Lost in WW1

Georgic Geraldine Giant
Gibel Hamam Gibraltar Giralda
Girdleness Gisella Gitano
Gladys


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].

Georgic

Georgic was a 10,077 GRT Livestock Carrier completed in 1895 by Harland & Wolff for Ismay Imrie & Co. She was captured and scuttled by German warship Moewe approximately 500 nautical miles East-South-East of Cape Race.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

The White Star liner Georgic with 1,200 horses and a general cargo, mainly wheat and oil, was on a voyage from Philadelphia to Liverpool when she was shelled and captured by the German raider Moewe on December 10th 1916, 590 miles E.S.E. of Cape Race,one man being killed. Her crew ws taken off and she was sunk by torpedo. The liner was the largest and most important prize which fell to Count Nikolaus zu Dohna Schlodien throughout his successful career as a merchant raider.
Georgic

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Conroy William 19 10/12/1916 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Johannah Conroy. Born At Lower Aghada, Co. Cork.

Geraldine

Geraldine was a 61 GRT fishing smack completed in 1894 by John Newman Atkinson of Dublin for Joseph Rickard and James Rickard. She was sunk by gunfire from German submarine U-96 approximately 10 nautical miles East of Lambay Island.

Geraldine

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Caffney Joseph 67 30/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of The Late Mrs Caffney. Born At Malahide, Co. Dublin.
Farren Christopher 27 30/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Anne Farren, Of Old Abbey, Howth, Co. Dublin, And The Late Thomas Farren.
Harford Patrick 17 30/03/1918 Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. E. Harford, Of St. Peter S Terrace, Howth, Co. Dublin. Born At Howth.
Rickard Joseph 30/03/1918 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Rourke Patrick 23 30/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. B. Rourke, Of Arora Terrace, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Giant

Giant has been difficult to trace but I believe from the limited information available on the internet that she was a 273 GRT steam cargo ship built in 1917, official number 136127. On 8 January 1917 she set sail from Le Hourdel bound for Dartmouth with a cargo of flint but was not seen again. The cause of her loss is unknown.

There were no survivors

Giant

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Armstrong Alfred 43 07/01/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Armstrong, Of 25, Wellington Rd., Ashton-On-Ribble, Lancs., And The Late Hugh Armstrong. Born In Co. Fermanagh.
Flamerachis Alexis 07/01/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Grant John 07/01/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Jeffrey James 07/01/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Jeffrey, Of Livingstone Village, Mid Calder, Midlothian.
Mills John William Thomas 19 07/01/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Florence Susannah Gale (Formerly Mills), 69, Raleigh Rd., Richmond, Surrey, And The Late John Charles Henry Mills. Born At Camberwell, London.
Moss Herbert E. 07/01/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Eleanor Moss, Of 14, Rossall St., Ashton, Preston, Lancs.
Peacock Charles 40 07/01/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. R. F. Morland (Formerly Peacock Nee White), Of 25, Gordon Avenue, Portswood Rd., Southampton.
Vine Frederick William 32 07/01/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Harry And Rebecca Vine; Husband Of Nellie Vine (Nee Ings), Of South St., Hythe, Hants. Born At Beaulieu, Hants.

Gibel Hamam

Gibel Hamam was a 647 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1895 by Wood, Skinner & Co. for M.H.Bland & Co. She was sunk on 14 September 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-104 approximately 15 nautical miles South of Portland Bill. She was en route from Swansea to France with a cargo of coal.


I can find no reference to a person with a surname of SKUIA or anything similar in the CWGC database despite the entry on the memorial. This is possibly a Norwegian name. Also there is a discrepancy between the name F. J. Santalana on the memorial and the CGWC database that is explained by a correction to the accompanying documentation.

Gibel Hamam
Gibel Hamam

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Anastasopoulos Spiros 40 14/09/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Boco Leo Iron 22 14/09/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Calabar.
Boyes David 61 14/09/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Hannah Boyes; Husband Of Mary Ann Boyes (Nee Keniry), Of 23, Tredegar St., Cardiff. Born At Whitby.
Carr John 43 14/09/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of H. E. Carr, Of 2427, South Clarion St., Philadelphia. Born At Philadelphia.
Gibson Robert 27 14/09/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Calabar.
Harris Francis 55 14/09/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Of 16 Gordon Road, Cardiff. Born At Briton Ferry, Glam.
Holj Nicholas 29 14/09/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Bukarest.
Hughes David 54 14/09/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Hughes, Of 19 Railway Terrace, Skewen, Glam., And The Late Eliza Hughes (Nee Roberts).
Jenkins John 49 14/09/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Mary Jenkins; Husband Of Mary Jane Jenkins (Nee Thomas), Of 19, Jockey St., Swansea. Born At Machen.
Kaliopoulos John 26 14/09/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Of 4 Herbert Street, Cardiff. Born At Piraeus.
Kuja J.S. 36 14/09/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born At Riga.
Lindsay Samuel 32 14/09/1918 Ship s Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born In Jamaica.
Marquez Jaille 22 14/09/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Venezuela.
Page Sydney Edward 32 14/09/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Henry Joseph Page, Of 10 Stanton Villas, Ellesmere Port. Born At Fowey.
Rees Evan Thomas 19 14/09/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas Rees And The Late Mary C. Rees. Born At Ton-Y-Pandy.
Santa Ana E 21 14/09/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Cape Verde.
Steel William 52 14/09/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Robin Hood S Bay, Yorks.
Tenbeth George Henry 44 14/09/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of the late Christopher and Emma Tenbeth, of Penzance, Cornwall; husband of Edith Jane Tenbeth, of 46, Glenmore Avenue, Stoke, Devonport. Mr. Tenbeth was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 29 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial
Tuplin John Oxenham 49 14/09/1918 Master Malpas (St. Mary) Churchyard Son Of Thomas Fisher Tuplin; Husband Of Rebecca Tuplin, Of 3, West View, Malpas, Newport.
Ziafirirtes Thomas 20 14/09/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar was a 3,803 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1902 by Russell & Co. for Glasgow Shipowners' Co. Ltd. and managed by Glen & Co. She was sunk on 12 September 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-27 at position 41° 17' N, 05° 50' E - approximately 100 nautical miles South-East by South of Cape Creus. She was en route from Karachi to Marseille with a general cargo.

Gibraltar

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Blackwood Thomas 42 12/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Matthew And Catherine Blackwood; Husband Of Eliza Blackwood (Nee Millan), Of Back Summeson Buildings, Low Walker-On-Tyne, Northumberland. Born At Hebburn.
Gray W 14/09/1917 Donkeyman Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles XI. B. 6.
Smith Alex David 28 12/09/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jean Clark Smith (Nee Davidson), Of Lochshade Cottage, Viewfield Rd., Arbroath, Forfar, And The Late Alexander Smith. Born At Arbroath.
Warren John 45 12/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret And The Late James Warren; Husband Of Elizabeth Ann Warren (Nee Christie), Of Back Sumerson Buildings, Low Walker-On-Tyne, Northumberland. Born At Newcastle.

Giralda

Giralda was a 1,100 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1887 by Osbourne, Graham & Co. for Bilton Williams. By the time of her loss she was owned by South Metropolitan Gas Co. as a collier. She was sunk on 28 August 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-70 approximately 5 nautical miles North-Nort-West of Whitby. She was beached but was a total loss. She was en route from London to the Tyne in ballast.

Giralda

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Anderson Peter 34 28/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry And Barbara Anderson (Nee Laing), Of Wester Skeld, Reawick, Shetland.
Antonios Carlos 30 28/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. K. Kuzeppe, Of 11, Treconpis, Piraeus, Greece. Born In Greece.
Barrass Thomas 15 28/08/1918 Mess Room Boy Tower Hill Memorial
Isbister Lawrence 31 28/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ann Isbister (Nee Humphray), Of Brinister, Bixter, Shetland, And The Late James Isbister.
Keyos M 25 28/08/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edros Keyos, Of Aden. Born At Aden.
Nisofa Ramond 28/08/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

Girdleness

Girdleness was a 3,018 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1905 by Ropner & Son for R.H.Holman as Blacktor. From 1918 she was owned by English Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Letricheux & David Ltd. She was sunk on 2 May 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-60 at position 50° 45' N, 04° 41' W - approximately 1.5 nautical miles North-West of Cambeck Point, Bude Bay. She was en route from Swansea to an unknown destination with a cargo of patent fuel.

Girdleness

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Lima S 35 02/05/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Brazil.
Skeeth John 28 02/05/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Trinidad.

Gisella

Gisella was a 2,502 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for Groedel Bros Steamship Co. Ltd. as Gisella Groedel. From 1916 she was owned by Steamship 'Mary' Co. Ltd. and managed by Alexander & Mair. She was attacked on two occasions:

  • On 17 April 1917 she was damaged by a mine laid by German submarine U-80 at position 57° 59' N, 06° 22' W - East of the Isle of Lewis. On this occasion one seaman lost his life.
  • On 18 November 1917 she was sunk by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-77 approximately 2 nautical miles South-West by South of Skokham Island, Pembrokeshire. She was en route from Cardiff to an unknown destination with a cargo of coal. On this occasion two seamen lost their lives.
Gisella

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Davies David Phillips 60 17/04/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Mary Davies. Born At Newport, Pembrokeshire.
Holmes John 42 18/11/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Agnes Holmes, Of 100, Stockwell Rd., Stockwell, London. Born At Liverpool.
Woolley William 18 18/11/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Woolley, Of 114, Park St., Liverpool, And The Late Mary Jane Woolley.

Gitano

Gitano was a 1,179 GRT steam cargo ship (ref) completed in 1913 by Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd. for T.Wilson, Sons & Co. Ltd. From 1917 she was owned by Ellerman's Wilson Line. She was posted missing in January 1915 having last been seen passing Flamborough Head on 20 December 1918. It is presumed that she sunk after striking a mine.

There were no survivors

Gitano
Gitano
Gitano

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barnes Geoffrey G. 16 23/12/1918 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles And Annie Barnes (Nee Gabbott), Of 171, Maldon Rd., Colchester. Born At Lincoln.
Barron Joseph William 35 23/12/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Emmie Barron, Of Sulby, Ings Rd., Hull. Born At Hull.
Chadzisim P 23/12/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial
Connor T 42 23/12/1918 Ship's Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Plymouth.
Cook Thomas William 28 23/12/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Thomas and Charlotte Cook, of Rowhedge, Colchester; husband of Lily Maud Cook, of 51, Spring Rd., Brightlingsea, Colchester. Mr. Cook was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 30 on the Chatham Naval memorial.
Cresswell Ernest 22 23/12/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Thomas Cresswell, of 105, Crescent, Woodlands, Doncaster. Mr. Cresswell was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Decent William John 23/12/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Glenton James Joseph 22 23/12/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Joseph And Kate Glenton; Husband Of Beatrice Ellen Glenton (Nee Wetherall), Of 20, Boynton St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Hangstrat A.P. 23 23/12/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Bergen.
Hardy Hercules 35 23/12/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of the late Laurence and Margaret Hardy, of Keolka Girlsta, Shetland; husband of Margaret J. M. Hardy, of Newpark Gulberwick, Lerwick, Shetland. Mr. Hardy was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Hatfield Ernest Roland 37 23/12/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eliza And The Late James Hatfield; Husband Of Gertrude Mary Hatfield (Nee Booth), Of 95, Manchester St., Hull. Born At Bubwith, Selby.
Hedgcock J 50 23/12/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Annie Hedgcock, Of 24, Clumber St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Hill Chesterfield 20 23/12/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Barbados.
Johanssen O 46 23/12/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Karlsen Gunder 23 23/12/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Kay Charles Albert 34 23/12/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Mary Ann Kay, Of 22, Camden St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Larsen L 43 23/12/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Nielsen C.V. 22 23/12/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Copenhagen.
Nordin George 19 23/12/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert Efraim Nordin, Of Hogsjo, Sweden. Born In Sweden.
Parker A.J. 23/12/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial
Rippon R 40 23/12/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Robert, And Emma Rippon; Husband Of Annie Rippon (Nee Bromley), Of 65, Exmouth St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Robinson Paul Hewitt 24 23/12/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph Hunsley Robinson, Of 3, Adderbury Grove, Beverley Rd., Hull, And The Late Mabel Robinson.
Schmidt Frederich Carl Christian 60 23/12/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Randers, Denmark.
Simms Harry Cecil 18 23/12/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emma Gage (Formerly Simms), Of Alma House, Rayne Rd., Braintree, Essey, And The Late Herbert Robert Simms. Born In London.
Simpkins John Reginald 17 23/12/1918 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John David Simpkins And Susan Elizabeth Simpkins, Of 5, Westbourne Villas, Hessle. Hull. Born At Hull.
Siplane J 40 23/12/1918 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Born At Arensburg, Russia.
Tinchin J 32 23/12/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Moscow, Russia.
Wilson Francis Charles 37 23/12/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Jane Wilson, Of 159, Durham St., Hull, And The Late Robert Wilson.

Gladys

Gladys was a 179 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1900 by Scott & Sons for Wyndham Bros. She sank on 27 November 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-69 approximately 3 nautical miles South-West of Cape Gris Nez. She was en route from Middlesbrough to Dieppe with a cargo of steel plates.

Gladys

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Astrand Carl 27/11/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Karl Hilding Astrand, Of Stockholm, Sweden. Born At Stockholm.
Gallagher James 36 27/11/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Agnes Gallagher, And The Late Mr. Gallagher; Husband Of Rosaline Gallagher (Nee Briggs), Of 67, Adam St., Middlesbrough. Born At Liverpool.
Jones William Ewart 19 27/11/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frances Jones (Nee Tyroe), Of 32, Esk St., North Ormesby, Yorks, And The Late Robert Jones. Born At South Bank, Yorks.
Louth James 38 27/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Ellen Louth; Husband Of Rachael Arm Louth (Nee Towsey), Of 17, Thomas St., Middlesbrough. Born At Scarborough.
Oliver Alfred 17 27/11/1917 Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alfred And Annabella Oliver, Of 41, Dacre St., Middlesbrough. Born At Darlington.
Susley 27/11/1917 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial

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