Lost in WW1

Kwasind Kyarra Kyno
L. H. Carl L. S. D. La Blanca
La Negra Labrador Laconia
Ladoga


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].

Kwasind

Kwasind was a 2,211 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1894 by W. Doxford & Sons, Ltd. for Petersen Tate & Co. as Turret Bell. By the time of her loss she was owned by Arctic Steamship Co. Ltd., renamed Kwasind and managed by J. Ridley, Son & Tully. She sank on 11 March 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-4 at position 52° 08' N, 01° 45' E - off Southwold. She was en route from Bilbao to Hartlepool with a cargo of iron ore.

Kwasind

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ahmad Matin 11/03/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Ali Farah 11/03/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Atkinson Thomas 27 11/03/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Ann Atkinson; Husband Of Ida Olive Atkinson (Nee Black), Of 1, Kensington Terrace, Dunston-On-Tyne. Born At Dunston-On-Tyne.
Barnsley Elijah 43 11/03/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Charles And Hannah Barnsley; Husband Of Cicely Isabella Barnsley (Nee Knott), Of 3, Beaumont St., North Shields. Born At North Shields.
Foster Ernest Albert 25 11/03/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frederick William And Catherine Foster, Of Brentwood, Allendale, Northumberland. Born At South Shields.
Gomez Joaquim Carlos 23 11/03/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born At Cape Verde.
Johanson Karl 47 11/03/1917 Boatswain and Lamps Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Caroline Johanson, And The Late Johannes Johanson; Husband Of Maria Johanson, Of 20, Barcroft St., New Cleethorpes, Lincs. Born In Sweden.
Joseph M 21 11/03/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Mauritius.
Meek James 25 11/03/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Joan Meek (Nee Halliday), Of 28 Thornton Avenue, South Shields. Born At Jarrow.
Pullen John 23 11/03/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Pullen. Born At Wakefield.
Richardson John George 20 11/03/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Daniel Richardson. Born At Aberdeen.
Wilson William 16 11/03/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George William And Sarah Isabella Wilson, Of 3, Prior Terrace, Hexham, Northumberland. Born At King S Meaburn, Westmorland.

Kyarra

Kyarra was a 6,953 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1903 by Wm. Denny & Bros. for Australasian United Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 26 May 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-57 approximately 2 nautical miles South-South-East of Anvil Point. She was en route from London to Sydney with a general cargo.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

The steamship Kyarra was taken over for service as a hospital ship during WW1 and on May 26th 1918 was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine two miles S.S.E. of Anvil Point. Six persons were killed. The captain was amongst the survivors.
Kyarra

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brown J 33 26/05/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.
Mackenzie Duncan 52 26/05/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Murdo And Catherine Mackenzie. Born At Udrigle.
McPhun Laurence Albert 16 26/05/1918 Steward s Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Louisa McPhun, Of 12, Tynemouth St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Morley Henry Garnet Warmlington 28 26/05/1918 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Allison Trent Cook (Formerly Morley), Of The Shack, Calangir, Western Australia. Born In Australia.
Nanles James Abbott 28 26/05/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emily Nanles (Nee Wiltshire), Of 25, Trinity St. Barking Rd., London, And The Late Abbott Nanles Born At Canning Town.
Small William 26/05/1918 Fifth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. A. B. Small, Of Sydney.

Kyno

Kyno was a 2,202 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1913 by Dunlop, Bremner & Co. Ltd. for Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd. She was sunk on 16 November 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-63 approximately 9 nautical miles North-East by East of Cape Cherchell. She was en route from Hull to Alexandria with a general cargo.

Kyno

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Kitchman Willie 22 16/11/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eliza Whittle, Formerly Kitchman (Nee Robson), Of 5, Edwards Avenue, Holmes St., Hull, And The Late William Kitchman.
Lancaster William Edward 27 16/11/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Tom Tate Lancaster And Mienzea Lancaster, Of 39, Campbell St., Hull, Yorks.
Richards Thomas 23 16/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Sharp William Hutcheon 54 16/11/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Ann Sharp; Husband Of Mary Elizabeth Sharp (Nee Hunt), Of 5, Porter Place, Porter St., Hull. Born At Montrose, Forfar.

L. H. Carl

L. H. Carl was a 1,916 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1898 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for L.H.Carl. At the time of her loss she was owned by Lambert Bros. Ltd. She was sunk on 20 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-40 at position 50° 26' N, 02° 48' W - approximately 14 nautical miles West by South of Portland Bill. She was en route from Barry to Rouen with a cargo of coal.

L. H. Carl

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barsaunian A 20/07/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In U.S.A.
Kumon S 20/07/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Matsutaro Kumon, Of Hiroshima, Japan.

L.S.D.

L.S.D. was a 24 GRT sailing fishing smack completed in Brixham in 1909 and owned by Samuel Deveson of Ramsgate where she was registered as R.50. She was posted as missing and was not seen again. It is believed that she struck a mine and was destroyed by it.

There were no survivors

I am grateful to Sue Wilson for providing the following press cutting from the Dover Express [77] which describes the vessel being five days overdue.

Dover Express
Cutting from the Dover Express - 6 November 1914.

Those lost on L.S.D. are also commemorated on a memorial in Ramsgate Sailor's Church.

Ramsgate Church

The following exchange in Hansard for 23 June 1925 gives an insight into the shabby treatment of the dependents of fishermen who were killed in the war:

Mr. HARMSWORTH asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that Mrs. E. Bugden, of 13, Bur-gate Street, Canterbury, widow of the second hand of the fishing smack "L. S. D.," late of Ramsgate, who lost his life through the blowing up of the ship by enemy action in 1914, has only been awarded £50 compensation, as compared with an amount of between £300 and £400 paid to the widow of the third hand and the sum of £1,050 paid to the widow of the skipper of the same vessel; and whether he will award Mrs. Bugden such extra compensation as will make the total compare favourably with the awards made to the widows of the other two seamen?

Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. Mrs. Bugden's case was received too late for consideration by the Royal Commission on Compensation for Suffering and Damage by Enemy Action, and; could only be considered in connection with the £300,000 fund provided for solatia to belated claimants. The maximum payment out of that fund is £50. The claims of the skipper and third hand were submitted in time for consideration by the Royal Commission in connection with the £5,000,000 fund. In the circumstances the answer to the second part of the question must, I regret to say, be in the negative.
L.S.D.

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bugden John Kenny 31 24/10/1914 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. J. K. Bugden, Of 34, Bloomsbury Rd., Ramsgate. Born At Ramsgate.
Fennell George Henry 54 24/10/1914 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. G. H. Fennell, Of Southwood Lodge, Ramsgate. Born At Ramsgate.
Jordon Edwin 24/10/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial

La Blanca

La Blanca was a 6,813 GRT steam cargo ship (ref) completed in 1906 by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd. for Anglo-Argentine Shipping Co. Ltd. From 1907 she was owned by Argentine Cargo Line Ltd. and managed by Furness, Withy & Co. She was sunk on 23 November 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-96 approximately 10 nautical miles South-South-East of Berry Head. She was en route from Buenos Aires to Le Havre with meat and a general cargo.

La Blanca

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Akerlund Axel 21 23/11/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sweden.
Stowe Joseph James 41 23/11/1917 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In Essex.

La Negra

blLa Negra was a 6,813 GRT steam cargo ship (ref) completed in 1913 by Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd. for British & Argentine Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 3 September 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-50 at position 49° 29' N, 03° 53' W - approximately 50 nautical miles South-South-West of Start Point. She was en route from Buenos Aires to an unknown destination with a cargo of frozen meat.

La Negra

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Doyle James Moran 26 03/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Ann Doyle (Nee Moran), Of 45, Reading St., Liverpool, And The Late James Doyle.
Hunter William 21 03/09/1917 Junior Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Mary Hunter, Of 42, Wadham Rd., Bootle, Liverpool. Born At Kirkdale, Liverpool.
Roach John 20 03/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Ann And The Late John Roach; Husband Of Ellen Roach (Nee Mcnamara), Of 31, Johnstone St., Bootle, Lancs. Born At Bootle.
Wing Robert 28 03/09/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret And The Late Robert Wing; Husband Of Margaret Ann Wing (Nee Hart), Of 85, Herbert St., Walton-On-The-Hill, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Labrador

Labrador was a 139 GRT steam trawler completed in 1894 in Hull for Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd. and initially registered there. By 1915 she was owned by William Robbens and registered at Lowestoft as LT.1165. She departed Lowestoft on 23 January 1915 and was not seen again.

There were no survivors

Labrador

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Adams Henry George 34 23/01/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry George Adams And The Late Mrs. Adams; Husband Of Ruth Maria Scott (Formerly Adams), Of 9, St. George S Rd., South Lowestoft. Born At Pakefield.
Frankling Felix 23/01/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. E. Ince (Formerly Frankling), Of 4, Coronation Terrace, Pakefield St., Lowestoft.
Martin Samuel 23/01/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial
Newstead Albert John 23/01/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial
Peek Emanuel Stephen 23/01/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. I. Peek, Of 5, Lorne Rd., South Lowestoft.
Peek Stephen 23/01/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Rushmore Frederic W. 23/01/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. F. E. Smith (Formerly Rushmore), Of 69, Pakefield St., Lowestoft.
Sparkes Harry G. 23/01/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Gatts (Formerly Sparkes), Of 1, Wycombe Terrace, St. George S Rd., Kirkley, Lowestoft.

Laconia

Laconia was a 18,099 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1912 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. for Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 25 February 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-50 at position 52° 00' N, 13° 40' W - approximately 160 nautical miles North-West by West of Fastnet. She was en route from New York to Liverpool with passengers and a general cargo.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

The liner Laconia, Capt. Irvine, returning from the United States was torpedoed by a German submarine 160 miles NW by W of the Fastnet at just after 9 PM on February 25th 1917. The first torpedu struck the liner on the starboard side just abaft the engine room but did not sink her. Twenty minutes later a second torpedo exploded in the engine room again on the starboard side and the vessel sank at 10:20 PM. The Laconia had 292 persons on board of whom 34 were 1st Class and 41 2nd Class passengers. Six passengers and six members of the crew were killed.
Laconia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Coffey F 26/02/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial
Donyer J 25/02/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial
Doubleday Harry 23 25/02/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Murphy). Son Of Henry Watts And Lavinia Jane Doubleday, Of 24, Greenwood St., Liverpool. Born In Flintshire.
Holliday Adam Thomas 52 25/02/1917 Barber Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Adam And Sarah Holliday; Husband Of Margaret Ann Holliday (Nee Jones), Of 44, Sunbury Rd., Anfield, Liverpool. Born In Cumberland.
Murphy Edward 56 25/02/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of The Late Catherine Murphy. Born At Wexford.
Orme William 34 26/02/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Margaret Orme; Husband Of Lily Violet May Orme (Nee Wilson), Of 58, Lawler St., Litherland, Liverpool. Born At Great Crosby.

Ladoga

Ladoga was a 1,917 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1914 by S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. for Wm.Thomson & Co. She was sunk on 16 April 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-73 at position 52° 33' N, 05° 35' W - approximately 15 nautical miles South-East of the South Arklow light vessel. She was en route from Bilbao to Maryport with a cargo of ore.

Ladoga
Ladoga

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Arnot William Easton 27 16/04/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At New Brighton, U.S.A.
Banks Joseph 29 16/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph And Isabella Banks; Husband Of Jeanie Banks (Formerly Imrie, Nee Taylor), Of 324, Ballantyne Rd., Leith. Born At Leith.
Bate Percy 19 16/04/1918 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bate, of Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall, Warrington, Lancs. Mr. Bate was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 30 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Brander William Hill Gordon 40 16/04/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Davina Brander (Nee Sutherland), Of 7, Elgin Terrace, Edinburgh, And The Late William Gordon Brander. Born At Alford.
Carnie James 35 16/04/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Carnie (Nee Lyle), Of 5, Westmost Close, Newhaven, Midlothian, And The Late James Carnie.
Clark Frederick Charles 20 16/04/1918 Ship s Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henrietta Clark (Nee Heard), Of 13, Woodland Terrace, Lenghenydd, Glam., And The Late Francis Simeon Clark. Born At Barry.
Conley James 60 16/04/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Edinburgh.
Coutts Charles Mcgregor 35 16/04/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Daniel And Susan Coutts; Husband Of Isabella Coutts (Nee Scott), Of 3, Market St., Edinburgh. Born At Hamilton.
Crabb Henry James 33 15/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Matthew Thomas And Margaret Elizabeth Crabb (Nee Robinard), Of St. Clair Hill, St. Sampsons, Guernsey.
Duffin Robert Black 17 16/04/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Benjamin And Marion Duffin (Nee Black), Of 41, Oakbank Place, Winchburgh, West Lothian. Born At Dunfermline.
Falconer Roland Walter 19 16/04/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David Falconer, Of 18, Brechin Rd., Arbroath, Forfar, And The Late Henrietta Falconer (Nee Smart). Born At Arbroath.
Fraser George 17 16/04/1918 Engineer s Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Jane Gordon Fraser (Nee Grant), Of 18, West Bowling Green St., Perth. Born At Middleton.
Johnson Alex 20 16/04/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter And Mary Ann Johnson (Nee Hughson), Of Otterswick, East Yell, Shetland. Born In Shetland.
Mann James Stewart 26 16/04/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles And Elizabeth Mann (Nee Stewart), Of Utterabister, Mid Yell, Lerwick, Shetland. Born In Shetland.
Mason George 50 16/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Charles And Isabella Mason (Nee Telford); Husband Of Margaret Mason (Nee Burns) Of 60, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh. Born At Leith.
Mason Jas 27 16/04/1918 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of The Late Mary Mason. Born At North Shields.
McLeod Alexander 23 16/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Neil And Hugina McLeod (Nee McKenzie), Of Clachton, Lochinver, Sutherland. Born At Lochinver.
Middlemiss James 20 16/04/1918 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David Gourlay Middlemiss And Marion Dickson Middlemiss (Nee Ainslie), Of 7, Starbank Rd., Trinity, Leith. Born At Leith.
Mitchell John 56 16/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Mitchell (Nee Reid), Of 66, Coburg St., Leith, And The Late John Mitchell. Born At Burntisland.
Murray Courtenay Vanderbilt 21 16/04/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Murray, (Formerly Phillips), Of 3, Chauntler Rd., Custom House, London, E., And The Late Fred Murray. Born In London.
Olsen Carl 48 16/04/1918 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Olaf And Christina Olsen (Nee Carlson); Husband Of Betsy Olsen (Formerly Gibson, Nee Manson), Of 88, Henderson St., Leith. Born At Stockholm, Sweden.
Reid A.W. 16/04/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Rennie John 34 16/04/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And The Late Georgina Rennie; Husband Of Jessie Rennie (Nee Mckinlay), Of 31, Dura St., Dundee. Born At Dundee.
Robertson Francis 37 16/04/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Francis And Robina Robertson, Of Effirth, Bixter, Shetland. Born In Shetland.
Scollay Peter David 21 16/04/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Magnus And Margaret Scollay (Nee Thompson), Of Aywick, East Yell, Shetland. Born At Mid Yell, Shetland.
Smith James Fox 23 16/04/1918 Lamps and Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Fox Smith And Johannah Smith (Nee Williamson), Of Kirkabister, Mid. Yell, Shetland. Born At Mid. Yell, Shetland.
Thayers Henry Philip 21 16/04/1918 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Eliza Thayers, of "Glen Rosa," Wherwell Rd., Guildford, and the late Henry Charles Thayers. Mr. Thayers was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Tyler A.J. 32 16/04/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.
Wainwright Alfred Brown 34 16/04/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Mrs. M. M. Wainwright, of 184, Ripple Rd., Barking, London. Mr. Wainwright was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.

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