Lost in WW1

Sparta Speculator Spennymoor
Spithead Springhill St. Andrews
St. Boswells St. Clair St. Lawrence (Grimsby)
St. Lawrence (Hull)


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].

Sparta

Sparta was a 480 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1883 by D. & W. Henderson for A.Slorach & Son as Kampokus. From 1915 she was owned by Spartan Steamship Co. Ltd., renamed Sparta, and managed by T. W. Smyth. She sank on 28 October 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-4 approximately 7-8 nautical miles South-South-West of South Holm Buoy. She was en route from Hull to Le Havre with a cargo of coal.

Sparta

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Johnes Geo 22 28/10/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Margos George 66 28/10/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Ng Soo 28/10/1916 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Wong Soo 28/10/1916 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial

Speculator

Speculator was a 46 (or possibly 60) GRT sailing trawler (fishing smack) completed in 1907 in Porthleven for William Lang Jnr. and registered at Lowestoft as LT.1050. She sank on 10 November 1914 after striking a mine near Smith's Knoll - possibly laid by German light cruiser Stralsund.

There were no survivors


The Date of Death of Mr. Easter is incorrectly entered on the CWGC database due to a typing error. Reported 16 May 2020. Changed to correct date in table below.

Speculator

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Easter William 09/11/1914 Mate Tower Hill Memorial
Gorrod Charles Raca 09/11/1914 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Hunter Henry Forest 09/11/1914 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Saunders Daniel 09/11/1914 Cook Tower Hill Memorial
Tuttle William John 09/11/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial

Spennymoor

Spennymoor was a 3,922 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1915 by J. Blumer & Co. for Moor Line Ltd. and managed by W. Runciman & Co. She was sunk on 28 May 1915 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-41 approximately 50 nautical miles South-West by west of Start Point. She was en route from Sunderland to an unknown destination.

Spennymoor

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bracebridge J 55 28/05/1915 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Sunderland.
Campbell J.G. 49 28/05/1915 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born In New Brunswick, Canada.
Dorp G 35 28/05/1915 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Risca.
Knott G 28/05/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Young H 21 28/05/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Young, Of 19, Trajan St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.

Spithead

Spithead was a 4,697 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by London & Glasgow Engineering & Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for Clyde Shipping Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 6 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-34 at position 31° 44' N, 31° 46' E - approximately 12 nautical miles North by West of the Damiette Lighthouse. She was en route from Alexandria to Rangoon in ballast.

Spithead

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Lennox William Anderson 32 06/04/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret K. Lennox (Nee Anderson), Of 106, Cumberland St., Glasgow, And The Late Charles Lennox. Born At Glasgow.

Springhill

Springhill was a 1,507 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by J. Crown & Sons, Ltd. for Porthcawl Steamship Co. as Porthcawl. From 1912 she was owned by Fisher, Renwick & Co. She sank on 24 August 1917 at position 54° 21' N, 0° 22' W - approximately 4 nautical miles North by East of Scarborough. The cause of her loss appears to have been German submarine UB-21 but there are conflicting accounts as to whether this was as the result of a torpedo or mine. She was en route from Hartlepool to London with a cargo of coal.

Springhill

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ahmad Masil 24/08/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Shephard George William 42 24/08/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of The Late Mrs. Shephard. Born In London.
Welch George Albert 28 24/08/1917 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles Augustus, And The Late Margaret Ann Welch; Husband Of Ethel Welch (Nee Dove), Of 27, Sheriff St., West Hartlepool, Co. Durham. Born At West Hartlepool.
Young Christopher James 54 24/08/1917 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Margaret Young, And The Late Christopher James Young; Husband Of Sarah Hannah Young (Nee Frier), Of 103, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. Born At Constantinople.

St. Andrews

St. Andrews was a 3,613 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1906 by R. Craggs & Sons Ltd. for St. Andrews (Cardiff) Ltd. and managed by R. E. Morel & Co. She was sunk on 13 June 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-38 approximately 4 nautical miles west of Cape Spartivento. She was en route from Karachi to Marseille with a cargo of grain.

St. Andrews

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hayes J 37 13/06/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Kinsale.
Kay Thomas 38 13/06/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas And Emma Kay. Born At West Hartlepool.
Morgan James Gow 33 13/06/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Job William And Catherine Mure Morgan (Nee Gow). Born At Aberdare.

St. Boswells

St. Boswells was a 463 GRT steam tug completed in 1919 by J. Cran & Somerville for The Admiralty. She sank on 11 June after striking a mine off Terschelling. She was en route from Iquique to Hamburg, towing Santa Theresa.

St. Boswells

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bagley William Henry 45 10/06/1920 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Emily Bagley; Husband Of Emily Marian Bagley (Nee Alexander), Of 17, Carlton Place, Southampton. Born In London.
Corsie John 62 10/06/1920 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Mary Corsie; Husband Of Alice Corsie, Of 220, Wakefield St., East Ham, London.
Frith C 10/06/1920 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Bermuda.
Glozier Arthur William 25 10/06/1920 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Arthur William And Mary Ann Glozier (Nee Blake), Of The Cross, Wivenhoe, Essex. Born At Wivenhoe, Essex.
Good George William 39 10/06/1920 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary And The Late Joseph Good; Husband Of Alice Ellen Good (Nee Cooper), Of 13, Weymouth Terrace, Southampton. Born At Southampton.
Harrisson George James 53 10/06/1920 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Fanny Charlotte Harrisson, Of 15, C. Block, Sutton Dwellings, Chilton St., Deptford, London. Born At Folkestone.
Hatch Frank 38 10/06/1920 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Fanny Hatch; Husband Of Emily Hatch (Nee Moody), Of 7, Handford Place, Bedford Place, Southampton. Born At Southampton.
Johnson C.P. 61 10/06/1920 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Plymouth.
Philpott Edward William 55 10/06/1920 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah And The Late William Philpott; Husband Of Ellen Philpott (Nee Hutchence), Of 5, Handford Place, Bedford Place, Southampton. Born At Southampton.
Smith George Edward 30 10/06/1920 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Edward And Frances Smith, Of 119, Priory Rd., St. Denys, Southampton.
Smith James Edwin 20 10/06/1920 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Edward And Frances Smith, Of 119, Priory Rd., St. Denys, Southampton.
Smith William 64 10/06/1920 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs Wm. Smith, Of 44, Burlington Rd., Polygon, Southampton. Born In London.
Wheeler Joseph Thomas 42 10/06/1920 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Dinah Wheeler, Of 200, Priory Rd., St. Denys, Southampton, And The Late Ivo John Wheeler; Husband Of Ethel Maud Wheeler.
Wilson Walter John 41 10/06/1920 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emma And The Late Henry Wilson; Husband Of Frances Wilson (Nee Stewart), Of 9, Nairn St., Poplar, London. Born At Poplar, London.

St. Clair

St. Clair was a 588 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1868 by Randolph Elder & Co. At the time she was attacked she was owned by Aberdeen Leith Clyde & Tay Shipping Co. She was damaged on 19 January 1918 by gunfire from German submarine U-101 approximately 12 nautical miles South-South-West of Fair Isle. She was en route from Leith to Lerwick with a general cargo.

St. Clair

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Heron John 48 20/01/1918 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Aberdeen.

St. Lawrence (Grimsby)

St. Lawrence (Grimsby) was a 196 GRT steam trawler completed in 1899 by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. for Grimsby Victor Steam Fishing Co. and registered at Grimsby as GY.1131. She was stopped and sunk on 22 April 1915 by German submarine U-22 using explosive charges at position 54° 14' N, 03° 02' E - approximately 88 nautical miles East by North of Spurn Head.

St. Lawrence (Grimsby)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hansen John William 31 22/04/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Elizabeth Hansen, Of 21, Providence Place, Back Chapel Lane, Gorleston-On-Sea.
Rogers Philip 40 22/04/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Rogers; Husband Of Charlotte Rogers (Nee Pollard), Of 95, Convamore Rd., Grimsby. Born At Portsmouth.

St. Lawrence (Hull)

St. Lawrence (Hull) was a 320 GRT steam trawler completed in 1907 by Mackie & Thomson for Thomas Hamling & Co. Ltd. She was last sighted North of Scotland on 30 September 1914 and was returning to Hull from a fishing trip near Iceland.

There were no survivors

St. Lawrence (Hull)
St. Lawrence (Hull)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Benson James 25 03/10/1914 Spare Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Joseph And Elizabeth Benson. Born At Hull.
Bott Harold Lempkin 03/10/1914 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Fletcher Henry Addison 03/10/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Howlett George William 23 03/10/1914 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Jane Mcnulty (Formerly Howlett) And The Late George William Howlett; Husband Of Alice Maud Howlett (Nee Brooks), Of 9, Hama S Terrace, Manchester St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Lee Alfred 40 03/10/1914 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Jane Lee And The Late George Lee; Husband Of Harriet Lee (Nee Kirk), Of 9, Milton Terrace, Eton St., Hull. Born At Leicester.
Moseley William 36 03/10/1914 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Huddersfield.
Pawlett John Richard 41 03/10/1914 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Sarah Pawlett, Of 10, Park Avenue, Gloucester St., Hull. Born At Boston.
Pennycad Samuel 39 03/10/1914 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Polly Pennycad; Husband Of Hetty Pennycad (Nee Watson), Of 9, Airedale Terrace, Starlforth Place, Hull. Born At Hull.
Smalley Thomas Jackson 36 03/10/1914 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Alice Jackson Smalley, Of 8, Milton Terrace, South Boulevard, Hull. Born At Hull.
Watson Enoch 23 03/10/1914 Spare Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Edward Watson And The Late Hester Watson; Husband Of Edith Watson (Nee Spavin), Of 158, Bean St., Hull Born At Hull.
Watts Herbert William 20 03/10/1914 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Watts, Of 3, Gladys Terrace, Walcott St., Hull.
Wilson Robert 31 03/10/1914 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jonas And Elizabeth Wilson; Husband Of Mary Ellen Wilson (Nee Wood), Of 29, Strawberry St., Hull. Born At Hull.

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