Lost in WW1

Minnehaha Minnetonka Minorca
Minotaur Minterne Mirlo
Missanabie Missir Mistletoe
Moeris


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].

Minnehaha

Minnehaha was a 13,714 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1900 by Harland & Wolff Ltd. for Atlantic Transport Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 7 September 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-48 at position 51° 17' N, 09° 22' W - approximately 12 nautical miles South-East of Fastnet or 10 nautical miles South of the Baltimore lighthouse. She was en route from London to New York with a general cargo.


Charles Joseph Blades is incorrectly recorded as C.J. Blade on the memorial.

Minnehaha
Minnehaha
Minnehaha

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Abbott Henry 62 07/09/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry And Emily Abbott; Husband Of Letitia Abbott, Of 181, Tilbury Dwellings, Tilbury, Essex. Born At Devonport.
Albany Horace Herbert 36 07/09/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Ann Albany (Nee Hilton), Of Springfield, Ware, Herts., And The Late George Henry Albany. Born At Ware.
Allson Ernest Henry 26 07/09/1917 Fourth Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Walter And Sarah Allson; Husband Of Olive Allson, Of 14, St. James Avenue, Gravesend. Born At Gravesend.
Baker Sidney Christopher 25 07/09/1917 6th Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Arthur And Annie Baker, Of 39, Russell Terrace, Leamington Spa. Born At Leamington Spa.
Barrett James Francis 54 07/09/1917 Surgeon Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Richard And Anna Maria Enright Barrett. Born At Limerick.
Bean Alfred Henry 17 07/09/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry George And Annie Bean, Of 62, Suffolk Rd., Gravesend, Kent.
Blades Charles Joseph 07/09/1917 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ellen Blades (Nee Berkshire), Of 1, Devonshire House, Bath Terrace, Southwark, London. Born At Brixton, London.
Blight Charles Edward 20 07/09/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Oscar Engs Blight And Florence Serbella Blight, Of 46, Franche Court Rd., Lower Tooting, London.
Calvo Antonio 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial
Cork John 34 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Eliza Cork (Nee Johnson), Of 9, Robert: St., Gravesend, Kent. Born At Bermondsey, London.
Davey Albert 37 07/09/1917 Assistant Storekeeper Engine Room Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert And Hannah Davey; Husband Of Mary Ann Davey (Nee Smith), Of 42, Edward St., Barking Rd., Canning Town, London. Born At Canning Town, London.
Dryden Arthur 21 07/09/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Goulding). Son Of Emma Williams (Formerly Dryden), Of 17, Terrace St., Gravesend, And The Late John Dryden. Born At Leicester.
Everest Harry 35 07/09/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Everest, Of 130, Charles St., Greenhithe, Kent, And The Late Mary Jane Everest.
Finn James 07/09/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Of The Late Mary Elizabeth Finn. Born At Liverpool.
Fish Charles Edward 24 07/09/1917 Master at Arms Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Henry And Constance Fish; Husband Of Edith Grace Fish (Nee Brown), Of 6, Redclyffe Rd., Upton Park, London. Born At Ramsgate.
Frost William John Clark 45 07/09/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Theodosia Mary Frost, Of 7, Butts Rd., Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, And The Late John Frost. Born At Epping Green, Essex.
Gooding Frederick Reg. C. 07/09/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Herd James Findlay 34 07/09/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James And Bella Herd; Husband Of Lilian Ethel Herd, Of 17A, Utton S Avenue, Leigh-On-Sea. Born At Aberdeen.
Higgs George William 36 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Ann Higgs (Nee Finch), Of 12, Nelson St., Barking, Essex. Born At Walthamstow.
Lampey Charles Edward 36 07/09/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Lampey And The Late Henry Lampey; Husband Of Lillian Rose Lampey (Nee Moore), Of 50, Pacific Rd., Canning Town, London. Born At Canning Town, London.
Lethieullier Lewis Lesser 38 07/09/1917 General Servant Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Cordelia Augusta Lethieullier And The Late Edwin Lethieullier; Husband Of Florence Eliza Lethieullier (Nee Brown), Of 4, Runwell Terrace, Southend-On-Sea, Essex. Born At Camberwell, London.
Lewis Percival John 28 07/09/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles Thomas And Emily Margaret Lewis; Husband Of Ethel Annie Victoria Lewis (Nee Pearce), Of The Croft, 55, Warren Rd., Chingford, Essex. Born At Tottenham, London.
Macnab Andrew 28 07/09/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of William and Janet Macnab, of Cannusmore, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye. Mr. Macnab was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 27 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Martin Alexander 36 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Annie Martin And The Late Alexander Martin; Husband Of Margaret Martin (Nee Houghton), Of 37, Sutton Rd., Plaistow, London. Born At Falmouth.
Martin Patrick William 30 07/09/1917 Engineer s Storekeeper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Esther Martin; Husband Of Francis Martin (Nee Bickerstaff), Of 31, Eleanor St., Mornington Rd., Bow, London.
McDonald John Andrew 26 07/09/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Rose And Julia Florence McDonald, Of Glencoe, London Rd., Leigh-On-Sea. Born At Brompton, London.
McGeorge Charles 38 07/09/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Frances McGeorge; Husband Of Annie Alice McGeorge, Of 27A, High St. South, East Ham, London. Born At Poplar, London.
McPhail D 32 07/09/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At North Uist.
Mitchell William 27 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Martha Mitchell And The Late Frederick William Mitchell; Husband Of Florence Mitchell (Nee Clarke), Of 32, Bright St., Poplar, London. Born At Tottenham.
Phillips Arthur Lewis 37 07/09/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Lewis Phillips And Julia Phillips (Nee Chapman), Of 61, Maidstone Rd., Rochester, Kent. Born At Chislehurst.
Sharp William John 20 07/09/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Lionel And Frances Sharp, Of 14, King St., Barking Rd., Plaistow, London.
Smith Joseph John 43 07/09/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Frederick And Mary Smith. Born At Thaxted.
Stevens William 56 07/09/1917 Horseman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Edinburgh.
Stidston Ronald Hay 28 07/09/1917 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Almedd Louise Stidston, Of 70, Gladstone Avenue, Manor Park, Essex. Born At Gillingham.
Stillaway Alfred Charles 22 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alan And Matilda Stillaway, Of 17, Manor Rd., Grays, Essex. His Brother Arthur George Stillaway Also Fell.
Stillaway Arthur George 17 07/09/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alan And Matilda Stillaway, Of 17, Manor Rd., Grays, Essex. His Brother Alfred Charles Stillaway Also Fell.
Taylor Charles Edward 14 07/09/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph John Taylor, Of 17, Bull Yard, Gravesend, And The Late Agnes Taylor.
Truman Arthur Charles 31 07/09/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Clara Collinson Truman, Of 99, Porteus Grange Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, Essex. Born In London.
Weston George Frederick 30 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Hooper). Son Of Charles Weston, Of 118, Maysoule Rd., Battersea, London, And The Late Sarah Weston.
Willcocks Frederick Charles 42 07/09/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Harriet Willcocks (Nee Nankivell), Of 32, Pentyre Terrace, Lipson, Plymouth, And The Late William Henry Willcocks. Born At Plymouth.
Wills Charles Albert 42 07/09/1917 Purser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Wills, And The Late Margaret A. Wills; Husband Of Edith Lys Seager Wills (Formerly Gosden), Of 115, Norwood Rd., Herne Hill, Surrey. Born At Forest Hill.
Wingett T 11/09/1917 Chief Cook Baltimore (Tullagh) Graveyard North of ruins. Husband Of Martha Louisa Wingett, Of 22, Arundel Gardens, Goodmayes, Essex.
Young Charles 34 07/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Rachel Young; Husband Of Susannah Young (Nee Haynes), Of 2, Vincent St., Canning Town, Essex. Born At Canning Town, Essex.

Minnetonka

Minnetonka was a 13,397 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1902 by Harland & Wolff Ltd. for Atlantic Transport Co. Ltd.. She was sunk on 30 January 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-64 at position 36° 12' N, 14° 55' E - approximately 40 nautical miles East-North-East of Malta. She was en route from Port Said to Marseille carrying mail. Although used as a troop carrier, there were none on board at this time.

Minnetonka

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Fowler G 46 30/01/1918 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Greenwich, London.
Goldsack Stanley Gordon 27 30/01/1918 Troop Baker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas Samuel And Julia Goldsack, Of 3, Wellerby Terrace, St. Margaret S-At-Cliffe, Dover.

Minorca

Minorca was a 1,161 GRT stea, cargo ship completed in 1892 by Ramage & Ferguson Ltd. for Leith, Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co. Ltd. and managed by J.Currie & Co. She was sunk on 11 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-64 approximately 2-3 nautical miles off Cabo de las Huertas. She was en route from Genoa to Carthagena in ballast.

Minorca

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Anderson John James 35 11/12/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Jane Anderson, And The Late John Anderson; Husband Of Elizabeth Anderson (Nee Christie), Of 46, Grindlay St., Edinburgh. Born At Edinburgh.
Jenkins David 22 11/12/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of William and Mary Jenkins, of "Colliers Arms," Trebanos, Swansea. Mr. Jenkins was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 25 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Johnson Robert 32 11/12/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary And The Late James Johnson; Husband Of Jessie Ann Johnson (Nee Manson), Of Garths, Voe, Shetland. Born At Delting, Shetland.
Kimura J 25 11/12/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of M. Kimura, Of Hyogo, Japan. Born In Japan.
Kuragawa G 24 11/12/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Japan.
Kuroda K 20 11/12/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ryo Kuroda, Of Ehime, Japan. Born In Japan.
Marioka Jentara 37 11/12/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Haketa Marioka; Husband Of The Late Edith Lillian Briston (Formerly Marioka, Nee Driffield). Born In Japan.
Mitchell J 11/12/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Moffat John James 25 11/12/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Andrew And Margaret Christina Moffat (Nee Balfour), Of Garths, Aith, Bixter, Shetland. Born At Aith, Shetland.
Nagatsuka S 22 11/12/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Japan.
Oma 26 11/12/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Shojiro Oma, Of The Prefecture Of Ishikawa, Japan. Born In Japan.
Satsuda K 26 11/12/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Masa Setsuda, Of The Prefecture, Aichi-Ken, Japan. Born In Japan.
Takamoto M 34 11/12/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Rin Takaki, Of The Prefecture, Of Elime, Japan. Born In Japan.
Uchida M 23 11/12/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Nagasaki, Japan.
Wilkie Francis 28 11/12/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Francis And Margaret Page Wilkie; Husband Of Janet Mcalpine Wilkie (Nee Ford), Of 29, Watson Crescent, Edinburgh. Born At Edinburgh.

Minotaur

Minotaur was a 126 GRT steam trawler completed in 1898 by Edward Bros. for Frederick Mackrill and registered in Grimsby as GY.840. She was reported as missing on 31 March 1915.

There were no survivors

Minotaur

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Appleyard Frank White 26 31/03/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Appleyard, Of 204, Barcroft St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Grimsby.
Cook John Charles 51 31/03/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Cook, Of 66, Orwell St., Grimsby. Born At Ipswich.
Kane Henry Tinsley Francis 41 31/03/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Kane, Of 94, Grafton St., Grimsby. Born At Manchester.
Kelly John Walter 31/03/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Kinner Daniel 51 31/03/1915 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Daniel And Mary Kinner; Husband Of Harriet Agnes Kinner (Nee Bingham), Of 235, Peabody Buildings, Cartwright St., Whitechapel, London. Born In London.
Leonard Frank Elias 35 31/03/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Leonard, Of 59, Mill Rd., Cleethorpes. Born In Canada.
Lowery Thomas 63 31/03/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas Lowery, Husband Of The Late Ellen Heath Lowery. Born At Grimsby.
Neal William Benjamin 47 31/03/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Neal, Of 233, Hope St., Grimsby. Born At Brackley.
Pullen Ernest 34 31/03/1915 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Pullen, Of 32, Edward St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.

I am grateful to Charles Anderson for the following cutting from the Hull Daily Mail [70] of 13 May 1915.

Minotaur

Minterne

Minterne was a 3,018 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1903 by Richardson, Duck & Co. for Minterne Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by A. F. Hood. She was sunk on 3 May 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-30 approximately 50 nautical miles South-West of Wolf Rock. She was en route from Cardiff to Buenos Aires with a cargo of coal.

Minterne

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Aslanis Constantin 34 03/05/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Urania And The Late Minas Hadji Joannou Aslanis. Born At Port Said.
Mangulis Thomas 22 03/05/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Nicholas P. Magoulas, Of Zoodochou Pigis No. 37, Athens, Greece. Born In Greece.

Mirlo

Mirlo was a 6,978 GRT steam tanker completed in 1917 by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd. for H.E.Moss & Co. She was sunk on 16 August 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-117 approximately 0.5 nautical miles South by East from Wimble Shoal Buoy, Cape Hatteras. She was en route from New Orleans to London. The survivors were rescued in atrocious conditions by the bravery of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The following moving account of the rescue is reproduced with kind permission of the Naval Institute Press. It is extracted from the excellent book by Dennis L. Noble. Rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard:Great Acts of Heroism Since 1878. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2005 [38].

The Blazing Sea

Four days after Warrant Officer Albert D. Nelson's struggle at Niagara Falls, there occurred a rescue that included one of the worse fears of sailors: fire. In the second week of August 1918, Warrant Officer John Allen Midgett commanded the Chicamacomico Station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Midgett knew better than most Americans that World War I now encompassed the eastern shore of the United States. During the prior week, on Tuesday, 5 August, for example, a German U-boat had sunk a Dutch ship, the Diamond Shoals lightship, and had forced two steamers aground with fire from its deck gun. Midgett, on 11 August 1918, would come face to face with both the war with the sea and the Germans.

John Allen Midgett brought experience and family tradition to what would become known in the annals of the U.S. Coast Guard as the MMo case. The Midgett family of the Outer Banks has served in the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessors since at least 1874. One Midgett observed that on the Outer Banks "you could either sit around and fish, or you could go out and save lives" and the family chose the latter. On 11 August, John Allen Midgett possessed eighteen years of experience at the stations along the Outer Banks. Locals called him "Captain Johnny," and his crew addressed him as "Captain." Midgett would need all the experience, family tradition, and guts he could muster before the day was over.

The making of a legend within the U.S. Coast Guard began when Capt. William Roose Williams ordered the British tanker Mirlo underway from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, 10 August 1918. The 6,997-ton tanker shipped fifty-two sailors and carried a cargo of gasoline and oil. Mirlo rounded Cape Hattcras, North Carolina, on Friday, the sixteenth. Shortly after noon the tanker approached the Wimble Shoals Light Buoy.

As Mirlo approached the buoy, the German submarine U-117 lay submerged about thirteen hundred feet away. Kapitanleutnant Droscher watched through the U-boat's periscope as the ship approached. At 3:30 P.M., at a range of 1,308 feet, Droscher gave the order to fire a torpedo, set to run at a depth of three meters (nine feet, ten inches), from tube number 1. Through the periscope, Droscher viewed a large explosion.

On board Mirlo, the explosion engulfed the engine room, causing the loss of lights and radio communications. Captain Williams ordered his crew to run out the lifeboats while he attempted to beach his ship. Shortly after that, a second explosion racked the ship. Williams gave the order to abandon ship. Second Mate J. Burns, with fourteen of the crew on board, got the first lifeboat away, but it capsized. The crewmen managed to reach and cling to the overturned lifeboat. Two other lifeboats managed to get safely away. One, commanded by First Mate F. J. Campbell, started toward the sailors in the water. Suddenly a third explosion rocked the area, spewing burning cargo out onto the water. The sea was now a blazing inferno of gasoline and oil.

The towering fire separated Captain Williams's boat from the others. "We were almost burning and it was only by the strenuous efforts on the oars that we managed to save our lives, the fire following us within a few feet for half an hour at least," Williams later recalled. He was sure the rest of his crew had perished.

Once clear of the fire, Williams called for his sailors, despite suffering from shock and burns, "to lay on their oars." In the tradition of the sea, Williams felt he must at least try to see if any of his crew survived. At just this moment, the captain sighted a boat on the horizon making toward his lifeboat. It was the powered, self-bailing surfboat from Chicamacomico Station.

Earlier, Surfman Leroy Midgett, standing the lookout tower watch at Chicamacomico Station, spotted a ship to the southeast. While he watched, he saw an explosion slightly aft of amidship and a large geyser of water shoot upward. Surfman Midgett gave the alarm. Captain Johnny immediately recalled all hands. The crew ran to the stables and hitched horses to the boat wagon on which rested a 20-foot, 4-inch Becbc-McLellan motor self-bailing surfboat, number 1046.

The lifesavers quickly transported the boat six hundred yards from the Station CO the water's edge and launched into breakers eighteen to twenty feet high. Three times the boat swamped. Finally, on the fourth try, the small craft cleared the surf zone and entered the rough open sea. Midgett noted the time: 5:00 P.M.

John Allen Midgett's boat carried many of the Midgett family that day. LeRoy Midgett was one of the smaller members of the station, with light blue eyes and an oval face. Zion S. Midgett, powerfully built, joined the service before the turn of the twentieth century. Arthur V. Midgett was prematurely gray, with a ruddy complexion, of medium height, with broad shoulders and a thick chest. Clarence E. Midgett, at more than six feet tall, towered above the entire crew. He was slender, with brown hair, blue eyes, and a medium complexion. The only crewmember who was not a member of the Midgett family was thirty-eight-year-old Prochorus L. O'Neal, known as Lee, who was five feet ten inches tall. These six Outer Banks lifesavers would shortly set into motion a rescue that has become an icon in the tradition of maritime lifesaving in the United States.

When Captain Johnny's surfboat reached Mirlo's lifeboat, the keeper raised a speaking trumpet and hailed Captain Williams. Midgett asked if they needed assistance. Williams requested Midgett "to go to the rescue of one boat capsized and one boat intact with part of my crew in it." The two boats were now five miles offshore. Before starting toward Mirlo, Captain Johnny warned Williams to remain outside the surf zone unless other help arrived. Williams and his British seaman watched as the six life-savers and their power surfboat headed toward the blazing sea. Within minutes, the U.S. Coast Guard boat and crew disappeared from view in the smoke.

Within several hundred yards of Mirlo, Midgett found the tanker in two parts, with about seventy-five feet of water between the bow and the stern. The bow being the closest, John Allen Midgett maneuvered toward it. As he closed on the bow, barrels of gasoline continued to explode on board Mirlo. As each barrel detonated, flames shot hundreds of feet into the air. The surface of the sea between the surfboat and the bow was an inferno. As the surfboat neared the flames, LeRoy Midgett yelled to Captain Johnny that he thought he saw the periscope of a U-boat.

Undaunted, John Allen Midgett circled the blazing hulk, looking for an opening in the blazing sea. On the lee side, Midgett found an opening. The smoke cleared enough for the boat crew to see two giant pillars of fire. Near the bow of Mirlo, Midgett spied the tanker's overturned lifeboat, buffeted by heavy swells. At first, Midgett saw no survivors around the overturned craft, but he steered "through the smoke, floating wreckage, and burning gas and oil" toward the lifeboat. As his surfboat chugged along, the U.S. Coast Guardsmen saw a flaming arch and through the arch a man clinging to the lifeboat. Approaching closer, the lifesaving crew now saw other survivors clinging to the lifeboat's gunwales. Only six of the fifteen remained alive, having survived by constantly ducking beneath the sea.

Midgett and his crew pulled the burned, oil-coated sailors from the sea. The heat from the fire scorched and blistered the paint on the motor surfboat. In a classic understatement, LeRoy Midgett later said it was "hot country." Nevertheless, the U.S. Coast Guardsmen searched the immediate area for other survivors. This proved futile. The lifesavers now began searching for the missing lifeboat of First Mate Campbell.

John Allen Midgett concluded that the missing lifeboat might be downwind from the tanker and headed in that direction. Nine miles southeast of Chicamacomico, the lifesavers found the boat. Midgett took the craft in row and made for the location where Captain Williams should be waiting outside the surf zone.

Darkness was setting in when Captain Williams saw the U.S. Coast Guard motor surfboat towing one of his ship's lifeboats. At first, the survivors in William's lifeboat thought that everyone in Mirlo's crew was safe and the British sailors give "a loud cheer." Joy quickly turned to sadness, however, when Midgett announced "a number of lives had been lost.

Captain Johnny took Captain Williams's boat in tow and started toward Hatteras Island. Within two miles of Chicama-comico, the wind freshened. Midgett ordered Mirlo's lifeboats anchored outside the surf zone. He then took his motor surfboat, with the six survivors pulled from water, through the surf into the shore. Citizens from the surrounding area and the U.S. Coast Guard crew from Gull Shoal to the north illuminated the shore with lights. They helped in taking the burned and oily sailors to shelter. John Allen Midgett and his crew again headed out into the surf.

Midgett steered to Mirlo's lifeboats. The lifesavers transferred some survivors to the motor surfboat. Captain Johnny and his crew shuttled four loads of survivors to the beach. On the last trip out, U.S. Coast Guardsmen went on board the now empty Mirlo lifeboats and then beached the craft. The last survivor came ashore at 9:00 P.M. After securing the boats on the beach, John Allen Midgett returned to Chicamacomico Station and closed his log at 11:00.

In a letter to his company, Captain Williams wrote that "the eyes of all the life saving crew were all bloodshot, which was caused by their getting so close to the fire as to be partly gassed and smoke into their eyes." Further, the lifesavers had "done one of the bravest deeds which I have seen." John Allen Midgett and his entire boat crew received the Gold Life Saving Medal and a special medal from King George V, and the British Board of Trade gave John Midgett a silver cup. Nine years after the rescue, on 23 July 1930, John Allen Midgett and his crew received Grand Crosses of the American Cross of Honor, presented to them by the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Rear Adm. Frederick C. Billard.

John Allen Midgett went on to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard for another twenty years, retiring with a total of thirty-eight years of service. He participated in 40 major rescues and in hundreds of smaller ones." The man who escaped the flames of the torpedoed Mirlo and other dangerous rescues at sea would die in an automobile accident two days before Christmas 1937. He lies in the family plot at Manteo, North Carolina.
Mirlo

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Burns James 39 16/08/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James Burns; Husband Of Bridget Agnes Burns (Nee Rice), Of 82, Boundry St., Liverpool. Born At Ormskirk.
Cain Michael 40 16/08/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Michael Cain, Of 46, King St., Garston, Liverpool, And The Late Johanna Cain (Nee Prendergast). Born At St. Helens, Lancs.
Embley Christopher 33 16/08/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Rose Embley; Husband Of Catherine Embley (Nee Davies), Of 21, Blisworth St., Litherland, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Lagerbalm Torsten 22 16/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alma Katharina Lagerbalm, Of Helsingford.
Miles George William 27 16/08/1918 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Ann Miles (Nee Lee), Of 1, Christmas St., Kirkdale, Liverpool, And The Late William Simon Miles. Born At Manchester.
Minty Thomas Glenmore Kenion Lord 18 16/08/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Ann Minty (Nee Marsh), Of 311A, Milkwood Rd., Herne Hill, London, And The Late Thomas Kenion Lord Minty. Born At West Dulwich.
Pena Juan 39 16/08/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Venezuela.
Power Henry 18 16/08/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert And Kate Power, (Nee Woodroofe), Of Dennistown, Murrintown, Wexford. Born At Wexford.
Williams 51 16/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Isabella Williams, Of 262, Castlereagh Rd., Belfast. Born At Kingston.

Missanabie

Missanabie was a 12,469 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1914 by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd. for Canadian Pacific Ocean Lines and managed by Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Ltd. She was sunk on 9 September 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-87 at position 51° 11' N, 07° 25' W - approximately 52 nautical miles South by East of Daunts Rock. She was en route from Liverpool to New York in ballast.

The following eye-witness account is from the New York Times [36]:

TRANSPORT MISSANABIE SANK IN SEVEN MINUTES

AN ATLANTIC PORT, Sept. 19. - The first details of the sinking of the British transport Missanabie, sixty miles off the Irish coast, on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9. was brought here today by passengers arriving in the convoy of which the former Canadian Pacific liner had been a member. While the failure of the convoy to await a final checking up prevented the passengeres from knowing how many were lost, the general opinion was that all assigned to the bow lifeboats had been lost.

We sailed from an Irish port on Sept.8 at 11:30 o'clock in the morning' said a passenger. 'We were in convoy, and the Missanabie was the only ship inthe fleet carrying passengers and mails. We proceeded, in fairly choppy weather at about eight knots with the Missanabie the last ship in line. She had had engine trouble and had been foced to drop behind the main body of the convoy.

On Monday monring however she caught up. At 11:15 o'clock that morning she was hit by a torpedo. The missile struck aft and a few seconds later another torpedo hit the vessel. For some reason it was impossible to stop the Missanabie's engines. A few moments passed and then the ship's magazine exploded and the vessel immediately began to sink by the stern. The crew began to lower the boats and within four minutes the stern was well under water. This made it impossible to launch the forward boats owing to the slant of the steamship. Some of the aft boats got away but I saw at least one boat overturned. Because of the choppiness of the sea I am sure that it would take wonderful seamanship to keep any of the small boats afloat very long.

From a ship next to the Missanabie I could see some of teh passengers jumping into the water from the stern. Destroyers and patrol boats immediately the ship was observed in distress rushed to the scene and commened to drop depth charges in the area from when the torpedo had apparently been discharged. No one saw a submarine nor was a periscope visible at any time. I am unable to say from my knowledge whether the depth charges proved effective.

The Missanabie by this time had sunk well down by the stern and the water going through her funnels caused her to stand almost perpendicular. The bow disappeared from view within a short time and the life of the steamship from the time she was struck to the time that she sank was about seven minutes.

As we came away I saw seven lifeboats inthe water and apparently having a hard time of it. There were also many people in lifebelts afloat. The rescue vessels were near at hand however. Shortly after the Missanabie was hit a torpedo was fired at another ship in the convoy but this missed going astern. When the stricken steamship was almost perpendicular with her bow pointing skywards, her engines, anchors and other heavy material crashed towards the sterm and this and the blowing up of the magazine undoubtedly caused her to sink so rapidly.
Missanabie
Missanabie

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bamford Ernest 35 09/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Agnes Bamford (Nee Cullington), Of 6, Cornice Rd., Liverpool, And The Late Thomas Bamford.
Breslin John Arthur 19 09/09/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Margaret Breslin.
Burns James 44 09/09/1918 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Charles And Ellen Burns (Nee Bradley). Born At Liverpool.
Daley William 20 09/09/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Bernard And Margaret Anne Daley (Nee Worrel), Of 57, Ashfield St., Liverpool.
Davies John 47 09/09/1918 Assistant Pantryman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late David And Ann Davies, Husband Of Emma Davies (Nee Howard), Of 7, South Avenue, West Kirby, Cheshire. Born At Llanfairfechan.
Deegan C 18 09/09/1918 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles James And Hannah Deegan (Nee Parry), Of 94. Luther St., Everton, Liverpool.
Dutton George 16 09/09/1918 Engineers Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Elizabeth Dutton (Nee Jones), Of 2, Pear Tree Grove, Liscard, Cheshire.
Feeney William James 17 09/09/1918 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Anne Feeney (Nee Coleman), Of 9, Pleasant Place, Bootle, Lancs, And The Late William Feeney.
Fitzpatrick William 55 09/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born At Manchester.
Ford George Edward 46 09/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Rose Hannah Ford, Of 83, Brook Rd., Bootle Lancs, And The Late Charles Clarke Ford.
Johnstone Mrs. Jane 39 09/09/1918 Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial Daughter Of The Late Henry And Mary Foster. Born At Lathom, Lancs.
Jones Robert George 28 09/09/1918 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert Fletcher Jones And Ellen Ann Jones; Husband Of Elizabeth Jones (Nee Blucher), Of 61 Derby Rd., Bootle, Lancs. Born At Liverpool.
Jones William Thomas 23 09/09/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ellen Jones, Of 135, Benedict St., Bootle, Lancs. And The Late John Jones.
Kettleday Samuel 40 09/09/1918 2nd Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Margaret Kettleday; Husband Of Rosina Kettleday (Nee Branigan), Of 29, Stanley Rd., Bootle Lancs. Born At Bootle, Lancs.
Kneale Thomas 19 09/09/1918 Assistant Baker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary Ellen Kneale (Nee Pickavance), Of 47, Greenwood Lane, Egremont, Cheshire.
Lodge Charles James 64 09/09/1918 Bathroom Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Samuel And Elizabeth Lodge; Husband Of The Late Sarah Anne Lodge (Nee Moorhouse). Born At Liverpool.
Magill Hugh Leslie Fraser 48 09/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In Jamaica.
Marler Douglas Ernest Tilbrooke 15 09/09/1918 Cadet Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ernest Tilbrooke Marler And Rose Marler (Nee Longworth), Of 9, Grittleton Avenue, Wembley Hill, Middlesex. Born At Kensington, London.
Massey Thomas 09/09/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As Rooney), Son Of The Late John And Mary Massey (Nee Rooney).
McEntee James 38 09/09/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James And Rose Ann McEntee (Nee O Neill), Of 23, Boswell St., Bootle, Lancs. Born At Liverpool.
Midgley Frederick Johnston 42 09/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas Midgley And The Late Mary Midgley; Husband Of Jessie Midgley (Nee Looney), Of 33, Verona St., Everton, Liverpool. Born At Bootle, Lancs.
Moran James 38 09/09/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Jane Rose Moran; Husband Of Ellen Moran (Nee Gibbon), Of 69, Endbourne Rd. Aintree, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Morley J 48 09/09/1918 Linen Keeper Tower Hill Memorial Born At Liverpool.
Munro Alexander Donald 29 09/09/1918 Fourth Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander And Isabella Munro (Nee Ross), Of 13, Florida St., Bootle, Lancs. Born At Glasgow.
Oliphant Mrs. Mary Elizabeth 37 09/09/1918 Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial Daughter Of The Late John And Elizabeth Oliphant; Wife Of The Late William John Oliphant. Born At Maryport, Cumberland.
O'Neill John 42 09/09/1918 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Mary O'Neill; Husband Of Mary Ann O'Neill (Nee Mort), Of 23, Rooney St., Kirkdale, Liverpool. Born At Bootle.
Rigley James 32 09/09/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial (Served As O Brien). Son Of James And Jane Rigley, Of Clondaw Ferns, Co. Wexford. Born At Wexford.
Roberts Edward James 09/09/1918 Acting Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Roberts was a member of the Royal Navy and is also commemorated on panel 29 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Shepherd John 41 09/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Eleanor Shepherd And The Late John Shepherd; Husband Of Ann Shepherd (Nee Hall), Of 99, Gonville Rd., Bootle, Lancs. Born At Manchester.
Smith George 47 09/09/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Hannah Smith; Husband Of Clara Smith (Nee Drew), Of 17, Herschell St., Liverpool. Born At Kirkdale, Liverpool.
Stanton William Henry 44 09/09/1918 Chef Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Louise Stanton And The Late George Stanton; Husband Of Catherine Stanton; (Formerly Owen, Nee Owens), 17, Victoria Rd., Waterloo, Lancs. Born At Liverpool.
Stuttle William Paul 14 09/09/1918 Steward's Boy Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexandria Victoria Louise Stuttle (Nee Weller), Of 2, Lily Grove, Edgehill, Liverpool, And The Late Paul Henry. Born At St. Giles, London.
Swanton Robert 53 09/09/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son of the late Robert and Margaret Swanton; husband of Margaret Swanton (nee Daly). Born at Ballincolig, Cork.
Thompson John 17 09/09/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David Cromarty Thompson, Of 5, Balfour Avenue, Bootle, Lancs, And The Late Ann Thompson (Nee Kelly). Born At Liverpool.
Wallinger Frederick Arnold 38 09/09/1918 Chief Engineer Pilling (St. John The Baptist) Old Churchyard West of Church and North of path. Son Of Cecil Arnold Wallinger, And The Late Caroline A. Wallinger; Husband Of Millicent Wallinger (Nee Danson), Of Croasdale Terrace, Carleton, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancs. Born At Kentish Town, London.
Ward Frank 35 09/09/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And Florence Ward; Husband Of Margaret Emma Ward (Nee Hall), Of 110, Seaforth Rd., Seaforth, Liverpool. Born At Birkenhead.
Wells William 23 09/09/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Martha Wells, Of 72, Cookson St., Blackpool, Lancs. Born At Manchester.
Wilson J 32 09/09/1918 Saloon Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.

Missir

Missir was a 786 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1864 by Barclay, Curle & Co. for Khedival Mail Steamship & Graveling Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 29 May 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-51 approximately 80 nautical miles West by North of Alexandria. She was en route from Alexandria to Sollum with government stores and a general cargo.

Missir

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hasan Mustafa 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Kesses Dimitri 31 29/05/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Maria Kesses, Of 9, Rue Shab El Zarif, Moharrem Bey, Alexandria. Born At Athens.
Kypreos Athanasi 29/05/1918 Chief Officer Tower Hill Memorial
Macy Frederick 49 29/05/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Olga Macy (Nee Perlich), Of Moss Lane East, Manchester. Born At Constantinople.
Mahmud Thanekar 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Muhammad Qaid Bin Shamun 29/05/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

Mistletoe

Mistletoe has been difficult to track down but I believe she was was a 65 GRT sailing trawler (ketch) completed in 1896 in Lowestoft for Samuel Ling and registered in Lowestoft as LT.712. I can find no reference to her loss but, based on the roles of those who are recorded on the memorial, it looks like she was lost with all hands. Given the location and date it seems likely that she struck a mine but I am unable to confirm this.

Mistletoe

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barley William Arthur 17 07/05/1919 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Herbert William And Martha Ellen Barley, Of 67, Careton Rd., Pakefield, Lowestoft.
Burgoyne Robert 70 07/05/1919 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Sarah Burgoyne (Nee Grant), Of 34, St. Leonards Rd., Lowestoft. Born At Brixham.
Cooper William Joseph 52 07/05/1919 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Susie Alice Cooper, Of 61, Rotterdam Rd., Lowestoft.
Rumsby Walter 52 07/05/1919 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edith Rumsby And The Late Mr. Rumsby; Husband Of Edith Rumsby, Of 43, Priory St., Gorleston. Born At Loddon.
Woolner Thomas 60 07/05/1919 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Christiana Woolner; Husband Of The Late Ann Woolner. Born At Leyton, Essex.

Moeris

Moeris was a 3,409 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1902 by R. Thompson & Sons for Moss Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by J. Moss & Co. She was sunk on 30 June 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-44 at position 34° 50' N, 26° 58' E - approximately 46 nautical miles South-East of Cape Sidero, Crete. She was en route from Glasgow to Alexandria with a general cargo.

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
Brennan James Joseph 32 30/06/1916 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Esther Brennan; Husband Of The Late Mary Brennan (Nee Callanan). Born At Dublin.
Hunt George Henry 30/06/1916 Greaser and Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Lydia Mary And The Late John Hunt; Husband Of Emily Hunt (Nee Healey), Of 3H, Devonshire Buildings, Barrow-In-Furness.
Smith Ernest Moston 46 30/06/1916 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Amelia Smith, Of 97, Blythswood St., Aigburth Rd., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

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