Vessels Lost in WW1: Agenoria to Alaunia

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].

Agenoria

Agenoria was a 2,977 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by R.Craggs & Sons for Rickinson, Sons & Co. but owned by Byron Steamship Co. Ltd. by 1917. She was damaged on 28 November 1917 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-96 approximately 3.5 nautical miles South-South-East of the Mew Island lighthouse.Whe was beached at Folly Roads, Belfast Lough, refloated and repaired. She survived the war and was eventually broken up in 1972. When torpedoed she had been en route from Archangel to Nantes with a cargo of timber.

Agenoria

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Rogers Charles 47 28/11/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Elizabeth Rogers; Husband Of Ellen Rogers (Nee Griffiths), Of 44, Trowbridge St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Agnete

Agnete was a 1,127 GRT steamship completed in 1894 by Howaldtswerke of Kiel for D. Torm of Denmark. She had been taken over by the Admiralty in 1915 and managed for the Shipping Controller by R.S.Dalgleish Ltd. She was sunk on 24 April 1918 by a torpedo fired by an unknown German submarine at a position approximately 4 miles South-by-West of Start Point whilst en route from Newport to Rouen with a cargo of coal.

Agnete Agnete

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Adams George Smart 24/04/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Cecilia Duncan Adams, Of 4, Wolveleigh Terrace, Gosforth, Newcastle-On-Tyne.
Anami Sperio 24/04/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Anamio, Of 88, Dolphin St., Newport, Mon.
Geerlum Gregory 24/04/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial
Harrow James 26 24/04/1918 Second Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary Ann Harrow; Husband Of Lilian Harrow (Nee Remmington), Of 14, Subway St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Hudson C.H. 24/04/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Kerr Thomas 15 24/04/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Duignan (Formerly Kerr), Of 35, Kilronan St., Belfast, And The Late Thomas Kerr. Born At Cavan.
Kerr Thomas 35 24/04/1918 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Kerr, Of 35 Kilronan St., Belfast. Born At Belfast.
Keshell W 24/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Menaias George 24/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Round William Henry 28 24/04/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Isaac and Sarah Jane Round, of Smethwick; husband of Marinda Jane Round, of 1, Culthorpe Rd., Perry Barr, Birmingham. Mr. Round was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 29 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Thomson James 62 24/04/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Margaret Thomson; Husband Of Hannah Elizabeth Thomson (Nee Waller), Of 78, Herrington St., Sunderland. Born At Thornhill, Dumfries.
Tysell Axel 24/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial

Aguila

Aguila was a 2,114 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1909 by Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. for Aguila Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 27 March 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-28 approximately 47 nautical miles South-West of Smalls Lighthouse. She was en route from Liverpool to Lisbon, Madiera and the Canary Islands with passengers and general cargo.

Aguila

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Anderson R 50 27/03/1915 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sweden.
Chantler R.A. 33 27/03/1915 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. E. P. Chantler, Of Manor House, Shaldon, S. Devon. Born At Tonbridge.
Chard Ernest 31 27/03/1915 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born At Liverpool.
Edwards William George 32 27/03/1915 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Thwaite Edwards, And Mary Anne Edwards; Husband Of Mary B. Edwards, Of 1 8, Derwent Drive, Wallasey. Born At Liverpool.
Jenkins Martha Emily 42 27/03/1915 Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial Daughter Of Fanny Jenkins, Of 27, Punstock Rd., Darwen, Lancs, And The Late Joseph Jenkins. Born At Liverpool.
Kirkman Matthew 30 27/03/1915 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Charlotte Kirkman, Of 27, Chester St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Peterson J 32 27/03/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Catherine Peterson, Of 38, Upper Harington St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Aigburth

Aigburth was a 824 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1917 by John Fullerton & Co. for West Lancashire Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 5 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-75 approximately 2 miles North-East by East of South Cheek, Robin Hood Bay. She was en route from the Tyne to Tréport with a cargo of coal.

Aigburth

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Burge William George 60 05/12/1917 Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Stephen And Jessie Burge; Husband Of Mary Ann Burge (Nee Edwards), Of 36, Wingate Rd., Aigburth, Liverpool. Born At Cowes, Isle Of Wight.
Burns Robert 17 05/12/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Burns, Of 88, Flemington St., Springburn, Co. Lanark, And The Late Margaret Stirling Burns. Born At Glasgow.
Geddes W.B. 05/12/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Griffiths Hugh 19 05/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry And Catherine Griffiths, Of Graig-Y-Mor, Moelfre, Anglesey.
Harris Thomas 20 05/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Thomas and Annie Mary Harris, of 99, Bank St., Clayton, Manchester. Mr. Harris was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 24 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Horswell Albert Edward 26 05/12/1917 Stoker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Jane Horswell, Of 20, Alexandra St., West Hartlepool, And The Late Albert Edward Horswell. Born At Hartlepool.
Hughes Hugh 45 05/12/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Elizabeth Hughes; Husband Of Ann Hughes (Nee Parry), Of Craig Wen, Marianglas, Anglesey. Born In Anglesey.
Johnston John James Swan 48 05/12/1917 Stoker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late David And Ann Johnston; Husband Of Edith Jane Johnston (Formerly Sturge, Nee Dyer), Of 2, Wise S Buildings, Hutton Henry, Castle Eden, Co. Durham. Born At Liverpool.
Jones Owen 18 05/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Owen And Margaret Elizabeth Jones, Of Stenefail, Marianglas, Anglesey.
Keefe James 20 05/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Catherine Keefe (Nee King), Of Lower Fathom, Newry.
Taggart Patrick John 56 05/12/1917 Stoker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Patrick And Mary Taggart; Husband Of The Late Catherine Taggart. Born At Newry, Ireland.

Aisne

Aisne was a 126 GRT steel steam trawler completed in 1915 by Cochrane & Sons, Ltd. at Selby for the East Riding Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull. On 20 June 1918 she was damaged by gunfire from German submarine U 53 approximately 55 nautical miles South of the Faroe Islands.

According to a thread in the Great War Forum [41], U 53 attacked 6 armed trawlers of which Aisne was one. Mr. Pawson lost his life in this incident and four other crewmen were injured - the vessel was badly damaged but later repaired. The Skipper, William Parish, was 'Gazetted' with the following statement made:

Action with enemy submarines 20.06.18 DSC Engaged an enemy submarine on the 20th June, 1918, when Commanding Iceland Fishing Section No. 2. Their Lordships' consider that the gallantry and determination displayed and the skilful handling of the section during the action, reflect the greatest credit on all concerned, and call for an expression of their high appreciation. 6 Armed Trawlers returning to a British Port with their cargoes of fish, encountered, fought and drove off a large German submarine cruiser only fishermen, under the Command of an Officer of the R.N.V.R., took part in it; it was a fight and a victory. Typical of the men who were engaged in it.
Aisne

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Pawson Richard 45 20/06/18 Spare Hand Tower Hill Memorial Hull Western Cemetery 506, 48816Son of the late Charles and Jane Pawson (nee Dawson). Born at Grimsby.

Ajax (Grimsby)

This Ajax was a 120 GRT steam trawler based in Grimsby completed in 1896 by Cochrane & Cooper for Baker & Grant Steam Fishing Co. and is believed to have been sunk by a mine.

Ajax (Grimsby)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bacon H 28 02/09/1914 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Bacon, Of 204, Victor St., Grimsby.
Bayes Thomas 70 02/09/1914 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs Bayes, Of 5, Fairmont Rd., Grimsby. Born At Greenwich, London.
Coleman J.C. 40 02/09/1914 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Coleman, Of No. 2, Row 140, Great Yarmouth. Born In London.
Elton W.J. 30 02/09/1914 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Elton, Of 1, Ripon St., Grimsby. Born At Leicester.
Grant Edward 02/09/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Grant Alfred 25 02/09/1914 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Grant, Of 143, Ayscough St., Grimsby. Born At Cleethorpes.
Naylor F 21 02/09/1914 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Naylor, Of 18, Trinity St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Pettman J.W. 50 02/09/1914 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Pettman, Of 24, Thesiger St., Grimsby. Born At Hull.
Potter John 33 02/09/1914 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Potter, Of Go, Havelock St., Grimsby. Born At Leicester.

The following cutting is from the Hull Daily Mail [70] 17 October 1914 and was kindly sent to me by Charles Anderson:

DDD

Ajax (Liverpool)

This Ajax was a 7,040 GRT cargo ship completed in 1900 by Scott & Co. for Ocean Steamship Co. Ltd. She survived the war and at present I have no information about how those shown on the memorial lost their lives.

Ajax (Liverpool)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Aspinall John 28 14/05/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Ann And The Late William Aspinall; Husband Of Mary Ann Aspinall (Nee Williams), Of 8, Morpeth Buildings, Birkenhead. Born At Birkenhead.
Burns John 38 14/05/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Murphy). Son Of The Late John And Ellen Burns; Husband Of Mary Alice Clayton (Formerly Burns, Nee Duggan), Of 50, Spring Gardens, Bolton. Born At Liverpool.

Akassa

Akassa was a 3,919 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1910 by Irvine for Elder Line Ltd. and managed by Elder Dempster & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 13 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-33 at position 51° 23' N, 08° 47' W. She had been en route from Liverpool to West Africa carrying passengers and a general cargo.

Akassa

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Davies Tom 21 13/08/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Harrison M 22 13/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Kwofie Ben 35 13/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Morrison T.R. 29 13/08/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of M. A. Morrison, Of 57, Jacob St., Dingle, Liverpool. Born At Sunderland.
Newton Joseph 48 13/08/1917 Greaser and Fireman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Sumner). Husband Of Ellen Newton, Of 87, Hughes St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Quayson T.B. 22 13/08/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Salt Pond, Gold Coast.
Seabreeze 13/08/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

Alacrity

Alacrity was a 1,080 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1883 by Castle of Milford for T.R.Thompson & Co. She was sunk by a mine on 30 March 1916 at the south entrance to Hewitt Channel Yarmouth.

There were no survivors

Alacrity

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brilis N 45 30/03/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Burnett Sydney 28 30/03/1916 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Burnett, And The Late Emma Burnett; Husband Of Mary Burnett (Nee Jones), Of 80, Cromwell St., Swansea. Born At Swansea.
Dickinson Joseph 43 30/03/1916 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Master Michael Dickinson And Mrs. Mary Ann Dickinson, Of Arklow, Co. Wicklow; Husband Of Frances Sherwood Dickinson, Of 6, Belvidere Place, Dublin.
Elder John George 35 30/03/1916 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Alexander And Mary Mcintosh Elder; Husband Of Gertrude Elder E Wallace), Of 3, Lemon St., Aberdeen. Born At Newburgh, Aberdeen.
Kandratoo Paul 30 30/03/1916 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Russia.
Le Huquet W 42 30/03/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Jersey.
Newton W 30/03/1916 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Nore George 29 30/03/1916 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Pieter Nolevan Boxelaere, Of Woole Straat No. 37, Ghent. Born At Ghent, Belgium.
Owens Edward 48 30/03/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Eliza Ann Owens (Nee Hicks), Of 12, Clifton Hill, Swansea. Born In London.
Paterson S 30/03/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Perdookis G 34 30/03/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Calliope Burlato, Of Chios, Greece. Born At Chios, Greece.
Spears William J. 28 30/03/1916 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born At Dover.
Walters Frank Edward 30/03/1916 Mate Tower Hill Memorial

Alastair

Alastair was a 366 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1902 by John Duthie, Sons & Co. for A.Gray & A.Maitland and later owned by J & W Henderson Ltd. of Aberdeen. She was sunk on 6 November 1915 by a mine laid by German submarine UC-3 at a position approximately 4 nautical miles East of Southwold.

Alastair

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Adams W 06/11/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial
Auld T.G, 06/11/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Duncan Edwin Stephen 37 06/11/1915 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Sarah Young Lawrence Duncan; Husband Of Elsie Smith Duncan (Nee Lawrence), Of 89, Argyll Place, Aberdeen. Born At Peterhead.
Noble Alexander 56 06/11/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Andrew And Margaret Noble; Husband Of Barbara Noble, Of 27, George St., Broadsea, Fraserburgh. Born At Broadsea.
Noble Gilbert 27 06/11/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander And The Late Christina Noble, Of 42, College Bounds, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.
Sutherland Robert 54 06/11/1915 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert And Isabella Sutherland; Husband Of Isabella Sutherland (Nee Repper), Of 81, Menzies Rd., Torry, Aberdeen. Born At Old Machar, Aberdeenshire.
Watt Andrew 53 06/11/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander And Magdalene Watt; Husband Of Jane Watt (Nee Noble), Of 85, College Bounds, Fraserburgh. Born At Fraserburgh.

Alaunia

Alaunia was a 13,405 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1913 by Scott's Shipbuilders for Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 19 October 1916 by a mine laid by German submarine UC-16 approximately 2 nautical miles South of the Royal Sovereign light vessel (off Hastings). She had been en route from New York to London with a general cargo and had been used extensively as a troop ship. The mine did not sink the ship immediately and an attempt was made to beach the ship but this was unsuccessful and the Captain gave orders to abandon ship. There were no passenger casualties recorded.

Alaunia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Morris Charles Frederick 42 19/10/1916 2nd Steward Liverpool (Toxteth Park) Cemetery C.E. Sec. 2. Grave 612. Son Of The Late C. F. And Eliza Morris; Husband Of Regina Morris (Nee Casey), Of 56, Mulgrave St., Princes Park, Liverpool. Born At Warwick.
White Joseph William 16 19/10/1916 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary White, Of 50, May S Cottages, Burke St., Canning Town, London. Born At West Ham.


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