Lost in WW1

Bamse (1875) Bamse (1881) Bandon
Bangarth Barbados Barbary
Barley Rig Barnton Baron Ailsa
Baron Blantyre


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].

Bamse (1875)

Bamse (1875) was a 1,007 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1875 by Turnbull, Scott & Co. for T.Turnbull & Son as Syra. From 1905 she was owned by Fred Olsen and renamed Bamse. At the time of her loss she was operated by the UK Shipping Controller and managed by F. Le Boulanger. She was sunk on 18 April 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-80 approximately 15 nautical miles West by North of Portland Bill. She was en route from Rouen to Swansea.

Bamse (1875)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Harland George Hunter 20 18/04/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George Hunter Harland And Susannah Harland. Born At Whitby.
Morgan Joseph Emlyn 34 18/04/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary Morgan; Husband Of Rachel Anne Morgan (Nee Richards), Of 8, Penlan Rd., Loughor, Glamorgan. Born At Trefilan, Cardiganshire.
Mclean John 55 18/04/1918 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Donald And Jeanie Donald Mclean; Husband Of Isabella Mclean (Nee Docherty), Of Commercial Buildings, Cross St., Campbeltown. Born At Campbeltown.
Warburton Hector 15 18/04/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Thomas And Emily Warburton (Nee Mitchell), Of 17, Tower St. West, Sunderland. Born At Leeds.

Bamse (1881)

Bamse (1881) was a 1,012 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1881 by Strand Slipway Co. for T.Beynon as Thomas Coats. By the time she was lost she was owned by the UK Shipping Controller and managed by Blow, Richards & Co. She was sunk on 2 October 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-112 approximately 5 nautical miles East of Cape Lizard. She was en route from Swansea to Falmouth with a cargo of patent fuel.

Bamse (1881)
Bamse (1881)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hitchcock Albert Ernest 17 02/10/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John William And Emily Elizabeth Hitchcock (Nee Robinson), Of 58, Peel St., Hull.
Lockrin W 02/10/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Ortiga O 23 02/10/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Chili.
Porter Bernard 49 02/10/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Mary Porter; Husband Of Sarah Porter (Nee Davies), Of 13, Lewis St., St. Thomas, Swansea, Glam. Born In London.
Pullan William Henry 26 02/10/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Sarah Pullan, of 2, Back Lane, Bramley, Leeds. Mr. Pullan was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Roberts Thomas 17 02/10/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And Elizabeth James Roberts (Nee Morris), Of 4, Mersey St., Borthy Gest, Portmadoc, Carnarvonshire.
Soto Francisco 42 02/10/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Pedro Soto; Husband Of Agnes Soto (Formerly Murphy, Nee Mcgrath), Of 40, Christina St., Cardiff. Born In Chili.
Stanford William 18 02/10/1918 Mess Room Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Stanford (Nee Donovan), Of 10, Wells St., Canton, Cardiff, And The Late Charles Stanford. Born At Mardy, Glam.
Tillti John Matson 58 02/10/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Matthew And Sophia Matson: Husband Of Matilda Matson Tillti (Nee Frankel), Of 25, Chancery Lane, Cardiff. Born At Biorko. Viborg.
Watkins W 02/10/1918 Mate Tower Hill Memorial
Winchester Alfred Black 45 02/10/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Elizabeth Winchester; Husband Of Sarah Jane Winchester (Nee Coates), Of 7, Brabant Rd., Aigburth, Liverpool. Born At Birkenhead.

Bandon

Bandon was a 1,456 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1910 by Swan, Hunter & W.Richardson for City of Cork Steam Packet Co. She sank on 13 April 1917 after striking a mine believed to have been laid by German submarine UC-44 at position 51° 57' N, 07° 35' W - approximately 2.5 nautical miles South-West of Mine Head. She was en route from Liverpool to Cork with a general cargo.

Bandon
Bandon

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bird Charles 36 13/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Emily K. Bird, Of 4, Maylor St., Cork. Born At Cork.
Collins Batt 41 13/04/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Collins, Of 100 Great William O Brien St., Cork. Born At Cork.
Courtney John 45 13/04/1917 Able Seaman Cork (St. Joseph S) Cemetery Sect. 1. Husband Of Hannah Courtney, Of 17, St. Brigid St., Cork.
Crone Caleb 31 13/04/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eliza Crone, Of 18, St. Bridget St., Cork.
Curtin Patrick 36 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Ann Curtin, Of 20, Wolfe Tone St., Cork. Born At Cork.
Dowling Michael 48 13/04/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Hannah Dowling, Of 32, Friars Walk, Cork. Born At Cork.
Edwards Martin 38 13/04/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Long service and good conduct medal. Son of John and Elizabeth Jane Edwards, of Dock Lane, Penzance; husband of Mary Jane Edwards, of 6, New Town Lane, Penzance. Mr. Edwards was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 23 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Ferns Edward 49 13/04/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Agnes Ferns, Of 10, Crescent, St. Lukes, Cork. Born At Liverpool.
Higgins Patrick 43 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Margaret Higgins, Of Clash Little Island, Co. Cork. Born At Cork.
Lacey James 34 13/04/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Johanna Lacey, Of 29, Roche S Buildings, Cork.
Leahy Jeremiah 52 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Leahy, Of Cottages, Blackrock, Cork. Born At Cork.
Long Jeremiah 34 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Margaret Long, Of Rathbeacon, Whitechurch, Co. Cork. Born At Cork.
Louro Simon 48 13/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Margaret Louro, Of 49, Madden S Buildings, Cork. Born At Cork.
McCarty Jeremiah 30 13/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Annie Mccarty, Of 19, Caley S Avenue, Cork. Born At Cork.
McCashin Charles 35 13/04/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ann Mccashin, Of Ballintemple, Blackrock, Cork. Born At Cork.
Mahoney George 43 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Margaret Mahoney, Of 15, Sun Row, Dillon S Cross, Cork. Born At Cork.
Martin Charles 32 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Irene Martin, Of 29A, St. Patrick S Quay, Cork, Co. Cork. Born In Queensland.
Mercer Robert 67 13/04/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ellen Mercer, Of 9, Mount Pleasant Rd., College Rd., Cork. Born At Clonmel.
O'Brien Michael J. O. 53 13/04/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Kate O Brien Of 7, Shears St., Cork. Born At Cork.
O'Callaghan John 37 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Julia O Callaghan, Of 60, Shandon St., Cork, Co. Cork. Born At Cork.
O'Keefe Patrick 37 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Nora O Keefe, Of Beaumont Cottage, Ballintemple, Cork. Born In Cork.
O'Keefe Robert 49 13/04/1917 Cattleman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary O Keefe, Of 8, Merry Pole Lane, Blarney St., Cork. Born At Cork.
O'Sullivan William 45 13/04/1917 Cattleman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Mary O Sullivan, Of 16, Walshes Avenue, Blackpool, Cork. Born At Cork.
Sullivan John 37 13/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Cork.
Thompson Joseph George 36 13/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of The Late Mary Thompson. Born At Cork.
Wafer John 24 13/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Hannah Wafer, Of 6, St. Dominick S Terrace, Crosses Green, Cork. Born At Wexford.
Walsh John 42 13/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Nora Walsh, Of 48, Great William O Brien St., Cork. Born At Cork.

Bangarth

Bangarth was a 1,875 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1906 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. for Rea Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by R. & J.H.Rea of Liverpool. She was sunk on 13 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-34 at position 55° 14' N, 01° 23' W - approximately 13 nautical miles North-North-East of the River Tyne. She was en route from Methis to Dunkirk with a cargo of coal.

Bangarth

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cook Frank Alfred 41 13/12/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Alfred And Elizabeth Tully Cook; Husband Of Martha Ann Cook, Of 17, Earl Rd., Penarth. Born At Appledore.
Jenkins Taliesin 42 13/12/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Samuel And Margaret Jenkins;: Husband Of Margaret Sarah Jenkins, Of 81, Windsor Rd., Penarth. Born At Blaina, Monmouthshire.

Barbados

Barbados was a 183 GRT steam trawler completed in 1907 by Earles Shipbuilders of Hull for Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd. She left Hull for the North Sea fishing Grounds on 21 October 1920 and was last seen by trawler Mino on 6 November 1920 in an area where there were known to be mines, A large explosion was heard by nearby trawlers and despite a search no wreckage was found.

There were no survivors

Barbados

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hudson J.E. 40 05/11/1920 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Maud Hudson, Of 127, Chiltern St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Jenkinson William 47 05/11/1920 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eliza Bowers (Formerly Jenkinson), And The Late William Jenkinson; Husband Of Kate Jenkinson (Nee Atkinson), Of 3, Emilys Terrace, Strickland St., Hull. Born At Lincoln.
Kelly J 53 05/11/1920 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At York.
Kenny P 44 05/11/1920 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Florence Kenny, Of 34, Portland Place, Hull.
Pettman D 34 06/11/1920 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Emily Jane Pettman, Of 11, Burleigh Grove, Hawthorn Avenue, Hull. Born At Hull.
Phillips J 52 05/11/1920 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Phillips, Of 14, Milton Grove, Elm St., Hull.
Reynolds J.H. 05/11/1920 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Ribee T 19 05/11/1920 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Ribee, Of 14, Spring Gardens, Hawthorn Avenue, Hull.
Weaver A.S. 44 05/11/1920 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Minnie Weaver, Of 5, Talbot Terrace, Bean St., Hull.
Weaver Thomas Henry 31 05/11/1920 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Andrew And Isabella Weaver; Husband Of Emily Weaver (Nee Mclean), Of 8, Belgrave Terrace, Rosamond St., Hull. Born At Hull.

Barbary

Barbary was a 4,185 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by Rochardson, Duck & Co. for D.MacIver, Sons & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 12 November 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-34 approximately 56 nautical miles North-West by South of Port Said. She was en route from Newport Monmouthshire to the Mediterranean with an unknown cargo.

Barbary

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Pearce Thomas Edward 12/11/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Susannah Pearce, Of 29, Curzon Rd., Waterloo, Liverpool.
McLaren Bruce Lang 58 12/11/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert And Catherine Mclaren; Husband Of Mary Mclaren (Nee Sinclair), Of 8, Waterhouse St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Singleton Thomas 17 12/11/1917 Deck Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Singleton, Of 29, Dalton St., Salford, Lancs., And The Late Margaret Ann Singleton.

Barley Rig

Barley Rig was a 70 GRT steam "Buckie Drifter" fishing vessel that sank after striking a mine on 27 August 1914 off the mouth of the River Tyne.

Barley Rig

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Gray John Smith 33 27/08/1914 Stoker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Roy Gray, Of 75, College St., Aberdeen, And The Late James Morrison Gray. Born At Broughty Ferry.
Smith Samuel 38 27/08/1914 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Jessie Smith, Of 2, King St., Ianstown, Buckie. Born At Portessie, Buckie.
Smith William 35 27/08/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Jessie Smith, Of 11, Reidhaven St., Ianstown, Buckie; Husband Of Helen Smith, Of 9, Seafield St., Ianstown, Buckie.
Smith William 15 27/08/1914 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Helen Smith, Of 9, Seafield St., Ianstown, Buckie, And The Late William Smith.
Urquhart Charles 28 27/08/1914 Engineer Hull Western Cemetery 480. 46307. Son Of Mary Urquhart And The Late John Urquhart; Husband Of Annie Urquhart (Nee Stephen), Of 9, Braeheads, Fraserburgh. Born Aberdeen.

The following photos were provided by David Fowler [71]: That on the left shows the grave of William Smith Snr. and William Smith Jnr., and that on the right the grave of Samuel Smith.

Barley Rig
Barley Rig

Contemporary Newspaper Accounts

Barley Rig
Cutting from the Buckie News dated 3 September 1914 giving an account of what happened and a survivor's report. [72]
Barley Rig

Barley Rig
Cutting from the Buckie News dated 10 September 1914 with an angry letter to the editor. [72]

Barley Rig
Cutting from the Buckie News dated 25 March 1915 with a report about insurance [72]

100th Anniversary of Loss

On 26 August 2014, within a day of 100 years of the date of loss, the local newspaper The Banffshire Advertiser published an article in commemoration as a result of the research done by local historian David Fowler. The article includes first hand accounts by survivors.

Barley Rig
Cutting from The Banffshire Advertiser dated 26 August 2014 [73]
Barley Rig

Barnton

Barnton was a 1,858 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by Mackie & Thomson for Barnton Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Gillespie & Nicol. She was sunk on 24 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-21 at position 45° 40' N, 02° 12' W - approximately 40 nautical miles West by South of Pointe de Chassiron. She was en route from Bilbao to the Tyne with a cargo of iron ore.

Barnton

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Beverley Andrew 44 24/04/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Helen Beverley; Husband Of Elizabeth Beverley (N E Wood), Of Stephen S Buildings, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire. Born At Newburgh, Aberdeenshire.
Clayton William 51 24/04/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert Walter And Emma Clayton; Husband Of Jessie Fenwick Clayton, Of Hallwells, Lundin Links, Largo, Fifeshire. Born At Kinross.
Fulthorpe George Alexander 14 24/04/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Robinson). Son Of Eliza Robinson Fulthorpe (Nee Clark), Of 13, Catherine Terrace, Gateshead, Co. Durham, And The Late George Alexander Fulthorpe. Born At South Shields.
Hall Daniel 47 24/04/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Canada.
Hansen Jens Peter 52 24/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Jacob And Ellen Marie Hansen; Husband Of Nelly Bianca Hansen (Nee Amundsen), Of 258, H. S. Edwards St., South Shields. Born At Copenhagen.
Johnson William Allison 43 24/04/1917 Ship s Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eva Fanny Johnson, Of 24, Rosslyn Terrace, Sunderland, And The Late Nicholas Johnson.
Marshall Robert 49 20/04/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert And The Late Janet Marshall (Nee Shaw); Husband Of Elizabeth Marshall (Nee Dobbie), Of 95, Forth St., Grangemouth, Stirlingshire. Born At Cumbernauld, Glasgow.
McMann John William 20 24/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John William And Ada Mcmann, Of 35, Eldon St., Sunderland. Born At Sunderland.
McPhail John George 23 24/04/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Jane Mcphail, Of 3, Belle Vue Terrace, North Shields, And The Late William Mcphail.
Mikelson J 49 24/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Karlina Mikelson, Of Katrin Dam C 19, House Brushard, Riga, Latvia. Born At Mitan.
Smith John Murray Mcnair 35 24/04/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Jenkin And Isabella Gilmour Smith (Nee Murray). Born At Grangemouth.
Smith Thomas Bain 36 24/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Jenkin And Isabella Smith (Nee Gilmour). Born At Falkirk.
Thomas Moses 40 24/04/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born At Jamaica.
White Arthur 37 24/04/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William, And Mary Ann White. Born At Middlesbrough.

Baron Ailsa

Baron Ailsa was a 1,836 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1912 by Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd. for Kelvin Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by H.Hogarth & Sons. She was sunk on 9 May 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-72 approximately 18 nautical miles West-North-West of The Smalls. She was en route from Queenstown to Barry with a cargo of government stores.

Baron Ailsa

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ali Hasan 09/05/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Black Daniel 58 09/05/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of The Late Frances Black. Born At Newcastle-On-Tyne.
McIntosh Leonard Victor 20 09/05/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Robert and Hannah Elizabeth McIntosh, of 6, Connaught Terrace, Jarrow. Mr. McIntosh was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Mouat Thomas 53 09/05/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Peter And Grace Mouat. Born In Shetland.
Oliver Walter Herbert 18 09/05/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter And Isabella Oliver, Of 27, Great Western Rd., Aberdeen. Born At Tibbermore.
Osborne Percy 19 09/05/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Osborne, of Nottingham. Mr. Osborne was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 30 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Qaid Said 09/05/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Robertson James 27 09/05/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Jessie Robertson. Born At Glasgow.
Routledge Colin Easton 18 09/05/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert Henry Eugene And Alice Routledge, Of 20, Baring St., South Shields. Born At Bootle.
Somerville William 24 09/05/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late David And Eliza Jane Mcpherson. Born At Perth.

Baron Blantyre

Baron Blantyre was a 1,844 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1908 by Grangemouth & Greenock Dockyard Co. for Furness, Withy & Co Ltd as Castle Eden. From 1913 she was owned by Kelvin Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by H.Hogarth & Sons. She was sunk on 3 October 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-89 at position 43° 15' N, 10° 30' W - approximately 60 nautical miles North-West by West of Cape Finisterre. She was en route from the Clyde to Huelva with a cargo of coal.

Baron Blantyre

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Buchan Robert 33 03/10/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret Ann Buchan (Nee Murie), And The Late Robert Buchan; Husband Of Maggie Crawford Buchan (Nee Allan), Of 11, Lawrence St., Partick, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.

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