Lost in WW1

Freshfield Friargate Friendship
Frigate Bird Frimaire Frinton
Frithjof Eide Fulgent Fulmar


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].

Freshfield

Freshfield was a 3,445 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1896 by R. Napier & Sons, Ltd. for Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. as La Plata. By 1915 she was owned by R. Lawrence Smith Ltd. of Montreal. She was sunk on 5 August 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-25 approximately 4 nautical miles North-East by North of Cape Colonne. She was en route from Messina to Taranto in ballast.

Freshfield

The commander of the U-boat was Karl Dönitz who would become Commander-in-Chief of the Kreigsmarine in WW2 and ultimately Hitler's successor and final leader of the 3rd Reich.

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Clark William 21 05/08/1918 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Jane Ellen Clark (Nee Stansbridge), Of 8, Vincent St., Shirley, Southampton.
Mercier J 28 05/08/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born At Quebec, Canada.
Yorwarth T 33 05/08/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Richard Yorwarth; Husband Of Elizabeth Mary Yorwarth (Nee Hill), Of 41, Simpson St., Battersea, London. Born In London.

Friargate

Friargate was a 264 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1910 by Crabtree & Co. Ltd. for A.Chester of Middlesbrough. She sank on 3 November 1915 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-6 approximately 4 nautical miles East of Orfordness. She was en route from London to Middlesbrough with a cargo of loam.

Friargate

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Andersen Nils 49 03/11/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Andersen; Husband Of The Late Lily Alice Andersen. Born In Norway.
Dolby Thomas Henry 03/11/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Edward And Annie Dolby; Husband Of Elizabeth Ann Dolby (Nee Barton), Of 31, Bristow St., Nr. Ormesby, Middlesbrough. Born At Middlesbrough.

Friendship

Friendship was a 37 GRT fishing smack - a two-masted sailing ketch - completed in 1905 by J. W. & A. Upham for E.A.Stockman of Brixham and registered there as BM 244. At the time of her loss she was owned by Tom Jenkerson of Milford Haven. She was sunk on 13 February 1917 by German submarine UC-65 off The Smalls. I have found no details of the manner of her sinking.

There were no survivors

Friendship
Friendship

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ashton Thomas 20 13/02/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.
Rackley William 57 13/02/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Ruseham.
Reid John Mcrae 20 13/02/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Born At Greenock.
Tucker Albert Henry 42 13/02/1917 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Eliza Jane Tucker, Of Brixham, Devon; Husband Of Miriam Berry Tucker, Of 43, Dewsland St., Milford Haven.

Frigate Bird

Frigate Bird was a 20 GRT diesel-powered fishing vessel completed in 1907 by an unknown builder in Fraserburgh and registered there as FR256. At the time of her loss she was owned by Edward Ernest Cox of Grimsby and apparently registered there as GY591 - though I have not been able to confirm this registration from lists published on the internet. She was stopped on 28 June 1917 by German submarine UC-63 and sunk by gunfire approximately 10 nautical miles North-East of Spurn Point.

There were no survivors

Frigate Bird

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Farrow John William 38 25/06/1917 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Farrow, Of 94, Ladysmith Rd., Grimsby. Born At Sheringham.
Sadler Christopher 25/06/1917 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Sadler Horace Samuel 16 25/06/1917 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Sadler, Of 162, Victor St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Sadler William Richard 62 25/06/1917 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Sadler, Of 32, Fraser St., Grimsby. Born At Sheringham.
Skudder William Emmanuel 55 25/06/1917 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Greenwich, London.

Frimaire

Frimaire was a 1,778 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd. for Empire Shipping Co. Ltd. as Corso. From 1915 she was owned by Plisson Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 15 March 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-21 at position 47° 03' N, 02° 26' W - approximately 21 nautical miles South-South-East of Belle Isle. She was en route froml St.Nazaire to Bayonne in ballast.

Frimaire
Frimaire

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Angelides Athanasios 26 15/03/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Burnell Isaac David 33 15/03/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry And Mary Ann Burnell; Husband Of Sarah Harriet Burnell, (Nee Meek), Of 106, Dogfield St., Cardiff. Born At Cardiff.
Gillies Donald 36 15/03/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Donald And Mary Gillies, Of Lochyside, Banavie, Inverness-Shire.
Jackson Toby 15/03/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Marsden John George 24 15/03/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Margaret Ann Marsden, Of 109, Claude Rd., Cardiff. Born At Cardiff.
Patinios Nicolas 24 15/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Demetri And The Late Evangelia Patinios; Husband Of Bridget Patinios (Nee Jones), Of 48, Graving Dock St., Barry, Glam. Born In Greece.
Richardson Stanley Montague 43 15/03/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alice Richardson And The Late James George Richardson; Husband Of Ethel Richardson, Of 6, Mona St., Garston, Liverpool. Born At Calcutta.
Thornhill Allan Speede 21 15/03/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eleazeh Thornhill, Of Lot G.G., Hadfield St., Wortmanville, Georgetown, Demerara, And The Late Alice Fadelle.
Whitefield William Herbert 30 15/03/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. J. Whitefield, Of 15, Westcroft, Bideford, Devon; Husband Of L. S. Whitefield, Of Crofton, Abbotsham Rd., Bideford, Devon.
Willis Thomas Robert 57 15/03/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas Robert Willis; Husband Of Mary Ann Willis, Of 15, Louisa St., Cardiff. Born At Sunderland.
Wiseman Henry 51 15/03/1917 Able Seaman and Lamps Tower Hill Memorial Born At St. Vincent, B.W.I.

Frinton

Frinton was a 4,194 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1912 by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for The Noreuro Traders Ltd. as Freland. From 1915 she was owned by Frinton Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Mango & Co. She was sunk on 19 March 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-81 approximately 350 nautical miles West of Scilly or 320 nautical miles West by North of Ushant. She was en route from Cartagena to the Tees with a cargo of government stores.

Frinton

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bourekcas 19/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Constantindis 19/03/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Kageyama 19/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Taune Kageyama Of Shimonoseki, Japan. Born In Japan.
Yoshioka 19/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Yakichi Yoshioka, Of The Prefecture Of Yamaguchi, Japan. Born In Japan.

Frithjof Eide

Frithjof Eide was a Norwegian 1,097 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by Howaldtswerke of Kiel for Rederi A/B Ostergotland as Ostergotland. From 1916 she was owned by A/S D/S Frithjof Eide and managed by B. Pedersen & Son. She was sunk on 9 November 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-75 approximately 3.5 nautical miles East-North-East of Flamborough Head. She was en route from Skien to London with a cargo of saltpetre.



This ship is incorrectly listed in the CWGC database as Frithi of Edie. Notified to CWGC 13 May 2020.

Frithjof Eide

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hastie George Nelson 09/11/1917 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial

Fulgent

Fulgent was a 2,009 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1910 by Short Bros. Ltd. for James Westoll. She was stopped by German submarine U-30 approximately 45 nautical miles North-West of The Skelligs and scuttled with explosives. She was en route from Cardiff to Scapa Flow with a cargo of coal.

Fulgent

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brown Charles William 30/04/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Williams Adolphus 30/04/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial

Fulmar

Fulmar was a 1,270 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1902 by Wigham Richardson & Co. Ltd. for Cork Steamship Co. Ltd. She sank on 24 March 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-7 approximately 8 nautical miles South-West of the Kentish Knock light vessel in the Thames Estuary. She was en route from Rotterdam to the UK with a general cargo.

Fulmar

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Veail Thomas Stephen 60 24/03/1916 Master Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Elizabeth Veail, Of Laurel Lea, 85, Rock Lane East, Rock Ferry, Cheshire.

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