Lost in WW1

Beeswing Begona No. 4 (Camphill) Begum
Bel Lily Belgian Belgian Prince
Bellagio Bellbank Bellucia
Ben Lomond Bendew


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].

Beeswing

Beeswing was a 1,924 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1889 by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd. for Bowser Ormston. By 1915 she is understood to have been owned by Lowlands Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by J.Crass & Co. She went missing after sailing from The Tyne on March 2 1915. She was en route for Dieppe with a cargo of coal.

There were no survivors

Beeswing

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Allvin Walter Hobson 43 04/03/1915 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Francis Allvin, Of 3, West St., Buckingham, And The Late Annie Allvin. Born At Hull.
Anderson William 29 04/03/1915 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Jane Anderson; Husband Of Isabella Anderson (Nee Wallace), Of 161, West North St., Aberdeen. Born At Braemar.
Broden Frank 48 04/03/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sweden.
Brown J 48 04/03/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Leeds.
Chipchase Clement Robson 19 04/03/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emma Chipchase, Of 321, South Frederick St., South Shields, And The Late William Chipchase.
De Feries R.G. 48 04/03/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Rotterdam.
Gorgensen Anton 24 04/03/1915 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sweden.
Graham George Keedy 21 04/03/1915 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Keedy And Margaret Graham, Of 13, Laygate, South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Harrison James William 28 04/03/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry Harrison, Of Trista, Shetland, And The Late Martha Harrison. Born At East Yell. Shetland.
Harvey George 46 04/03/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Penzance.
Helm T 46 04/03/1915 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ludlow Albert Edward 48 04/03/1915 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Henry And Ellen Ludlow; Husband Of Harriett Ludlow (Nee Wilkinson), Of 6, Frost St., Tyne Dock, South Shields. Born At Woolwich, London.
Middleton Charles 04/03/1915 Able Seaman Dover (St. James S) Cemetery M. I. 10.
Mitschke Harry 24 04/03/1915 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ernest And Mary Mitschke, Of 252, Newport Rd., Middlesbrough, Yorks. Born At West Hartlepool.
Morley Thomas 50 04/03/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At North Shields.
Ogren B 38 04/03/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Ogren, Of Horby, Mjellby, Sweden. Born In Sweden.
Peterson T 29 04/03/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. Carl Johan Peterson, Of Herrestad, Sweden. Born In Sweden.
Prentice William Henry 51 04/03/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Prentice, Of Pallion The Oval, West Hartlepool.
Prentice William Henry 33 04/03/1915 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry And Mary Prentice; Husband Of Margaret Ann Prentice (Nee Bruce), Of 42, Kimberley St., West Hartlepool. Born At Hartlepool.
Richards William 20 04/03/1915 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter And Margaret Richards, Of Imperial Hotel, Union Alley, South Shields. Born At Newcastle.
Strom Henry 51 04/03/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Jane Strom; Husband Of Elizabeth Ann Sehman (Formerly Strom, Nee Watts), Of 34, Lord Nelson St., Tyne Dock, South Shields. Born In Sweden.
Thompson J.W. 50 04/03/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Agnes Thompson (Nee Shield), Of 6, Nelson St., North Shields. Born At North Shields.

Begona No.4 (Camphill)

Begona No.4 was a 2,407 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1890 by J.L.Thompson & Sons for J.M.Urquijo as Forest Holme She was purchased by the UK Government in 1917 and renamed Begona No.4 and managed by H.Rees Jones & Co. There is some confusion as to whether a planned name change to Camphill took effect before she was sunk on 27 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-46 at position 51° 15' N, 11° 45' W - approximately 70 nautical miles West by North of Fastnet. She was en route from Bona to Cork with a cargo of phosphates.

Begona No 4

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Dunn Henry 59 27/07/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born At Bristol.
Grant Angus 46 27/07/1917 Chief Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Donald Grant, And Mary Grant. Born At Pencoed, Glam.

Begum

Begum was a 4,646 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by Charles Connell & Co. for Asiatic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 29 May 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-90 at position 47° 30' N, 12° 28' W - approximately 270 nautical miles West by South of Bishop Rock. She was en route frolm Cardiff to Santiago in ballast.

Begum

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ale Ali 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Allah Rakhkha 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Aman Ali 29/05/1918 Oilman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Amin Sharif 29/05/1918 Seacunny Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Basu 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Dias 29/05/1918 Fifth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial
Faizu Miyan 29/05/1918 Seacunny Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Faizu Miyan 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Fazlur Hasan Ali Rahman 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Fazlur Muhammad Ali Rahman 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Firoz Ali 29/05/1918 First Tindal Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Habibullah 29/05/1918 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Kala Miyan 29/05/1918 Oilman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Musa Miyan 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Muzaffar Ali 29/05/1918 Second Tindal Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Nawab Ali 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Tajammul Husain 29/05/1918 Bhandary Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Wakefield Wilmont E. 29/05/1918 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of A. N. S. Wakefield, Of Loco. And Carriage Supt S. Offices, Burma Railways, Rangoon.

Bel Lily

Bel Lily was a 168 GRT steam trawler completed in 1899 by Irvine Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. for W.Baynton & W.Jagger. She sank on 14 May 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-49 approximately 1.5 nautical miles East-North-East of Peterhead.

Bel Lily

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Atkinson Fred 34 14/05/1917 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Atkinson, Of 9, High Cliff Terrace, Cleethorpes. Born At Grimsby.
Barnett Thomas 42 14/05/1917 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Midhurst.
Ellis John Robert 43 14/05/1917 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Thomas And Mary Ann Ellis; Husband Of Mabel Ellis (Nee Tawn), Of 87, Charlton St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
George Walter Robert 35 14/05/1917 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. George, Of 114, Roberts St., Grimsby. Born At Beccles.
Gibson Frank 54 14/05/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Gibson, Of 1, High Cliff Terrace, Cleethorpes. Born At Leeds.
Harvey Harry 42 14/05/1917 Cook Peterhead Old Churchyard Screen Wall. D. 5. 412. Born In London.
Meeds Thomas 45 14/05/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Abraham And Mary Ann Meeds Born At Boston, Lincs.
Smith Amos 14/05/1917 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Smith Charles Thomas Lewis 43 14/05/1917 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles And Martha Smith, Of 5, Hastings Buildings, Alma Rd., Great Yarmouth. Born At Great Yarmouth.
Smith James 39 14/05/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Edith Smith (Nee Woodhouse), Of 44, Buller St., Grimsby. Born At Hull.

Belgian

Belgian was a 3,657 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by Sir James Laing & Sons, Ltd. for F.Leyland & Co. (1900) Ltd. She was sunk on 24 May 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-57 at position 50° 59' N, 10° 42' W - approximately 50 nautical miles West by South of Fastnet. She was en route from New Orleands to Liverpool with a general cargo.

Belgian

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Thomas William 33 24/05/1917 Storekeeper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Anne Thomas, And The Late Thomas Thomas; Husband Of Ellen Thomas (Nee Needham), Of 117, Gordon St., Everton, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Turnbull George 21 24/05/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Isabella Turnbull, Of 53, Devonshire Rd., Birkenhead, Cheshire. Born At North Shields.

Belgian Prince

Belgian Prince was a 4,765 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by Sir James Laing & Sons, Ltd. for Menantic Steamship Co Ltd. as Mohawk. From 1915 she was owned by Prince Line Ltd., renamed Belgian Prince and managed by Furness, Withy & Co. She was hit by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-55 on 31 July 1917.

The captain was taken prisoner and the crew were lined up on the deck of the submarine which submerged - possibly thinking a British warship was approaching. In any event the men had no lifejackets and the boats had been smashed with axes and they were swept into the sea. The submarine scuttled the ship by gunfire the following day at position 50° 14' N, 11° 30' W. Apart from the captain who remained a POW until the end of the war, only four of the crews were rescued. The ship had been en route from Liverpool to Newport News with a cargo of blue clay.

Belgian Prince
Belgian Prince
Belgian Prince

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barnes Theodore Grace 17 31/07/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ernest Henry And Alice Barnes, Of 44, Kay Rd., Stockwell, London.
Bell Thomas 27 31/07/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Port Erin, Isle Of Man.
Brown Solomon 35 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In West Indies.
Cain B 23 31/07/1917 2nd Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born At Newport News, U.S.A.
Calam Frederick George 20 31/07/1917 Second Officer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Retford.
Christian Nicholas 40 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Trinidad.
Clarke N 27 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Barbados.
Cole J 21 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Cooper Ernest 20 31/07/1917 Third Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Pearson Cooper, And Elizabeth Jane Cooper, Of 23, Zion Terrace, Newcastle Rd., Sunderland. Born At Felling-On-Tyne, Gateshead.
Crissy William 45 31/07/1917 Signalman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Philadelphia, U.S.A.
De Sousa Charles 38 31/07/1917 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Charles And Mary De Sousa; Husband Of Helena De Sousa (Nee Bassett), Of 97, Melbourne St., Salford, Manchester. Born At Nevis, British West Indies.
Duhig Michael 36 31/07/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Duhig, of Glanturkin, Whitegate, Co. Cork. Awarded China Medal 1900. Mr. Duhig was a member of the Royal Navy and is also commemorated on panel 20 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Duval Maurice 34 31/07/1917 Ship s Cook and Baker Tower Hill Memorial Born In British Honduras.
Elliott Edwin Arthur 18 31/07/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Mary Elliott. Born At Fulham, London.
Evans James Francis 23 31/07/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Patrick And Bridget Evans, Of St. Mary S St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Fehlmann Robert 54 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Aarau, Switzerland.
Gilmore Thomas J. 32 31/07/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Mass., U.S.A.
Griffiths John 29 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Jamaica.
Hassan H 31/07/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Haul M 35 31/07/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Liverpool.
Hempenstall Charles 26 31/07/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Hempenstall, Of Wexford Rd., Arklow. Born At Arklow.
Hobson Hugh George 27 31/07/1917 Fourth Engineer Office Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry And Louie Hobson; Husband Of Rose Ethel Ridgewell Hobson (Nee Elnaugh), Of Baddow Rd., Chelmsford, Essex. Born At Clapham Common, London.
Hoey Cyril Jos 17 31/07/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Born At Tynemouth.
John Alfred 27 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Old Calabar.
Judge Thomas 24 31/07/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And Jane Anne Judge (Nee Shotton), Of 195, Cleveland Rd., Sunderland. Born At Hartlepool.
Linklater David 27 31/07/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of James and Margaret Linklater, Mill House Skaill, Sandwick, Orkney. Mr. Linklater was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 27 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Loft Thomas 40 31/07/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And Mary Ann Loft, Of 77, Foley St., Kirkdale, Liverpool.
McGratten Thomas Henry 31 31/07/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Bertha May Christian Mcgratten (Nee Kelly), 63, Malew St., Castletown, Isle Of Man. Born At Castletown.
Mifaries Jo 23 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial (May Have Been Named Mijaries). Born At Trinidad.
Morton Niel Mcdougall 27 31/07/1917 Chief Officer Kilbrandon Old Churchyard Husband Of Jane Morton, Of 15, Beechwood St, Sunderland. Born At Durham.
Robinson Ralph Henderson 17 31/07/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William James And Elizabeth Jane Robinson (Nee Henderson), Of 6, The Bridge, Chester-Le-Street, Co. Durham.
Rode G 38 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Luxemburg.
Ryan Thomas 19 31/07/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Patrick Ryan, Of 51, Clifton St., Garston, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Salet N 38 31/07/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Russia.
Sharp Edward Baden 16 31/07/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Frances Annie Sharp (Nee Lundy), Of 29, Watson S Walk, St. Albans, Herts.
Shea James 38 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Michigan, U.S.A.
Skerritt Charles 25 31/07/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph Bethrand Skerritt, Of Table Land, Bande L Est Rd., Princes Town, Trinidad. Born In West Indies.
Taylor Henry Nicholas 25 31/07/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Richard And Jane Taylor, Of Four Roads, Port St. Mary, Isle Of Man. Born At Port St. Mary, Isle Of Man.
Thornton Richard 24 31/07/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph Potts Thornton And Clarissa Thornton (Nee Sanderson), Of 164, St. Vincent St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Williams John 22 31/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sierra Leone.

Below is an article by Claran McCauley that appeared on the BBC Northern Ireland section of the BBC website on 5 August 2017 [74]:

World War One: The sinking of the SS Belgian Prince 100 years on

Henry Hassan
Portrait of Henry Hassan - Master of Belgian Prince - by courtesy of the Hassan family.
Even down the phone, clear Geordie tones ring out from Mick Laffey - a world away from the accent his County Down-born great-great uncle Capt Henry 'Harry' Hassan would have employed.

Some relatives of the Bangor-born captain, including Mr Laffey, have stayed close to the area of Tyneside where he lived before he disappeared 100 years ago, following the sinking of SS Belgian Prince on 31 July 1917. It was an event that even in the midst of World War One jumped from the pages of the UK's daily papers.

"A crime unparalleled for fiendish cruelty," "A cold-blooded murder" caused by "submarine savagery" that resulted in the deaths of 38 men in the harsh waves of Atlantic Ocean, almost 200 miles from the west coast of Ireland.

An "outrage" recorded in the minutes of a meeting held by Prime Minster David Lloyd George's war cabinet in the days after.

The details were gruesome - a cargo ship torpedoed by a U-boat, its fleeing crew taken from lifeboats before they could escape. Their lifejackets confiscated, the crew were assembled on the hull of the submarine before it submerged, leaving all but four of the men to drown. Three survivors and one more unaccounted for - Capt Henry Hassan, who was taken below the deck of the U-boat before it submerged. His family never saw or heard from him again.

His name features on Tower Hill Memorial in London, dedicated to mercantile seaman who died in both world wars with no known grave, as well as on Bangor's war memorial. But his exact fate remains unknown over a century later - did he die in Germany as an unrecorded prisoner of war? Or was he killed when the U-boat carrying him was destroyed by British forces? Or was he the victim of a ruthless U-boat commander, a "prototype Nazi", who later served on the staff of Heinrich Himmler?

Mr Laffey was "six or seven" when he first heard about "Uncle Harry". "I was sitting with my nana and asked her if anybody in our family was in the war," he told BBC News NI. "And she talked about Uncle Harry. When she explained what happened, you could tell that it had affected her and the family. "Her mam would've known Harry, the whole family was touched by what happened, it was a personal tragedy."

His uncle, Philip Burchill, was told the story by his grandfather in 1961 when he asked for help writing a seafaring story for homework. I was 11, my grandfather didn't tell me the details of the sinking," he said. "I remember listening with horror, a few years later, as he told me that the submarine had dived with the crew of the Belgian Prince on its deck."

Survivors
Two of the Belgian Prince survivors - by courtesy of the Sailors Society.


The story itself only came to be told because of the three fortunate survivors. Newspaper reports from the time carried the testimony of Chief Engineer Thomas Bowman. He described the moment the submarine became submerged in the ocean. "Suddenly, I heard a rush of water and, shouting 'look out, she's sinking,' I jumped into the water," he said. "Many men went down with the submarine, others swam about. "Near me was an apprentice, aged 16, shouting for help, I held him up in darkness until about midnight when he became unconscious and died from exposure." He, along with two others, was taken to the Sailors' Rest in Londonderry, where they were tended to by the maritime charity now known as the Sailors' Society.

The charity marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Belgian Prince with a wreath-laying ceremony last Monday. "This horrific event is one of the many examples of merchant seafarers paying the ultimate sacrifice to keep supply chains open during times of conflict," said its chief executive Stuart Rivers. The sinking of the Belgian Prince would have been considered an outrage at the time, said Bangor historian Ian Wilson, although it would also have been an opportunity for the UK government. "They would have made the most of it for propaganda purposes," he said. "And it should be remembered that there were things the British did that were just as bad. "But, certainly, the story of the Belgian Prince is a fascinating though very, very sad story and what happened to Henry Hassan is very, very unusual."

In June 1919, Capt Hassan was declared legally dead. There are no shortage of theories on what happened to him, although not even Mr Laffey and Mr Burchill agree over which is correct. He may have been taken to Germany as a prisoner of war, but there is no record of him entering the country or being held there. The British Red Cross were not notified of his capture.

The most arresting theory surrounds Wilhelm Werner, the commander of U-Boat U55. Evidence points towards Werner being behind a number of attacks with striking similarities to that of the SS Belgian Prince. The SS Torrington is believed to have been sunk by U55, with its crew then left helpless on the submarine's hull after the captain was taken below. Werner was accused of war crimes and fled to Brazil after the war when the Allies demanded his extradition. He returned to Germany in 1924 before climbing the ranks of the Nazi Party and eventually becoming a part of Heinrich Himmler's personal staff.

It is the U55 that Mr Laffey believes attacked and sunk the Belgian Prince. He believes Werner possibly had Capt Hassan killed. "He wouldn't have thought twice about getting rid of him (Capt Hassan)," Mr Laffey said. "He wouldn't want him to be a witness to war crimes, to be able to tell the tale." Mr Burchill, however, reckoned it was a different U-boat, U44 , that torpedoed the Belgian Prince - and U44 was sunk on 12 August 1917, just 12 days after Capt Hassan disappeared. He believes "Uncle Harry" was lost when the U44 was destroyed. This is the theory that a British judge laid out in court in 1918 when he was given leave to presume the death of Capt Hassan.

"If it was friendly fire that caused Uncle Harry's death, then I could accept that, because the alternative must be that it was the U55," said Mr Laffey. Odds are the fate of Capt Hassan will never be known - but that won't deter his family from keeping the story and his memory alive through any means they can. In 2014, a local church in Hebburn, near Newcastle, asked for names to be included on a plaque dedicated to those from the area who fought and died in World War One. "I put his name forward and waited for the day it was unveiled and when I went to see it I scanned down the 30 or so names - and his wasn't on it," said Mr Laffey. "But then I looked up, and he was at the top on his own. He was the only officer - a master of a ship."

Bellagio

Bellagio was a 3,919 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1890 by D. & W. Henderson & Co. for Bell Bros McLelland. She was damaged on 27 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-65 approximately 4 miles South of Owers Light Vessel. She was beached but refloated and repaired later. At the time of the incident she was en route from London to Barry in ballast.

Bellagio

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brown Percy Knox 39 27/07/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.

Bellbank

Bellbank was a 3,250 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by Robert Craggs and Sons for Cotehele Steamship Co. Ltd. as Lustleigh. By the time of her loss she was owned by The Bell Lines Ltd. and managed by James Bell & Co. She was sunk on 7 September 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-67 at position 42° 48' N, 05° 08' E - approximately 25 nautical miles South-South-West of Planier Island. She was en route from Algiers to La Spezia with a general cargo.

Bellbank

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Olsen Henry Peter 46 07/09/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Gray). Son Of The Late Joseph Peter Olsen; Husband Of Margaret Olsen (Nee Joyce), Of 167, Adelaide St., South Shields. Born At New York.

Bellucia

Bellucia was a 4,368 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1909 by D. & W. Henderson & Co., Ltd. for Bellucia Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Bell Bros. & Co. She was sunk on 7 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-31 at position 49° 58' N, 05° 11' W - approximately 2 nautical miles South-South-East of The Lizard. She was en route from Montreal to London with a cargo of flour and wheat.

Bellucia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bell Robert Stanley 26 07/07/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Bell, Of 6, Edith St., Dawdon, Seaham Harbour, Durham, And The Late Jane Bell. Born At Silksworth, Sunderland.
Kidney Dennis 33 07/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eliza Kidney, Of Convent Rd., Blackrock, Cork, And The Late John Kidney.
O Leary Eugene 31 07/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Margaret O Leary; Husband Of Hannah O Leary (Nee Mahoney), Of 11, Thomas Davis Avenue, Blackpool, Cork. Born At Cork.
Pepprell John Edwin 29 07/07/1917 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Pepprell And The Late Thomas Pepprell; Husband Of Jane Pepprell (Nee Winson), Of 34, Arvon St., Orrell, Bootle, Near Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Ben Lomond

Please see the entry for Turnbridge

Bendew

Bendew was a 3,681 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1909 by Irvine’s Shipbuilding. & DD. Co., Ltd. for Joseph Hoult & Co. Ltd. By the time of her loss she was owned by Admiral Nelson Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by Wait & Dodds. She sank on 4 April 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-1 at position 51° 30' N, 01° 37' E - approximately 9 nautical miles from the Kentish Knock ligh vessel in the Thames estuary. She was en route from Port Breira to the Tyne with a cargo of iron ore.

Bendew

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cook Robert 45 04/04/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.

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