Fishing Vessels Lost in WW2 Recorded on the Memorial at Tower Hill: Bromelia to Compaganus

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 [7].

Bromelia

She was a 242 grt steam trawler that sank off Iceland on or about 25 June 1942. The cause of her loss is unknown.

There were no survivors

Bromelia

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Charles Frederick Bore 44 22/06/1942 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 44
Ralph Herbert Clark 51 22/06/1942 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 51
Leo Corcoran 38 22/06/1942 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 38. Son of John and Julia Corcoran; husband of Eliza Ann Cocoran of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Sidney Victor Cuthbert 44 22/06/1942 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 44
Edward Abraham Edwards 60 22/06/1942 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 60
William Ellis 34 22/06/1942 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 34. Kings Commendation for Brave Conduct. Husband of A.G. Ellis of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
James Hitchman 48 22/06/1942 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 48. Husband of Clara E. Hitchman of West Marsh Grimsby Lincolnshire.
John Henry Nicholls 41 22/06/1942 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 41. Husband of Clara Annie Nicholls of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
William Osgothorpe 49 22/06/1942 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 49
Frederick Arthur Perrin 46 22/06/1942 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 46
Thomas Rogers 41 22/06/1942 First Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 41. Son of John David and Harriet Ann Rogers; husband of Catherine Rogers.
James Rolf 48 22/06/1942 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 48
William Edward Webb 51 22/06/1942 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 51

Caerphilly Castle

She was a 275 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 27 January 1941 by aircraft bombing at position 52° 35’ N, 12° 00’ W.

Caerphilly Castle

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Cecil Cole 31 27/01/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Cole; husband of Florence A. Cole of Hafod Swansea.
John Anderson Dempster 38 27/01/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 38. Son of Robert and Martha Dempster; husband of Ada Margaret Dempster of Swansea.
John Pattison 50 27/01/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 50. Husband of Florence Pattison of Swansea.

Caledonian

She was a 8 grt fishing vessel of unknown propulsion that was sunk on 12 February 1941 as a result of an explosion whilst handling nets and it is presumed that she fished up a mine. Location not known at this time.

Caledonian

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Donald John Burnett 17 12/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 17. Son of Murdoch and Isabella Burnett of Strathcarron Ross and Cromarty.
Donald Macrae 39 12/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 39
Murdo Alexander Macleod 39 12/02/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 39. Son of Kenneth and Johan MacLeod of Kishorn Ross and Cromarty.

Carlton

She was a 207 grt steam drifter that sank on 25 October 1940 after hitting a mine at a position 3.5 miles from Spurn Head on a bearing of 131.5°.

Carlton

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Edwin Blanchard 58 25/10/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 58
Gilbert Bramwell Clarke 34 25/10/1940 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery Sec. 120. Row D. Grave 22. Age 34
Henry Foster Duncan 33 25/10/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 33
Joseph Laurentz East 59 25/10/1940 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 59
Basil Edwards 58 25/10/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 58
John Francis Fitzpatrick 43 25/10/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 43
Harry Hall 50 25/10/1940 First Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 50. Son of George and Sarah Ann Hall.
Albert Edward Lancaster 38 25/10/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 38
Frederick Amos Miles 52 25/10/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 52. Husband of A. A. Miles of Gosforth Newcastle-on-Tyne.
William Henry Wilson 54 25/10/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 54

Carry On

She was a 93 grt steam drifter that wank on 17 December 1940 after hitting a mine at a position East of the Nore Sand Light Vessel.

Carry On

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Gordon Eric Baxter 25 17/12/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 25
George William Burgess 21 17/12/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 21. Son of Frederick Henry Allan Burgess and Winifred Elsie Burgess.
Leonard Claud Chase 62 17/12/1940 Deck Hand Merchant Navy United Kingdom Carlton Colville (St. Peter) Churchyard Age 62. Son of George and Phyliss Elizabeth Chase; husband of Laura Mary Chase of Carlton Colville.
Robert William Lewis 57 17/12/1940 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 57
George Alfred Mullender 66 17/12/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 66. Son of George and Elizabeth Mullender; husband of Claribel Mullender of Pakefield Suffolk.
Ernest Harper Smith 49 17/12/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Lowestoft (Beccles Road) Cemetery Sec. 15A Grave 254. Age 49. Son of James Pye Smith and Ellen Smith; husband of Edith Maud Smith of Lowestoft.

Castleton

She was a 211 grt steam trawler that sank on 28 June 1940 in the vicinity of The Orkney Islands. The cause of her loss is unknown but could have been German submarine U-102 which was operating in the area but which was lost during the patrol and unable to report.

There were no survivors

Castleton

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Henry George Cook 56 28/06/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Flotta Parish Churchyard Age 56. Son of Richard and Martha Cook; husband of Jessie Maud Cook of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Charles James Dillon 45 28/06/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 45. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Charles Dillon.
Thomas George Hubbard 50 28/06/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 50
Leslie Albert Osborne 19 28/06/1940 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Edward Osbome; husband of Evelyn Freda Osborne of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
John Dennis Ryan 40 28/06/1940 Sailor Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Kirkwall (St. Olafs) Cemetery Plot 6. Grave 9. Age 40
Walter Sibley 43 28/06/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 43. Son of George William and Anne Sibley; husband of Florence Sibley of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
John Thomas Squire 37 28/06/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 37
William Stewart 53 28/06/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 53. Son of Alexander and Helen Stewart; husband of Christina Stewart of Buckie Banffshire.
John Allen Webb 45 28/06/1940 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 45. Husband of A. E. Webb of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire.
Alexander Campbell Mclintock White 64 28/06/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Lady Old Churchyard Age 64

Charmouth

She was a 195 grt steam trawler that was damaged on 27 November 1940 by aircraft bombing and gunfire. She sank on 14 November 1946 after hitting a mine at a position off Ballycotton.

Charmouth

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William James Boast 65 14/11/1946 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 65
Edward Vernon Dyble 19 14/11/1946 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 19. Son of Edward James Dyble and Iris Elsie Dyble of Hakin Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.
Dennis Charles Harries 28 14/11/1946 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 28. Son of Thomas and Ruby Francis Farmer; grandson of Ada Honeybourne of Pembroke Dock.
Richard William John 29 14/11/1946 Deck Hand Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 29. Husband of I. M. John of Ynysboeth Glamorgan.
William Robert Jones 22 14/11/1946 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 22. Son of Robert and Elenor Jones; husband of Florence Doreen Jones of Hakin Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.
Ernest Frederick Olney 37 14/11/1946 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 37
William Frederick Reid 49 14/11/1946 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 49. Husband of Alice Anne Reid of Hakin Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.
George Alfred Thomas Scriven 21 14/11/1946 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 21. Son of George Scriven and of Victoria May Scriven of Hakin Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.
Richard Sharp 54 14/11/1946 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 54. Husband of C. E. Sharp of Hull.

Christabelle

She was a 203 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 27 February 1941 at position 61° 27’ N, 06° 05’ W. The cause seems to have been a mine but it is not clear whether this was a British or enemy device and there are conflicting accounts about this.

Christabelle

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Cormack Craig 48 26/02/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 48
Harry Goodwin 26 26/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 26
George Fraser Harper 48 26/02/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 48. Husband of M. Harper of Aberdeen.
Harry Robert Lead 37 26/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 37
James Craig Mcbain 42 26/02/1941 Second Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 42. Son of James Craig McBain and J. McBain; husband of Violet McBain of Aberdeen.
Alexander Stephen Officer Niven 46 26/02/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 46. Husband of Isabella Niven of Aberdeen.
Joseph James Rasmussen 66 26/02/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 66
Peter Walter Riley 50 26/02/1941 First Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 50
John Charles Sutherland 40 26/02/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 40
Sidney Shepherd Weir 24 26/02/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 24. Son of Sidney Shepherd Weir and Lavinia Gatens Weir of Edinburgh.

Commander Horton

She was a 227 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 27 April 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-552 at position 62° 00' N, 16° 00' W.

There were no survivors

Commander Horton

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Harry Canvess 43 26/04/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 43
William Curtis 55 26/04/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 55. Husband of Minnie E. Curtis of Hull.
John William Dawson 53 26/04/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 53. Son of Richard and Ann Dawson; husband of Lily Dawson of Hull.
John Hadfield 27 26/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 27. Son of John and Elsie Grace Hadfield of Hull; husband of Irene Hadfield of Anlaby Common Yorkshire.
James William Hall 44 26/04/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 44. Son of Henry Francis and Kate Eliza Hall of Hull. His brother Albert Edward also fell.
Miles Leake 30 26/04/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 30. Husband of Edna Leake of Hull.
Ernest Lewis 43 26/04/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 43
Leonard Mayes 38 26/04/1941 Spare Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 38. Husband of Mary Mayes of Hessle. Yorkshire.
Norman Frederick Osborne 19 26/04/1941 Spare Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 19. Son of Harold Victor and Nora Osborne of Arnold Nottinghamshire.
Frank A. Pickworth 34 26/04/1941 Spare Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 34
Edwin James Randall 55 26/04/1941 Spare Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 55. Husband of Caroline Randall. of Hull.
William Henry Stockton 33 26/04/1941 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 33. Husband of Harriet Stockton of Fleetwood Lancashire.
George William Wileman 35 26/04/1941 Boatswain Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 35
John William Wilkinson 46 26/04/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 46. Son of John Thomas Wilkinson and Susanah May Wilkinson; husband of Annie I. Wilkinson of Hessle Yorkshire.

Compaganus

She was a 270 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 17 December 1939 by aircraft bombing at a position 150 miles East-by-North of May Island.

Compaganus

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Swanney 53 17/12/1939 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 124. Age 53


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