Lost in WW1

Cito City of Baroda City of Birmingham
City of Bremen City of Glasgow City of Lincoln
City of Paris City of Perth City of Swansea
Civilian


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].

Cito

Cito was a 819 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. for T.Wilson, Sons & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 17 May 1917 by gunfire from a German torpedo boat destroyer approximately 20 nautical miles East of the North Hinder lightship.

Cito

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Donovan Michael Wells Mortimer 24 17/05/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frederick Daniel And Henrietta Donovan; Husband Of Nellie Donovan (Nee Westoby), Of 229, Albert Avenue, Hull. Born At Hull.
Haire John Thomas 37 17/05/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Haire, And The Late Galen Haire; Husband Of Mary Elizabeth Haire (Nee Gardam), Of 31, Glasgow St., Hull. Born At Beverley.
Heslewood Edward 15 17/05/1917 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Amy Heslewood, Of 1 Goddard Avenue, Newland, Hull.
Kemp George Richard 53 17/05/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Richard And Maria Kemp; Husband Of Elizabeth Ann Kemp (Nee Knaggs), Of 6, Botanic Place, Haniford Place, Hull. Born At Flamborough.
Kingston R 17/05/1917 Fireman Noordwijk General Cemetery B. 19.
Manson William 42 17/05/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of May Ann Manson (Nee Woodcock), Of 6, Jane St., Hull. Born At Mossbank, Shetland Isles.
Meheux Adolphus Donalson 40 17/05/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary Meheux; Husband Of Agnes Meheux (Nee Mawson), Of 45, Waverley St., Hull. Born At Sierre Leone.
Orme George Watson 56 17/05/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Clementina Orme, Of 11, Sunningdale Rd., New Brighton, Cheshire.
Osborne F.C. 18 17/05/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frank Osborne, Of Oak Villa, Glan Conway, North Wales. Born At Manchester.
Stephenson Robert 36 17/05/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert And Kate Stephenson; Husband Of Annie Elizabeth Stephenson (Nee Megginson), Of 1, Victoria Place, Waverley St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Thornton Robert 45 17/05/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert And Sarah Elizabeth Thornton; Husband Of Caroline Thornton (Nee Sherar), Of 57, Blake St., Hull. Born At Goole.

City of Baroda

City of Baroda was a 5,054 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1911 by Barclay, Curle & Co. for Ellerman Lines Ltd. and managed by Hall Line Ltd. She was sunk on 4 June 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-53 at position 56° 00' N, 10° 20' W - approximately 90 nautical miles North-West by North of Tory Island. She was en route from Liverpool to Calcutta with a general cargo.

City of Baroda

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Evans Henry William Percy 30 04/06/1917 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Sophia Evans And The Late Harry Robertson Evans; Husband Of Fanny Elizabeth Evans (Formerly Jones, (Nee Almond), Of 18, Love Lane, South Norwood, London. Born At New Malden, Surrey.
Ghiasuddin Burhanuddin 04/06/1917 Serang Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Ibrahim Ahmad 04/06/1917 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Macintosh John 28 04/06/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Charlotte Ellen 1 Macintosh, Of 5, Palatine Rd., Wallasey, Cheshire. Born At Liverpool.
Shaikh Hasan Faizu 04/06/1917 Serang Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Sharifuddin Muhyuddin 04/06/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Sirajul Haq Abdul Bari 04/06/1917 Tindal Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

City of Birmingham

City of Birmingham was a 7,498 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd. for Ellerman Lines Ltd. and managed by Hall Line Ltd. She was sunk on 27 November 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-32 at position 35° 10' N, 15° 41' E - approximately 90 nautical miles South-East of Malta. She wa en route from Liverpool to Karchi with passengers and a general cargo.

City of Birmingham

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Abdul Ghani 27/11/1916 Second Tindal Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Ale Ali 27/11/1916 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Booth Ernest Guy 25 27/11/1916 Barman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Albert And Mary Ellen Booth; Husband Of Lilian Booth (Nee Ryley), Of 225A, Kensington, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Kerr William James 53 27/11/1916 Ship's Surgeon Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James Knox Kerr; Husband Of Ethel French Kerr (Nee Storey), Of 12, Carlingford Rd., Hampstead, London, N.W. Born At Dumbarton, Scotland.

City of Bremen

City of Bremen was a 1,258 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by Blyth SB. Co., Ltd. for Atkinson Bros. as Warwick. From 1914 she was owned by Palgrave Murphy and renamed City of Bremen. She was sunk on 4 April 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-24 at position 49° 40' N, 06° 05' W - approximately 20 nautical miles South by West of Wolf Rock. She was en route from Port Talbot to Nantes with a cargo of coal.

City of Bremen

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Garcia C 04/04/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Uria Angel 44 04/04/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Ouria). Husband Of Dora Javiera Moris De Uria, Of Gijon, Spain. Born In Spain.
Watters William John 51 04/04/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William John And Margaret Ann Watters; Husband Of Mary Matilda Watters (Nee Adams), Of 14, Stanley Terrace, Mount Pleasant, Swansea. Born At Swansea.
Ylleborg T 18 04/04/1915 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born At Oslo, Norway.

City of Glasgow

City of Glasgow was a 6,457 GRT stean passenger/cargo ship completed in 1906 by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd. for Ellerman Lines Ltd. and managed by G.Smith & Sons. She was sunk on 1 September 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-118 at position 52° 17' N, 05° 38' W - approximately 21 nautical miles East by North of Tuskar Rock. She was en route from Manchester to Montreal in ballast.

City of Glasgow

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Amjadullah Kalimullah 01/09/1918 Greaser Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Hoag Aleaxnder Mathieson 59 01/09/1918 Troop Baker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Isabella Hoag; Husband Of The Late Margaret Cathro Hoag. Born At Dundee.
Ikramullah Zahirullah 01/09/1918 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Imanullah Tausanullah 01/09/1918 Greaser Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Jamalullah Amanullah 01/09/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Kamal Miyan Nur Miyan 01/09/1918 Greaser Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Mccurdie Archibald 26 01/09/1918 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ellen Mccurdie (Nee Twinet), Of 7, Langside Rd., Crosshill, Glasgow, And The Late Archibald Mccurdie. Born At Belfast.
Mirza Nazir 01/09/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Muzaffar Adil Miyan 01/09/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Nasi Rullah Muhammad Hashim 01/09/1918 Second Tindal Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Shafaatullah Yusufullah 01/09/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Thomson John Young 25 01/09/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James And Williamina Thomson (Nee Young), Of 18, Buccleuch St., Hawick, Roxburghshire. Born At Peebles.

City of Lincoln

City of Lincoln was a 5,867 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd. for Ellerman Lines Ltd, and managed by Hall Line Ltd. She was damaged on 18 September 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-106 at position 48° 54' N, 07° 03' W.

She was en route from The Netherlands to New York in ballast. After this attack the ship remained afloat and HMS Contest came to her assistance. The submarine then torpedoed HMS Contest which sank with the loss of 35 crew. City of Lincoln was later towed back to port and repaired.

City of Lincoln

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Alimullah Inamdin 18/09/1917 Donkeyman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Griffiths Frank Ewart 24 18/09/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry And Sabina Jessie Griffiths, Of 79, Market St., Earlestown, Lancs. Born At Earlestown.
Hill Alexander 19 18/09/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Peter Gibson Hill And Jean Gibson Hill, Of Baltier, Whithorn, Wigtownshire. Born In U.S.A.
Husamuddin 18/09/1917 Greaser Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Lloyd Lewis 41 18/09/1917 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Humphrey And Margaret Lloyd; Husband Of Kate Lloyd (Nee Jones), Of Bronwylfa, Talsamau, Merionethshire. Born St Talsamau, Merioneth.
Quli Hatim 18/09/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Reekie Gladstone 32 18/09/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret Balfour Reekie (Or Wilson), Of 11 Royston Terrace, Edinburgh. Born At Edinburgh.
Shaikh Hakimullah Aliuddin 18/09/1917 Serang Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Ubaid Muhammad 18/09/1917 Storekeeper Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

City of Paris

City of Paris was a 9,191 GRT steam passenger/cargo shop completed in 1907 by Barclay, Curle & Co. for Ellerman Lines Ltd. and managed by G.Smith & Sons. She was sunk on 4 April 1917 date by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-35 at position 42° 54' N, 07° 38' E - approximately 46 nautical miles South by East of Cap d'Antibes. She was en route from Karachi to Marseilles and Liverpool with passengers and general cargo.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

She had received several code warnings that submarines were about, and therefore pursued an erratic course hoping to avoid and encounter, but without success for she was torpedoed by the submarine U-52 shortly before midnight ... The liner's people were in the act of boarding the boats when the submarine surfaced and called for the captain but was unable to find him. She then opened fire on the liner before sinking her with a second torpedo. Later French warships on patrol picked up three boats containing the dead bodies of 29 lascar members of the crew. Another boat containing 12 dead was also picked up and two other boats were never found. The number of persons killed was 122.

Hocking's account quotes a different U-boat to all the other references I have examined.

City of Paris

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Abdul Ghafur Mukarram Ali 04/04/1917 Boy 2nd Class Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Abdul Ghani Maula Bakhsh 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Abdul Husain Abdur Nabi 04/04/1917 Saloon Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Abdur Rahman Shaikh Nabi 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Abdur Razaq 06/04/1917 Sailor Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles VIII. E. 1.
Abid Ali Yaqub Ali 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Ali 07/04/1917 Sailor Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles VIII. E. 8.
Azim Bakhsh Shaikh Karim Bakhsh 04/04/1917 Pantryman 2nd Class Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Babu Khan Abdul Majid 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Bahauddin Chishti 04/04/1917 Topass Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Bhula Baburam 04/04/1917 Topass Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Bisset James Ferguson 33 04/04/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Arabella Bisset (Nee Simpson), Of 9, Minto St., Bellahouston, Glasgow. Born At Cromarty, Ross-Shire.
Burns William 57 04/04/1917 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Helen Burns; Husband Of Elizabeth Barclay Hughes Burns (Nee Griffiths), Of 23, Neston St., Walton, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Campbell Angus 25 04/04/1917 Fifth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Annie Campbell (Nee Gillies), Of 7, Ronald St., Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Campbell Shaw 22 04/04/1917 Able Seaman and Quartermaster Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Catherine Campbell (Nee Taylor), Of Adelphi Cottage, Kames, Argyllshire.
Diwan Ali 07/04/1917 Sailor Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles VIII. E. 7.
Fazlu Chhotu 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Ghazi Harim 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Gomes 04/04/1917 Cook Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Ibrahim 07/04/1917 Sailor Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles VIII. E. 2.
Ismail Ali Muhammad 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Janaf Khan 07/04/1917 Sailor Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles VIII. E. 4.
Jones Thomas Charles 18 07/04/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David And Annie Jones, Of 7, Aislibie Rd., Lee, Kent. Born At Blackheath.
Karim 07/04/1917 Sailor Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles VIII. E. 3.
Karimudain 07/04/1917 Sailor Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles VIII. E. 6.
Kedarnath Das Ramgati Das 04/04/1917 Baker Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Khadim Husain Ashiq 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Latif 07/04/1917 Sailor Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles VIII. E. 5.
Masson Alex 46 04/04/1917 Baker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Jane Unie Masson; Husband Of Alexandrina Masson (Nee Watson), Of 36, Hayfield, St., Glasgow. Born At Rothes, Elgin.
McDonald Margaret 49 04/04/1917 Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial Born At Greenock.
McLean Elizabeth 43 04/04/1917 Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial Daughter Of The Late Lachlan And Mary Mclean. Born At Govan.
Moizuddin Abdul Ghafur 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Mughal Khan Chand Khan 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Muhammad Ishaq Shaikh Qurban 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Nur Muhammad Sharifullah 04/04/1917 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Ogilvie James 37 04/04/1917 Purser Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Agnes Ogilvie, Of 185, West Princes St., Glasgow. Born In Banffshire.
Price Alfred Ernest 21 04/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter John And Letitia Ann Price, Of 17, Rufford Rd., Fairfield, Liverpool.
Qadir Bakhsh Babu 04/04/1917 Topass Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Rothwell William 24 04/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Alice Rothwell. Born At Maghull, Lancs.
Ruckley Henry Vincent 30 04/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas Joseph William Vincent Ruckley And Elizabeth Anne Ruckley (Nee Allen). Born At Seacombe.
Shaikh Abbu Babu 04/04/1917 Mate Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Shaikh Abdul Ghafur Shaikh Babu 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Shaikh Abdul Karim Mukarram Ali 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Shaikh Abdur Rahman Karim 04/04/1917 Pantryman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Shaikh Khurshid Waris Ali 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Shaikh Nawab Jan Shaikh Kammu 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Sukh Lal Balu 04/04/1917 Scullion Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Walker Joseph 32 04/04/1917 Private Tower Hill Memorial Son of Joseph and Edna Walker; husband of Bertha Walker of 41, Lyveden Rd., Tooting, London. Native of Nottingham. Mr. Walker was a member of the Royal Marine Light Infantry and is also commemorated on panel 27 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Zarif Shaikh Karim Bakhsh 04/04/1917 Boy Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

City of Perth

City of Perth was a 3,427 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1890 by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd. for G.Smith & Sons. She was sunk on 11 June 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-70 at position 48° 06' N, 10° 30' W - approximately 195 nautical miles South-South-West of Fastnet. She was en route from Alexandria to London with a general cargo.

City of Perth

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ali Bin Askar Ali 11/06/1917 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Hapmullah Fayyaz Ali 11/06/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Kaley Iniyan Gulab Khan 11/06/1917 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Khuda Bakhsh Ilahi Bakhsh 11/06/1917 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Nur Muhammad Sharifullah 11/06/1917 Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Tanner Samuel 22 11/06/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph And Florance Tanner, Of Bell Rd., Remnera, Auckland, New Zealand. Born In New Zealand.
Yaqub Ali Husain Ali 11/06/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Yasin Qasim 11/06/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

City of Swansea

City of Swansea was a 1,493 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1882 by Palmers SB. & Iron Co. for Wilson & Co. as Gwendoline. From 1914 she was owned by Palgrave Murphy and was renamed City of Swansea. She was sunk on 25 September 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-40 approximately 15 nautical miles East-North-East of Berry Head. She was en route from the Tyne to Boucau with a cargo of coal.

City of Swansea

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
McInerney Denis 39 25/09/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Patrick And Mary Mcinerney; Husband Of Mary Ellen Mcinerney (Nee Considine), Of 175, Crookston St., Glasgow. Born At Limerick.
Muir James 29 25/09/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Ann Muir (Nee Pilgrim), Of 211, Parliamentary Rd., Glasgow, And The Late Gilbert Muir.

Civilian

Civilian was a 1902 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1902 by Chas. Connell & Co. for Charente Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by T.J.Harrison. She was sunk on 6 October 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-74 approximately 15 nautical miles North of Alexandria. She was en route from Liverpool to Calcutta with a general cargo.

Civilian

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Greenway John Henry 25 06/10/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Fanny Greenway (Nee Burden), Of 21, Sefton Rd., Walton, Liverpool. Born At Bulwell, Nottingham.
Holden Joseph 58 06/10/1917 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Hellen Jane Holden, Of 81, Shiel Rd., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

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