02/02/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Mary MacLachlan.
Major Henry William 33 02/02/1918 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Henry William And Emily Major; Husband Of Florence Major (Nee Tait), Of 6, Laurel Villas, Estcourt St., Hull. Born In London.
Richardson Thomas 31 02/02/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Richardson, Of 10, Egypt St., Marfleet, Hull, And The Late Joseph Richardson.
Webb William 36 02/02/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henrietta, And The Late William Webb; Husband Of Margaret Webb (Nee Ponus), Of 14, Garden Suburbs, Lower Village, Shirehampton, Bristol. Born At Poplar, London.
Webber Abel 66 02/02/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Elizabeth Webber; Husband Of Sarah Webber (Nee Pashley), Of 4, Pleasant Place, Goodwin St., Hull. Born At Wembdon, Bridgewater.
Winn William 26 02/02/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Susan And The Late Charles Winn; Husband Of Annie Winn (Nee Knight), Of 287, St. Leonard S Rd., Poplar, London. Born At Stepney, London.

Jane S

Jane S was a "small fishing boat" of 12 GRT from Berwick. She was lost on 14 August 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-42 approximately 11 nautical miles South-East of St. Abb's Head.

There were no survivors

Jane S
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Boyter Thomas 55 14/08/1917 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Mary Boyter; Husband Of Helen Boyter (Nee Brown), Of Rodger St., Cellardyke, Anstruther, Fifeshire. Born At Cellardyke.
Henderson Alexander 29 14/08/1917 Engine Driver Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Andrew And Isabella Henderson; Husband Of Margaret Henderson (Nee Marr), Of 17, Rodger St., Cellardyke, Anstruther, Fifeshire. Born At Cellardyke.
Henderson Andrew 04/08/1917 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Henderson Andrew 27 14/08/1917 Boat Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Andrew And Isabella Henderson; Husband Of Agnes Henderson (Nee Muir), Of 28, James St., Cellardyke, Fifeshire. Born At Cellardyke.
Wilson James 51 14/08/1917 First Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Margaret Wilson; Husband Of Christina Wilson, Of 35, Shore St., Anstruther, Fife. Born At Cellardyke.

Jane Williamson

Jane Williamson was a 197 GRT wooden brigantine sailing vessel completed in 1870 by H. & J. Williamson for R, Kearon. She was sunk by gunfire from German submarine UC-51 at position 50° 32' N, 05° 20' W - approximately 20 nautical miles North-North-East of St. Ives. She was en route from Liverpool to Cherbourg with a cargo of coal. The submarine also shelled the lifeboats and this is how the crew members lost their lives. An inquest was held and the jury returned an unanimous verdict of "wilful and diabolical murder".

Jane Williamson
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cassidy J 10/09/1917 Ordinary Seaman Penzance Cemetery 6. R.C. 7.
Deacon J 10/09/1917 Ordinary Seaman Penzance Cemetery IA. 6.
Kearon Robert Valentine 40 12/09/1917 Master Kilbride Church Of Ireland Churchyard Old Ground.30. Son Of Robert And Anne Kearon, Of Beulah, Ferrybank, Arklow.
Keegan James 10/09/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial

Jersey

Jersey was a 139 GRT steam trawler completed in 1895 by Cochrane & Cooper for Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd. and registered in Hull (probably as H.270) and removed from the Register in 1915. She was lost to "enemy action" on 5 November 1915 approximately 16 nautical miles North-East by East of Spurn Head.

There were no survivors

Jersey
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Evans William Henry 39 05/11/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles And Bessie Evans, Husband Of Florence Evans (Nee Webster), Of 51, Eton St., Hull. Born At Barnstaple.
Hall T 42 05/11/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Hall, Of 15, Prince S Avenue, West Dock St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Hannant James 58 05/11/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Mary Hannant; Husband Of Eliza Hannant (Nee Davis), Of 9, Springfield Villas, Pretoria St., Hull. Born In Norfolk.
Harden John William (Morris J.) 30 05/11/1915 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ellen Harden, Of 24 Somerset St., Hull, And The Late George Henry Harden.
Holness William Albert 33 05/11/1915 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Holness, And The Late Richard Albert Holness; Husband Of Elizabeth Jane Connor Holness (Nee Laurie), Of 10 Lilly Grove, Subway St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Poulsen W 17 05/11/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Poulsen, Of 6, Blanche Grove, Brighton St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Rumble J 05/11/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Wakerley C 23 05/11/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Wakerley, Of 61, Havelock St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Wardell Robert William 37 05/11/1915 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert William And Elizabeth Ellen Wardell; Husband Of Mary Jane Wardell (Nee Parkin), Of 1, Fern Villas, Flinton St., Hull. Born At Hull.

Jessie

Jessie was a 364 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1901 by S. McKnight & Co. Ltd. From 1911 she was owned by Shield Steamship Co. Ltd. for Wm.Rowland and managed by Walker & Bain. She was attacked by gunfire from German submarine UB-35 approximately 3 nautical miles North-East of Flamborough Head. She was en route from Calais to Middlesbrough in ballast. The ship was beached but was a total loss.

Jessie
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Black Patrick 24 02/11/1917 Able Seaman Carnlough (Calvary) Roman Catholic Cemetery A. 61. Son Of Daniel And Margaret Black. Born In Co. Antrim.
Drummond W 02/11/1917 First Engineer Bo Ness Cemetery E. 1516.
Galloway James 35 02/11/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry And Hannah Galloway, Of 20, Abbey Rd., Pittenweem, Fife.
O Gorman John 35 02/11/1917 Captain Carnlough (Calvary) Roman Catholic Cemetery A. 61. Son Of John And Bridget O Gorman; Husband Of Catherine O Gorman, Of The Bay, Glenariffe, Co. Antrim. Born At Carrigaholt, Co. Clare.

John Evelyn

John Evelyn was a 72 GRT spritsail sailing barge completed in 1885 by Braby of Deptford for Vandervord of Southend, Essex. From 1907 she was owned by the London and Rochester Barge Co. Ltd. It appears that the vessel was damaged by a bomb dropped by Zeppelin airship L.13 that inflicted a signficant amount of damage on London on 8 September 1915. John Evelyn was in Millwall Dock at the time and was damaged, but survived as a "House Barge" - whatever that was. I have not idea why the dates of death of Mr.Bowles and Mr. Gladwell are different from one another and from the date of the air raid.

John Evelyn
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bowles Edward John 37 12/09/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial
Gladwell Ernest Frederick 10/09/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial

John H. Barry

John H. Barry was a 3,083 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd. for J.H.Barry & Co. She was sunk on 18 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-52 at position 38° 42' N, 05° 45' E - approximately 104 nautical miles North by West of Cape Bougaroni. She was en route from La Goulette to Barrow with a cargo of iron ore.

John H. Barry
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Billings Hubert 25 18/03/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Jamaica.
Coates Robert 39 18/03/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert And Eleanor Coates; Husband Of Alice Maud Coates, Of 28, Park Terrace, Whitby, Yorks.
Hodgson Edward 28 18/03/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Hodgson (Nee Laird), Of 51, Nelson St., Maryport, Cumberland, And The Late Edward Hodgson.

John Hardie

John Hardie was a 4,372 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1906 by Wm. Hamilton & Co. Ltd. for Corunna Sailing Ship Co. Ltd. From 1908 she was owned by Clutha Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by J. Hardie & Co. She was captured on 6 September 1915 and sunk by gunfire from German submarine U-33 at position 42° 10' N, 11° 15' W - approximately 98 nautical miles West by South of Cape Finisterre. She was en route from Java to Glasgow with a cargo of sugar.

John Hardie
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bettenhaussen Johannes 37 08/09/1915 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In Holland.

John M. Smart

John M. Smart was a 113 GRT steam trawler completed in 1891 by Hepple & Co. for John Smart of North Shields. She was sunk on 12 December 1917 by gunfire from a German torpedo boat destroyer approximately 10 nautical miles East of the Tyne. The trawler Ranter was attacked in the same incident.

John M. Smart
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Coulter George Wharton 43 12/12/1917 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Harriet Coulter. Born At Limerick.
Kenny William John 28 12/12/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William John And Mary Elizabeth Kenny; Husband Of Thora Kenny (Nee Pedersen), Of 4, Beacon St., North Shields. Born At North Shields.
Muddle George Owen 53 12/12/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Morley). Son Of The Late Charles Muddle; Husband Of Johanna Muddle (Nee Smith), Of 35, Coburg St., North Shields. Born At Bucksted.
Walkington Alfred 41 12/12/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George William Walkington And The Late Isabella Walkington; Husband Of Annie Marion Walkington, Of 7A, Howard St., North Shields. Born At Bridlington.