Fishing Vessels Losses in WW2

Mistletoe Naniwa Newhaven
Nisus Noreen Mary Nubia
Ocean Lassie Ocean Victor Oona Hall
Ophir II

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].

Mistletoe

She was a 46 grt motor fishing vessel that was sunk on 15 October 1940 in the Humber River.

Mistletoe

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Ernest Fincham 21 15/10/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 21. Son of Harriet Elizabeth Fincham of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Donald Charles Hockney 37 15/10/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 37
Isaac Jackson 31 15/10/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 31. Husband of E. Jackson of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Charles William Vicars 53 15/10/1940 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Cleethorpes Cemetery Sec. G.G. Grave B.1. Age 53. Son of Charles Foster Vicars and Betsy Vicars; husband of Ruth Annie Vicars of Cleethorpes.

Naniwa

She was a 340 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 16 February 1941 by aircraft bombing at position 52° 15' N, 12° 30' W.

Naniwa

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William James Davis 60 16/02/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 60. Husband of Jane Davis of Roath Cardiff.
George Mace 33 16/02/1941 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 33
William Moore 43 16/02/1941 Boatswain Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 43. Son of Henry and Mary Moore; husband of Jane Elizabeth Moore of Hull.
Arthur Philip Newrick 19 16/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 19. Son of Benjamin Philip Newrick and of Bessie Mabel Newrick of Lowestoft Suffolk.
Victor Patrick Petersonoff 23 16/02/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 23

Newhaven

She was a 162 grt steam trawler that sank on 15 January 1940 after hitting a mine at an estimated position of 18 miles South-South-East of Lowestoft.

Newhaven

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William George Barber 44 15/01/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Son of Robert and Anna Barber; husband of E. Barber of Scole Norfolk.
Arthur Ernest Boyce 47 15/01/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 47. Husband of Beatrice Mary Boyce of Wrentham Suffolk.
Walter Sidney Broughton 24 15/01/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 24
Samuel James William Hood 44 15/01/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Husband of Jenny Florence Hood of Oulton Broad Lowestoft Suffolk.
Herbert Phillip Jeffries 33 15/01/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 33. Son of Herbert and Lucy Jeffries; husband of Edith Jeffries of Lowestoft Suffolk.
Herbert Charles Page 40 15/01/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 40. Husband of F. H. Page of Oulton Broad Suffolk.
Walter Bertie Turrell 41 15/01/1940 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 41. Husband of Grace Laura Turrell of Lowestoft Suffolk.
Edward George Gamble Wright 32 15/01/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 32. Husband of E. E. Wright of Lowestoft Suffolk.

Nisus

She was a 210 grt steam trawler that left Aberdeen on 17 March 1941 for fishing grounds in Faroese Waters. She was officially recorded as missing on 25 June 1941 and a Joint Arbitration Committee considered her lost by war causes on 30 March 1941. The cause of her loss is not known.

There were no survivors

Nisus

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Christie 52 15/03/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 52. Son of Alexander and Elspet Christie; husband of Helen Christie of Aberdeen.
William Craig 44 15/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Son of Joseph and Anne Craig; husband of Georgina Craig of Aberdeen.
Adam Findlay, D C M and Bar; M M and Bar 45 15/03/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 45. Son of William and Annie Findlay; husband of Edith Hay Campbell Findlay of Cullen Banffshire. Also served in The Gordon Highlanders 1914-18.
John William Findlay 30 15/03/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 30. Husband of Louisa S. Findlay of Torry Aberdeen.
David Gault 43 15/03/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 43. Husband of Alexandrina Gault of Aberdeen.
George Holmes 49 15/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 49. Husband of Elspet Jane Holmes of Torry Aberdeen.
John Main 38 15/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 38. Husband of Nellie Main of Aberdeen.
William Ingram Morrice Robb 44 15/03/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Son of George and Barbara Morrice Robb; husband of Georgina Robb of Aberdeen.
James Tyson 39 15/03/1941 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 39. Son of James and Hannah Tyson; husband of Margaret Tyson of Aberdeen.
William Robb Wood 47 15/03/1941 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 47. Son of George and Jane Nisbet Wood; husband of Jessie Hendry Wood of Aberdeen. Also served in R.N.

Noreen Mary

She was a 207 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 5 July 1944 by gunfire from German submarine U-247 at position 58° 30' N, 05° 23' W.

Noreen Mary

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Wilfred Allen 41 05/07/1944 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 41. Son of James and Jane Elizabeth Allen; husband of Marjorie Allen of Scarborough Yorkshire.
Alexander Annan Barnet 58 05/07/1944 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 58
James Findlay Coates 17 05/07/1944 Apprentice Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 17
John Flockhart 54 05/07/1944 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 54. Husband of Christina B. F. Flockhart of Edinburgh.
George Gordon 39 05/07/1944 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 39. Son of George and Elisabeth Gordon; husband of Margaret Gordon of Wallyford Midlothian.
William Jackson 53 05/07/1944 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 53. Son of Cornelious and Margaret Jackson; husband of Mary Ann Jackson of Eyemouth Berwickshire.
Charles Lindsay 52 05/07/1944 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 52
Alexander Mckenzie 44 05/07/1944 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Son of James and Margaret McKenzie.

Nubia

She was a 196 grt steam trawler that sank on 17 October 1941 as a result of a collision with an unknown vessel 6 miles off the River Tyne.

Nubia
Nubia

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Issac Hornby 52 17/10/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 52. Husband of Annie Hornby of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Robert Henry William Johnson 41 17/10/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 41
Thomas Horne Ross 49 17/10/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 49. Son of Alexander and Margaret Ross; husband of Agnes Ross of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire.
John Stanforth 52 17/10/1941 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 52
John Charles Henry Walker 34 17/10/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 34. Son of John Henry and Mary Ann Walker of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Richard Ward 60 17/10/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 60. Husband of Harriet Ward of Grimsby Lincolnshire.

Ocean Lassie

She was a 96 grt drifter that sank on 3 June 1940 after hitting a mine 2¾ cables from Outer Ridge Buoy, Harwich on a bearing of 055°.

Ocean Lassie

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ernest Alfred Beckett 34 03/06/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 34
Charles George Bullock 33 03/06/1940 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 33. Son of Ernest and Laura Edith Bullock of Gorleston-on-Sea Norfolk.
Samuel Cumby 59 03/06/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 59
William Alfred Gibbs 69 03/06/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. C. Grave 34. Age 69. Husband of Elizabeth Jane Gibbs of Southtown Great Yarmouth.
Herbert John Long 49 03/06/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 49. Son of Charles and Emely Long; husband of Nellie Long of Runham Norfolk.
Albert Smith 46 03/06/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 46. Son of James and Rose Hanna Smith; husband of Ivy Annie Smith of Gorleston Great Yarmouth Norfolk.

Ocean Victor

She was a 225 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 8 August 1941 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-206 at a position South-East of Iceland.

There were no survivors

Ocean Victor

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Alexander Grant Addison 25 05/08/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 25
James Roger Bolton 46 05/08/1941 First Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 46
Herbert Munro Hendry Burnett 15 05/08/1941 Apprentice Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 15. Son of Hugh and Isabella Burnett; stepson of Mr. F. Burnett of Woodside Aberdeen.
George William Goodbrand 43 05/08/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 43. Son of George Goodbrand and of Margaret Goodbrand (nee Hay).
Jakob Hejnesen 05/08/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127.
Alexander Innes 32 05/08/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 32. Son of Donald and Mary Ann Innes; husband of Jessie Innes of Aberdeen.
Alexander Stables Innes 46 05/08/1941 Second Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 46
Daniel Joensen 05/08/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127.
James Main 40 05/08/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 40
Kenneth Mckay 45 05/08/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 45
Benjamin Nicolson 44 05/08/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Husband of Violet Victoria Nicolson of Aberdeen.
James Slater 37 05/08/1941 Fisherman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 37. Son of William and Margaret Coule Slater; husband of Matilda Slater of Rosehearty Aberdeenshire.
Marquis Silverstone Slater 44 05/08/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Son of George and Elsphel Slater; husband of Helene Marie Slater of Aberdeen. Formerly Skipper R.N.R.

Oona Hall

She was a 158 grt steam trawler that sank on 28 May 1940 as the result of a collision with French Auxiliary Cruiser Ville D'Algeir at a position 8 miles North-West-by-North of Peel breakwater. There was just one survivor.

Oona Hall

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Joseph William Ainsworth 50 28/05/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 50. Son of William and Mary Ainsworth; husband of Evelyn Simpson Ainsworth of Fleetwood Lancashire.
John Atkin 62 28/05/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 62. Husband of Beatrice Atkin of Fleetwood Lancashire.
James Gardiner 37 28/05/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 37. Son of James and Annie Gardiner; husband of Lilian Gardiner of Fleetwood Lancashire.
Albert Henry Haigh 26 28/05/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 26
Leonard Mclellan 26 28/05/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Fleetwood Borough Cemetery Sec. G. C. of E. Grave 61. Age 26. Husband of J. McLellan of Fleetwood.
John Riding 58 28/03/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 58. Son of James and Matilda Riding; husband of Lillie Emmaline Riding of Thornton Lancashire.
John Wright 39 28/05/1940 Boatswain Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 39. Son of Mrs. E. A. Wright of Fleetwood Lancashire.
John Forrest Wright 40 28/05/1940 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 40. Son of Henry John and Elizabeth A. Wright of Fleetwood Lancashire.

Ophir II

She was a 213 grt steam trawler that sank on 7 September 1941 after hitting a mine at a position 15 miles from Spurn Point in Northern Approach channel.

Ophir II

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Harold Henry James Crisp 45 07/09/1941 Spare Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 45
Cyril Denison 35 07/09/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 35. Husband of C. Denison of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire.
Harry Ernest Fawcett 66 07/09/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 66
George Henry Sams 49 07/09/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 49
Horace Charles Wilson 45 07/09/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 45

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