Lost in WW1

Crown Point Cruiser Custodian
Cygnus Cymbeline Cymrian
Cymric Cyrano Cyrene
Dafila


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].

Crown Point

Crown Point was a 5,219 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd. for Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 6 February 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-83 at position 50° 06' N, 07° 46' W - approximately 55 nautical miles West of Scilly. She was en route from London to Philadelphia with a cargo of chalk and general goods.

Crown Point

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Chapman C 54 06/02/1917 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. C. Chapman, Of 112, Devonshire Rd., Forest Hill, London. Born At Isleham, Ely.
Forbes Harry Denton 06/02/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Major Peter Forbes; Husband Of Annie Forbes.
Higginbotham George 31 06/02/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Henrietta Higginbotham; Husband Of Lilian Viola Higginbotham (Nee Barnes), Of 8, Richmond Terrace, Felling-On-Tyne. Born At Pelaw, Co. Durham.
Husain Muhammad 06/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai Penzance Cemetery, Grave S11.2
Jansson A.W. 31 06/02/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Born At Stockholm, Sweden.
Rudder P.J. 30 06/02/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Barbados.
Williams Griffith Gwilym 25 06/02/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Maria Williams (Nee Jones), Of Tan-Y-Bryn, Penmorfa, Portmadoc, Carnarvonshire, And The Late Griffith Williams. Born At Penmorfa.

Cruiser

Cruiser was a 144 GRT steam trawler completed in 1898 by Hall, Russell & Co., Ltd. for T. Devlin Jr. She was sunk on 2 May 1915 by gunfire from German submarine U-41 approximately 50 nautical miles South-East of Aberdeen.

Cruiser

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Fleming Robert William 41 02/05/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Sophia Jane Fleming; Husband Of Mary Fleming (Nee Milne), Of 39, St. Clair St., Aberdeen. Born At Aberdeen.
Jarwick James 64 02/05/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Mary Jarwick; Husband Of Mary Hannah Jarwick (Nee Ryder), Of 36, East North St., Aberdeen). Born At North Shields.
Palmer Alexander 48 02/05/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Jessie Gordon Palmer, Of 77, Regent Quay, Aberdeen.
Wallis H 02/05/1915 Deck Hand Aberdeen (Trinity) Cemetery Screen Wall. F. 4. 444.
Wallis Herbert Sellars 17 02/05/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles Wallis, Of 43, Charles St., Aberdeen, And The Late Jane Wallis. Born At Hull.

Custodian

Custodian was a 9,214 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by Chas. Connell & Co. for Charente Steamship Co. Ltd. She was damaged on 20 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-96 at position 54° 31' N, 05° 02' W - North-West of the Isle of Man. She was en route from Galvaston and New York to Liverpool with a general cargo.

Custodian

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Gilmore Frederick 17 20/03/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Alfred And Anne Gilmore. Born At Liverpool.
Hart James 29 20/03/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Hart, And The Late Michael Hart; Husband Of Ellen Mary Hart (Nee Lanstrum), Of 66, Star St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Marlow James 30 20/03/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Felix And Kathleen Marlow; Husband Of Mary Ann Marlow (Nee Cooper), Of 12A, Gloucester Place, Low Hill, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Cygnus

Cygnus was a 132 GRT steam fishing vessel completed in 1896 by Mackie & Thomson for Grimsby & North Sea Steam Trawling Co. and registered as GY21. She was last seen on 13 November 1914 and presumed mined.

There were no survivors

Cygnus

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Allenby Frank 36 12/12/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frank Allenby; Husband Of Elizabeth Beatrice Allenby, Of 383, Weelsby St., Grimsby.
Ashley T 52 12/12/1914 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Caroline Ashley, Of 26, Camden St., Hull. Born At Lincoln.
Blewitt T 37 12/12/1914 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Blewitt, Of 83, Ladysmith Rd., Grimsby. Born At Birmingham.
Chafer George Thomas 19 12/12/1914 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Chafer (Nee Page), Of 98, Gillett St., Hull, And The Late George Thomas Chafer. Born At Grimsby.
Dewhurst Charles 39 12/12/1914 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Rueben And Alice Dewhurst; Husband Of Laura Dewhurst (Nee Jenkins), Of 35, Cressey St., Grimsby. Born At Bradford.
Gallicham W 52 12/12/1914 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born In Jersey.
Richardson Reginald Heber 44 12/12/1914 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Michael Joseph Richardson And The Late Eliza Richardson, Husband Of Emily May Richardson (Nee Thompson), Of 6, Ravenspun St., Grimsby. Born At Great Coates.
Scoterick G 01/11/1914 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Scoterick, Of 16, Station St., Boston, Lincs.
Shaw John 18 12/12/1914 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Hannah Shaw, Of 22, Bedford St., Grimsby, And The Late Walter Shaw. Born At Hull.

Cymbeline

Cymbeline was a 4,505 GRT steam tanker completed in 1902 by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. for Bear Creek Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by C.T.Bowring & Co. Ltd. She was shelled and then sunk on 4 September 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-33 at position 51° 16' N, 12° 04' W - approximately 29 nautical miles West by South of Fastnet.

Cymbeline

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Austen Albert John 50 04/09/1915 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Austen, And The Late Elizabeth Austen; Husband Of Elizabeth Clara Austen (Nee Bevan), Of 6, Brunswick Rd., Gravesend. Born At Ramsgate.
Crosbie Sidney Andrew Hugh 19 04/09/1915 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emma Sophia Crosbie, Of 262, Alice St., South Shields, And The Late Andrew Davidson Crosbie. Born At Sunderland.
Curtis D 18 04/09/1915 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born At Bradford.
Mensforth Robert 43 04/09/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Ann Mensforth. Born At South Shields.
Rewcastle Robert 28 04/09/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Hoffer Rewcastle And Frances Rewcastle; Husband Of Mary Ellen Rewcastle, Of 160 St. Vincent St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Wallbank Edward 24 04/09/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edward And Catherine Wallbank; Husband Of Edith Wallbank (Nee Gradwell), Of 132, Laygate Lane, South Shields. Born At North Shields.

Cymrian

Cymrian was a 1,014 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1905 by A. Vuijk, Capelle a/d Yssel for Golden Cross Line Ltd. and managed by O. & W. Williams. She was sunk on 25 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-75 approximately 13 nautical miles South-East by South of Tuskar Rock. She was en route from Newport to Dublin.

Cymrian

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Campbell E.W. 25/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Anna Campbell, Of 1801, North Gay St., Baltimore, U.S.A. Born In U.S.A.
Couch John Husband 20 25/08/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Margaret Gyles Couch; Husband Of Nancy Thomas Couch (Nee Perkins), Of 3, Salubrious Place, St. Ives, Cornwall. Born At St. Ives.
Grey Robert 25/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial
Hughes Henry William 48 25/08/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth And The Late Thomas Hughes; Husband Of Mary Hughes (Nee Roberts), Of The Post Office, Trevor, Chevilog, Carnarvon, N. Wales. Born At Dinas, Llanengrad, Anglesey.
Lloyd Edwin 17 25/08/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jane Lloyd, Of Fair Lon, Nevin, Carnarvonshire, And The Late John Lloyd.
Moppett Charles 23 25/08/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of the late Henry and Ellen Moppett, of Brighton. Mr. Moppett was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 28 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Roberts John 28 25/08/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas Roberts And The Late Catherine Roberts; Husband Of Isabella Roberts (Nee Laverick), Of 37, Pomeroy St., Cardiff. Born At Conway.
Roberts William 15 25/08/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Jones Roberts And Catherine Roberts (Nee Jones), Of Cae Rhyg Nevin, Carnarvon. Born At Wavertree, Liverpool.
Rowlands John 19 25/08/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Margaret Rowlands (Nee Roberts), Of Gwydr Mawr, Trwr, Carnarvonshire.
Slatter Christopher William 22 25/08/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of F. J. W. and Annie J. L. Slatter, of 29, Dovercourt Rd., East Dulwich, London. Employee of the Pearl Assurance Society, Holborn, London. Native of Peckham Rye, London. Mr. Slatter was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 27 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Cymric

Cymric was a 12,647 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1898 by Harland & Wolff Ltd. for Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. and managed by Ismay Imrie & Co. She was sunk on 8 May 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-20 approximately 140 nautical miles West-North-West of Fastnet. She was en route from New York to Liverpool with a general cargo.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

The White Star liner Cymric was a victim of the notorious submarine raider U-20, Commander W. von Schwieger. On April 29th 1916 she left New York for Liverpool with cargo but no passengers, having a crew of 110. At about 4 PM on May 8th, when 140 miles W.N.W. of Fastnet she was attacked by the submarine. She sustained hits from three torpedoes. The Cymric remained afloat until 3 AM on the 9th, when she sank, the survivors getting away in the boats. Four men were killed by the explosion and a steward was drowned whien leaving the ship.
Cymric

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bergin Dennis 42 08/05/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Catherine Bergin. Born At New Ross.
Kenny John 34 08/05/1916 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Thomas And Margaret Kenny; Husband Of Winifred Kenny (Nee Mccormack), Of 31, Newholm St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Malcolm James Bannerman 42 08/05/1916 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edwin And The Late Margaret Malcolm; Husband Of Lillian Maud Malcolm (Nee Smith), Of 8, Hall Lane, Ringtree, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Morton H 23 08/05/1916 6th Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Morton, Of Rossmoyne, Winston Gardens, Knock, Belfast. Born At Belfast.
Watts John Reginald Virgo 32 08/05/1916 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Mary Anne Watts, Of 48, Burscough St., Ormskirk. Born At Ormskirk.

Cyrano

Cyrano was a 77 GRT steam trawler completed in 1905 by Cochrane & Sons Ltd. for Alick Black of Grimsby where she was registered as GY80. She served as a minesweeper during WW1 but was returned to her pre-was owner The Strand Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. afterwards. She left on a fishing trip from Grimsby on 13 August 1919 and was not seen again.

There were no survivors

Cyrano
Cyrano

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Appleton William 34 15/08/1919 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Appleton, Of 65.5, Temperance Place, Hull. Born At Hull.
Brunning William 40 15/08/1919 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Brunning, Of 13, Benton Avenue, Hope St., Grimsby. Born At Lingwood.
Burkwood George William 44 15/08/1919 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Annie Burkwood; Husband Of Jenny Burkwood. Born At Grimsby.
Cook Ernest 31 15/08/1919 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Cook. Born At Grimsby.
Dowson Harold 21 15/08/1919 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Dowson, Of 53, Wellington St., Grimsby. Born At Pickering.
Dowson John 48 15/08/1919 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Dowson, Of 425, Welsby St., Grimsby. Born At Leeds.
George Samuel Victor 22 15/08/1919 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. George, Of 334, New Wellington St., Grimsby.
Llewellyn Joseph 25 15/08/1919 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Llewellyn, Of 31, Charlton St., Grimsby. Born At Newcastle.
Sparrow Robert 52 15/08/1919 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Sparrow, Of 50, Strand St., Grimsby. Born In Norfolk.
Turner George 30 15/08/1919 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alfred Isaac Turner And The Late Emily Turner; Husband Of Ethel Turner (Nee Eggleston), Of 29, Stanley St., Grimsby. Born At Boston.
Wicks Henry 15/08/1919 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial

Cyrene

Cyrene was a 2,904 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1888 by Short Bros. for Lumsdon Byers & Co. She was later owned by Cyrene Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by W.Coupland & Co. She was sunk on 5 April 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-31 approximately 15 nautical miles North of Bardsey Island in Caernarvon Bay. She was en route from the Tyne to Blaye with a cargo of coal.

Cyrene

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Appleby John Rowley 19 05/04/1918 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph And Mary Jane Appleby, Of Vernon Lodge, Brunswick Terrace, Scarborough. Born At Scarborough.
Bisset William 48 05/04/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander Bisset, Of 8, Commerce St., Aberdeen, And The Late Isabella Jane Bisset (Nee Stott). Born At Glasgow.
Cartlidge Lionel Isaac 18 05/04/1918 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Lionel Isaac Cartlidge, Of 97, Fairholm Rd., Benwell Grove, Newcastle-On-Tyne, And The Late Henrica Vous, His Wife. Born At Antwerp.
Cribbett William George 05/04/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Cribbettwas a member of the Royal Navy and is also commemorated on panel 26 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial
Dilly Thomas Mckinnon 16 05/04/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Stewart And Charlotte Mckinnon Dilly, Of 16, High St., Arbroath, Forfar.
Guramo W 20 05/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of J. Guramo, Of 11, Pitt St., Lagos. Born In Lagos.
Harding Joe 23 05/04/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Martha Harding, Of 57, Sandaff Place, Sierra Leone. Born In Sierra Leone.
Harding Tom 25 05/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Harding, Of 6, Jolinetty St., Sierra Leone. Born At Sierra Leone.
Hunter William 17 05/04/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James And Mary Hunter (Nee Stewart), Of 13, Schipka Pass, The Cross, Glasgow. Born At Shotts, Lanarkshire.
Kelley Charles Adolphus 43 05/04/1918 Ship s Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Catherine Learmouth Kelley (Nee Wilson), Of 3, Greenleaf St., Liverpool. Born At Demerara.
Kennedy Edward Hurd 30 05/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Duncan Kennedy And The Late Jessie Kennedy (Nee Mcdonald); Husband Of Mary Ann Kennedy (Nee Mckechnie), Of 10, Regent Moray St., Glasgow. Born At Salen, Mull.
Koko Jas. A. 33 05/04/1918 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Calabar.
Lawrenson C.W. 05/04/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Minto William 26 05/04/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Clement And Janet Minto (Formerly Wood), Of 6, South Scarboro St., West Hartlepool. Born At West Hartlepool.
Parkinson Henry 41 05/04/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of The Late Sarah Jane Parkinson (Nee Carter). Born At West Hartlepool.
Parsons William Henry 31 05/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Walter and Jane Parsons, of 6, Station Terrace, Cinderford, Glos. Mr. Parsons was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 30 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Potts William Walter 43 05/04/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Sophia Potts; Husband Of Jane Hannah Potts, Of 15, Dock St., Tyne Dock, South Shields. Born At Howden-Le-Wear, Co. Durham.
Reid Alfred Henry 53 05/04/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William Storey Reid And Anna Jane Reid; Husband Of Jessie Florence Reid (Nee Hughes), Of 7, Waterville Terrace, North Shields. Born At Woolwich.
Sheehan Patrick 35 05/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Margaret Sheehan, Of 5, Fitzgerald Alley, Cork. Born At Cork.
Sloan Charles Croall 35 05/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary Sloan (Nee Croall), Of 6, Cumleigh Green Place, Edinburgh. Born At Edinburgh.
Thomas J 27 05/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sierra Leone.
Thwaites Joseph Nott 17 05/04/1918 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Foster Thwaites And Lucy Thwaites, Of 29, Sidney St., North Shields. Born At Gateshead.
Toogood Francis Edward 23 05/04/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Ridley Toogood And Kate Toogood (Formerly Carpenter), Of 173, King S Rd., Harrogate. Born At Stockton-On-Tees.
Vance Alexander 24 05/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Adopted Son Of Hugh And Mary Ann Vance, Of Drumley Cottage, Annbank Station, Ayr. Born At Bubey, Nr. Glasgow.

Dafila

Dafila was a 1,754 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1917 by Swan, Hunter & W.Richardson Ltd. for Cork Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 21 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-45 at position 50° 16' N, 12° 18' W - approximately 85 nautical miles West by South of Fastnet. She was en route from Valencia and Gibraltar to Liverpool with a cargo of iron ore and onions.

Dafila

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Edwards Alexander 59 21/07/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Sophia Seymour Mary Edwards, Of 5, Pengwern Terrace, Magazine Promenade, New Brighton. Born At Dundee.
Gannis A 25 21/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Constantinople.

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