Lost in WW1

Corton Lightship Costello Cottingham
Countess of Mar Cragoswald Craigendoran
Crayford Cressida Crispin
Crosshill


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].

Corton Lightship

Corton Lightship was a Trinity House light vessel positioned approximately 4 nautical miles North-East by East from Lowestoft. She sank on 19 June 1916 when a mine fouled an anchor line that was being move. The explosion raised the vessel out of the water and she broke up and sank instantly. The mine is believed to have been laid by German submarine UC-6.

Corton Lightship

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Chase William Golder 46 21/06/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Alice Elizabeth Chase (Nee Hodds), Of 158A, Nelson Rd., Central Great Yarmouth.
Rudd William Henry Emmerson 59 21/06/1916 Master Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Eliza Rudd, Of 2, Ordnance Rd., Great Yarmouth.
Sadler John 21/06/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Stone William George Joseph 21/06/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Willson George Percy 21/06/1916 Lamps Tower Hill Memorial

Costello

Costello was a 1,591 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1903 by Charles Connell & Co. Ltd. for Atlantic & Eastern Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by J.Glynn & Son. She was captured on 3 August 1915 by German submarine U-28 and then sunk by gunfire at position 49° 02' N, 08° 30' W - approximately 95 nautical miles West by South of Bishop Rock. She was en route from Liverpool to Genoa with general cargo.

Costello

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Lopez Thomas 26 04/08/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Spain.
Lopez T 04/08/1915 Fireman Illogan (St. Illogan) Churchyard

Cottingham

Cottingham was a 513 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by Goole SB. & Repg. Co. Ltd. for East Yorkshire Steamship Co. Ltd. By the time of her loss she was owned by J.W.Little and managed by zzz & Co. She was captured on 26 December 1915 by German submarine U-24 and sunk by gunfire approximately 16 nautical miles South-West by South of Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel She was en route from Rouen to Swansea in ballast.

Cottingham

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Benoke Lawrence Henry 63 26/12/1915 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Mary Benoke. Born At Pembroke.
Cook Fred 35 26/12/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Hannah Cook, And The Late James Hilbert Cook; Husband Of Mary Cook (Nee Linford), Of 4, Massey St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Grant Neil 62 26/12/1915 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Catherine Grant (Nee Munro); Husband Of Ethel Ellen Grant (Nee Graham), Of Sight Hill Cottage, Kyleakin, Inverness-Shire. Born At Kyleakin, Skye.
Lewis John 60 26/12/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Elizabeth Lewis; Husband Of Sarah Lewis (Formerly Bragg), Of 37, Orange St., Swansea, Glam. Born At Carmarthen.
McPhail Alexander 21 26/12/1915 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Elizabeth Mcphail (Nee Mitchell). Born At Campbeltown.
Pearson George Henry 52 26/12/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William Pearson; Husband Of Jennie Pearson (Nee Call), Of 70, Linnus St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Roberts Richard 63 26/12/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Swansea.

Countess of Mar

Countess of Mar was a 2,234 steam cargo ship completed in 1916 by Forth SB. & Engineering Co. Ltd.for Gascony Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by L.Walford (London) Ltd. She was sunk on 4 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-61 at position 44° 27' N, 01° 48' W - approximately 55 nautical miles North by East of Bayonne. She was en route from Bilbao to Cardiff with a cargo of ore.

Countess of Mar

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Charalamboas V 33 04/08/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Conrorakes N 21 04/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Cooper William Copeland 29 04/08/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ann And The Late William H. Cooper; Husband Of Milly Isabella Cooper (Nee Johnson), Of 55, Brodrick St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Dobbie George Macd. 04/08/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Everett Samuel 34 04/08/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In U.S.A.
Gritenez Manuel 29 04/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Spain.
Harris William 18 04/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Nathan John And Lydia Harris, Of 26, Radley, Abingdon, Berks. Born At Witney, Oxfordshire.
Larsen L 24 04/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Denmark.
Litschin A 27 04/08/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born At Riga.
Marsh Thomas Benjamin 22 04/08/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Benjamin And Elizabeth Marsh. Born At Newport, Mon.
Marsh Thomas Joseph 53 04/08/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. James Marsh; Husband Of Charlotte Elizabeth Marsh (Nee Garrett), Of 4, Davidson St., Blyth, Northumberland. Born At Newport, Mon.
Maydwell Chas 22 04/08/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William C. Maydwell, Of 1317, East Madison St., Baltimore, U.S.A. Born In U.S.A.
Michell G.V. 30 04/08/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Portsmouth.
Piggford Alfred Frank 66 04/08/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas Piggford And Lydia Piggford; Husband Of Sarah Piggford, Of Wood End Villa, Rosedale Abbey, Yorks. Born At Gateshead.
Pringle John Stanley 26 04/08/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Ella Gertrude Pringle, Of 13, Ethnard Rd., Peckham, London. Born In London.
Redmore Thomas 23 04/08/1917 Ship s Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Richard Groves Redmore, Of 32, Ereswell St., Newport, Mon, And The Late Mary Redmore.
Valliano C 53 04/08/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Watkins William George 18 04/08/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Gertrude Minnie Watkins (Nee Mayne), Of 15, West St., Newport, Mon.
Withey Charles Thomas 26 04/08/1917 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son of Ellen Gertrude Withey, of "Latona," Middle St., Shaldon, Teignmouth, Devon, and the late William Henry Withey. Mr. Withey was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 24 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Cragoswald

Cragoswald was a 3,235 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by Wm. Hamilton & Co. for Lunn & Maccoy. She was sunk on 18 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-84 at position 49° 41' N, 07° 58' W - approximately 60 nautical miles West by South of Bishop Rock. She was en route from Buenos Aries to London with a cargo of maize.

Cragoswald

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ghani Bin Qaisar 18/04/1917 Sailor Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Owen Albert 52 18/04/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Ruth Owen; Husband Of Sarah Ellen Owen (Nee Crapper), Of 5, Winchester St., South Shields. Born At Trowbridge.

Craigendoran

Craigendoran was a 2,789 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. for A Leitch & Co. as Loch Lintrathen. From 1906 she was owned by Maclay & McIntyre and renamed Craigendoran. She was sunk on 3 March 1917 torpedo fired by German submarine UC-37 approximately 6 nautical miles East of Cape Sigli. She was en route from Barry to Malta with a cargo of coal.

Craigendoran

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Kyle John 30 03/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Kyle, Of 285, Argyle St., Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Macmillan Chas 24 03/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Macmillan, Of 5, Albert St., Possilpark, Glasgow. Born In Glasgow.
Mcnally Francis 24 03/03/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Mcnally, Of 1, Innisfail Magazine Rd., Cork, Co. Cork, And The Late Winifred Mcnally. Born At Bristol.

Crayford

Crayford was a 1,209 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by Blyth Shipbuilding & DD Co. for Wm.Cory & Son Ltd. From 1916 she was owned by Cory Colliers Ltd. She was sunk on 13 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-46 approximately 110 nautical miles West by South of Skudesnes. She was en route from Hill via Methil to Christiana with a cargo of coke.

Crayford

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hildreth James 59 13/03/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Mary Hildreth; Husband Of Eleanor Cummins Hildreth (Nee Henderson), Of 24, Leighton St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.

Cressida

Cressida was a 150 GRT steam yacht completed in 1884 by A. J. Inglis for Preston Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She appears to have been converted to a cargo ship at some point and was sunk on 17 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-103 at position 53° 23' N, 05° 05' W - approximately 16 nautical miles West by North of Skerries, Anglesey. She was en route from Preston to Dublin with a cargo of coal.

Cressida

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Edwards William 43 17/03/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Mary Anne Evans; Husband Of Hannah Edwards (Nee James), Of Brondsbury House, Newport, Pembrokeshire. Born At Newport.
Owen David 41 17/03/1918 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Joshua And Esther Owen; Husband Of Keturah Owen (Nee Davies, Of 2, High St., Newport. Pembrokeshire. Born At Newport.
Wright John 50 17/03/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Peter And Helen Wright; Husband Of The Late Isabella Wright. Born At Perth.

Crispin

Crispin was a 3,965 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. for Booth Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 29 March 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-57 approximately 14 nautical miles South of Hook Point, Waterford. She was en route from Norfolk and Newport News to Avonmouth with a cargo of horses.

Crispin

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cabbage S 37 29/03/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Collier James 21 29/03/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In U.S.A.
Duncan John 35 29/03/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Ellan Duncan; Husband Of Edith Duncan (Nee Hughes), Of 21, Arnold St., Liverpool. Born At Belfast.
Osgood J 21 29/03/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Jamaica.
Santacos George 35 29/03/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.

Crosshill

Crosshill was a 5,002 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1910 by A. McMillan & Sons, Ltd. for Macbeth & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 11 October 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-47 at position 36° 11' N, 12° 53' E - approximately 60 nautical miles West of Malta. She was en route from Toulon to Salonica with a cargo of military stores.

Crosshill

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hung Chung 24/06/1916 Greaser Hong Kong Memorial
Paterson Percival 22 11/10/1916 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David And Sarah Patelson (Nee Chalmers), Of 103, Ham Park Rd., Stratford, London. Born At Stratford, London.

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