Vessels Lost in WW2 Recorded on the Memorial at Tower Hill: Unique to Vancouver

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].

Unique

She was a 51 grt sailing barge that sank on 2 May 1942 after hitting a mine at position 51° 38' N, 01° 00' E.

Unique
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Thomas Grubb 21 02/05/1942 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 21. Son of John Thomas Grubb and Hannah Grubb of Barnehurst Kent.
John Newman 18 02/05/1942 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Gravesend Cemetery Plot B.16. Grave 1573. Age 18. Son of John and Sarah Newman of Gravesend. His brother Robert Thompson Newman also died on service.

Uniwaleco

She was a 7,630 grt steam cargo ship that was converted into a whale factory ship in 1923. She was sunk on 7 March 1942 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-161 at position 13° 23' N, 62° 04' W.

Uniwaleco
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Samuel James Adams 18 07/03/1942 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy St. Vincent Kingstown Cemetery Age 18. Son of Eddie and Sarah Maria Adams of Durban Natal South Africa.
Soren Andersen 62 07/03/1942 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 62. Son of Anders Mathias Sorensen and Martine Sorensen; husband of Nilla Elise Andersen of Anholt Stokke Norway.
E G Bremner 07/03/1942 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113.
R J De Broize 21 07/03/1942 Wiper Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 21. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. de Broize of Durban Natal South Africa.
Raymond Grey 18 07/03/1942 Deck Hand Merchant Navy St. Vincent Kingstown Cemetery Age 18
Thomas Drummond Holman 29 07/03/1942 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 29. Son of Stephen and Bertha Holman; husband of Phyllis L. Holman of Estcourt Natal. South Africa.
Arthur Jansen 37 07/03/1942 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 37. Son of Abraham Peter and Amelia Rosetta Jansen; husband of Marie Madeleine Jansen of Durban Natal South Africa.
George Richard Johnson 20 07/03/1942 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 20. Son of Mrs. G. F. Johnson of Pietermaritzburg Natal South Africa.
J Julius 07/03/1942 Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113.
Olaf Gerhard Larsen 42 07/03/1942 Donkeyman Merchant Navy Norway Stathelle Cemetery Age 42. Son of Olaus and Anne Gurine Larsen; husband of Clare Marie Larsen of Stathelle Norway.
Charles Noel Murphy 23 07/03/1942 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 23. Son of John Murphy and of Alice M. Murphy of Glenageary Co. Dublin Irish Republic.
H Soodo 22 07/03/1942 Deck Hand Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 22
J M Unden 23 07/03/1942 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 23

Upminster

She was a 1,013 grt steam cargo ship that was badly damage on 10 January 1940 by aircraft bombing at a position 9 miles South-East of Hammond Knoll Light Vessel and sank at position 53° 03' N, 01° 29' E.

Upminster
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Alfred Hunter 32 09/01/1940 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 32
James Stubbs 52 09/01/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 52
William Robertson Young 24 09/01/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 24

Upwey Grange

She was a 9,130 grt motor refrigerated cargo ship that was sunk on 8 August 1940 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-37 at position 54° 20' N, 15° 28' W.

Upwey Grange Upwey Grange
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Edward John Adams 25 08/08/1940 Cleaner Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25. Son of George Joseph and Margaret Adams of Canning Town Essex.
Daniel Aedo 44 08/08/1940 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 44. Husband of E. Aedo of Stepney London.
Alfred Beard 43 08/08/1940 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel. 113. Age 43. Son of Charles and Eleanor Jane Beard.
Walter William Ross Beasant 53 08/08/1940 Chief Refrigerator Engineer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 53. Husband of Margaret Beasant of Buckhurst Hill Essex.
Geoffrey Charles Butcher 19 08/08/1940 Apprentice Merchant Navy Ireland, Republic of Rathfran Catholic Graveyard Grave 2. Age 19. Son of Charles and Jessie Gladys Butcher of Orpington Kent.
Walter Chenery 25 08/08/1940 Butcher Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25. Son of Walter Emest and Ada Victoria Chenery of New Cross London.
Anthony Connelly 28 08/08/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 28
Bernard Charles Cooper 30 08/08/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 30. Son of Charles Benson Cooper and Elizabeth Cooper; husband of Dora Cooper of Ilford Essex.
Norman Fitness 25 08/08/1940 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25. (served as BEAVER William). Son of Jabez Fitness and of Ann Leach Fitness (nee Widdup) of Te Kopuru Auckland New Zealand.
James Flight 27 08/08/1940 Cleaner Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 27. Son of James Flight and of Mary Flight of Pitsea Essex.
Thomas John Frost 24 08/08/1940 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 24. Son of Thomas John Frost and of Rhoda Mary Frost of Wickham Market Suffolk.
Gerald Spry Gatty 50 08/08/1940 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 50
John Ivor Jones 31 08/08/1940 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 31. Son of Walter John and Louie Jones of Swansea.
George Henry Kennerley 25 08/08/1940 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25. Son of Rosina Kennerley of Ilford Essex.
Joseph Kenney 31 08/08/1940 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 31. Son of Bernard William and Louise Caroline Kenney.
Thomas Lupton Lambe 66 08/08/1940 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 66. Son of Joseph and Susan Lambe; husband of Adah Matilda Lambe of Twickenham Middlesex. Served as Chief Steward with the Nelson Line.
Cyril Archibald Hollis Loach 34 08/08/1940 Quartermaster Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 34
Clifford Major Mackrow 48 08/08/1940 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy Ireland, Republic of Kilcommon Erris Church Of Ireland Churchyard Grave 10. Age 48. Son of Charles Heath and Florence Louisa Mackrow; husband of Bertha Mackrow of Ilford Essex.
Thomas Matthews 49 08/08/1940 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 49
Edgar Hugh Mayes 33 08/08/1940 Third Officer Merchant Navy Ireland, Republic of Termoncarragh Cemetery Grave 10. Age 33. Son of Maj. Richard Mayes and Kate Mayes of Northampton.
Charles James Mccarthy 30 08/08/1940 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 30. Son of Charles McCarthy and of Mary Ellen McCarthy of Newport Monmouthshire.
Alexander Mckay 44 08/08/1940 Quartermaster Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 44
William Francis Odonnell 30 08/08/1940 Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 30. Son of William and Mary ODonnell.
George Alfred Pilgrim 25 08/08/1940 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25. Son of George Henry and Lena May Pilgrim of Forest Gate Essex.
John Amiss Rouse 45 08/08/1940 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 45. Son of John and Anna Rouse; husband of Edith Alice Rouse of Darsham Suffolk.
Denis Sands 26 08/08/1940 Cleaner Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 26. Son of John Thomas Sands and Charlotte Sands; husband of Doris May Sands of Hornchurch Essex.
Samuel John Jackson Scott 40 08/08/1940 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 40. Son of William John and Martha Scott.
Terence Allingham Shepherd 22 08/08/1940 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 22. Son of Horace H. and Caroline Shepherd of Gravesend Kent.
Arthur Watkins 52 08/08/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 52
Ernest Wendrop 54 08/08/1940 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 54
William Ernest Williams 49 08/08/1940 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 49. Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Williams; husband of Ada Maud Williams of Worcester.
William Henry Wright 59 08/08/1940 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 59. Son of William and Alice Wright; husband of E. V. Wright of Westcliff-on-Sea Essex.

Uskbridge

She was a 2,715 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 17 October 1940 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-93 at position 60° 40' N, 15° 50' W.

Uskbridge
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Frederick John Bettridge 25 17/10/1940 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25. Son of Frederick James Bettridge and Jessie Bettridge of Croesyceiliog Monmouthshire.
Wilfred Breckon Smith 43 17/10/1940 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 43. Husband of Hilda May Smith of South Shields Co. Durham.

Uskmouth

She was a 2,478 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 25 November 1939 by gunfire from German submarine U-43 at position 43° 22' N, 11° 27' W. The number of deaths would most likely have been a lot higher but some of the torpedoes fired misfunctioned or missed.

Uskmouth
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Bernard Davies 21 25/11/1939 Ordinary Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 21
John Robe 20 25/11/1939 Third Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 20

Vaalaren

She was a 3,406 grt motor cargo ship that was sunk on 5 April 1943 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-229 at position 58° 00' N, 34° 00' W. The Germans observed a lifeboat leaving the sinking ship but no survivors were rescued. Overall 38 seamen were reported lost and I presume those not listed at Tower Hill were Swedish.

There were no survivors

Vaalaren
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Frederick Kelly 25 05/04/1943 Waiter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25

Valera

She was a 3,401 grt steam tanker that was sunk on 7 March 1944 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-518 at position 11° 30' N, 76° 27' W.

Valera
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Marshall Russell 51 07/03/1944 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 51. Son of Thomas C. and Annie Russell; husband of Margaret Watson Russell of Parkstone Dorsetshire.

Valparaiso

She was a 3,762 grt motor cargo ship that was sunk on 31 December 1940 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-38 at position 60° 01' N, 23° 00' W. Overall 35 seamen were reported lost and I presume those not listed at Tower Hill were Swedish.

There were no survivors

Valparaiso
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Coyle 31 01/12/1940 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 31. Son of Daniel and Jane Coyle; husband of Catherine Coyle of Glasgow.
Joseph N. Macisaac 36 01/12/1940 Ordinary Seaman Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 17. Age 36. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter MacIsaac of Dartmouth Nova Scotia.

Vancouver

She was a 5,729 grt steam tanker that sank on 12 September 1941 after hitting a mine at position 51° 51' N, 01° 32' E.

Vancouver
Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Edward Henry Appleby 46 21/09/1941 Second Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 46
Daniel Barclay 19 21/09/1941 Apprentice Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 19. Son of Peter and Mary A. Barclay of Glasgow.
Geoffrey Allen Bell 25 21/09/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25
Alan Kenneth Wingate Brewer 16 21/09/1941 Third Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 16. Son Of Alan and Gladys Margaret Brewer of Dollar Clackmannanshire.
Henry Davidson 26 21/09/1941 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 26
William Davies 31 21/09/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 31
William Dick 22 21/09/1941 Fourth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 22. Son of David and Agnes Dick of Ayr.
Harry Farquhar 41 21/09/1941 Master Merchant Navy United Kingdom Buckie New Cemetery Sec. C. Grave 353. Age 41
James Hancox 34 21/09/1941 Boatswain Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 34. Foster-son of Mrs. G. Lack of Lower Edmonton Middlesex.
Harry Mclean Hill 36 21/09/1941 Greaser Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 36. Son of John and Christina Hill.
Peter Grant Howe 16 21/09/1941 Assistant Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 16
George Frederick Howell 20 21/09/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 20. Son of Reginald William and Cathrina Howell of Rhydymwyn Flintshire.
James William Kent 30 21/09/1941 Fireman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 30
John Keown 25 21/09/1941 Assistant Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 25
Rangiamo Frank Martin 43 21/09/1941 First Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Glasgow (Riddrie Park) Cemetery Section E. Lair 2577 Age 43
Albert Mellor 50 21/09/1941 Donkeyman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 50. Son of Thomas and Elizebeth Mellor.
Horace Pettigrew Mercer 36 21/09/1941 Chief Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Woking (St. Johns) Crematorium Panel 4. Age 36. Son of Joseph S. Mercer and Helena M. Mercer; husband of Elizabeth Mary Mercer.
John Clacher Moncur 24 21/09/1941 Second Radio Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 24. Son of James and Elizabeth Moncur of Wormit Fife.
George William Montana 36 21/09/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 36
Donald John Mackinnon 24 21/09/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles MacKinnon.
James Mcfee 24 21/09/1941 Chief Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 24
Daniel Mckinven 21 21/09/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 21. Son of Donald and Margaret McKinven of Rothesay Isle of Bute.
Charles Bernard Olliver, B E M and Bar 47 21/09/1941 Third Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Hardwick (St. Mary) Churchyard, Buckinghamshire Age 47. Son of Charles Thomas Olliver and Ellen Olliver; husband of Lilian Olliver of Edmonton Middlesex.
Frank Pattullo 46 21/09/1941 Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 46. Husband of Mary Cook Pattullo of Forfar Angus.
William Quinn 19 21/09/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 19. Son of James and Helen Quinn of Greenock Renfrewshire.
Albert Edward Reed 40 21/09/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 40. Son of Charles Tolman Reed and Alice Elizabeth Reed; husband of Nora Reed of Vange Essex.
William Henry Robins 33 21/09/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 33
Kenneth George Henry Shipley 17 21/09/1941 Fifth Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 17. Son of Harry and Frances Maud Shipley of Holborn London.
William Smith 35 21/09/1941 Third Engineer Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 35. Son of William and Mary Smith; husband of Mary Dosia Smith of Talgarreg Cardiganshire.
Edward William Sparks 19 21/09/1941 Steward Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Sparks of Tilbury Essex.
Frank Storey 43 21/09/1941 Cook Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 43
Charles Taylor 22 21/09/1941 Carpenter Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 22. Son of James Taylor and of Jane Taylor of Glasgow.
Arthur Charles Titheridge 21 21/09/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 21. Son of Albert and Florence Titheridge of Hythe Hampshire.
Alfred Charles White 27 21/09/1941 Second Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 113. Age 27


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