Lost in WW1

M.J.Craig Mabel Baird Macclesfield
Madame Renee Madeline Madura
Magellan Maggie Smith Main
Maindy Bridge


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].

M. J. Craig

M. J. Craig was a 753 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1898 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. for H.Craig & Co. She was sunk on 13 September 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-64 approximately 7 nautical miles North-East by East of Black Head, Belfast Lough. She was en route from Ayr to Belfast with a cargo of coal.

M. J. Craig

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Govier James Henry 18 13/09/1918 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of James and Martha Govier, of 7, Market St., Finsbury, London. Mr. Govier was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Machell Thomas Frederick 19 13/09/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Albert and Mary Ann Louisa Machell, of 19E, Theatre St., Battersea, London. Mr. Machell was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated o panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Rice William George 20 13/09/1918 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Samuel and Eliza Rice, of 32, Price St., Newport, Mon. Mr. Rice was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 30 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Templeton Thomas 62 13/09/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Margaret Templeton; Husband Of Annie Elizabeth Templeton (Nee Heeney), Of 7, Derby St., Garston, Liverpool. Born In Ayrshire.

Mabel Baird

Mabel Baird was a 2,441 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by Soc. Anon. John Cockerill of Hoboken for SA John Cockerill of Antwerp as Cockerill. From 1915 she was owned by J.W.Baird & Co. and renamed Mabel Baird. She was sunk on 22 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-57 at position 49° 54' N, 05° 17' W - approximately 4 nautical miles West-South-West of The Lizard. She was en route from Penarth to an unknown destination with a cargo of coal.

Mabel Baird

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Clayton James 66 22/12/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Jane Clayton. Born At Worcester.
Coward William Walker 34 22/12/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Isabella Sarah And The Late William Conrad Coward; Husband Of Pauline Charlotte Ann Coward (Nee Gowing), Of 18, Arch St., Hartlepool. Born At Hartlepool.
Granger John Thomas 61 22/12/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Benjamin Smith Granger And Martha Granger; Husband Of Margaret Jane Granger (Nee Marshall), Of 53, Granville Avenue, West Hartlepool. Born At West Hartlepool.
Gure Ateye 22/12/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Hatim Ibrahim 22/12/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Thompson Arthur 23 24/05/1916 Seaman Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery 133 Son Of Henry And Edith Thompson, Of Leeds.

Macclesfield

I can find no information about any incidents involving ships named Macclesfield in any of the usual sources so can throw no light on the fate of Mr. Irvine. It is most likely that she was a 1,018 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1914 by Swan, Hunter & W.Richardson for Great Central Railway. She survived until 1958 when she was broken up at Utrecht. During the war period she is understood to have served on the route to the Netherlands under the management of the Associated Humber Lines.

I do not have useable images of the panel for this vessel at present but will add them at a future date.


Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Irvine James George 30 07/01/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Jeanie Irvine, Of 4, Binnie Place, Great Hamilton St., Glasgow. Born At Kirkintilloch.

Madame Renee

Madame Renee was a 501 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1904 by Porsgrund Mek. Verks. of Porsgrunn for A/S Thordis as Thordis. From 1918 she was owned by T. G. Beatley & Son. She was sunk on 10 August 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-30 approximately 1 nautical miles North-North-East of Scarborough. She was en route from London to the Tyne with a cargo of copper pyrites.

Madame Renee

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Austwick Charles Robert 33 10/08/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Martha Jane Austwick, Of 6, Burrow St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Balmain Robert Dunn 32 10/08/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Isabella Wood Balmain (Nee Waugh), Of 6, Fawcett St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Douglas Robert 22 10/08/1918 Able Seaman and Lamps Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Sarah Douglas; Husband Of Jessie Douglas (Nee Kennedy), Of 252, South Eldon St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
House John Evans Peel 22 10/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Eleanor Jane House (Nee Peel), Of 132, Edith St., South Shields.
Manley William 56 10/08/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late J. C. And E. Manley; Husband Of Mary Ann Manley (Nee Stratton), Of 76, Bean St., Hull. Born At Hull.
McKenzie John 28 10/08/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Murdo and Effie MacKenzie, of 5, Aird Point, Stornoway, Ross-shire. Mr. MacKenzie was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 30 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Sutoe Iwai 26 10/08/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Kiku Iwai, Of 72, Sligashikata-Mura, Oshima-Gun, Kagoshima, Japan. Born At Kobe, Japan.
Woodward Harold 24 10/08/1918 Second Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Giles And Sarah Woodward (Nee Griffiths), Of 17, Pentrebane St., Cardiff.

Madeline

Madeline was a 2,890 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1894 by Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd. for Pyman, Bell & Co. She was sunk on 8 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-55 at position 50° 20' N, 05° 25' W - approximately 14 nautical miles East-North-East of the Pendeen lighthouse. She was en route from Dieppe to Swansea in ballast.

Madeline

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Manley Jas 24 08/03/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Manley, Of 35, Robert St., Sierra: Leone. Born In Sierra Leone.
Margues Jaquin 27 08/03/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. Margues, Of Mansesia, Lieiria, Portugal. Born In Portugal.
Wall William 44 08/03/1918 Lance Corporal Tower Hill Memorial Son of the late Stephen and Jane Wall, of Siddington, Cirencester, Glos.; husband of Mary Ann Wall, of 7, Radnor Rd., Canton, Cardiff. Mr. Wall was a member of the Royal Marine Light Infantry and is also commemorated on panel 29 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Madura

Madura was a 4,484 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by D. & W. Henderson & Co. Ltd. for Glasgow Navigation Co. Ltd. and managed by Maclay & McIntryre. She was sunk on 18 October 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-62 at position 49° 36' N, 06° 56' W - approximately 23 nautical miles West-South-West of Bishop Rock. She was en route from Montreal to France with a general cargo.

Madura

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Agnew Alexander 47 18/10/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Martha Agnew (Nee Brown), Of 9, Seaview St., Belfast, And The Late John Agnew. Born At Belfast.
Evitt Alexander 56 18/10/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Janet Evitt (Nee Smart), Of 12, Caird Drive, Partick, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Stevens J.H. 24 21/10/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry And Annie Stevens; Husband Of Annie Stevens (Nee Phillips), Of 295, Moorland Rd., Cardiff. Born At Cardiff.
Wilson Robert James 31 18/10/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Andrew And Elizabeth Wilson (Nee: Mccartney), Of 26, Crichton St., Springburn, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.

Magellan

Magellan was a 3,590 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1893 by Harland & Wolff Ltd. for Pacific Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 25 July 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-50 at position 38° 06' N, 09° 08' E - approximately 53 nautical miles North by East of Cape Serrat. She was en route from Malta to the UK with a general cargo.

Magellan

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Walters Thomas Robinson 15 25/07/1918 Deck Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Fanny Walters (Nee Ramsden), Of 28, Copeland St., Everton, Liverpool, And The Late Thomas Robinson Walters.

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith was a 24 GRT wooden fishing vessel that is recorded by the CWGC as out of Arbroath. She is believed to have sunk on 9 February 1918 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-49 approximately 3 nautical miles North of Bell Rock.

Maggie Smith

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Beattie James 09/02/1918 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Cargill David 56 09/02/1918 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander And Ann Anderson Cargill; Husband Of Helen Cargill, Of 28, Union St. East, Arbroath.
Spink John 09/02/1918 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial

Main

Main was a 715 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by Mackie & Thomson Ltd. for Main Colliery Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 9 October 1917 by gunfire from German submarine UC-75 approximately 1.5 nautical miles East of Drummore, Luce Bay. She was en route from Belfast to Liverpool in ballast. She was recovered in 1920 and returned to service after repair.

Main

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Abdullah Muhammad 20 09/10/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Andersen Nils 30 09/10/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Auguste Paul 68 09/10/1917 Steward Mochrum Parish Churchyard Q. 28. Son Of The Late Joseph And Jane Auguste; Husband Of Catherine Auguste (Nee Sweeney), Of 12, Caebricks Rd., Cwmbwrla, Swansea, Glam. Born In Martinique.
Blair William Miller 26 09/10/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Blair, Of 272, Moss Bay Rd., Workington, And The Late Mary Isabella Blair (Nee Miller). Born At Harrington, Cumberland.
Forsch Walter 39 09/10/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Riga.
MacIver John 32 09/10/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband of Gormelin MacIver, of 15, Benaside, Stornoway. Mr. McIver was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 27 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
MacNair Charles 36 09/10/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. MacNair, Of Glencairn Villa, Glasgow Rd., Paisley. Born In Argyll.
Said Abdullah 20 09/10/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Silmon Karl 39 09/10/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Riga.
Soderstrom Thomas 46 09/10/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Peter And Emma Soderstrom; Husband Of Annie Soderstrom (Nee Davies), Of River View , Cardonnel Rd., Skewen, Glam. Born At Aland, Finland.
White Edward 38 09/10/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Patrick And Margaret White. Born At Kilrane, Wexford.

Maindy Bridge

Maindy Bridge was a 3,653 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for Stag Line as Begonia. From 1916 she was renamed Maindy Bridge owned by Maindy Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by Jenkins, Richards & Evans, Ltd. She was sunk on 8 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-49 at position 55° 01' N, 01° 18' W - approximately 4 nautical miles East-North-East of Sunderland. She was en route from Middlesbrough to the Tyne in ballast.

Maindy Bridge

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cunningham Peter 42 08/12/1917 Foreman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Peter And Frances Cunningham; Husband Of Annie Cunningham (Nee Mcevoy), Of 9, Model Dwellings, Station St., Middlesbrough. Born At Middlesbrough.
Perry John 20 08/12/1917 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In India.

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