Vessels Lost in WW1: Arcadian to Argentina

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].

Arcadian

Arcadian was a 7,945 GRT steam passenger ship completed in 1899 by Vickers, Sons & Maxim for Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She was in use as a troopship when sunk on 15 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-74 at position 36° 50' N, 24° 50' E - approximately 26 nautical miles North-East of Milos Island. She was en route from Salonica to Alexandria and 279 lost their lives including passengers.

One account says:

The troops had just completed boat-drill when a submarine approached unseen and discharged a torpedo which inflicted such extensive damage that the vessel sank in six minutes. Fortunately the men's recent exercise at the boats imparted steadiness and confidence and 1,058 were rescued, either through their own efforts or by the escorting destroyer...... A considerable amount of wreckage and spars were sucked down and this, coming to the surface with great force, killed many who were swimming in the water.

I do not have a complete set of images for this vessel at present but will add them at a future date.

Arcadian

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Baker William 32 15/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Alice Marget Baker, Of 15, Anderson Rd., Chapel Rd., Southampton. Born At Fawley, Hants.
Bampton Henry 45 15/04/1917 Troop Baker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Joseph, And Ellen Bampton; Husband Of Emma Jane Bampton (Nee Blake), Of 69, Clifford St., Southampton. Born At Southampton.
Bennett James 35 15/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Fanny Bennett And The Late Thomas Bennett; Husband Of Florence Beatrice Bennett (Nee Sheppard), Of St. Mary S Rd., Sholing, Southampton. Born At Southampton.
Blake Alexander 25 15/04/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Newfoundland.
Brown James Stuart 25 15/04/1917 Smokeroom Attendant Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Esther Ann Freeman (Formerly Brown, Nee Ellams), Of 18, Shiel Rd., New Brighton, And The Late James Brown. Born At Liverpool.
Crook Ernest Percival 27 15/04/1917 Assistant Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Annie Crook; Husband Of Rose Matilda Crook (Nee Knox), Of 74, Argyle Rd., Southampton. Born At Southampton.
Cutajar C 22 15/04/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Malta.
Dowling John Charles 41 15/04/1917 Pantryman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alfred And Hannah Dowling, Of 2, Elm Rd., Itchen, Southampton. Born At Sholing, Hants.
Earle George 52 15/04/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Jane Earle. Born At Liverpool.
Ford Charles 34 15/04/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Mary Ford. Born At Southampton.
Foreman Frank Sydney 29 15/04/1917 Butcher Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alfred And Agnes Foreman; Husband Of Jessie Hildred Foreman, Of I, Fern Villas, Chadwell Heath, Essex. Born At Manor Park, Essex.
Gardner Aubrey Hutton 27 15/04/1917 Waiter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Joseph And Susannah Gardner, Of 109, Millbrook Rd., Freemantle, Southampton. Born At Portobello, Edinburgh.
Harding George Charles 21 15/04/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William James And Elizabeth Harding, Of 54, Clarence St., Northam, Southampton.
Harwood Albert Barrett 23 15/04/1917 Junior Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Samuel And Mary Jane Harwood, Of Coronation Terrace, Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge, Yorks.
Hatchett John 55 15/04/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Charlotte Hatchett (Nee Harfield). Born At Fareham, Hants.
Hebdige Charles Henry 26 15/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Angelina Hebdige, Of 31, Coleman St., Southampton, And The Late Thomas Hebdige.
Hency William Adam 58 15/04/1917 Troop Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Jane Hency, Of 6, Claudia St., Walton, Liverpool, And The Late Edward Hency.
Hodder Sam 20 15/04/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles And Ruth Hodder, Of 11, Kingsley Rd., Shirley, Hants.
Huggett Frank Lindfield 28 15/04/1917 Troop Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frank And Mary Elizabeth Huggett, Of 20, Royston St., Edge Lane, Liverpool. Born At Holloway, London.
Jellyman Harry 36 15/04/1917 Stoker 2nd Class Tower Hill Memorial Son of Harry and Ellen Jellyman, of Newent, Gloucester; husband of Jane Jellyman, of 378, Archway Rd., Highgate, London. Mr. Jellyman is recorded on the CWGC as serving on HMS Hannibal and a member of the Royal Navy. He is also commemorated on panel 24 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Lambert Richard James Alexander 26 15/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas Henry Lambert And The Late Jane Lambert; Husband Of Louisa Lambert (Nee Burnett), Of 8, Lower Back Of Walls, Southampton. Born At Salford, Lancs.
Lucas Reginald Bernard 23 15/04/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Nicholas And Mary Jane Lucas, Of 76, Winchester Rd., Shirley, Southampton. Born At Wareham, Dorset.
Manktelow Henry 45 15/04/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Kate Taylor (Formerly Manktelow), Of 118, Northumberland St., Southampton.
Mapes Thomas 42 12/05/1917 Quartermaster Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles St. Pierre Cem. Mem. 2. Son Of John Mapes, Of Burnham, Essex; Husband Of Rose Mapes, Of Lymington, Hants.
Morant Henry Walter David 26 15/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Philip David And Alice Mary Morant, Of 64, Kentish Rd., Southampton. Born At Southampton.
Morgan William Edward 32 15/04/1917 Canteen Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert And Annie Morgan; Husband Of Edith Helena Morgan (Nee Turner), Of Essex House, Anglesey Rd., Shirley, Southampton. Born At Liverpool.
Noble William Charles 20 15/04/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Emma Noble, Of 2, Hill Side, Awbridge, Romsey, Hants.
Parker W 15/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Rose Charles Robert 22 15/04/1917 Scullion Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eliza Dawson (Formerly Rose), Of 4, Lansdown Hill, Southampton, And The Late James Rose. Born At Southampton.
Scott Frederick 26 15/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Alison Scott. Born At Southampton.
Snow Luke James 41 15/04/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Fanny Snow; Husband Of Agnes Mary Snow (Nee Phillips), Of 26, Radcliffe Rd., Southampton. Born At Southampton.
Tavender Archibald Vernon 15/04/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Tavender is recorded on the CWGC database as having served on HMS Hannibal and a member of the Royal Navy. He is also commemorated on panel 22 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Thomas Ethelbert 35 15/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mary Tanner. Born At Bournemouth.
Troon Edgar Robert Henry 41 15/04/1917 Waiter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert And Carolyn Troon; Husband Of Laura Annie Troon (Nee Webber), Of Fern Glen, Spring Rd., Sholing, Southampton. Born In Jersey, Channel Islands.
Weightman Joseph Irwin 44 15/04/1917 Scullion Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Elizabeth Weightman; Husband Of Emma Weightman (Nee Whaley), Of 6, Macks Cottages, Elswick East Terrace, Newcastle-On-Tyne. Born At Newcastle.
Whybourn George Edward 15/04/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Alfred George and Bertha Louisa Whybourn, of 42, Addington St., Margate, Kent. Mr. Whybourn is recorded on the CWGC database as serving on HMS Pembroke. He is also commemorated on panel 22 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Wigley Abram 26 15/04/1917 Assistant Butcher Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Mary Alice Wigley. Born At Stretford, Manchester.
Williams George James 35 15/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jessie Williams, Of 18, Pound St., Shirley, Southampton, And The Late James Williams. Born At Southampton.
Wood Henry 15/04/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial . Mr. Wood is recorded on the CWGC database as serving on HMS Hannibal. He is also commemorated on panel 22 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Archbank

Archbank was a 3,767 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1905 by Furness Withy for Peareth Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 6 June 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-105 approximately 240 nautical miles East-South-East of Malta. She was en route from Alexandria to Malta with a cargo of naval stores.

Archbank

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Reah Herbert 25 06/06/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Alice Reah; Husband Of Hannah Bella Reah (Nee Barrass), Of 21, Holmside Place, Blyth, Northumberland. Born At Sunderland.

Arctic

Arctic was a 169 GRT trawler but I have been unable to confirm further details about her. She was sunk on 6 June 1915 by gunfire from German submarine U-19 approximately 77 nautical miles South-East by South of Spurn Head.

Arctic

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Fuller William 05/06/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Mace Walter Charles Ashby 40 05/06/1915 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Anna Maria Mace And The Late William Cubitt Mace; Husband Of Annie Isabella Mace (Nee Ring), Of 5, Dock Terrace, Boston, Lincs. Born At Gorleston-On-Sea.
Pesterfield Ernest William 40 05/06/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Sarah Pesterfield; Husband Of Sarah Ann Pesterfield, Of 1, Portland Terrace, Hospital Lane, Skirbeck, Boston.
Taylor James 22 05/06/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Taylor, Of 6, St. John S Rd., Boston. Born At Boston.

I am grateful to Charles Anderson for sending me this cutting from the Hull Daily Mail [70] on 7 June 1915.

Arctic

Ardandearg

Ardandearg was a 3,218 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1895 by Workman Clark for Clark and Service. She was torpedoed by German submarine UC-54 and sunk on 14 March 1918 at a position approximately 86 nautical miles from Malta whilst sailing from there to an unknown destination with government stores and general cargo.

Ardandearg

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Jones Joseph Evan 34 14/03/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Henry And Margaret Jones (Nee Roberts). Born At Llanfyllin, Mont.
Smith W.H. 14/03/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial

Ardens

Ardens was a 1,326 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1878 by Short Bros. for Gas Light and Coke Co. and managed by S.Clarke & Co. of London. She was sunk on 18 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-16 approximately 2 nautical miles East of Filey Brigg. She was en route from South Shields to London with a cargo of coal.

Ardens

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Evardson Charles 54 18/08/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Russia.

Ardgask

Ardgask was a 4,542 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1917 by Russell & Co. for SS Ardgarry Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 3 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-35 approximately 15 nautical miles South-West of Cape Rosello Sicily. She was en route from Bombay to Hull.

Ardgask

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Johnston Alexander 47 03/04/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Isabella Johnston (Nee Mclucas), Of Thomas St., Greenock. Born At Perth.

Ardglass

Ardglass was a 4,617 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1918 by Russell for SS Ardgarry Co. Ltd. She was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UC-31 on 1 April 1918 approximately 7 nautical miles North-East of Larne. She was carrying a cargo of coal from the Clyde to the Mediterranean.

Ardglass

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Aubyn John 24 01/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Cape Coast, Gold Coast.
Johnston Arthur 44 01/04/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Mary Main Johnston (Nee Livingstone), Of 25, Brougham St., Greenock. Born At Greenock.
Owers Harry William Warren 29 01/04/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Emily Owers; Husband Of Margaret Scott Owers (Nee Wassam), Of 13, Brown St., Cartsdyke, Greenock. Born At Elgin.
Quensah S 23 01/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Cape Coast Castle.
Smart William 39 01/04/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierre Leone.
Williams Robert 21 01/04/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sierra Leone.

Ardmore

Ardmore was a 1,304 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1909 by Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. for City of Cork Steam Packet Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 13 November 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-95 approximately 13 nautical miles West-South-West of the Coningbeg Light Vessel St. George Channel. She was en route from London to Cork with a general cargo.

Ardmore Ardmore

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ahern Dan 26 13/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Patrick Ahern, Of Ballintemple, Cork.
Barry Pat 39 13/11/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Cork.
Best John 54 13/11/1917 Quartermaster Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Katherine Best, Of 41, Sarsfield Terrace, Cork. Born At Cork.
Collins D 49 13/11/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Collins, Of 12, Thomas Davis Avenue, Cork. Born At Cork.
Good M 53 13/11/1917 Quartermaster Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Good, Of Faw Hill Villas, Cork. Born At Cork.
Griffiths Hy 35 13/11/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Kate Griffiths, Of 47, Kellehers Buildings, Ashburton, Cork. Born At Bridgwater, Somerset.
Healy James 49 13/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Margaret Healy, Of Convent View, Blackrock, Cork. Born At Cork.
Herlihy D 34 13/11/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ellen Herlihy, Of Ballintemple, Cork. Born At Cork.
Horgan John 50 13/11/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Jane Horgan, Of 4, St. John S Villas, John St., Cork. Born At Cork.
Jago Richard 54 13/11/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Brother Of Sarah Jago, Of Beresford, 12, Roumania Crescent, Llandudno. Born At Cork.
Leahy M 42 13/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Cork.
O'Sullivan Michael J. 42 13/11/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. O Sullivan, Of 8, Wellesley Terrace, Southern Rd., Cork. Born At Cork.
Smith Thomas 13/11/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Smith was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 23 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Tobin Michael 55 13/11/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Catherine Tobin, Of 33, Tyrone Place, Cork. Born At Cork.
Twomey John 53 13/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Catherine Twomey, Of 25, Trimbaths Lane, Cork. Born At Cork.
Twomey Patrick 33 13/11/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Twomey (Nee Murphy), Of 12, Maryville Cottages, Old Youghal Rd., Cork, And The Late Michael Twomey. Born At Cork.
Twomey Timothy 34 13/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Timothy And Ellen Twomey; Husband Of Catherine Twomey (Nee O Connell), Of 4, Mill Cottages, Glanmire, Co. Cork. Born At Glanmire, Co. Cork.
Twomey Timothy 70 13/11/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Timothy And Ellen Twomey; Husband Of The Late Ellen Twomey. Born At Glanmire, Co. Cork.
Walsh Joe 33 13/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Walsh, Of 27, Lower George S St., Cork. Born At Cork.

Argalia

Argalia was a 4,641 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1903 by D. & W. Henderson & Co. Ltd. for Donaldson Line Ltd. She was sunk on 6 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-94 at position 55° 28' N, 10° 35' W - approximately 81 nautical miles from Tory Island. She was en route from Baltimore to The Clyde with a general cargo.

Argalia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Livingston William Geddie 25 06/08/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Peter And Mary Livingston, (Nee Laing). Born At Kingston, Garmouth.
Wilson Robert Campbell 38 06/08/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Ann Wilson, Of 5, Cameron St., New City Rd, Glasgow, And The Late William Wilson.

Argentina

Although I am not entirely sure about this, I believe that this Argentina was a 177 GRT trawler completed in 1899 by Edwards Bros. for an unknown company (probably Alfred Bannister or a subsidiary) and registered in Grimsby as GY 566 and that she went missing some time after 26 March 1915.

Argentina

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Fisher Francis Edward 30 26/03/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Fisher, Of 128, Barcroft St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Cheltenham.
Forrester William Nixon 50 26/03/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Forrester, Of 35, Buller St., Grimsby. Born At Stoke.
Gibbs Joseph Samuel 42 26/03/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Gibbs, Of 18, Wellington Terrace, Great Grimsby. Born At Great Yarmouth.
Gibson Robert 26/03/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Ottley John William 34 26/03/1915 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Ottley, Of 46, Montague St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Grimsby.
Payne Harry Charles 37 26/03/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John Payne; Husband Of Agnes Payne (Nee Briggs), Of 151, Daubney St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Whittington.
Percy Robert William 29 26/03/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs Percy, Of 39, Montague St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Scarborough.
Smith David 45 26/03/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Stockport.
Smith Robert James 25 26/03/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs Smith, Of 7, Montague St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Scarborough.


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