Vessels Lost in WW2 Recorded on the Memorial at Tower Hill

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].

Melrose Abbey

She was a 2,472 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 27 December 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-356 at position 47° 30' N, 24° 30' W. The submarine was sunk shortly after this attack.

Melrose Abbey

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Lamuel Charles De Clark 33 27/12/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 33. Son of George and Troya Susanna De Clark; husband of Minnie Caroline De Clark of Durban Natal South Africa.
Lionel Joseph Gish 18 27/12/1942 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 18. Son of Alfred and Hettie Gish of Dagenham Essex.
George Duncan Harley 28 27/12/1942 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 28
Archibald Brown Low 52 17/07/1945 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Hull Crematorium Screen Wall. Panel 4. Age 52. Son of John Low and of Catherine Low (nee Simpson); husband of Jennie Low of East Park Hull.
George Alfred Frank May 28 27/12/1942 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 28
Charles Harvey Alex Mudie 51 27/12/1942 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 51. Son of Charles Rankin Mudie and Frederica Alberta Mudie; husband of Winifred Lilian Mary Mudie of Swinton Manchester.
Robert Duncan Mcghee 19 27/12/1942 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 19. Son of Francis and Williamina McGhee of Edinburgh.

Memnon

She was a 7,731 GRTmotor Passenger/ refrigerated cargo ship that was sunk on 11 March 1941 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-106 at position 20° 41' N, 21° 00' W.

Memnon

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Chu Chong 30 11/03/1941 Steward Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 30
Arthur James Clements 48 11/03/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 48. Stepson of Annie Clements of Wellington Shropshire.
John Lyon Herd 48 23/03/1941 Senior Electrician Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 48. Son of James Harkness Herd and Jessie Lyon Herd; husband of Mary McLachlan Herd of West Kilbride Ayrshire.
Ng Kwan 50 11/03/1941 Cook Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 50
Wong Chun 40 11/03/1941 Fitter Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 40

Mendoza

She was a 8,199 GRT steam Passenger/ cargo ship that was sunk on 1 November 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-178 at position 29° 20' S, 32° 13' E. A number of service personnel were also killed in the attack.


I was contacted by Sue Reehal in June 2016 about one of the casualties - Norman Radley:

Thanks to your website, I have found your list of the men of the Mendoza who died and who the carpenter's mate was. He was 21 yr old Norman Radley, and he is commemorated on panel 70 of the memorial. I am writing to you in the hope that if ever you come across someone in Norman's family looking to find out information, you can pass this info on. My Dad was a chief steward in the Merchant Navy with the Blue Funnel Line. While googling for info, I came across a story about a very good friend of my Dad, Frank Dale who was also a Chief Steward (though probably not in 1942). Frank died in 2010 ages 96.

Frank (DALE) was also torpedoed off Durban in the Blue Funnel-managed Mendoza. He was the last man to leave the ship having gone back to try and rescue the carpenter's mate who was immobilised in his bunk with a broken leg in plaster. The explosion had distorted the bulkhead and the door would not open. Frank struggled to get to him until the water was pouring down the companionway. There was a small gap and by stretching they were just able to touch fingertips. Frank said "I have got to go chips" the reply was "Thanks Frank - goodbye, good luck". Franks reply to the question, "how did it affect you" was " I think of him everyday and sometimes I dream of him at night."
Mendoza

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Leslie Harold Adams 27 01/11/1942 Pantryman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 27. Son of George William and Olive Agnes Adams of Beccles Suffolk.
William Garnstone Adams 18 01/11/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 18
Alexander Flockhart Barclay 47 02/11/1942 Staff Captain Merchant Navy South Africa Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery Block L. Grave 3. Age 47. Son of John and Jane Barclay; husband of Hilda Madeline Elizabeth Barclay of Crosby Liverpool England.
Basil Thornton Batho 53 01/11/1942 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 53
Chang Yi 24 01/11/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 24
Victor Warren Coombes 42 01/11/1942 Leading Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 42. Son of Eliam and Sarah Anne Coombes; husband of Alice Evelyn Coombes of Liverpool.
Alfred Davies 40 01/11/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 40. Son of Alfred and Emma Jane Davies.
William Fitzgerald 44 01/11/1942 Storekeeper Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 44
Henry Louis Harding 21 01/11/1942 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 21
Edward Johnston 31 01/11/1942 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 31
George Lambert 21 01/11/1942 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 21. Son of George Lambert and of Hannah T. J. Lambert of North Gosforth Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Ling Ching 30 01/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 30
Colin Masterton 29 01/11/1942 Scullion Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 29
James Murdock 41 01/11/1942 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 41. Husband of Esther Murdock of Tregarth Caernarvonshire.
Terence Joseph Mcdonnell 21 01/11/1942 Captains Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 21. Son of William and Amy McDonnell of Liverpool.
Norman Radley 21 01/11/1942 Carpenters Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 21
Arthur Septimus Roberts 30 01/11/1942 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 30. Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Roberts.
Henry Shaw 22 01/11/1942 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 22. Kings Commendation for Brave Conduct. Son of Henry Shaw and of Margaret Shaw of Liverpool. Awarded Lloyds War Medal.
Joseph James Slater 32 01/11/1942 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 32. Son of James and Sarah Ann Slater of Liverpool.
Frederick Smith 26 01/11/1942 Junior Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 26. Son of James and Annie Smith of Glasgow.
William Thomas 48 01/11/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 48. Son of Mary C. Thomas of Liverpool.
William Rutledge Townsend 32 01/11/1942 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 32
Christopher Wale 22 01/11/1942 Assistant Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 22. Son of James and Christina Wale of Douglas Isle of Man.
Wong Chung 57 01/11/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 57

Menin Ridge

She was a 2,474 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 24 October 1939 by German submarine U-37 at position 36° 01' N, 07° 22' W.

Menin Ridge

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Ahamed Mohamed 38 24/10/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 38
Benjamin Olaf Blomgren 16 24/10/1939 Deck Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 16. Son of Nils Olaf Blomgren and Gwendoline Ellen Blomgren.
John Harris Davies 36 24/10/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 36. Husband of L. E. Davies of Cardiff.
Drasid Mohamed 24/10/1939 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70.
Faid Hassan 42 24/10/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 42
Albert Charles Gifford 53 24/10/1939 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 53. Son of William Henry and Mary Jane Gifford; husband of Ethel Mary Gifford.
John Goodall 19 24/10/1939 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 19
Said Hussein 45 24/10/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 45
David Albert Vivian Jones 36 24/10/1939 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 36. Son of Daniel and Nancy Jones.
Charles Compton Leeds 34 24/10/1939 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 34. Son of Frederick James Leeds and Ada Amelia Leeds; husband of Olive May Leeds of Penarth Glamorgan.
Laurido Victor Linderoth 31 24/10/1939 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 31
George Alfonso Macauley 18 24/10/1939 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 18. Son of George A. and Mary E. Macauley.
Thomas Emery Mosley 41 24/10/1939 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 41. Husband of Isabelle Mosley of South Shields Co. Durham.
Edward Alexander Mclea 49 24/10/1939 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 49. Son of Robert and Ann McLea of Cardiffi husband of B. McLea of Penylan Cardiff.
Arthur Ogilvie 56 24/10/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 56
David Emlyn Powell 36 24/10/1939 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 36. Husband of Alice Powell of Rumney Cardiff.
William James Reid 33 24/10/1939 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 33. Son of Alexander and Margaret Jane Reid.
Said Abdi Noor 39 24/10/1939 Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 39
Hugh Thomson Stewart 48 24/10/1939 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 48. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Stewart; husband of Phyllis Blodwen Stewart of Cardiff.
Leonard Llewellyn Wilson 28 24/10/1939 Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 28. Son of Samuel Price Wilson and of A. M. Wilson of Ynysybwl Glamorgan.

Mentor

She was a 7,385 GRT steam Passenger/ cargo ship that was sunk on 28 May 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-106 at position 24° 11' N, 87° 02' W.

Mentor

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Chang Ah Ngok 27 27/05/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 27
Sung Chang Yuen 44 27/05/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 44
David Yule Thomson 32 27/05/1942 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 32
Tsok Ah Kong 31 27/05/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy China, (including Hong Kong) Hong Kong Memorial Age 31

Merchant

She was a 4,615 GRT steam cargo ship that hit a mine on 24 December 1941 at position 52° 39' N, 02° 00' E and sank on 25 December 1941 at position 52° 40' N, 02° 04' W.

Merchant

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Obrien 40 24/12/1941 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 40

Mercia

She was a 94 GRT tug that sank on 14 January 1942 after hitting a mine at postion 51° 31' N, 02° 47' W.

Mercia

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Frederick William Butcher 29 14/01/1942 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 29
Edgar James Knight 45 14/01/1942 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 45. Son of Joseph and Eliza Knight; husband of Gwenoline Annie Knight of Knowle Bristol.
Alfred Henry Parsons 25 14/01/1942 Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 25. Son of Harry and Lily Parsons.
Lionel Walter Payne 36 14/01/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 36. Husband of A. Payne of Everton Lancashire.

Merel

She was a 1,088 GRT steam refrigerated cargo ship that sank on 8 December 1939 after hitting a mine off Ramsgate.

Merel

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Phillip Robert Chantler 38 08/12/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 38. Son of Charles and Amy Chantler; husband of Lilian Chantler of Edgeware Middlesex.
Arthur A. Clemence 31 08/12/1939 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 31. Son of Horace Frederick Clemence and of Rachel F. Clemence of Sidcup Kent.
Harold Edwin Eagles 47 08/12/1939 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Greenwich Cemetery Plot C. Grave 689. Age 47. Husband of Elizabeth A. Eagles of Charlton.
John James Hames 37 08/12/1939 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 37
John J. Hay 45 08/12/1939 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Ramsgate Cemetery Ramsgate Div. Sec. M.C. Grave 295. Age 45. Son of John and Annie Hay; husband of Mathilde Hay of Kings Cross London.
George Alfred Hayhurst 45 08/12/1939 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 45. Husband of Mary E. Hayhurst of Reading Berkshire.
Ernest Edward Henry Hobbs 52 08/12/1939 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 52
Stanley Cecil Holland 32 08/12/1939 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 32
John Howard Morgan 25 08/12/1939 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 25
Alfred George Myers 43 08/12/1939 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 43. Son of William and Elizabeth Myers; husband of Louisa Myers of Welling Kent.
Albert Victor Powe 16 08/12/1939 Deck Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 16. Son of Albert Victor Powe and of Ellen E. Powe of Woolwich London.
Charles Henry South 58 08/12/1939 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 58. Husband of Charlotte South of Tollesbury Essex.
Frank Still 50 08/12/1939 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 50. Husband of Phyllis Still of Downham Bromley Kent.
Ernest William Stokes 62 08/12/1939 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 62. Husband of E. Stokes of Hoxton London.
Charles Henry Wastell 40 08/12/1939 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 40. Husband of Elsie A. Wastell of Ilford Essex.
Leonard Percy Ernest Whitehead 34 08/12/1939 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 34. Son of Ernest and Edith Whitehead; husband of Alice M. Whitehead of Holloway London.

Meridian

She was a 5,587 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 11 November 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-561 at position 52° 50' N, 33° 20' W. She left Sydney Nova Scotia on 4 November bound for Hvalfjord and Archangel in Convoy but had become a 'straggler'.

There were no survivors

Meridian

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Alfred Walter Barrett Apter 25 26/11/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 25. Son of George and Alice Gertrude Apter.
Arthur Baron 23/11/1941 Crewmember Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 18. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Israel Baron of Ste. Appolinaire Province of Quebec.
Archibald Curtis 19/11/1941 Seaman Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 19. Son of Elizabeth Curtis of St. Johns Newfoundland.
Arthur Creedon Harness 28 23/11/1941 Third Officer Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 18. Age 28. Son of Margaret J. Harness of Victoria British Columbia.
Earnest A. Pearce 21 23/11/1941 Seaman Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 19. Age 21. Son of Mrs. L. Pearce of Toronto Ontario.
Herbert Wright Stock 37 26/11/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 37. Son of Arthur and Minnie Stock.
Lloyd Warrall 23/11/1941 Crewmember Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 19. Son of Mrs. E. J. Warrall of Picton Ontario.

Merope

She was a 1,158 GRT steam cargo ship that was sunk on 27 April 1943 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-371 at a position 10 miles East-North-East of Cape Bengut Algeria.

Merope

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William John Hayden 19 28/04/1943 Trimmer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 19. Son of Edward and Ethel Alice Hayden of Tottenham Middlesex.
Alfred John Huxtable 20 28/04/1943 Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 20. Son of Arthur J. and Elsie G. Huxtable of Uphill Weston-super-Mare Somerset.
William Melvin 36 28/04/1943 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 70. Age 36. Son of John and Mary Melvin; husband of Winifred Melvin of Wimbledon Surrey.


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