Vessels Lost in WW1

Fiscus Fittonia Fitzroy
Flamenco Fleetwood Fleurette
Florazan Florence Muspratt Florentia
Floridian Florrieston


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].

Fiscus

Fiscus was a 4,782 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1917 by Craig, Taylor & Co. Ltd. for Tempus Shipping Co, Ltd. and managed by W.H.Seager & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 20 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-35 approximately 10 nautical miles North-North-East of Cape Ivi. She was en route from Barry to Corfu with a cargo of coal.

Fiscus

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Thomas Walter 55 20/12/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Bridgend.

Fittonia

Fittonia was a 146 GRT steam trawler completed in 1891 by Cochrane, Hamilton, Cooper & Schofield for North Eastern Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. Grimsby and registered as GY 390. She sank on 2 September 1914 after striking a mine approximately 27 nautical miles East by South of Spurn Head.

There were no survivors

Fittonia
Fittonia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Conder Harry 48 02/09/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Eliza Conder, Of 81 Guildford St., Grimsby.
Dowler John Frederick 31 02/09/1914 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter And Kate Mary Goode Dowler, Of 24, Windsor St., Leamington, Warwickshire.
Gudegon W.A.C. 02/09/1914 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs M. Gudegon, Of 14, Garner St., Grimsby.
Hammerton M 47 02/09/1914 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Alice Hammerton, Of 61, Barcroft St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Ringstead, Northants.
Hill William 02/09/1914 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Hill; Husband Of Deborah Hill (Nee Wilson), Of 227, Weelsby St., Grimsby. Born At Birkenhead.
Magnusson H.J. 02/09/1914 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born In Iceland.
Wilton J 60 02/09/1914 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Elizabeth Wilton, Of 55, Barcroft St., Grimsby. Born At Shenstone.

Fitzroy

Fitzroy was a 132 GRT steam trawler completed in 1891 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd.for Ellis & Johnson of Grimsby and registered there as GY 375. By the time of her loss she was owned by Northwold Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. She was reported missing on 29 November 1915 and given the location and date was likely to have struck a mine.

There were no survivors

Fitzroy

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bass George 28 11/10/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Samuel And Louisa Bass; Husband Of Amrora Bass (Nee Tambling), Of Fore St., East Looe, Cornwall. Born At Kensington, London.
Daykin Arthur 38 11/10/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Daykin, Of No. 32, Terrace, Hope St., Grimsby. Born At Nottingham.
Frost James 58 11/10/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Frost, Of 21, Montague St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Yarmouth.
Hill Edward 43 11/10/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frances Catherine Hill, And The Late Henry Hill; Husband Of Alice Gertrude Hill (Nee Button), Of 2, Albion Place, Louth, Lincs. Born At Louth, Lincs.
Morrison William 57 11/10/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Portsmouth.
Museth Francis 52 11/10/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Museth, Of 105, Wintringham Rd., Grimsby. Born In Denmark.
Newburry David Collinson 38 11/10/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Florence Newburry, Of 77, Barcroft St., Cleethorpes.
Smith Ernest Carlisle 24 11/10/1915 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Smith, Of 21, Coombe St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Boston.
Stratton George 53 11/10/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Sophia Stratton; Husband Of Alice Stratton, Of 184, Hope St., Grimsby. Born At Hertford.

Flamenco

Flamenco was a 4,540 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1906 by Sir James Laing & Sons for Pacific Steam Navigation Co. She was captured by German warship Mowe at position 03° 44' S, 31° 47' W and scuttled by explosives. She was en route from Liverpool to Valparaiso with a cargo of coal.

Flamenco

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Burke Michael 24 06/02/1916 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Limerick.

Fleetwood

She was a 163 GRT steam trawler completed in Govan in 1906 for the Consolidated Steam Fishing and Ice (Grimsby) Ltd. She was attacked by a German submarine with the loss of one life and three injuries. Despite being shelled the vessel seems to have survived the attack.

Fleetwood

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Gedge Horace George 27 11/07/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill MemorialSon Of Horace George And Charlotte Gedge; Husband Of Susannah Gedge (Nee Taylor), Of 113, Grafton St., Grimsby. Born At Great Yarmouth. Mr. Gedge is now known to be buried at Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery, Sec 42 Row J Grave 11.

I am grateful to Charles Anderson for the press cutting from the Hull Daily Mail [70] of 12 July 1915 that gives an account of what happened.

Fleetwood

Fleurette

Fleurette was a 60 GRT fishing smack completed in 1909 by Sanders & Co. for Robert W. Linder of Lowestoft. and registered in Lowestoft as LT 312. She was stopped on 13 February 1917 by German submarine U-47 and the crew forced to abandon ship in very rough weather. The submarine attempted to sink the vessel with gunfire but was unable to do so because of the state of the weather. The vessel survived but came ashore unmanned 1 nautical mile from Godrevy lighthouse and was wrecked. The crew were not seen again.

There were no survivors

Fleurette

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barker C 13/02/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial
Mullender Charles 13/02/1917 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Mullender F 13/02/1917 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Raven B 13/02/1917 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Turrell W 13/02/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial

Florazan

Florazan was a 4,658 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1913 by Short Bros. for Liverpool Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by H.Fernie & Co. She was torpedoed on 11 March 1915 by German submarine U-20 approximately 53 nautical miles North-East by East of the Longships lighthouse and sank on 13 March 1915 approximately 50 nautical miles South-West by South of St. Ann's Head. She was en route from Havre to Liverpool in ballast.

Florazan

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
O Brien Thomas 34 11/03/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. O Brien, Of 9, Mersey St., Liverpool. Born At Melbourne.

Florence Muspratt

Florence Muspratt was a 79 GRT wooden schooner completed in 1872 by Wray of Burton Strather for Harry Manley of Chester. She was stopped and sunk on 5 September 1917 by German submarine UC-50 approximately 10 nautical miles North of Sept Iles. She was en route from St. Malo to Newport in ballast.

Florence Muspratt

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Johansson August Lennard 29 05/09/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Karl Johan Johansson And Kristina Johansson (Nee Nilsson). Born In Sweden.

Florentia

Florentia was a 3,688 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1912 by Tyne Iron Shipbuidling Co. Ltd. for International Line Steamship Co, Ltd. From 1918 she was owned by Sutherland Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by A.M. Sutherland. She was sunk on 29 June 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-40 approximately 2 nautical miles East by North of South Cheek, Robin Hood Bay. She had been en route from the Tyne to an unknown destination with a cargo of coal.

Florentia

Previously the sinking had been attributed to UB-88.

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Jackson Albert Edward 32 29/06/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Briscoe Jackson; Husband Of Ada Jackson (Nee Farrar), Of 12, Hylton St., Waldridge Fell, Durham. Born At South Shields.
Scott James 34 29/06/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Scott (Nee Polson), Of 34, Leighton St., 5Th. Shields And The Late Matthew John Scott. Born At Durham.
Sherringham Stanley 17 29/06/1918 Assistant Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Georgeina Sherringham (Nee Murray), Of 9, Goschen St., Blyth.

Floridian

Floridian was a 4,777 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1913 by Short Bros. for Frederick Leyland & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 4 February 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-54 at position 50° 42' N, 14° 39' W - approximately 200 nautical miles West by North of Fastnet. She had been en route from Halifax to Cherbourg with a general cargo.

Floridian

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Clark Daniel 26 04/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late David And Bally Clark. Born In Sierra Leone.
Dik Eppo 41 04/02/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Eppo And Elizabeth Dik. Born At Liverpool.
Luca William Seaton 17 04/02/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of W. R. Luca, Of Constanceville, Liberton, Edinburgh. Born At Edinburgh.
Valentine Frank 35 04/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Trinidad.
Williams Charlie 36 04/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Canada.

Florrieston

Florrieston was a 3,366 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for Bridge Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. as Battersea Bridge. From 1912 she was owned by Florrieston Steamship Co. Ltd., renamed Florrieston and managed by W.S. Miller & Co. She was sunk on 20 April 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-91 at position 54° 30' N, 05° 11' W - approximately 6 nautical miles East by North of the South Rock, Northern Ireland. She was en route from Almeria to Glasgow with a general cargo.

Florrieston
Florrieston

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Aitken David 49 20/04/1918 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert And Margaret Aitken. Born At Glasgow.
Baxter John 23 20/04/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Duncan And Margory Baxter (Nee Mctaggart), Of 82, Park Rd. West, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Boulton Thomas 25 20/04/1918 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Annie Boulton (Nee Sharp), Of 22, Whitevale St., Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Cameron Lachlan 28 20/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ann Cameron And The Late Malcolm Cameron; Husband Of Mary Cameron (Nee Mcdonald), Of 268, Rutherglen Rd., Glasgow. Born At Mull.
Cassidy Hugh 38 20/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Cassidy And The Late John Cassidy; Husband Of Mary Ann Cassidy (Nee Glancey), Of 45, Clyde St., Anderston, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Clelland Robert 20/04/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Jane Clelland (Nee Law), Of 113, Holmlea Rd., Glasgow.
Cunningham John 20/04/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Friel Michael 28 20/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Friel (Nee Golden), And The Late Thomas Friel; Husband Of Susan Friel (Nee Gallagher), Of 456, St. Vincent St., Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Fritzhall Louis 44 20/04/1918 Sailor and Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Born At Linkoping, Sweden.
Johnsen Carl 44 20/04/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Russia.
Kerr John Alexander Cameron 17 20/04/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Isabella Kerr (Nee Cameron), Of 326, West Prince S St., Glasgow, And The Late Frederick Kerr. Born At Saltcoats.
Mcculloch James 51 20/04/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Joseph And Elizabeth Mcculloch; Husband Of Annie Mcculloch (Nee Lawlor), Of 6, Stanhope Place, Anderston, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Mcgill John 45 20/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Charles And Catherine Mcgill; Husband Of The Late Bridget Mcgill. Born At Glasgow.
Mclellan John 34 20/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Mary Mclellan; Husband Of Margaret Mclellan (Nee Arneil), Of 16, East Vale Place, Kelvinhaugh, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Mill James 38 20/04/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Corran Ferry.
Rayner Edwin 37 20/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Ellen Rayner; Husband Of Matilda Rayner (Nee Palmer), Of 127, Surrey St., Glasgow. Born At Manchester.
Sharpe Asbert Augustus 27 20/04/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Sharpe, Of Charleston Park Hall, Middlesex, And The Late Marian Sharpe (Nee Beecher). Born At Clarendon.
Smith David Templeton 26 20/04/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edward And The Late Josephine Sarah Smith; Husband Of Eleana Smith (Nee Hine), Of Palatine House, Park Terrace, Maryport. Born At Maryport.

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