Lost in WW1

Orfordness Origen Oriole
Orissa Oronsa Orsova
Ortolan Ortona Oslo
Ostpreussen


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].

Orfordness

Orfordness was a 2,790 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1906 by Ropner & Son for Gate Steamship Co. Ltd. as Blackfriargate. From 1918 she was owned by English Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Letricheux & David Ltd. She was sunk on 20 July 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-60 at position 50° 24' N, 05° 11' W - approximately 2.5 nautical miles West by North of Newquay. She was en route from Rouen to Barry in ballast.

Orfordness

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Fisher Thomas Stanfold William 45 20/07/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Hull.
Marston Norman Mingo 29 20/07/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frederick William And Mary Ann Marston (Nee Mingo), Of 45, Thornton St., West Hartlepool.

Origen

Origen was a 3,544 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1918 by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd for Booth Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 1 July 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-86 at position 37° 28' N, 08° 20' W - approximately 115 nautical miles West by South of Ushant. She was en route from London to Oporto and Brazil.

Origen

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Taylor Joseph Cromwell 36 30/06/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles And Janet Taylor; Husband Of Eliza Jane Taylor (Nee Scott), Of 46, Darnley St., Liverpool. Born In Liverpool.

Oriole

Oriole was a 1,489 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1914 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for General Steam Navigation Company Ltd. She was sunk on 30 January 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-20 approximately 20 nautical miles North-West of Cap d'Antifer. She was en route from London to Le Havre with a general cargo.

There were no survivors

According to Charles Hocking [35]:

The steamship Oriole left London for Havre on January 29th 1915 with a crew of 21 and general cargo. The next day the Oriole was torpedoed by the German submarine U-2-, Lt-Crd. Droescher E. of Dover Straits. The vessel sank with all hands, two of her lifeboats being washed ashore near Rye.
Oriole
Oriole

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ardy Henry John Alfred William 42 30/01/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Flora Ardy, Of 9, Kinsale Rd., Peckham Rye, London.
Brooke W.S. 53 30/01/1915 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Born In London.
Chainey W 30/01/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Chaplin J 30/01/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial
Chittenden G.H. 30/01/1915 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Crowther J 30/01/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial
Dale William George 30/01/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. M. L. Dale, Of 17, Camberley Avenue, West Wimbledon, London.
Fishenden Frederick Clifford 31 30/01/1915 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Isabel Daisy Ellyce Fishenden (Nee Miles), Of 47, Port Hall Rd., Preston, Brighton.
Grace E.G. 30/01/1915 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Hargrave James William 43 30/01/1915 Boatswain and Lamps Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Alice Elizabeth Hargrave (Nee Jeffery), Of 78, St. Leonard S Rd., South Lowestoft.
Holland Thomas William 23 30/01/1915 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ann Elizabeth Holland, Of 15, Dove St., Lowestoft, And The Late Robert Holland.
Lynch Timothy James 30 30/01/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas Lynch Of 20, Storey St., North Woolwich, London.
Mulcahy William George 28 30/01/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Mary Mulcahy, Of 1, Corrig Castle Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
Pierce George Reginald 31 30/01/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ethel Vine Pierce (Nee Bulley), Of 5, Burlington Terrace, Chislehurst, Kent.
Sadler Joseph Robert 30 30/01/1915 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ellen Catherine Sadler (Nee Stein), Of 33, Chancery Buildings, Bewley St., Cable St., London.
Schafer John George 30 30/01/1915 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ellen Louisa Schafer (Nee March), Of 71, Harcourt Avenue, Manor Park, Essex.
Statham Henry George 23 30/01/1915 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Sarah Elizabeth Statham (Nee Smart), Of 63, Queen S Rd., Bayswater, London.
Swain Reuben Frank 50 30/01/1915 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Eliza Maria Swain (Nee Smizzen), Of 12, Mayvillie Rd., St. Peter S, Broadstairs, Kent.
Thomson Oswald 51 30/01/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Jane Mercer (Formerly Thomson, Nee Borthwick), Of 11, Clarendon Rd., Lewisham, London.
Todman Nelson Victor 27 30/01/1915 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Annie Gertrude Todman (Nee Mitchell), Of Oakwood Lodge, Old Rd., Crayford, Kent.
Walford Edward Charles 35 30/01/1915 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Annie Pond (Formerly Walford, Nee Stokes), Of 51, Liverpool Rd., Canning Town, London.

Orissa

Orissa was a 5,317 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1895 by Harland & Wolff, Ltd. for Pacific Steam Navigation Company. She was sunk on 25 June 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-73 at position 56° 20' N, 07° 20' W - approximately 21 nautical miles South-West by West of Skerryvore Rock. She was en route from Liverpool to Philadelphia in ballast.

Orissa

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Black David 26 25/06/1918 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary J. Black, And The Late William Black; Husband Of Rose Black (Nee Mccornish), Of 7, Audley St., Bootle, Liverpool. Born At Glasgow.
Browne Hugh 43 25/06/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Esther Browne And The Late Edward Browne; Husband Of Mary Ellen Browne (Nee Prestwick), Of 105, Bentnick St., Birkenhead. Born At Birkenhead.
Jones William John 36 25/06/1918 Storekeeper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ellen Jones, And The Late John Jones; Husband Of Marion Jones (Nee Sim), Of 10, Daffodil Rd., Birkenhead. Born At Birkenhead.
McDonnall John 33 25/06/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edward And Jane McDonnall; Husband Of Mary McDonnall (Nee McGuiness), 59, Beechwood Rd., Litherland, Liverpool. Born At Bootle.
Roden William 59 25/06/1918 Lamps Tower Hill Memorial Born At Market Drayton.
Webster Thomas 28 25/06/1918 Leading Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Anastasia Webster (Nee Baines), Of 50, Boreland St., Bootle, Liverpool, And The Late William Webster.

Oronsa

Oronsa was a 7,970 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1906 by Harland & Wolff, Ltd. for Pacific Steam Navigation Company. She was sunk on 28 April 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-91 approximately 12 nautical miles West of Bardsey Island, St. George's Channel. She was en route from Talcahuano and New York to Liverpool with a general cargo.

Oronsa

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Lubbock Alexander Nevile 34 28/04/1918 Lieut-Commander Tower Hill Memorial Son of Sir Nevile Lubbock, K.C.M.G., and Lady Lubbock (daughter of Sir John F. W. Herschel, Bt.), of "Ridlands," Limpsfield, Surrey. Born at St. Paul's Cray, Kent. Served in the Somaliland Expedition of 1908-10. Mr. Lubbock was a member of the Royal Navy and is also commemorated on panel 26 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial. He was attached to HMS Donegal - the reason for his being on Oronsa is not known.
Lanchbury Edwin Joseph 38 28/04/1918 First Baker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Lanchbury (Nee Rennison), Of 47, Hamilton Rd., Golders Green, London, And The Late Edwin William Lanchbury. Born In Gibraltar.
Stone J 26 28/04/1918 6th Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Henrietta Stone, Of 73, Trafford Rd., Salford. Born At Hull.

Orsova

Orsova was a 12,036 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1909 by J. Brown & Co. Ltd. for Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was damaged on 14 March 1917 by a mine laid by German submarine UC-68 approximately 3 nautical miles East by South of Eddystone. She was beached at Cawsand Bay in a sinking condition but was towed to Devonport and patched before being taken to Liverpool for repairs that were not completed until September 1918 after which she continued in service until 1936 when she was broken up. At the time of the attack she was en route from London to Devonport with a cargo of government stores.


The CWGC database includes Mr.L. Cahill as having been lost on "R.M.S. Orsova" on 1 November 1918. It is probably the same ship but the circumstances of his death are unknown.

Orsova

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cahill L 01/11/1918 Able Seaman Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery Screen Wall (North). V. R.C. 1717.
Edwards W 14/03/1917 Greaser Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery General. C. 4236.
Edwards William John Thomas 33 14/03/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Alice Isabelle Edwards, Of 207, Station Rd., Rainham, Kent.
Fleming Andrew 36 14/03/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Annie Fleming, And The Late Archibald Fleming; Husband Of Rosie Eliza Fleming (Nee Lewis), Of 54, Orsett Rd., Grays, Essex. Born At Govan.
Goodrum W 56 14/03/1917 Storekeeper Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery General C. 4234. Son Of Jehoshaphat And Elizabeth Goodrum, Of Elmstead Market, Colchester; Husband Of Mary Elizabeth Goodrum, Of 16, Maidstone Place, Grays, Essex.
Hirst Arthur 28 14/03/1917 Fifth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Henry And Emily Hirst, Of 5, Wilton Avenue, Holland St., Hull. Born At Leeds.
Norris W.G. 14/03/1917 Greaser Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery General C. 4237.
Smith Thomas James 39 14/03/1917 Greaser Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery General. C. 4235. Born At Barking.
Sparrow William Ernest 19 14/03/1917 Trimmer Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery General C. 4219. Son Of Henry Charles And Annie Marie Sparrow, Of High View Bungalow, West Tilbury, Essex.
Thomson William James 14/03/1917 Worker Tower Hill Memorial Born at Dumphries. Mr. Thomson was an Australian Munition Worker and is buried at Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery.

Ortolan

Ortolan was a 1,717 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1902 by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. for General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 14 June 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-82 at position 48° 09' N, 09° 45' W - approximately 100 nautical miles West-South-West of Bishop Rock. She was en route from Palermo to London with a general cargo.

Ortolan

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hansen Niels 22 14/06/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Denmark.
Henriksen S 53 14/06/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Born In Finland.
Pauwels G 17 14/06/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Theodore Jacob Pauwels And Alexine Pauwels (Nee De Graeve), Of Rue Vander Linden 190, Schaerbeek, Nr. Brussels, Belgium. Born At Brussels.

Ortona

Ortona was a 5,524 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1916 by J. L. Thompson & Sons, Ltd for The Gulf Line, Ltd. and managed by Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 21 June 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-50 at position 49° 10' N, 09° 51' W - approximately 140 nautical miles Sout-South-West of Fastnet. She was en route from Philadelphia to London with a general cargo.

Ortona

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Raphael Simon 56 21/06/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Born At Mosul, Iraq.

Oslo

Oslo was a 2,296 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1906 by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. for T.Wilson, Sons & Co. Ltd. From 1917 she was owned by Ellerman’s Wilson Line Ltd. She was sunk on 21 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-87 approximately 15 nautical miles East by North of the Out Skerries, Shetland Islands. She was en route from Trondheim to Liverpool with a cargo of copper ore.

Oslo

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Clarke Thomas 41 21/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late David And Margaret Clarke; Husband Of Sarah Clarke (Nee Mccarthy), Of 96, Boundary St., Liverpool. Born At South Shields.
Rossiter L 33 21/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary And The Late Nicholas Rossiter; Husband Of Elizabeth Rossiter (Nee Kavanagh), Of 20, Hook St., Liverpool. Born At Wexford.

Ostpreussen

Ostpreussen was a 1,755 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by F. Schichau of Danzig for M.Cohn & Sohn. By 1914 she was in the possesion of the British Admiralty and managed by Witherington & Everett. She sank on 26 November 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-11 approximately 1.5 nautical miles East of the Shipwash light vessel. She was en route from Sunderland to London with a cargo of coal.

Ostpreussen

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Muirhead 62 25/11/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Muirhead, Of 29, St. Leonard S St., Sunderland. Born In Scotland.

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