Vessels Lost in WW1

Destro Devonian (Grimsby) Devonian (Liverpool)
Dido Dingle Diomed
Djerv Dolcoath Dominican
Don


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].

Destro

Destro was a 859 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1914 by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. for T.Wilson, Sons & Co. Ltd. From 1917 the owner was Ellerman’s Wilson Line, Ltd. She was sunk on 25 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-96 at position 54° 34' N, 04° 45' W - approximately 5 nautical miles South-West of the Mull of Galloway. She was en route from Namsos to Manchester with a cargo of lumber, ferro-chrome etc.


Note: Destro had been damaged by gunfire from UB-39 on 3 August 1916 but had escaped. Captain Edward Borrowdale Johnson was awarded the DSC in recogition of the successful escape. He was also captain at the time of her loss.

Destro

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Abdul Muhammad 25/03/1918 Seaman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Abdur Rahim 25/03/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Harry Ben 24 25/03/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Singapore.
Hendrich Zachariah 32 25/03/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Hendrich, Of 34, Garden Lane, Salford, Manchester. Born At Jamaica.
Muslin D 24 25/03/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Singapore.
Walker John 20 25/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of George and Jemima Walker, of 105, Cranton Rd., Leith. Mr. Walker was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Devonian (Grimsby)

Devonian (Grimsby) was a 128 GRT steam trawler completed in 1896 by Edwards Bros. for Allen Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. of Grimsby. She foundered and is assumed to have struck a mine on 9 September 1915 approximately 30 nautical miles North-East by North of Spurn light vessel.

There were no survivors

Devonian (Grimsby)
Devonian (Grimsby)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Banks Walter Edward 37 08/09/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Banks; Husband Of Eunice Theodosia Banks (Nee Starfield), Of 87, New Market St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Campbell Hamilton Blackwood 48 08/09/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Campbell, Of Juggits Lane, New Cleethorpes. Born At Seaham.
Deakin Joseph 26 08/09/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Deakin, Of 78, Strand St., Grimsby. Born At Sheffield.
Gales Matthew 48 08/09/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sunderland.
Hanneman Frederick Charles 19 08/09/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Hanneman, Of 55, Weelsby St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Lambert Arthur 44 08/09/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Clara Lambert, Of 32, Brereton Avenue, Cleethorpes. Born At Skegness.
Lott John Henry 29 08/09/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Lott, Of Row 50, No. 9, Great Yarmouth, And The Late John Lott.
Rowston Arthur 25 08/09/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Rowston, Of 77, Tiverton St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Stanley Walter 42 08/09/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sheffield.

Devonian (Liverpool)

Devonian (Liverpool) was a 10,417 GRT steam passenger ship completed in 1900 by Harland & Wolff Ltd. for Frederick Leyland & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 21 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-53 approximately 20 nautical miles North-East of Tory Island. She was en route from Liverpool to Boston with a general cargo.

Devonian (Liverpool)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cain George 35 21/08/1917 Carpenter s Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Samuel And Nancy Cain; Husband Of Annie Louisa Cain (Nee Welsh), Of 27, Goldsmith St., Liverpool. Born At Glasgow.
Egan Frederick Daniel 31 21/08/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Rose Egan And The Late Frederick Brodrick Egan; Husband Of Elizabeth Egan (Nee Mcdonough), Of 50, Leopold Rd., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Meaney John 21/08/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of John and Ellen Meaney, of 44 Back, Close St., Limerick. Mr. Meaney was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 23 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Dido

Dido was a 4,769 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1896 by Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd. for T.Wilson, Sons & Co. Ltd. She sank on 26 February 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-7 at position 53° 07' N, 00° 15' W - approximately 4 nautical miles North-North-East of Spurn light vessel. She was en route from Hull to Bombay with a general cargo.

Dido

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Altoft John William 25 26/02/1916 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James William And Ada Altoft, Of 3, Albert Avenue, Wellsted St., Hull.
Bosted H 49 26/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Burkhalter Ernest 29 26/02/1916 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In Switzerland.
Byrne Michael 60 26/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Dundalk.
Cobby Harold 22 26/02/1916 Fourth Engineer Officer Hull Western Cemetery Compartment 191. Grave 18567 Son Of Albert And Annie Isabella Cobby, Of 17, Plane St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Dann Dudley St. Aubyn 20 26/02/1916 Engineer s Steward Bradford (Scholemoor) Cemetery L. C. 487. Son Of Alfred And Ellen Maria Dann, Of 4, Saplin St., Manningham, Bradford. Born At Lincoln.
Gold Stephen 19 26/02/1916 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Gilbert), Son Of Jacob And Sarah Gold, Of 9, Philip St., Back Church Lane, Whitechapel, London. Born In London.
Habbershaw Thomas Elton 23 26/02/1916 Seaman Hull Northern Cemetery 82. 37. Son Of Louise F. Habbershaw, Of 20, Chesnut Avenue, Queen S Rd., Hull.
Hardcastle William John 29 26/02/1916 Third Engineer Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery Cpt. 316. Grave 89 Son Of William John And Harriet Hardcastle (Nee Baxter), Of 11, Marlowe St., Hull. Born At Whitby.
Karlson Gustav 36 26/02/1916 Fireman Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery 42. D. 9. Son Of Ulicktor Ulicklund, Of Soderby, Liljendal, Finland.
Larsen Julius 52 26/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Jens And Margarita Larsen; Husband Of Johanne Larsen (Nee Johnsen), Of 15, Kimberley St., Hull. Born At Nyborg, Denmark.
Lees James 24 26/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Calcutta.
Martin William Henry 58 26/02/1916 Ship s Cook Hull Western Cemetery Cpt. 507. Grave 48933 Son Of Sarah Jane And The Late Henry Martin; Husband Of Eliza Ann Martin (Nee Fowler), Of 139, Campbell St., Hull.
Moss William Henry 20 26/02/1916 Assistant Cook Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery Cpt.328. Grave 46 Son Of William Henry And Charlotte Moss, Of 5, Villa Terrace, Walker St., Hull.
Rands Charles Edwin 32 26/02/1916 Donkeyman Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery Cpt. 315. Grave 80 Son Of The Late Henry Rands; Husband Of Annie Elizabeth Rands (Nee Hazard), Of 5, Wellesley Avenue, Middleburg St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Robinson Henry Robert 58 26/02/1916 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Sarah Alice Robinson, Of 15, Washington St., Hull. Born At Caistor, Lincs.
Rosindale Henry 19 26/02/1916 Carpenter Hull Western Cemetery Compartment 108. Grave 10658 Son Of Henry And Kate Rosindale; Husband Of Sarah Ann Rosindale (Nee Taylor), Of 64, Princes Rd., Hull. Born At Hull.
Skipworth George 46 26/02/1916 Able Seaman Hull Western Cemetery Cpt. 529. Grave 51076 Son Of Jane And The Late Henry Skipworth; Husband Of Frances Elizabeth Skipworth (Nee Ainsworth), Of 6, Chatham Place, Adelaide St., Hull. Born At Wakefield.
Smith John 30 26/02/1916 Fireman Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery Cpt.3. Grave 59 Son Of Mary And The Late Henry Smith; Husband Of Gertrude Crowson Smith (Nee Lidster), Of 1, Ann S Place, Francis St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Taylor J.R. 53 26/02/1916 Master Hull Western Cemetery 134. 13079. Son Of George Brent Taylor; Husband Of Amy Clara Taylor, Of 9, Heathcole St., Newland, Hull.
Thaxter Walter Edward 32 26/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter James And Dorcas Thaxter; Husband Of Norah Thaxter (Nee Clarke), Of 3, Watts Avenue, Rochester, Kent. Born At Reedham, Norfolk.
Thornley John 62 26/02/1916 Boatswain Hull Western Cemetery 499. 48171. Son Of Jonas And Eliza Thornley; Husband Of Anna Thornley, Of 16, Harrow St., Hull.
Van Dyk Bastian 34 26/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Annie Elizabeth Van Dyk (Nee Lidster), Of 73, Alicia St., Hull, Yorks. Born At Rotterdam, Holland.
Vinson Edgar 22 26/02/1916 Third Mate Hull Western Cemetery Compartment 441. Grave 42587 Son Of Harry And Mary Vinson (Nee Vaughan), Of 5, Mareham Avenue, Ena St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Waites William Arthur 47 26/02/1916 Second Engineer Hull Western Cemetery 108. 10608. Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. J.W. Waites, Of Leeds; Husband Of Jane Catherine Waites, Of 10, Ripon Villas, Brunswick Ave. Hull.
Westerlund Alfred 37 26/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sweden.
Williams George 22 26/02/1916 Able Seaman Hull Western Cemetery Cpt. 476. Grave 45918 Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Williams, Of 14, Beaumont St., Wellsted St., Hull. Born At Hull.

Dingle

Dingle was a 593 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1914 by J. Fullerton & Co. for West Lancashire Steamship Co. Ltd. She sank on 20 February 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-5 approximately 10 nautical miles South by West of the Kentish Knock light vessel in the Thames estuary. She was en route from Sunderland to Caen with a cargo of coal.

Dingle

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Dullighan Patrick 34 20/02/1916 Pantryman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Patrick And Catherine Dullighan; Husband Of Ellen Dullighan (Nee Leary), Of 22, Bridge St., Newry, Co. Down. Born At Carlingford.
Edgar William 20/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Kerr Robert 19 20/02/1916 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Bridget Mcevoy (Formerly Kerr), Of 8, River St., Newry, Co. Down, And The Late Robert Kerr. Born At Carlingford, Co. Louth.
Leary Michael 25 20/02/1916 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James And Mary Leary (Nee Mckevitt), Of 22, Bridge St., Newry. Born At Carlingford.
Leckie John 40 20/02/1916 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Adam Leckie; Husband Of The Late Martha Smith (Formerly Leckie).
O Hare Stephen 33 20/02/1916 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Dan And Catherine O Hare; Husband Of Mary Anne O Hare (Nee Keenan), Of Milltown, Newry. Born At Milltown, Co. Down.
Sloan Charles 20 20/02/1916 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Jane Edgar (Formerly Sloan, Nee Shields), Of Harbour Rd., Kilkeel, Co. Down, And The Late John Sloan. Born At Kilkeel, Co. Down.
Troland Daniel 40 20/02/1916 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Hugh And Martha Donnely Troland; Husband Of Mary Jane Troland (Nee Rooney), Of 32, New Dock St., Belfast. Born At Belfast.
Troland James 18 20/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Jane Troland, Of 32, New Dock St., Belfast, And The Late Daniel Troland.

Diomed

Diomed was a 4,672 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1895 by Scott & Co. for Ocean Steam Ship Co. Ltd. and managed by A.Holt & Co. She was sunk on 22 August 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-38 at position 50° 21' N, 06° 40' W - approximately 57 nautical miles West-North-West of the Scilly Isles. She was en route from Liverpool to Shanghai with a general cargo.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

The Diomed, Capt. J.Myles, was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine ... The explosion killed Capt.Myles who was on the bridge at the time as well as a quartermaster and a seaman. The first officer, Mr.T.W.Richardson, and two men were injured. In getting away the boats, two British and five Chinese seamen were drowned making a total loss of ten dead and three injured from a crew of 52.
Diomed
Diomed

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Andresen Victor 19 22/08/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Copenhagen.
Chang Fook 22/08/1915 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Cheung Chun 22/08/1915 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Graham Edward 39 21/08/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Henry And Ann Graham; Husband Of Theresa Graham (Nee Bellis), Of 12, Dorrit St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Hall Joseph 16 22/08/1915 3rd Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born At Chester.
Myles J 22/08/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Ross Harry 16 21/08/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter And Elizabeth Ann Ross (Nee Disbury), Of 4, Picton Rd., Wavertree, Liverpool. Born At West Derby, Liverpool.
Sung Look 22/08/1915 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Tobin George M. 24 22/08/1915 Second Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Esther Tobin, Of 5, Grant St., Crown St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
White James 25 22/08/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Wexford.
Wong Soo 22/08/1915 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Wong Yung 22/08/1915 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial

Djerv

Djerv was a 1,527 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1906 by Chant. Navals Anversois for A/S D/S Djerv. At the time of her loss she was under the control of The Shipping Controller and managed by E.P.Atkinson & Sons. She was sunk on 20 February 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-86 at position 53° 41' N, 04° 32' W - 12 nautical miles North-North-West of The Skerries, Anglesey. She was en route from Heysham to Newport, Mon. in ballast.

Djerv

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bonner Ernest Edward 38 20/02/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emma Bonner, Of Halton, 122, Etherington Rd., Beverley High Rd., Hull, And The Late Henry Bonner.
Fitzjohn Robert William 34 20/02/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Francis And Margaret Fitzjohn (Nee Kirk), Of 30, Temple St., Middlesbrough.

Dolcoath

Dolcoath was a 1,706 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1882 by James Laing for Osborn & Wallis. By the time of her loss she was owned by Dolcoath of Dundee SS. Co., Ltd. and managed by J.Mitchell & Sons. She sank on 10 May 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-7 at position 51° 26' N, 01° 28' E - approximately 3.25 nautical miles North-North-East of the North Foreland. She was en route from the Tyne and Hull to Cette with a cargo of coal.

Dolcoath

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hidalgo Theodore 38 10/05/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Spain.

Dominican

Dominican was a 134 GRT steam trawler completed in 1891 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. She was reported missing on 3 November 1915 and was not seen again.

There were no survivors

Dominican
Dominican

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ayers Joshua 55 08/11/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Leeds.
Byrne Charles 54 03/11/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Simon Byrne; Husband Of Margaret Morrison Byrne (Nee Cheyne), Of 128, Upperden Burn, Aberdeen. Born At Lanark.
Campbell James 36 03/11/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Campbell, Of 5, Third Terrace, Thorpe St., Grimsby. Born At Liverpool.
Clatworthy George 54 03/11/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Brixham.
Ellis Robert 60 03/11/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Romford.
Jacques Joe Lucian 56 03/11/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Nottingham.
Owen Cyril 16 03/11/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. Owen, Of 73, Castle St., Grimsby. Born At Cleethorpes.
Rogers Ernest 56 03/11/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Blandford.
Smith Charles Alfred 32 03/11/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James William Smith, Of 55, Sussex St., Grimsby, And The Late Mary Ann Smith.
Stevens Henry Abraham 03/11/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial

Don

Don was a 151 GRT steam trawler completed in 1893 by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. for H.Morris of Grimsby and registered as GY517. At the time of her loss she was owned by William Ellis of Grimsby. She sank on 6 May 1915 after striking a mine on the Swarte Bank approximately 100 nautical miles East by South of Spurn Head.

Don

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Coleman Arthur James Alexander 19 06/05/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Coleman, Of 135, Tiverton St., Grimsby. Born At Lowestoft.
Cook Harold 24 06/05/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Grimsby.
Kemp Walter John 29 06/05/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Kemp, Of 43, Barcroft St., Grimsby. Born At Gorleston-On-Sea.
Shepherd Harry 23 06/05/1915 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Shepherd, Of 222, Wellington St., Grimsby. Born At Aberdeen.
Sheriff George Ernest 19 06/05/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Sheriff, Of 62, Montague St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Thompson Thomas Edward 49 06/05/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Henry Bishop And Annie Thompson. Born At Holbeach.
Wright William George 48 06/05/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Esther Wright; Husband Of Emma Wright (Nee Purvis), Of 55, Victor St., Grimsby. Born At Gravesend.

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