Lost in WW1

Daybreak De Fontaine Delamere
Delphic Demerara Den of Ogil
Denaby Denebola Deptford
Derwent


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].

Daybreak

Daybreak was a 3,238 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for J.Wood & Co. From 1915 she was owned by Scarisbrick Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Elvidge & Morgan. She was sunk on 24 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-87 approximately 1 nautical mile East of the South Rock light vessel, 5 nautical miles North-East of Ballyquintin Downs. She was en route from Huelva to Glasgow with a cargo of iron ore.


Mr. Pepper is recorded as having lost his life on 8 November 1916. This may be the result of an incident not related to the sinking of the ship or be down to a transcription error.

Daybreak

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barrett James 18 24/12/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Patrick And Hannah Barrett, Of Fisher St., Kinsale, Co. Cork.
Bianchi Paolo 37 24/12/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Giorgio, And Consdata Bianchi; Husband Of Elena Bianchi, Of 52, Sda Sta Maria, Casal Zebbug, Malta. Born In Malta.
Collins W 35 24/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At St. Johns, Newfoundland.
Dobson John Edward Tomlin 30 24/12/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Polruan, Cornwall.
Fredericksen T 19 24/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Denmark.
Gomez Jacine 35 24/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Portugal.
Greenway Thomas 47 24/12/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Mary Greenway; Husband Of The Late Nora Greenway. Born At Kinsale.
Gulwell Ernest 17 24/12/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Phoebe Gulwell (Nee Reed), Of 44, Arthur St., Cadoxton, Barry, Glam. Born At Tewkesbury.
Harrop-Griffiths Joseph 23 24/12/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David Harrop-Griffiths And Charlotte Harrop-Griffiths, Of Brondeg, Pontardulais, Glam. Born At Pontardulais.
Holland James Allcock 45 24/12/1917 Ship s Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James Allcock Holland And Betsy Holland. Born At Birkenhead.
Kennedy Joseph 33 24/12/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Bonner), Son Of Joseph Kennedy, Of 26, Thomas St., Londonderry, And The Late Catherine Kennedy (Nee Banner).
Muscat Michael 39 24/12/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Guiseppe And Rosa Muscat; Husband Of Carmela Muscat (Nee Carnane), Of 103, Sda Reale, Casal Zebbug, Malta. Born At Bona.
O Connor William 39 24/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Michael O Connor And The Late Ellen O Connor; Husband Of Ellen O Connor (Nee Mccarthy), Of Higher St., Kinsale, Co. Cork. Born At Brownsmills, Kinsale.
Owen William 39 24/12/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Owen And Charlotte Owen; Husband Of Mariah Owen (Nee Davies), Of Coed Hyfryd, Bethesda, Carnarvonshire. Born At North Llanllechid.
Pepper Thomas 18 08/11/1916 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry Pepper, Of 7, Lavender St., Dame Agnes St., Nottingham. Born At Nottingham.
Pope S.F. 24/12/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Postlethwaite Tom Bennett 62 24/12/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Postlethwaite (Nee Robinson), Of Brookside, Applethwaite, Keswick, Cumberland. Born At Keswick, Cumberland.
Sumner Frank 18 24/12/1917 Signalman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Edith Sumner, of Fenny Compton, Leamington Spa and the late Elijah Sumner. Mr. Sumner was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 25 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Wilkins W 27 24/12/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Southampton.

De Fontaine

De Fontaine was a 1,716 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by S.P.Austin & Son. for Lambton Collieries Ltd. She sank on 16 November 1918 after striking a mine approximately 20 nautical miles South-West of Dover. She was en route from Dieppe to Sunderland.

De Fontaine

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Stamaka S 30 16/11/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Susuki H 16/11/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Japan.

Delamere

Delamere was a 1,525 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1915 by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. for Watson Steamship Co. Ltd. From 1915 she was owned by Bromport Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by H.R.Greenhalgh. She was sunk on 30 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-70 at position 51° 40' N, 13° 00' W - approximately 110 nautical miles West by North of Fastnet. She was en route from Matadi to Liverpool with a general cargo.

Delamere

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Blackie Thomas 29 30/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Derbyshire Percy 15 30/04/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Amy Chadwick, Of 1, Square Lane, Latham Lancs. Born At Southport.
Johnson Charlie 21 30/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sierra Leone.
Martin Ernest Herbert Bulwar 36 30/04/1917 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert Herbert And Elizabeth Martin; Husband Of Eliza Martin (Nee Lawrence), Of 3, Upper Pitt St., Liverpool. Born In Barbados.
McGann Jack 19 30/04/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John James And Elizabeth Mcgann, Of 30, Wyndham St., Bury. Born At Bury.
McLeod W 56 30/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Roberts Tom 30/04/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial
Sandy 30/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Shaw William 43 30/04/1917 Fireman and Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And: Margaret Shaw (Nee Mcconville); Husband Of Mary Agnes Shaw (Nee Barry), Of 341, Grafton St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Troy J 30/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sierra Leone.

Delphic

Delphic was a 8,273 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1897 by Harland & Wolff for Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. and managed Ismay Imrie & Co. She was sunk on 16 August 1917 date by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-72 at position 48° 30' N, 09° 10' W - approximately 135 nautical miles South-West by West of Bishop Rock. She was en route from Cardiff to Montevideo with a cargo of coal.

Delphic

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Fuche Edwin Augustus 28 16/08/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Sophie Ellery Fuche, Of 199, Bexley Rd., North Heath, Erith, Kent. Born At Darwen, Lancs.
Jorgensen H 26 16/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Pipe G 18 16/08/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Ann Pipe (Nee Leighton), Of 57, Hack Rd., Tidal Basin, London, And The Late James Pipe.
Power W 29 16/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Russia.
Whittington Charles 48 16/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emma Whittington, And The Late William Whittington; Husband Of Martha Whittington (Nee Owen), Of 28, Corporation Rd., Grangetown, Cardiff. Born In Herefordshire.

Demerara

Demerara was a 11,484 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1912 by Harland & Wolff for Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She was damaged on 1 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-84 approximately 6 nautical miles West of Sables d'Orlonne. She was en route from Liverpool to Buenos Aires with a general cargo.

Demerara

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Crasikov Vasili 32 01/07/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Russia.

Den of Ogil

Den of Ogil was a 5,689 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1913 by Russell & Co. for The Barrie Shipping Co. Ltd. She was damaged on 29 February 1916 by a mine laid by German submarine UC-4 at position 51° 08' N, 01° 29' E - approximately 1 nautical mile South-South-Est of the South Goodwin light vessel. She was en route from New York to London with general cargo.

Den of Ogil

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Mottram Abraham 29 29/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And The Late Ellen Mottram; Husband Of Mary Emma Mottram (Nee Price), Of 18, Wye St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Denaby

Denaby was a 2,987 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by W. Gray & Co., Ltd. for Denaby & Cadeby Main Collieries Ltd. From 1915 she was owned by F.H.Lambert, Barnett & Co. She was captured by German submarine U-38 and sunk by gunfire at position 42° 32' N, 05° 40' E - approximately 40 nautical miles Sout-South-West of Planier Island. She was en route from Huelva to St Louis du Rhône with a cargo of ore.

Denaby

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Olsen Ole 42 24/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Bergen, Norway.

Denebola

Denebola was a 1,481 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by Neptun AG for Holm & Molzen. At the time of her loss she was under the control of the Admiralty and managed by Everett & Newbigin. She was sunk on 17 August 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-86 at position 50° 13' N, 05° 37' W - approximately 2 nautical miles North by West from Gurnards Head. She was en route from Swansea to Rouen with a cargo of coal.

Denebola

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Arthur Thomas 29 17/08/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edward And Jane Arthur; Husband Of Caroline Batty Arthur (Nee Lay), Of 25, Glenthorne Rd., Roker, Sunderland. Born At Sunderland.
Murray Anthony 33 17/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Anne Murray (Nee Longbrill), Of 13, Old Chapel Ground, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, And The Late John Murray.

Deptford

Deptford was a 1,208 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1912 by Blyth SB & DD Co. for Wm.Cory & Son Ltd. She sank on 14 February 1915 after striking a mine laid by German warship Kolberg approximately 3 nautical miles off Scarborough. She was en route from Granton to Chatham with a cargo of coal.

Deptford

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Nicolson Thonel 42 24/02/1915 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joan And The Late Andrew Nicolson; Husband Of Susanna Catrina Nicolson (Nee Jensen), Of 22, Prince Regent St., Leith. Born In Shetland.

Derwent

Derwent was a 151 GRT steam trawler completed in 1893 by Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. for Thomas E. Fisher & Henry Morris Co. Ltd. and registered at Grimsby as GY525. She was reported missing on 26 January 1920 and was thought to have struck a mine.

There were no survivors

Derwent
Derwent

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bayes Thomas W. 23 26/01/1920 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Bayes, Of 29, Jacob St., Lowestoft.
Buck Albert John 24 26/01/1920 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John James Buck, Of 67, Steven St., Lowestoft, And The Late Sarah Ann Buck. Born At Great Ryburgh.
Clarke Walter Richard 28 26/01/1920 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles Clarke, Of 34, Stevens St., Lowestoft, And The Late Esther Clarke. Born At Flixton, Suffolk.
Darby William Alfred 55 26/01/1920 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Long Service And Good Conduct Medal. Husband Of Jane Rebecca Darby, Of Great Yarmouth. Commanded H.M. Mine Sweepers Richmond Castle, (Dardanelles, 1915-16), Sparrow (White Sea, 1917 And Mediterranean, 1918-19).
Francis Daniel Robert 24 26/01/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Francis, Of 29, Jacob St., Lowestoft.
Gower James Henry 18 26/01/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Gower, Of 68 Carlton Rd., Kirkley, Lowestoft.
Ogilvie James 26 26/01/1920 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Ogilvie, Of 9, Epsom Terrace, Kirkley Run, Pakefield, Lowestoft.
Rodgers Joseph 23 26/01/1920 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Rodgers, Of 17, Arnold St., Lowestoft.
Rose Albert Edward 18 26/01/1920 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry And Sarah Elizabeth Rose, Of 22, Essex Rd., Lowestoft.
Saunders Joseph W. 22 26/01/1920 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Saunders, Of 2, Wells Yard, St. Peter S St., Lowestoft.

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