Lost in WW1

Bunty Burcombe Burma
Burnhope Burnstone Burrsfield
C.A.Jaques Cabotia Cairndhu
Cairnmona


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].

Bunty

Bunty was a 73 GRT steam tug completed in 1913 by Scott & Sons for the Premier Tug Co. Ltd. She sank on 21 October 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-49 at position 54° 30' N, 00° 30' W - off the coast of Whitby. She was en route from Hull to Rosyth with a cargo of coal. A pilot was on board at the time she was blown up.

There were no survivors

Bunty

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Batty Robert Edward 21/10/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Clark Herbert 29 21/10/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. R. Clark; Husband Of Emma Clark, Of 17, Goodwin Terrace, Day St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Eales William Charles 21/10/1917 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Frances Ellis Eales, Of 511, Anlaby Rd., Kingston-Upon-Hull.
Lee William 26 21/10/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Maud Lee, Of 4, Chester Avenue, Mauvers St., Hull. Born At Crowle.
Speck Henry William 49 21/10/1917 Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry And Martha Speck; Husband Of Mary Elizabeth Speck (Nee Lewis), Of 33, Harrow St., Hull. Born At Hull.

Burcombe

Burcombe was a 3,516 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1913 by Richardson, Duck & Co. Ltd. for Burcombe Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Burdick & Cook. She was sunk on 1 December 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-22 at position 35° 20' N, 16° 23' E - approximately 100 nautical miles South-East by South of Malta. She was en route from Karachi to Hull with a cargo of grain.

Burcombe

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Lambris J.D. 39 01/12/1916 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial (May Have Been Known As Lamberis). Husband Of Xanthe Lambris, Of Vrontadis, Isle Of Syra, Greece. Born In Greece.
Merovsalis A 24 01/12/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Nicoli P 30 01/12/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.

Burma

Burma was a 724 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1891 by S/P.Austin & Son for Bennett Steamship Co. of Goole. She sank on 23 June 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-6 at position 52° 09' N, 01° 46' E - approximately 15 nautical miles East of Harwich. She was en route from London to Goole in ballast.

Burma

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Champion Robert John 31 23/06/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Sarah Jane Champion; Husband Of Blanch Champion (Nee Coward), Of 1, Johnson S Buildings, Bridge Foot, Goole. Born At Swinefleet.
Dudding Robert 63 23/06/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Hannah Dudding. Born At Goole.
Duffill Thomas William 29 23/06/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Bellby Duffill, And Annie Duffill; Husband Of Ada Duffill (Nee Hemmingway), Of 23, Heber St., Old Goole, Yorks. Born At Goole.
Gillyon James Walter 48 23/06/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Godfrey And Ann Gillyon; Husband Of Sarah Gillyon, Of 23, Richard Cooper St., Goole. Born At Beverley.
Jackson Herbert 34 23/06/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Martha Jackson; Husband Of Maria Jackson (Nee Sutcliff), Of 7, North St., Goole, Yorks. Born At Goole.
Shay John 48 23/06/1916 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eliza Hunter Shay And The Late James C. Shay; Husband Of Jane Shay (Nee Smith), Of 15, Broadway, Goole. Born At Goole.
Turner Albert Levy 36 23/06/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At York.

Burnhope

Burnhope was a 1,941 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by Wood, Skinner & Co. for Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd. She sank on 14 December 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-32 approximately 0.25 nautical miles South by East of the Hartlepool Bay buoy. She was en route from Hartlepool to London with a cargo of coal.

Burnhope

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Sadler William C. 14/12/1916 Master Tower Hill Memorial

Burnstone

Burnstone was a 2,412 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1903 by Craig, Taylor & Co. for Kilsyth Shipping Co. Ltd. as Kilsyth. From 1917 she was owned by Alexander Bros. She was sunk on 19 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-62 approximately 44 nautical miles North of the Farne Islands. She was en route from Immingham to an unknown destination with a cargo of coal.

Burnstone

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Billett Arthur Somers 36 19/03/1918 Gunner Tower Hill Memorial Husband of Laura Minnie Billett, of White Cross, Litton Cheney, Dorchester. Mr. Billett was a member of the Royal Marine Artillery and is also commemorated on panel 30 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Green George 47 19/03/1918 Ship's Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Green; Husband Of Catherine Green (Nee Speck), Of 29, Pilgrim St., West Hartlepool. Born At West Hartlepool.
Hogarth Joseph 19/03/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sunderland.
Todd Alfonso 16 19/03/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret Wadey (Formerly Todd, Nee Nolan), Of 25, Elsdon St., North Shields, And The Late Edward Todd.
Walters Stephen Maitland 16 19/03/1918 Signal Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ernest Arthur And Esther Eleanor Walters, Of 18, Chaucer Rd., Acton, London. Born At Kensington.

Burrsfield

Burrsfield was a 4,037 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1902 by J.Priestman & Co. for Burrsfield Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by F.Woods. She was sunk on 5 October 1915 by gunfire from German submarine U-33 at position 35° 57' N, 21° 00' E - approximately 70 nautical miles West of Cape Matapan. She was en route from Barry via Malta to the Dardanelles beachhead with a cargo of general stores.

Burrsfield

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Anastasiadis V 36 05/10/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Chionas T 29 05/10/1915 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Evans Evan David 14 05/10/1915 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Evans, Of Lone Cnwcylili, New Quay, Cardiganshire, And The Late Thomas John Evans.
Hunt Ambrose Langley 46 05/10/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial Younger Son Of Ambrose Hunt, M.D., Of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford; Husband Of Catherine M. Hunt, Of 6, Pump Court, Temple, London, Late Of Old Hill House, Westerham, Kent. Lieut., R.N.R., Until 1908.

C.A.Jaques

C.A.Jaques was a 2,105 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1909 by A. McMillan & Son Ltd. for Jaques Transportation Co. Ltd. From 1914 she was owned by Canad Steamship Lines Ltd. She was sunk on 1 May 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-18 at position 50° 27' N, 01° 04' E - approximately 26 nautical miles West-South-West of Boulogne. She was en route from Rouen to the Tyne in ballast.

C A Jacques

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Collingham Andrew 23 01/05/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sara Collingham And The Late James Collingham; Husband Of Margaret Collingham (Nee Little), Of 64, Morton St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Douglas George Graham 24 01/05/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Douglas, Of The Rose And Crown, East Holborn, South Shields, And The Late Margaret Douglas (Nee Graham). Born At South Shields.
Pearson Frank 20 01/05/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Amelia And The Late Frank Pearson; Husband Of Catherine Pearson (Nee Taylor), Of 30, Peel St., South Shields. Born At York.

Cabotia

Cabotia was a 4,309 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by R.Duncan & Co. for Donaldson Line Ltd. and managed by Donaldson Bros. Ltd. She was captured on 20 October 1916 and sunk by gunfire from German submarine U-69 at position 55° 16' N, 11° 16' W - approximately 120 nautical miles West-North-West of Tory Island. She was en route from Montreal to Manchester with a cargo of wood pulp and a consignment of horses.

The following is an extract from Archibald Hurd [34]:

She fought a gale across the Atlantic on her way to Liverpool, but she fought it with success, though she was continually swept by the angry seas. On October 20th, as she was labouring heavily, a fierce wind blowing from the south-west, a submarine was sighted on the starboard bow, and at once opened fire with her forward gun. The Cabotia was 120 miles from Tory Island, and she possessed no armament with which her crew could attempt to purchase, at however great a risk, immunity from the hardships which the taking to their small boats suggested. They were twelve hours' steaming from the nearest land, and whether they could reach it in such frail craft as they had at their command was the thought which must have passed through the minds of a good many of the little company on board, numbering seventy-four, as the first shot struck the steamer about midship on the starboard side.

There was no possibility of effective defence, but the master nevertheless turned the Cabotia's stern to the submarine and put on full speed. Every five minutes the submarine fired a shot, and she secured four hits. The captain then ordered all the boats to be swung out, though everyone realised that they could not live long in such a sea. In the meantime the Cabotia managed to keep the enemy astern, but gradually the distance between the two vessels was lessening. The position was seen to be hopeless. The engines were stopped and four boats were lowered, manned, and got clear of the steamer without mishap.

The submarine, having given the Cabotia another shot, went alongside another steamer which was approaching. The boats proceeded in the same direction, hoping to be picked up; but the stranger, after communicating with the U-boat, blew two blasts on her whistle and continued on her course, without a thought for the mariners fighting for life in the heavy seas which were running.

Two of the boats of the Cabotia were never seen again, and small wonder in view of the storm which was raging. It was little short of a miracle that the other two boats survived. Throughout the night the second officer and his companions pulled steadily with faint hope, for they realised that the nearest land was 120 miles away; but as the dawn was breaking it became possible to set a sail, and a few hours later a patrol-boat appeared and the little group of seamen, drenched to the skin, cold to the marrow, and exhausted by their labours, found safety. A search for the other three boats was then begun, and twenty minutes later the chief officer's boat was sighted and its occupants were also rescued. Throughout that day and all the succeeding night, and on the following day, a patrol-vessel thrashed the waters, hoping against hope to find the master's and third officer's boats, but no trace of them could be discovered. In these circumstances thirty-two more men were murdered as a result of the ruthless policy pursued by the enemy's officers in face of the protestations which had been made in the ears of Americans and other neutrals.
Cabotia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bassoli Carlo 46 23/10/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Andrew And Carolina Bassoli; Husband Of Caroline Bassoli (N E Williams), Of 47, Brooke Rd., Bootle, Lancs. Born In Italy.
Caswell W.F. 32 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Worcester.
Copp Arthur 33 20/10/1916 Able Seaman and Lamps Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jane Copp And The Late William Copp. Born In Jersey.
Danielsen Elinar 24 20/10/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Fraser John William 40 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Margaret Fraser, Of 726, Roger S Building, Vancouver, British Columbia. Born In Canada.
Garrity Joseph 24 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. M. A. Garrity, Of 521, Lehigh St., East Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Born In U.S.A.
Hart Henry William 48 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Caroline Hart; Husband Of Mary Elizabeth Hart (Nee Leslie), Of 31, Avenue Rd., Toronto, Canada. Born At Colne Engaine.
Henry John 18 20/10/1916 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mark Young Henry And Nellie Henry, Of 3, Moore Field Cottages, Millerhill, Dalkeith, Midlothian. Born At Liberton.
Hilditch Christopher Joseph 17 20/10/1916 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Mary Alice Hilditch, Of 19, Clay St., Lissadel St., Pendleton, Lancs.
Hubbard J.C, 50 20/10/1916 Assistant Foreman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Canada.
Isaac Manuel 31 20/10/1916 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial (May Have Been Named Caaer). Born In Greece.
James William 40 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Canada.
Johnston Edward Austin 21 20/10/1916 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ronald And Mary Johnston (Nee Macneil), Of Eriskay, South Uist.
Kohlmann Carl 55 20/10/1916 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Lang John 43 20/10/1916 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Harriet Lang (Nee Henry), Of 34, Jennymount St., Belfast. Born At Belfast.
Lewis C 49 Mentioned in Despatches 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Wales.
Lyon Robert Francis 24 20/10/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Samuel And Gertrude Lyon, Of 26, Anslow St., Queen S Rd., Harpurhey, Manchester. Born At Birkenhead.
Maynard John 31 20/10/1916 Assistant Foreman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Maynard. Born In Canada.
McArthur James 37 20/10/1916 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Daniel And Mary Am Mcarthur. Born At Glasgow.
Mitchell John 20/10/1916 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Muckle Hugh 39 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Agnes Muckle, Of Killanghey, Donaghadee, Co. Down.
Nichol R 55 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Edinburgh.
Nilsen Einar 21 20/10/1916 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Pacheco Arthur 44 20/10/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Portugal.
Roberts Charles Lever 59 20/10/1916 2nd Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Ann Roberts; Husband Of Sarah Roberts (Nee Mcdonell), Of 34, Dudley Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow. Born In Cheshire.
Robertson James Keith 23 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth And The Late Mr. Robertson; Husband Of Jeanie L. Robertson (Nee Morgan), Of 55, Home St., Edinburgh. Born At Edinburgh.
Roy H 22 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Canada.
Scott David 33 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Ann And The Late John Scott; Husband Of Jane Scott (Nee Hannah), Of 65 Marquis Rd., Woodside, Aberdeen. Born At Aberdeen.
Stronach Robert 19 20/10/1916 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Alice Stronach (Nee Walls), Of 66, Thistle St., Dunfermline. Born At Dunfermline.
Whitton D 29 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Dundee.
Wise F 45 20/10/1916 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Surrey.
Wright Tom 21 20/10/1916 Assistant Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henrietta Hillier (Formerly Wright, Nee Mayo), Of 8, Shirley Park Rd., Shirley, Southampton, And The Late Charles Wright. Born At Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Cairndhu

Cairndhu was a 4,019 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by W.Doxford & Sons for Cairn Line of Steamships Ltd. and managed by Cairnsm Noble & Co. She was sunk on 16 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-40 approximately 25 nautical miles West of Beachy Head. She was en route from the Tyne to Gibraltar with a cargo of coal.

Cairndhu

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Caldwell J 15/04/1917 Fireman Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery I. 9. 62.
Cutter J 47 15/04/1917 Fireman South Shields (Harton) Cemetery B. 1608. Son Of Eleanor Cutter, Of 13, Agnes St., South Shields, And The Late Joseph Cutter.
Dacey John 46 15/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Davison John Robert 17 15/04/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Benjamin Robson Davison, Of 22, Vespasian St., South Shields, And The Late Isabella Davison.
Dickson Robert 49 15/04/1917 Fireman South Leith Parish Churchyard South-East of Church.
Hall F 15/04/1917 Able Seaman Highgate Cemetery 135. 40651.
Keefe T 43 15/04/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Born At Newport, Mon.
Macdonald Norman 42 15/04/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of John and Annie Macdonald, of Eoropie, Ness; husband of Johanna Macdonald, of 22, Eoropie, Ness, Lewis, Ross-shire. Mr. Macdonald was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 26 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Mallaby Joseph Harry 25 15/04/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Joseph Clough Mallaby And Mary Mallaby; Husband Of Clara Sinnock Mallaby (Nee Gardner), Of 66, St. Bernard S Rd., Stockton-On-Tees. Born At Thornaby-On-Tees.
Mulvain David 15/04/1917 Fireman Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery M. 5. 24.
Toward Louis Ormston 43 15/04/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Isabel Dixon Toward (Nee Rutherford), Of 5, Clovelly Gardens, Whitley Bay, Northumberland. Born At Belfast.

Cairnmona

Cairnmona was a 4,666 GRT steam cargo ship (ref) completed in 1918 by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. for Cairn Line of Steamships Ltd. and managed Cairns, Noble & Co. She was damaged on 15 June 1918 approximately 4 nautical miles East of the Coquet Islands. She was en route from Leith to Newcastle in ballast.

DCairnmonaDD

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
King John 24 15/06/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Ann King; Husband Of Janet Fairbairn King (Nee Mcdougall), Of 120, Corporation Buildings, Leith. Born At Newhill.
Sneddon F 15/06/1918 Fireman Bo Ness Cemetery B. 338.
Sniddon Forbes 30 15/06/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mendry And Janet Sniddon; Husband Of Catherine Sniddon (Nee Brown), Of 12, Bowling Green St., Leith. Born At Bo Ness.
Wynn James 42 15/06/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Michael And Mary Ann Healy Wynn; Husband Of Jeanie Anne Wynn (Nee Grieve), Of 21, Coalfield Lane, Leith. Born At Leith.

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