Vessels Lost in WW1: Moorside to Myrtle Branch

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.

Moorside

Moorside was a 311 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1908 by Dundee Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for Catcheside Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by T. H. Catcheside & Co. She was sunk on 12 November 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-66 off Boulogne. She was en route from Leith to France with a cargo of cargo.

Moorside
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Andrews Charles 36 12/11/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Jane Andrews. Born At Montrose.
Darby George Edward Cecil 18 12/11/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Edward And Barbara Adelaide Darby, Of 19, Rodney St., Ramsgate, Kent.
Dring S.J. 12/11/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Mathews George William 35 12/11/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ann Whyatt (Formerly Mathews); Husband Of Edith Mathews (Nee Taylor), Of 82, Tyler St., Ipswich. Born At Preston.
Oldridge George Frederick 32 12/11/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Oldridge, Of 35, Alexandra St., Goole, And The Late Elizabeth Oldridge.
Stephenson William 32 12/11/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Stevenson). Son Of John Thomas And Elizabeth Stephenson; Husband Of Lavinia Stephenson (Nee Wilson), Of 7, South St., James St., Goole. Born At Goole.
Thompson Leonard Dobson 46 12/11/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Leonard And Isabella Thompson; Husband Of Annie Thompson (Nee Brooks), Of 3, Hamilton Terrace, North Shields. Born At Jarrow.

Mordenwood

Mordenwood was a 3,125 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1910 by Ropner & Sons Ltd. for Constantine & Pickering Steamship Co. From 1917 she was owned by Joseph Constantine. She was sunk on 19 May 1917 by torpedo fired by Austrian submarine U-29 at position 35° 02' N, 22° 05' E - approximately 90 nautical miles South-East by South of Cape Matapan.

Mordenwood
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Arnsby Cecil Edward 17 18/05/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Edward And Minnie Arnsby (Nee Ward), Of 27, Whitworth Rd., Grangetown, Yorks. Born At Heanor, Derbyshire.
Boudau Louis 27 18/05/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Chili.
Coronada Juan 48 18/05/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sra Rosario Fernandez V. De Coronada. Born In Chile.
Dean Joseph Hunter 37 18/05/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry And Eliza Jane Dean, Of 29, Stanhope Rd., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Edwardsen P 34 18/05/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Erikson L 29 18/05/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Brita Erikson, Of Ljungby, Sweden.
Hamilton W 27 18/05/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Sarah Hamilton, Of 20, Robson St., South Shields.
Hampton David 48 18/05/1917 First Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Helen Hampton; Husband Of Georgina Hampton (Nee Sutherland), Of 322, Leith Walk, Leith. Born At Leith.
Hickings Benjamin Ernest 35 18/05/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emily Ross Hickings, Of 7, Caroline Place, Bristol, And The Late William Hickings. Born At Bristol.
Jamieson George Fraser 41 18/05/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of James and Bessie Jamieson, of East Yell, Shetland; husband of the late Barbara E. Jamieson. Mr. Jamieson was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 27 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
McNeil C.R. 63 18/05/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Edinburgh.
Morgan Harold 22 18/05/1917 Chief Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Annie Morgan, Of Chipchase Castle, Wark, Northumberland. Born At Todmorden.
Noble William 36 18/05/1917 Fireman and Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Margaret Noble; Husband Of Jane Noble (Nee Peel), Of 94, Poachin S Buildings, Willington Quay, Northumberland. Born At Spennymoor.
Rendall W.G. 18/05/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Rodman Frank Axel 48 18/05/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Johan And Johann Frederica Rodman; Husband Of Isabella Rodman (Nee Scott), Of 11, Front St., North Shields, Northumberland. Born In Finland.
Ruddy James William 38 18/05/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Francis P. And Mary Ruddy; Husband Of Mary Elizabeth Ruddy (Nee Watson), Of 8, King St., North Shields. Born At North Shields.
Smith F 16 18/05/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Barrow.
Wanless Robert 16 18/05/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert And Edith Wanless, Of 2, Lennox St., Middlesbrough, Yorks.
Welch William James 22 18/05/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ada Assman, (Formerly Welch), Of 32, Barry Road, Barry Dock, Glam., And The Late Charles Welch. Born At Barnstaple, Devon.
Whitehouse John 17 18/05/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Eliza Mary Whitehouse (Nee Whitcomb), Of 42, Surrey St., South Bank-On-Tees, Yorks. Born At Ormesby.
Wyndham Henry Nicholas 27 18/05/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary Ann Wyndham, Of 44, Pembroke Rd., Canton, Cardiff. Born At Cardiff.

Moresby

Moresby was a 1,763 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1882 by Raylton Dixon & Co. for H.Konow et al as Jacob Christensen. At the time of her loss she was owned by Moresby Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Moller & Co. She was sunk on 28 November 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-39 at position 32° 36' N, 28° 38' E - approximately 120 nautical miles North-West by North of Alexandria. She was en route from Saigon to Dunkirk with a cargo of rice.

Moresby
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hyde William 43 28/11/1916 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Greenock.
Macdonald Donald 27 28/11/1916 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Norman and Christy Macdonald, of 39, Lower Shaders, Barras, Stornoway, Ross-shire. Mr. Macdonald was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 18 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Prince Albert L. 38 28/11/1916 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Saint John, New Brunswick.

Morwenna

Morwenna was a 1,385 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1904 by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. for Ardeola Steamship Co. Ltd. From 1912 she was owned by St. Lawrence Shipping Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 26 May 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-41 at position 50° 27' N, 08° 44' W - approximately 72 nautical miles South by East of Fastnet. She was en route from Cardiff to Sydney in ballast.


The CWGC database has this ship incorrectly entered as Morvvenna.

Morwenna
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Corrigan Thomas 25 26/05/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And Elizabeth Corrigan, Of Trepassey, Newfoundland.

Mount Temple

Mount Temple was a 8,790 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1901 by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. for Elder, Dempster & Co. From 1916 she was owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Ocean Lines. She was captured on 6 December 1916 by German raider Möwe approximately 620 nautical miles West by South of Fastnet Rock after a brief gun battle. Over 100 passengers and crew were taken prisoner and the ship scuttled with explosives. She was en route from Montreal to Brest with a general cargo and horses.

In 1912, Mount Temple had been one of the vessels responding to the distress signals from Titanic but stopped short of helping as the ship's Master claimed that the ice "was too thick to pass through".

Mount Temple
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Baker G 06/12/1916 Seaman Halifax Memorial Panel 3.
Janssen F 61 06/12/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sweden.
Karim Baqir 06/12/1916 Seaman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Oddy William 38 06/12/1916 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Gilbert). Son Of The Late Joseph And Mary Oddy; Husband Of Sarah Annie Oddy (Nee Douglas), Of 154, Walton Village, Liverpool. Born At Bradford.

Muirfield

Muirfield was a 3,086 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by J. Readhead & Sons for Doughty Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by H. Doughty & Co. She was sunk on 12 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-49 at position 50° 30' N, 18° 30' W - approximately 350 nautical miles North-West of Fastnet. She was en route from Portlant to Dublin with a cargo of wheat.

Muirfield
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
McDermott 36 11/07/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Enniskillen.
Rice Thomas Arthur 26 11/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary And The Late Thomas Rice; Husband Of Elizabeth Rice (Nee Cary), Of 30, Warburton St., Hall Lane, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Munificent

Munificent was a 3,273 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1892 by Short Bros. for James Westoll. She was attacked on two occasions:

  • 16 December 1914: She was attacked by gunfire from a German warship off West Hartlepool. One seaman lost his life.
  • 1 March 1917: She was sunk at position 50° 55' N, 01° 32' E - approximately 3.5 nautical miles North-North-West of Cape Griz Nez. It is not clear whether this was by torpedo or striking a mine. She was en route from the Tyne to Dunkirk with a cargo of coal.
Munificent
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Gray William 23 16/12/1914 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Annie Gray.
Saffery Thomas 27 01/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In California.
Satterwhite 27 01/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Kentucky.
Suzuki 34 01/03/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Japan.

Murcia

Murcia was a 4,871 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1915 by Short Bros. Ltd. for English & American Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by C. T. Bowring & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 2 November 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-74 at position 31° 26' N, 32° 21' E - approximately 12 nautical miles NOrth of Port Said. She was en route from Bassein to Marseille with a cargo of rice and gunnies. (As far as I can work out, 'gunnies' refers to a coarse-wearing fabric usually made from jute and used for sacking etc.)

Murcia
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Madsen Peter Anton 57 08/11/1918 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Anton And Mary Madsen; Husband Of Margaret Madsen (Nee Lewis), Of 7, Rosslyn Rd., Newport, Mon. Born In Denmark.

Myrmidon

Myrmidon was a 4,965 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1905 by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd for China Mutual Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. and managed by A. Holt & Co. She was damaged on 7 September 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-54 at position 37° 10' N, 06° 51' E. She was beached at Philippeville and refloated and repaired. She was en route from Cardiff to Alexandria with a cargo of coal.

Myrmidon
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hendricksen Hubert 27 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Trinidad.
Khalifa Usman 07/09/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

Myrtle Branch

Myrtle Branch was a 3,741 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd. for Hine Bros as Isel Holme. From 1907 she was owned by Nautilus Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by F. & W. Ritson. She was sunk on 11 April 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-73 approximately 9 nautical miles North-East by North of Inistrahull. She was en route from Coronel and Newport News to Liverpool with a general cargo and mineral ores.

Myrtle Branch
Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ah Sing 11/04/1918 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Ah Tong 11/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Clinkscales Edward 22 11/04/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edward And Emily Clinkscales (Nee Watts), Of 72, Hamilton Rd., Rutherglen, Glasgow. Born At Marygold, Berwickshire.
Donald George 11/04/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Fok Lee 11/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Forbes Frederick William 38 11/04/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Alice Elizabeth Caroline Forbes, Of Laurel Cottage, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry. Born At North Shields.
Hu Sing Yung 11/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Kan Chai 11/04/1918 Chief Steward Hong Kong Memorial
Kan Lung 11/04/1918 Quartermaster Hong Kong Memorial
Lum Sing 11/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Richardson Thomas 35 11/04/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Francis And Elizabeth Richardson (Formerly Proud), Of 3, Ivanhoe Crescent, Sunderland. Born At Sunderland.
Wan Soo 11/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Wang Han 11/04/1918 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial