Lost in WW1

Mesaba Messidor Mexico City
Middleton Millicent Knight Milly
Milwaukee Minas Queen Miniota
Minneapolis


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].

Mesaba

Mesaba was a 6,833 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1898 by Harland & Wolff Ltd. for Frederick Leyland & Co. Ltd. as Winifreda. From later in 1898 she was owned by Atlantic Transport Co. Ltd. and renamed Mesaba. She was sunk on 1 September 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-118 at position 52° 17' N, 05° 38' W - approximately 21 nautical miles East by North of Tuskar Rock. She was en route from Liverpool to Philadelphia in ballast.

Mesaba
Mesaba

I am still missing an image of the last panel covering Donald Stewart to Alexander Wilson but will add this at a future date.

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bush James Albert 17 01/09/1918 Sculleryman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Albert And Eliza Bush (Nee Cunliffe), Of 16, Getley St., Argyle St., Birkenhead. Born At Bolton.
Chaloner Edgar Stanley 19 01/09/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David And Maud Mary Chaloner (Nee Roberts), Of Greenfield Terrace, Park Wall, Gwersyllt, Wrexham.
Clarke Owen Percy 52 01/09/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Hope Clarke, And Mary Cheetham Clarke; Husband Of Annie Josephine Clarke, Of 98, Wellesley Rd., Ilford, Essex.
Clifton Robert Joseph 32 01/09/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Ann Jane Clifton, (Nee Grayson), Of 8, Willaston Rd., Walton, Liverpool.
Foster Frank 16 01/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And Susannah Foster (Nee West), Of 185, St. Leonards St., Bromley, Bow, London.
Francis James 01/09/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Francis was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 29 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Glover William Stanmore 39 01/09/1918 Chief Officer Kilscoran Church Of Ireland Churchyard South-East of church. Son Of William And Mary Ann Glover, Of London; Husband Of Esther Mary Louise Glover, Of 21, St. Paul S Avenue, Cricklewood, London.
Hampton Adam Stanley 26 01/09/1918 Junior Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Adam And Annie Hampton (Nee Porter), Of 68, Ailesbury Rd., Belfast. Born At Belfast.
Kennedy John 41 01/09/1916 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Kennedy And The Late Ellen Kennedy; Husband Of Mary Kennedy (Nee Heston), Of 48, Langton Rd., Litherland, Lancs. Born At Liverpool.
Kerr William Edward 25 01/09/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Maggie Kerr; Husband Of Helen Kerr (Nee Smith), Of 12, Frederick St., Birkenhead. Born At Liverpool.
Kildea William 50 01/09/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of John and Elizabeth Kildea; husband of Catherine Kildea, of Market Green, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Mr. Kildea was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Land G.W. 01/09/1918 Carpenter' s Mate St. David S Parish Cemetery
Maclure John 48 01/09/1918 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ada Amelia Maclure, Of Avondale, Thundersley Park Rd., South Benfleet, Essex. Born At Glasgow.
McNeil Hy 19 01/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Constantine And Annie McNeil; Husband Of The Late Johanna McNeil. Born At Glasgow.
Mills Leonard Charles 27 01/09/1918 Purser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Charles And Alice Mills (Nee Fox), Of 98, Abbotsbury Rd., Weymouth, Dorset. Born At Paddington, London.
Rehill William George 54 01/09/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Samuel And Esther Rehill; Husband Of Mary Jane Rehill (Nee Pollard), Of 604, George St., Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Born At Peterborough, Ontario.
Riding Thomas 37 01/09/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Jane Riding (Nee Hughes), And The Late John Riding; Husband Of Elizabeth Riding (Formerly Thompson, Nee Matthews), Of 11, Sampson St., Everton, Liverpool. Born At Toxteth, Liverpool.
Stewart Donald 64 01/09/1918 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Archibald Stewart. Born At Oban.
Tineich Dominik 35 01/09/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Serbia.
Wilson Alexander 39 01/09/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander Wilson, And The Late Catherine Wilson; Husband Of Jane Sarah Wilson (Nee Thorn), Of 10, Melbourne Rd., Tilbury Dock, Essex. Born At Birkenhead.

Messidor

Messidor was a 3,883 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by W. Doxford & Sons, Ltd. for Horsley Line Ltd. as Claremont. From 1915 she was owned by Plisson Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 23 July 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-50 at position 38° 59' N, 05° 18' E - approximately 73 nautical miles South-East by South of Port Mahon. She was en route from Manchester to Civitavecchia with a cargo of coal. She had survived an earlier attack on 17 January 1918 by U-84.

Messidor

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Llanilos Juan 41 23/07/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Peru.

Mexico City

Mexico City was a 5,078 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1896 by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for W.Lund as Narrung. From 1913 she was owned by Mexico Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Eng Hok Fong Steamship Co. She was sunk on 5 February 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-101 approximately 15 nautical miles West by South of South Stack Rock. She was en route from Liverpool to Alexandria with a general cargo.

Mexico City

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ah See 05/02/1918 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Ah Too 05/02/1918 Carpenter Hong Kong Memorial
Ah Yu 05/02/1918 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Allan David Anderson 48 05/02/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Charlotte Allan; Husband Of Mary Lawson Allan (Nee Clark), Of 1, Leebank Terrace, Broughty Ferry West, Forfarshire. Born At Dundee.
Ashcroft Thomas Howard 20 05/02/1918 Fifth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of H. J. And Sarah Ashcroft; Husband Of Lillie Ashcroft (Nee Cochrane), Of 37, St. John S Rd., Bootle, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Cameron John Mcfarlane 26 05/02/1918 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Cameron (Nee Cromie), Of 169, High Park St., Princes Park, Liverpool, And The Late John Cameron. Born At Bonhill, Scotland.
Emms Charles Herbert 53 05/02/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jewett David And Fanny Elizabeth Emms, Of Lowestoft; Husband Of Grace Eleanor Emms, Of 72, Erlanger Rd., New Cross, London.
Evans Benjamin 29 05/02/1918 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Jane Evans (Nee Gibson), Of 8, Ashton St., Liverpool. Born At Cardiff.
Fah Mok 05/02/1918 Sailor Hong Kong Memorial
Fok Foo 05/02/1918 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Ghong Lee 05/02/1918 Greaser Hong Kong Memorial
Hill George Frank 05/02/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Hill was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 29 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Hing Pai Hi 05/02/1918 Cook Hong Kong Memorial
Hodson Edward Dutton 23 05/02/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John William And Hannah Hodson (Nee Dutton), Of 106, Newlands St., Coatbridge. Born At Coatbridge.
Hong Seng 05/02/1918 Greaser Douglas Cemetery (Isle Of Man) H. 258.
Hong Wah 05/02/1918 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Kai Chong 05/02/1918 Sailor Hong Kong Memorial
Kwok Chow 05/02/1918 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Kwok Yong 05/02/1918 Fireman Douglas Cemetery (Isle Of Man) H. 258.
Leslie Thomas Wright 43 05/02/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Catherine Leslie (Formerly Pieshaw, Nee Mooney), Of 116, Stuart Rd., Walton, Liverpool. Born At Helensburgh.
Ling Ah Sang 05/02/1918 Quartermaster Hong Kong Memorial
Mow Hong 05/02/1918 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Pinder William Edmund 19 05/02/1918 Wireless Operator Kirk Christ Lezayre (Holy Trinity) Churchyard New Yard. 822. Son Of John William And Harriet Pinder, Of Coniston, Liverpool Rd., Irlam, Manchester.
Smart Francis Robert 40 05/02/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Nellie Smart, Of 18, Roath Court Rd., Cardiff. Born At Sharpness.
Tai Ah Hing 05/02/1918 2nd Boatswain Hong Kong Memorial
Tong Ah Leng 05/02/1918 Quartermaster Hong Kong Memorial
Wee Chun 05/02/1918 Second Cook Hong Kong Memorial
Woo Jong Meng 05/02/1918 Boy Hong Kong Memorial
Yai Low 05/02/1918 Fireman Douglas Cemetery (Isle Of Man) H. 258.

Middleton

Middleton was a 2,506 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1895 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for Alexander Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by Capper, Alexander & Co. She was sunk on 30 November 1915 by gunfire from German submarine U-39 at position 33° 58' N, 22° 56' E - approximately 75 nautical miles South-West by West of Gavdo Island. She was en route from Mudros to Alexandria with a cargo of sandbags.

Middleton

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Campbell Thomas Hugh 16 01/12/1915 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Leah Campbell, Of 16, Mount Collyer Avenue, Belfast, And The Late George Campbell.
Howells Henry 58 30/11/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Sarah Howells. Born At Saundersfoot.
Kennedy Richard Henry 17 30/11/1915 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Rachael Gascoigne (Formerly Kennedy, Nee Gaynne), Of 33, Mere Lanes, Everton, Liverpool, And The Late James Nicholas Kennedy. Born At Birkenhead.
Marks James 65 30/11/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Wallsend.

Millicent Knight

Millicent Knight was a 3,563 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by J. Readhead & Sons for Millicent Knight Steamship Co. Ltd. From 1904 she was owned by W.& C.T.Jones Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 18 May 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-20 at position 35° 37' N, 17° 13' E - approximately 130 nautical miles East by South of Malta. She was en route from Cardiff to Port Said with a cargo of coal and government stores.

Millicent Knight

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Rin Max 34 18/05/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Roumania.

Milly

Milly was a 2,964 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for Groedel Bros Steamship Co. Ltd. as Ludwig Groedel. From 1916 she was owned by SS. Elmgrove Co. Ltd., renamed Milly and managed by Alexander & Mair. She was sunk on 6 September 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-87 at position 50° 30' N, 04° 52' W - approximately 2.25 nautical miles West by South of Tintagel Head. She was en route from Brest to Barry in ballast.

Milly

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Eaton William Sydney 17 06/09/1918 Deck Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William John And Sarah Annie Eaton (Nee Darby), Of 1, Alexander St., Cathays, Cardiff.
Hocking Robert 18 06/09/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry Hocking, Of 8, Napier Terrace, Mutley, Plymouth, And The Late Mary Jane Hocking (Nee Saunders).

Milwaukee

Milwaukee was a 7,323 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1897 by C. S. Swan & Hunter Ltd. for Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. From 1903 she was owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Ocean Lines and managed by Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Ltd. She was sunk on 31 August 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-105 at position 47° 22' N, 12° 14' W - approximately 260 nautical miles South-West of Fastnet. She was en route from London to Montreal with a general cargo.

Milwaukee

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hull 19 31/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Hull, Of Balham, London. Born In London.

Minas Queen

Minas Queen was a 492 GRT three-masted wooden schooner completed in 1916 by W.R. & C.A. Huntley of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia for W. & S. Jobs & Co. She was stopped on 26 August 1917 by German submarine U-93 at position 46° 23' N, 10° 24' W - approximately 350 nautical miles North-West of Cape Finisterre - and subsequently sunk by gunfire. She was en route from Tonnay Charente to New York in ballast.

Minas Queen
Minas Queen

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Gardner Henry 46 26/08/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Port Royal.
Johnson King David 32 26/08/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Brother Of Alfred Benjamin Johnson, Of 1027, Calvert St., Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.
Kay George Alfred 46 26/08/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emma Gordon Kay And The Late James Bunyan Kay; Husband Of Mary Kay (Nee Macalervy), Of Parrsboro , Nova Scotia. Born At Leith.
Marner F 56 26/08/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial (May Have Been Named Warner). Born In U.S.A.
Pitts William 47 26/08/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ruth Pitts, Of 333, West 59Th St., New York, U.S.A. Born At Cape Charles.

Miniota

Miniota was a 4,928 GRT stea, cargo ship completed in 1914 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for London & Northern Steamship Co. Ltd. Hackness. From 1917 she was owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Co. She was sunk on 31 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-19 at position 49° 50' N, 03° 00' W - approximately 30 nautical miles South-East by East of Start Point. She was en route from Montreal to Portland with a general cargo.

Miniota

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Fay Joseph E. 32 31/08/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Fay, Of 174, Athol St., Liverpool, And The Late Annie Fay (Nee Harrison). Born At Liverpool.
Goodwin Joseph 25 02/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Goodwin, Of 2, Mason Place, Edge Hill, Liverpool, And The Late Joseph Goodwin.
Tansey Hugh 24 31/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Patrick And Juliet Tansey; Husband Of Mary Tansey (Nee O Brien), Of 8, Strickland St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Minneapolis

Minneapolis was a 13,401 GRT stea, passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1900 by Harland & Wolff Ltd. for Atlantic Transport Co. Ltd.. She was sunk on 23 March 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-35 at position 36° 30' N, 18° 22' E - approximately 195 nautical miles East by North of Malta. She was en route from Marseille to Alexandria in ballast.

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

..... She remained afloat for some hours and an attempt was made to tow her to Malta but had to be abandoned. Of the 189 persons on board, 12 lost their lives. The remainder were landed safely at Malta.
Minneapolis

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bailey William Robert 40 23/03/1916 Leading Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Amelia And The Late William Bailey; Husband Of Anne Jane Bailey (Nee Rollinson), Of 31, Meredith St., Plaistow, E. Born In London.
Barwick George William 28 23/03/1916 Pantryman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George William And Elizabeth Emily Barwick (Nee Waters). Born At Grays, Essex.
Best Albert 23 23/03/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Mary Best, Of 63, Dock Rd., Tilbury, Essex. Born At Rochester.
Forrester William Henry 31 23/03/1916 Engineer s Storekeeper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Forrester And The Late Thomas Richard Forrester; Husband Of Margaret Hamilton Forrester (Nee May), Of 4, Kerry St., Victoria Docks, London. Born At Poplar.
Kelman Andrew Skene Bisset 24 23/03/1916 Fourth Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander Dalgethy Kelman And Mary Ann Kelman (Nee Wilson), Of 37, Thistle St., Aberdeen. Born At Aberdeen.
Mann Henry Stephen 24 23/03/1916 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Adelaide And The Late George Stephen Mann, Of 21, Dock Rd., Little Thurrock, Grays.
McFarlane Robert 58 23/03/1916 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Elizabeth McFarlane; Husband Of Annie McFarlane (Nee Mills), Of 13, Melbourne Rd., Tilbury Docks, Essex. Born At Edinburgh.
Scott Claude Henry 27 23/03/1916 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Walter James And Mary Jane Scott; Husband Of Theresa Ethel Scott, Of 34, Beatrice St., Plaistow, London. Born At Ipswich.
Steinle William Leonard 20 23/03/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Stanley). Son Of John And Louisa Steinle Of 23, Cassiobury Rd. Walthamstow, Essex. Born At Bethnal Green, London.
Weir Matthew 26 23/03/1916 Boilermaker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Annie Magill (Formerly Weir), Of 1, Ivanhoe St., Belfast. Born At Belfast.
Windle George 52 23/03/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Ann Eliza Windle; Husband Of The Late Annie Windle. Born At Hull.
Wordley Albert William Leonard 22 23/03/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Henry Wordley, Of 17, Arthur St., Grays, Essex, And The Late Ellen Caroline Wordley.

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