Lost in WW1

Copious Coquet Cordova
Corella Corfu Cork
Cornelian Coronda Corsham
Corsican Prince


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].

Copious

Copious was a 100 GRT steam drifter of steel construction that was most probably registered at Great Yarmouth though I have not been able to confirm this. She sank on 3 November 1914 after striking a mine approximately 15 nautical miles East by South from Great Yarmouth. A number of German warships had laid mines in the area and Copious was just one of the casualties. All but one of those on board lost their lives.

Copious
Copious

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Baldry Stanley James 21 03/11/1914 Younker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Arthur Edgar And Eliza Baldry, Of 3, Bowling Green Walk, Great Yarmouth.
Boast Reginald Cecil 23 03/11/1914 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter And Harriet Boast; Husband Of Laura Adaline Boast (Nee Jackman), Of 1, Tower Cottage, Garden Lane, Great Yarmouth. Born At Plumstead, Norwich.
Bonney Frederick Veale 26 03/11/1914 Net Ropeman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Adalene Bonney And The Late Henry Veale Bonney; Husband Of Florence Louisa Bonney (Nee Denton), Of 47, Trafalgar Rd. West, Gorleston. Born At Gorleston.
Fleming Joseph 26 03/11/1914 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph Fleming And The Late Alice Fleming; Husband Of Florence May Fleming (Nee Payne), Of 2, Stone Rd., Great Yarmouth. Born At Great Yarmouth.
Futter Robert 31 03/11/1914 Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Yarmouth.
Hill John Richard 33 03/11/1914 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Richard And Mary Ann Hill; Husband Of Margaret Hill (Nee Wood), Of Row 132, No. 2, Gt. Yarmouth. Born At Yarmouth.
Symonds George 03/11/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Symonds William Robertson 32 03/11/1914 Whalesman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Susannah Elizabeth Symonds, And The Late John Robertson Symonds; Husband Of Florence Symonds (Nee Clarke), Of 9, Devonshire Rd., Gt. Yarmouth. Born At Yarmouth.
Waters William 36 03/11/1914 Hawserman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Hannah Waters And The Late William Waters; Husband Of Mary Jane Waters (Nee Turner), Of Burgh St. Margaret, Gt. Yarmouth. Born At Thurne, Norfolk.

Coquet

Coquet was a 4,396 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. for Mercantile Steamship Co. Ltd. She was captured and scuttled on 4 January 1916 by Austrian submarine U-34 at position 35° 34' N, 18° 22' E - approximately 200 nautical miles East of Malta. She was en route from Torrevieja to Rangoon with a cargo of salt.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

The attack took place at 10:45 AM, the submarine opening fire from the surface. Eight shells were fired after which the Austrians boarded the ship and sank her with time-bombs. The Coquet carried 31 persons all told. Two boats were launched in a heavy sea and one, under the first officer, was swept away and lost with 16 lives. The captain's boat fared a little better, the occupants landing on the Libyan coast six days later. Here they were attacked by Bedouin Arabs and three were killed and the captain, who feigned death, wounded. Ten men were taken prisoner, the captain escaping to an Italian settlement after the others had been marched away.
Coquet

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bouzan William 56 04/01/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Newfoundland.
Connors John 35 04/01/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Anne And The Late John Connors; Husband Of The Late Mary Connors. Born At Passage East, Co. Waterford.
Denis A 04/01/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial
Gayton Arthur William 22 06/01/1916 Ship s Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Samuel And Mary Elizabeth Gayton (Nee Passmore), Of Rock Cottage, Bickington, Barnstaple, Devon. Born At Bickington, Devon.
Griffiths A 38 06/01/1916 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Festiniog.
Hatte M 36 06/01/1916 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Buenos Ayres.
Hutchinson John George Atkinson 26 06/01/1916 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Sarah Elizabeth Hutchinson (Nee Watson), Of 57, Howard St., Jarrow. Born At Jarrow.
Lindsay Douglas H. 20 04/01/1916 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.
Livanos Georges 12/01/1916 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In Italy.
Lloyd Alfred 50 12/01/1916 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Alfred And Mary Lloyd; Husband Of Mary Lloyd (Nee Jones), Of 4, Victoria Avenue, Cardiff. Born At Cardiff.
Lowry Robert 04/01/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Belfast.
O Neill Thomas 20 04/01/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Martin O Neill, Of 9, New St., Waterford, And The Late Mary Ellen O Neill.
Stuart James Elmslie Fowler 40 06/01/1916 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Jane Stuart, Of 23, Evansfield Rd., Llandaff North, Cardiff. Born At Aberdeen.
Svenson F 55 06/01/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sweden.
Wiklund Aleaxnder 39 12/01/1916 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Leander And The Late Elizabeth Wiklund; Husband Of Edith Elizabeth Wiklund (Nee Mealor), Of 43, Bentinck St., Birkenhead, Cheshire. Born In Norway.
Wilen G 06/01/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial

Cordova

Cordova was a 2,284 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1894 by Short Bros. for J.Tully & Sons. She was one of several ships sunk on 12 December 1917 by gunfire from a group of German destroyers. I have not discovered further information about this incident. One website reports that the captain and 22 crew members were taken prisoner and held at Brandenburg.

Cordova

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Fleming Peter 59 12/12/1917 Ship's Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Greenock.
Nelson August Melcher 57 12/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial (May Have Been Named Nilsson). Born At Boda, Sweden.
Scott John 16 12/12/1917 Cabin Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ralph And Mary Ann Scott, Of 154, Alfred St., South Shields.

Corella

Corella was a 243 GRT steam trawler completed in 1907 by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd. for Marshall Line Steam Fishing Co. Grimsby as Renown and registered there as GY281. She saw service in the war as a mine-sweeper as FY952 and returned to operate as a fishing vessel at the end of the war. She was posted missing on 22 September 1919.

There were no survivors

Corella

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bull Charles 46 30/09/1919 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Bull; Husband Of Henrietta Bull (Nee Goodey), Of 60, Grafton St., Grimsby. Born At Little Oakley.
Clark William 26 30/09/1919 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Clark; Husband Of Elizabeth Clark (Nee Ross), Of 26, Gloucester St., Glasgow. Born In Newfoundland.
Coxall Harry 37 30/09/1919 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Coxall; Husband Of Eva Frances Coxall (Nee Edge), Of I, Holydyke, Barton-On-Humber, Lincs. Born At Cambridge.
Davis William 30/09/1919 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Davis; Husband Of Minnie Catherine Davis (Formerly Mason, Nee Brenchley), Of 59, Guildford St., Grimsby.
Good John 56 30/09/1919 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Good; Husband Of The Late Elizabeth Good. Born At Great Oatley, Essex.
Liljikrantz Charles Norman 47 30/09/1919 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Norman). Son Of The Late Carl Frederick And Catrina Liljikrantz; Husband Of Mabel Norman Liljikrantz (Nee Hird), Of 9, Nacton St., Grimsby. Born At Boston, U.S.A.
Moyse William Henry 30/09/1919 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Rowe Lewis William 52 30/09/1919 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Rowe; Husband Of Eliza Jane Rowe (Nee Carpenter), Of 14, Montague St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Grimsby.
Wilson George Ernest 32 30/09/1919 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Ellen Wilson, Of 27, Parliament Rd., Armley, Leeds. Born At Leeds.

Corfu

Corfu was a 3,695 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by J. L. Thompson & Sons, Ltd. for Corinthian Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by R.Nicholson & Sons. She was captured on 17 April 1917 by German submarine U-35 and sunk with bombs at position 35° 14' N, 08° 25' W. She was en route from Philadelphia to Genoa with a cargo of scrap iron and steel billets.

Corfu

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Kennewell Roger William 28 17/04/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Stewart). Son Of Mrs. Lida Kennewell, Of 5822, South Junette Avenue, South Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A. Born In U.S.A.
Morrison William 52 17/04/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born At Liverpool.
Simpson Henry William 52 17/04/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.

Cork

Cork was a 1,280 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1899 by Blackwood & Gordon for City of Dublin Steam Packet Co. She was sunk on 26 January 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-103 at position 53° 34' N, 04° 14' W - approximately 9 nautical miles North-East of Lynas Point. She was en route from Dublin to Liverpool with passengers and a general cargo.

Cork

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Byrne James 40 26/01/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Margaret Byrne; Husband Of Ellen Byrne (Nee Ledwidge) Of 43 Foley St., Off Amiens St., Dublin. Born At Kingstown, Co. Dublin.
Doyle Thomas 29 26/01/1918 Quartermaster Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret Doyle, And The Late Laurence Doyle; Husband Of Frances Mary Doyle (Nee Costello), Of 7, Summerhill Place, Dublin. Born At Co. Down.
Henry Olivia 55 26/01/1918 Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial Sister Of Rosalind Henry, Of 31, Oakleigh, Old Swan, Liverpool. Born At Belfast.
Mcgrath Michael 42 26/01/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine And The Late James Mcgrath; Husband Of Ellen Mcgrath (Nee Martin), Of 7, Emily Place, Dublin. Born At Kilcarn, Co. Louth.
Phillips Thomas 33 26/01/1918 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Catherine Phillips; Husband Of Christina Phillips (Nee Forde), Of 30, Lower Gardiner St., Dublin. Born At Dublin.

Cornelian

Cornelian was a 222 GRT steam trawler completed in 1900 by Cook, Welton & Gemmell for Kingston Steam Trawling Co. Ltd. and managed by Lawrence Spring. She was registered at Hull as H506. She left Hull on 14 January 1916 for the fishing grounds but was not seen again and officially given up as lost on 8 February 1916.

There were no survivors

Cornelian

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Addy Thomas 22 14/01/1916 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Annie Addy, Of 42, Queensgate St., Hull, And The Late John William Addy.
Fairfield Joseph William 21 14/01/1916 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ellen Elizabeth O Connor (Formerly Fairfield), Of 38, Walcott St., Hull.
Greenwood George 34 14/01/1916 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James And Elizabeth Greenwood, Of 21 Cecil Rd., Highfield, Sheffield. Born At Sheffield.
Kember Percy William 23 04/01/1916 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Harriett Sackett (Formerly Kember), And The Late Henry George Kember; Husband Of Emily Florence Kember (Nee Holness), Of 9, Conway St., Hull. Born At Ramsgate.
Knox Robert 46 14/01/1916 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Jane Knox; Husband Of Edith Mary Knox (Nee Stephenson), Of 81, Middleton St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Marshall James 37 14/01/1916 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Maud Hannah Moore (Formerly Marshall), Of 197, Boulevard North, Hull.
Millington William 18 14/01/1916 Spare Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Ellen Millington, Of 85, Glasgow St., Hull.
Neadley Charles Edward 37 14/01/1916 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George Robert And Sarah Neadley; Husband Of Eliza Neadley (Nee Wilson), Of 9, Edith S Avenue, Westbourne St., Hull. Born At Hambleton, Yorks.
Palmer Leonard Charles 40 14/01/1916 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Jessie Palmer; Husband Of Annie Catherine Palmer (Nee Mortimer), Of 2, Prince S Avenue, West Dock St., Hull. Born In London.
Sanderson Ernest Henry 47 14/01/1916 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Samuel And Elizabeth Sanderson; Husband Of Louisa Sanderson (Nee Blake), Of 12, Portland Avenue, Withernsea St., Hull. Born In London.

Coronda

Coronda was a 2,733 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1892 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for Bucknall Bros. as Manica. She was sunk on 13 March 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-81 at position 56° 11' N, 13° 40' W - approximately 180 nautical miles North-West of Tory Island. She was en route from the Clyde to Georgia with a general cargo.

Coronda

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hendry Daniel 31 13/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Agnes Hendry, Of 260, Crookston St., Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Morrison Neil Dunlop 15 13/03/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Christina Morrison, Of 36, Kelvinhaugh St., Glasgow, And The Late Neil Morrison. Born At Leith.
Paterson Edward 22 13/03/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of William and Jeanie Paterson, of 21, Cunningair Drive, Motherwell. Mr. Paterson was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 28 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Persson Otto 27 13/03/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sweden.
Rovrik Tor 21 13/03/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Scrymgeour P 28 13/03/1917 Fireman and Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Mary Scrymgeour, Of 4, Springvalley Terrace, Edinburgh. Born In Edinburgh.
Smith David 46 13/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Annie Smith, Of 51, Cumberland Lane, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Tucker Tommy 25 13/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sierra Leone.
Wallace John 17 13/03/1917 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of G. Wallace, Of 10, Bothwell St., Edinburgh. Born At Edinburgh.

Corsham

Corsham was a 2,797 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1918 by S.P.Austin & Son for Cory Colliers Ltd. She was sunk on 8 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-40 approximately 6 nautical miles East-South-East from the entrance to the Tyne. She was en route from London to the Tyne in ballast.

Corsham
Corsham

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Adamson William 22 08/03/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frederick And Eleanor Adamson; Husband Of Eva Adamson (Nee Landell), Of Brewery House, Low St., Sunderland. Born At Sunderland.
Cheyne Arthur 59 08/03/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Jane Cheyne. Born At Brecon.
Fridd Ernest Pearson 18 08/03/1918 Mess Room Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Albert James And Rosanah Elizabeth Fridd, Of 34, Queen S St., Gillingham, Kent.
Grant Albert Edward 35 08/03/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William Thomas And Jane Grant; Husband Of Clara Louisa Grant (Nee Cockburn), Of 20. Chichester Rd., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Hutchinson Frederick Martin 42 08/03/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Isabella Hutchinson; Husband Of Mary Hutchinson (Nee Hurworth), Of 16, Grindon Terrace, Sunderland. Born At Sunderland.
Jensen Carsten William Christian 57 08/03/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Hans Mano And Maria Jensen; Husband Of Susannah Jensen, Of 26, Northlands St., Camberwell, London, S.E. Born In Denmark.
Kristiansen Oskar 40 08/03/1918 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Oscar Kristiansen; Husband Of The Late Mary Kristiansen. Born In Norway.
Niedolin Jekab 08/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Neilson). Born In Latvia.

Corsican Prince

Corsican Prince was a 2,776 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by Short Bros. for Prince Line Ltd. and managed by James Knott. She was sunk on 7 February 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-34 at position 54° 20' N, 00° 31' W - approximately 3 nautical miles East of Whitby. She was en route from Dundee to Dunkirk with a cargo of timber.

Corsican Prince

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ward Patrick 48 07/02/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary, And The Late Miles Ward; Husband Of Elizabeth Ward (Nee Reid), Of 61, Hawkhill, Dundee. Born At Dundee.

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