Lost in WW1

Cayo Bonito Cedarwood Celia
Cento Cestrian Ceylon
Chagres Chantala Charles
Charles Goodenew


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].

Cayo Bonito

Cayo Bonito was a 3,427 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by J. Readhead & Sons for Cuban Steamship Co. Ltd. From 1917 she was owned by Brys & Gylsen Ltd. She was sunk on 11 October 1917 date by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-35 at position 44° 14' N, 08° 30' E - approximately 4 nautical miles East-North-East of Savona in the Gulf of Genoa. She was en route from Swansea to Livorno with a cargo of patent fuel.

Cayo Bonito
Cayo Bonito

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cunningham Frederick Roberts Cornelius 17 11/10/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Cornelius Shearer Cunningham And Rebecca Simpson Cunningham, Of 12, Meadowbank Terrace, Edinburgh. Born At Holytown, Lanark.
Eigsini E 24 11/10/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Evans John 17 11/10/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Evan Jones Evans And Elizabeth Evans, Of Isgraig, Sarn, Meillteyrn, Carnarvonshire.
Harper William David 31 11/10/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jane And The Late William Henry Harper; Husband Of Mary Anna Harper (Nee Harries), Of 3, Grange Town, Cardigan. Born At St. Dogmells, Cardigan.
Kull Martin 24 11/10/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Jacob Kull; Husband Of Florence May Kull (Nee Richards), Of 56, Tymawr St., Port Tennant, Swansea. Born At Cowland, Russia.
Roberts Frederick Henry 21 11/10/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry And Jane Roberts, Of Bodavon, Sarn Merllteyrn, Pwllheli, Carnarvonshire. Born At Aberdaron, Carnarvonshire.

Cedarwood

Cedarwood was a 654 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by W.Harkess & Son Ltd. for Meteor Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by R.A.Constantine & T.H.Donking. She sank on 12 February 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-4 approximately 2.5 nautical miles East of Aldeburgh Napes. She was en route from Middlesbrough to Fécamp with a cargo of pig iron.

Cedarwood

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bowles Ernest Lawrence Burwood 49 12/02/1916 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Alice Rachel Bowles, Of 65, Cromwell Rd., South Bank, Yorks. Born At Ipswich.
Elliott William John 40 12/02/1916 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Elliott, Of 98, Ayresome Park Rd., Middlesbrough.
Hirano Hidegoro 30 12/02/1916 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Seishiro Hirano. Born In Japan.
Omura Umeichi 30 12/02/1916 Pantryman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. Umekichi Omura, Of 277, Honami-Mura, Kaho-Gun, Fukuoka-Ken, Japan. Born In Japan.
Solomonsen P 27 12/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Iceland.
Watters James Davison 45 12/02/1916 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Laura Isabel Rachael Watters, Of 72, Aire St., Middlesbrough.

Celia

Celia was a 202 GRT steam fishing trawler completed in 1908 by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. She was registered in Hull as H989 and was reported as missing on 8 January 1915.

There were no survivors

Celia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Haldenby T.E. 43 08/01/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Haldenby, Of 7, Claremont Villas, Liverpool St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Kingdom Wilfred Thomas 24 08/01/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Richard Thomas And Priscilla Kingdom, Of 2, Clumber Avenue, Flinton St., Hull.
Laverack D 18 08/01/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Laverack, Of 9, Florence Terrace. Wassand St., Hull.
Longthorn Wilfred 08/01/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Mitchell A 21 08/01/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Mitchell, Of Manchester St., Hull. Born At Yarmouth.
Ottley T 42 08/01/1915 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Ottley, Of 7, Providence Terrace, Wassand St., Hull. Born At Grimsby.
Rylett Albert 33 08/01/1915 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Margaret Jane Rylett, Of 47, Constable St., Hull.
Sowter H.W. 26 08/01/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Sowter, Of 7, Salisbury St., Hull. Born At Yarmouth.
Wright T.S. 21 08/01/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Wright, Of 60, Marmaduke St., Hull. Born At Aberdeen.

Cento

Cento was a 3,708 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd. for Corinthian Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by R.Nicholson & Sons. She was damaged during two separate attacks:

  • On 11 September 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-31 approximately 10 nautical miles South-East of the Old Head of Kinsale. She was en route from Cardiff and Queenstown to an unknown destination in ballast. Two lives were lost in this incident.
  • On 4 June 1918 by German submarine UC-70 at position 54° 23' N, 00° 13' E. She was en route from Hull to Narvik in ballast. Three lives were lost in this incident.
Cento

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bestman Tom 30 04/06/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Conroy Charles Wellesley 26 04/06/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Maria Thompson (Formerly Conroy), Of 16, Bandon St., Belfast. Born At Dublin.
Doe Jim 23 04/06/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Richardson John 39 11/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Rourke George 29 11/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Margaret Rourke (Nee Mcdonald). Born At Glasgow.

Cestrian

Cestrian was a 8,761 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1896 by Harland & Wolff for Frederick Leyland & Co. Ltd. She sank on 24 June 1917 after being struck by a torpedo fired by German submarine UB-42 approximately 4 nautical miles South-East of Skyros Island in the Aegean Sea. She was in use as a troopship and was en route from Salonica to Alexandria with 800 passengers and a cargo of horses. A survivor account stated that the ship was finally sunk by gunfire.

Cestrian

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hodgson Harold 23 24/06/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Harold Hodgson, Of 22, Rudgrave Sq., Egremont, Cheshire, And The Late Alice Hodgson. Born At Birkenhead.
Mccue Peter 42 24/06/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Peter And Mary Mccue; Husband Of Theresa Mccue (Nee Walsh), Of 6, Walmsley Place, Boundary St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Woods Isaac 30 24/06/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Richard And Sinai Woods; Husband Of Elizabeth Anne Woods (Nee Appleton), Of 4, Cyprus Square, Rose Vale, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Ceylon

Ceylon was a 146 GRT seam fishing trawler completed in 1891 by Cochrane, Hamilton, Cooper & Schofield for Moss, Thomas C. & F. (& Others) of Grimsby and registered as GY.366. She was sunk by a German warship whilst in the fishing grounds in the North Sea.

There were no survivors

Ceylon

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barker Joseph 48 06/09/1914 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Florence Alice Barker, Of 153, King Edward St., Grimsby. Born At Manchester.
Bradbury Arthur Bakes 25 06/09/1914 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Elsie Bakes Bradbury, Of 5, Clerke St., Cleethorpes. Born At West Hartlepool.
Carter Alfred John 46 06/09/1914 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Exeter.
Emson Fredrick 33 06/09/1914 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Emson, Of 137, Freeman St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Gibland John 50 06/09/1914 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Huddersfield.
Marchant Edward Arthur 06/09/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
McAndrews George 30 06/09/1914 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George McAndrews, Of 36, Union St., Louth. Born At Louth, Lincs.
Pilcher Herbert Richard 48 06/09/1914 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Elizabeth Pilcher, Of 163, Hope St., Grimsby. Born At Harwich.
Simon Ingwold Joseph 26 06/09/1914 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Hull.

Chagres

Chagres was a 5,288 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1912 by A. Stephen & Sons, Ltd. for Elders & Fyffes Ltd. She was sunk on 10 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-74 approximately 62 nautical miles North-East by East of Cape Drepano, Crete. She was en route from Port Said to Salonica with a cargo of government stores.

Chagres

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Shields Edward 11/03/1918 Chief Cook Tower Hill Memorial

Chantala

Chantala was a 4,949 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1913 by Richardson, Duck & Co. Ltd. for British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was sunk by explosives on 5 April 1916 after being struck by torpedo fired by German submarine U-34 at position 37° 12' N, 03° 48' E - approximately 15 nautical miles North of Cape Bengut. She was en route from the Tees and London to Calcutta with a general cargo.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

The torpedo exploded in or near the engine-room killing the fourth engineer and eight native firemen. Capt. Hamlyn sent out a wireless call for assistance and ordered the crew to the boats, there being no passengers on board. As the ship did not sink, though down by the head, the captain ordered his boat back, whereupon the submarine surfaced and opened fire from her gun. She then drew abreast of the boat and ordered the captain and gunners aboard, but the commander changed his mind and they were allowed to return. The submarine then completed the destruction of the Chantala by time-bombs and departed.
Chantala

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Abdul Karim 05/04/1916 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Abdul Karim 05/04/1916 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Abdus Salam 05/04/1916 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Idris Miyan 05/04/1916 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Loni Miyan 05/04/1916 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Muhammad Husain 05/04/1916 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Nazir Ahmad 05/04/1916 Lampman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Sikandar Miyan 05/04/1916 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Vine Bertrand Spencer 31 05/04/1916 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Kent.

Charles

Charles was a 78 GRT wooden sailing vessel completed in 1857 by C.Hunt of Bridgwater for John G.Renouf. She was sunk on 24 January 1918 by gunfire from German submarine U-90 at position 49° 30' N, 02° 45' W - approximately 16 nautical miles South-West of The Casquets. She was en route from Granville to Swansea with a cargo of iron ore.

Charles

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Durant William 40 24/01/1918 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Sarah Walker Durant; Husband Of Laura Daisy Snell Durant (Nee Staples), Of 3, West St., Bridgwater, Somerset. Born At Bridgwater.

Charles Goodanew

Charles Goodanew was a 791 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by W.Harkess & Sons for Meteor Steamship Co. Ltd. as Levenwood. Frow 1915 she was owned by Plymouth Mutual Co-operative Industrial Society Ltd., renamed Charles Goodanew, and managed by A.E.Wonnacott. She sank on 17 April 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-45 at position 57° 39' N, 01° 45' W. - approximately 3.5 nautical miles East-North-East of Rattray Head. She was en route from Aberdeen to Scapa Flow with Admiralty cargo.

Charles Goodanew

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Carr William 17/04/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Craig W 17/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Eadington John William Clark 40 17/04/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Peter Todd And Mary Eadington; Husband Of Margaret Eadington (Nee Smith), Of 108, Beaumont St., Blyth. Born At Backworth, Northumberland.
Farquharson George 41 17/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Mary Farquharson; Husband Of Mary Farquharson (Nee Green), Of 26, Robert St., Crofton, Blyth, Northumberland. Born At Dundee.
Farquharson George Alexander 24 17/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Farquharson, And The Late Jeannie Farquharson; Husband Of Annie Farquharson (Nee Fraser), Of 61, Wales St., Aberdeen. Born At Aberdeen.
Ormes Charles 17/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Paterson William A. 30 17/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret Paterson And The Late George Paterson; Husband Of Elizabeth Paterson (Nee Moir), Of 148, West North St., Aberdeen.
Schuffham Robert Edward 32 17/04/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sam And Eliza Schuffham; Husband Of Mary Ann Schuffham (Nee Maddison), Of 18, Crofton St., Blyth, Northumberland. Born At Marsh-By-Sea, Yorks.
Skea Joseph 51 17/04/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William Skea, And Ann Stewart (Formerly Skea), And The Late William Skea; Husband Of Edith Ann Skea (Formerly Moir, Nee Gray), Of 7, Barnett S Close, Aberdeen. Born At Aberdeen.
Strom Lauritz 33 17/04/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Strom, Of 72, Beaumont St., Blyth, Northumberland. Born In Denmark.
Turpie E 56 17/04/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Dundee.
Wilson Matthew Henry 32 17/04/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Matthew And Mary Ann Wilson; Husband Of Eva Alice Wilson (Nee Greer), Of 16, Edward St., Blyth. Born At New Hartley.

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