Lost in WW1

Trowbridge True Vine Truro
Tummel Tung Shan Turakina
Turino Turnbridge Turritella
Tuscan Prince


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].

Trowbridge

Trowbridge was a 3,712 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by W. Doxford & Sons Ltd. for Temperley Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by J. Temperley & Co. She was subject to two attacks:

  • 14 February 1917: She was damaged by German submarine U-38 at position 36° 41' N, 12° 54' E. She was en route from Barry to Alexandria with a cargo of coal. One seaman lost his life in this attack
  • 14 November 1917: She was sunk on 14 November 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-63 approximately 12 nautical miles South-East of Cabo de Gata, Almeria. She was en route from Blyth to Alexandria with a cargo of coal. There was no loss of life on this occasion.
Trowbridge

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Grant Fritz 54 14/02/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Born In Esthonia.

True Vine

True Vine was a 47 GRT wooden sailing trawler (ketch) completed in 1908 by R. Jackman for Charles Crews and registered at Lowestoft as LT.52. She was reported missing.

There were no survivors

True Vine

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Carsey Harry 26 30/11/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. G. Carsey, Of 48, Cambridge Rd., Lowestoft. Born At Corton.
Chaston Edward William 16 30/11/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born In Suffolk.
Lewell Harry 17 30/11/1915 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Reeve Samuel Charles 35 30/11/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Frances Mary Reeve, Of Oulton Rd., Lowestoft.
Thomson Tom Hoy 55 30/11/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Sarah Thomson. Born At Manningtree, Essex.

Truro

Truro was a 165 GRT steam trawler completed in 1898 by Mackie & Thomson for Hagerup, Doughty & Co. Ltd. and registered at Grimsby as GY.761. At the time of her loss she was owned by Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd. She was reported missing on 28 April 1915 and not seen again.

There were no survivors

Truro

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Chapman Joseph 52 28/04/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert Chapman; Husband Of The Late Elizabeth Chapman. Born At Wisbech, Cambs.
Chilton John 28/04/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Gaze William George 18 28/04/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Gaze, Of 45, Thorold St., Grimsby. Born At Gorleston.
Ireland Charles Henry 52 28/04/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Ireland, Of 106, Brereton Avenue, New Cleethorpes. Born At Flamborough.
Kimpson William James 18 28/04/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Kimpson, Of 45, Orwell St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Naylor William 57 28/04/1915 Steward Tower Hill Memorial
Percival John 32 28/04/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Percival, Of 28, Rigby St., Grimsby. Born At Norwich.
Shilling Frederick 45 28/04/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. And Mrs. Shilling, Of 3, Buckland Cottage, London Rd., Faversham, Kent. Born In Kent.
Thompson Charles William 27 28/04/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. Thompson, Of 18, Hilda St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.

Tummel

Tummel was a 531 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1912 by Goole Shipbuilding & Repackaging Co. Ltd. for E. P. Hutchinson. She sank on 24 February 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-5 approximately 7 nautical miles South of the Kentish Knock Light Vessel in the mouth of the Thames. She was en rout from Grimsby to Tréportat with a cargo of coal.

Tummel

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Anderson M 35 24/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Denmark.
Atkinson Joseph William 64 24/02/1916 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Stephen Marling Atkinson, And Sarah Atkinson; Husband Of Alice Atkinson (Nee Curtis), Of 82, Somerset St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Butterill Arundell 61 24/02/1916 Cook and Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Sarah Butterill. Born At Thorne.
McCarthy Albert 22 24/02/1916 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Rachel Mccarthy, Of 31, Tulbourne Rd., Walthamstow, London, And The Late John Mccarthy. Born In London.
Noble Walter James 54 24/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James Edward And Elizabeth Noble; Husband Of Ada Noble (Nee Rhodes), Of 249, Waterloo St., Hull. Born At Hull.
Shields William 43 24/02/1916 Assistant Engineer Hull Western Cemetery Compartment 321. Grave 31092 Son Of Elizabeth And The Late Richards Shields; Husband Of Margaret Shields (Nee Mason), Of 88, Newland Avenue, Hull. Born At Hull.
Sigmundsen Grimur 22 24/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Iceland.
Teanby Tom Derbon 30 24/02/1916 Fireman Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery Sec.42. Row H. Grave 26 Son Of Mary E. Teanby, And The Late William Stock Teanby; Husband Of Florence Gertrude Teanby (Nee Pearson), Of 9, Church St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Wray A 48 24/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. W. Wray, Of 30, River Head, Louth Lincs. Born At Louth.

Tung Shan

Tung Shan was a 3,998 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by Russell & Co. for Larrinaga & Co. as Teodoro de Larrinaga. From 1914 she was owned by Sale & Co. and renamed Tung Shan. She was captured on 15 May 1917 by German submarine U-34 at position 39° 02' N, 00° 19' E - approximately 7 nautical miles North of Cape San Antonio and scuttled with explosive charges. She was en route from the Tyne to Genoa with a cargo of coal.

Tung Shan

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Hair Robert 41 15/05/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Greenock.

Turakina

Turakina was a 8,210 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship (ref) completed in 1902 by Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd. for New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 13 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-86 at position 48° 30' N, 08° 34' W - approximatelyu 120 nautical miles West-South-West of Bishop Rock. She was en route from London to New York in ballast.

Turakina

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barendrecht C 19 13/08/1917 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Aart Barendrecht And Maria Pietervella Lodder Barendrecht, Of Moordrecht, Netherlands.
Wenham Arthur Cubitt 29 13/08/1917 Baker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jesse William, And Martha Wenham, Of 20, Rose St., Northfleet, Kent. His Brother Albert Edward Wenham Also Fell.

Turino

Turino was a 4,241 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1914 by J. Readhead & Sons Ltd. for Nicholl Steamships Ltd. as Westoe Hall. From 1916 she was owned by Gulf Line Ltd. and managed by Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 4 February 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-43 at position 50° 25' N, 13° 50' W - approximately 174 nautical miles West of Fastnet. She was en route from Norfolk to Liverpool with a general cargo.

Turino
Turino

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Beech Vincent Charles 23 04/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Beech, Of 25, Metcalfe St., Smith Village, Kingston, Jamaica. Born In Jamaica.
Knowles Bertram West 32 04/02/1917 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emily Knowles And The Late James Knowles; Husband Of Eva Maude Knowles, Of 16, Withycombe Rd., Exmouth. Born At Exmouth.
Richards Charles William 23 04/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Charles H. Richards And Theresa Cox. Born In Grenada.
Washington George 32 04/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert Washington And The Late Mrs. Washington; Husband Of Emily Elizabeth Washington (Formerly Millet, Nee Hargrove), Of 339, Litherland Rd., Bootle, Lancs. Born At Alberta.

Turnbridge

Turnbridge was a 2,814 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1906 by W. Gray & Co. Ltd. for Morrison Shipping Co. Ltd. as Ben Lomond. At the time of her loss she was owned by British Dyes Ltd. and managed by H. E. Moss & Co. She was sunk on 8 July 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-92 approximately 30 nautical miles South-East of Daunts Rock. She was en route from Seville to Ardrossan with a cargo of iron ore.


Trying to make sense of the records, it appears that the ship was in the process of being renamed to Turnbridge when she was sunk and it is believed that she still carried the name Ben Lomond. The CWGC now have the casualties down as serving in Ben Lomond.

Turnbridge
Turnbridge
Turnbridge

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bendall James William 30 07/07/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Bendall, Of 64, Ardell St., Splott, Cardiff, And The Late Margaret Ann Bendall; Husband Of The Late Mabel Bendall.
Cairns James Christopher 49 07/07/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Ellen Cairns; Husband Of Annie Cairns (Nee Bundon), Of 11, Rosa St., South Shields. Born At Tynemouth.
Cook Henry Warner 26 07/07/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert Henry And Mahala Cook; Husband Of Ethel May Cook (Nee Liddle), Of 90, Milton Rd., West Hartlepool. Born At West Hartlepool.
Donleavy William Stephen 28 07/07/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Mary Catherine Donleavy. Born At Queenstown.
Eriksen Carl 55 07/07/1918 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Galloway William 29 07/07/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Elizabeth Galloway (Nee Caine), Of 8, Prince Alfred Rd., Wavertree, Liverpool.
Hill Chas Frederick 31 07/07/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Brother Of Mrs. Mary Ann Evans, Of 20, Foster St., Cadoxton, Barry. Born At Cadoxton.
Hughes Herbert 38 07/07/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Hughes And The Late Elizabeth Hughes; Husband Of Kathleen Maud Hughes (Nee O Donnell), Of 14, Warhurst St., Manchester. Born At Liverpool.
Ivanhoe A 41 07/07/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Montreal.
Jenkins Alfred Harry 49 07/07/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mabel Jenkins, Of Bridgend, Glam.
Koomen L 07/07/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial
Lessels George Cook 07/07/1918 Signalman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Lessels was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
MacIver Norman 20 07/07/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Norman And Mary MacIver, Of 4, Breaclet, Bemera, Stornoway.
McDonald Archibald 25 07/07/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Margaret Drummond (Nee Shaw), Of Dunvegan, Skye. Born In Isle Of Skye.
McVeigh William Alfred 24 07/07/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William McVeigh, Of Droagh, Larne, Co. Antrim, And The Late Lizzie McVeigh (Nee Murphy). Born At Ballycraigy, Larne.
Moloney William 18 07/07/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Maurice And Anne Moloney (Nee Gunning). Born At Limerick.
Oliver William Joseph 14 07/07/1918 Assistant Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph William And Annie Florence Oliver (Nee Hosey), Of Westward Ho, March Rd., Dinas Powis, Near Cardiff. Born At Grangetown.
Sophia T.L. 42 07/07/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Madalena Do Egypt, Of Caleadinha Do Tijolo, No. 24, 10, Lisbon. Born In Portugal.
Stewart A 44 07/07/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Aberdeen.
Todd Robert Fraser 62 07/07/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Father Of Margaret Findlay Todd, 27, Rochsolloch Rd., Airdrie. Born At Glasgow.
Watkins C 17 07/07/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Watkins, Of 63, Phyllis St., Barry Island. Born At Cardiff.
Wilkinson Cyril Mervyn Palmer (Noll) 24 07/07/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Annie Russell Peal (Formerly Wilkinson, Nee Palmer), Of 3, Napier Rd., Allahabad, United Provinces, India. Born In India.
Williams George 45 07/07/1918 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas William And The Late Anne Williams; Husband Of Naomi Williams (Nee Marston), Of 4, Clytha Park Rd., Newport, Mon. Born At Newport.

Turritella

Turritella was a 5,576 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1906 by Flensburger of Flensburg Germany for Deutsche Dampfs Ges "Hansa". At the beginning of WW1 she was captured by the British and renamed Polavon. From 1916 she was converted into a tanker and owned by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd. and renamed Turritella.

On 27 February 1917 she was captured by German raider Wolf off Colombo, rebuilt as an auxiliary cruiser and renamed Iltis. On March 5 1917 she was spotted in the Gulf of Aden by warships HMS Odin and HMS Fox. She was scuttled by the crew to avoid capture. I have not discovered any information about the fate of Mr. Steers who appears to have died four months after the ship was sunk.

Turritella

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cleland Alan Campbell 23 27/02/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Annie Cleland (Nee Mcghie), Of 2, Richmond Terrace, Limerick, And The Late James Cleland. Born At Limerick.
Steers A 05/06/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial

Tuscan Prince

Tuscan Prince was a 5,275 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1913 by W. Doxford & Sons Ltd. for Prince Line Ltd. and managed by Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd. and managed by zzz & Co. She was damaged on 5 August 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-49 approximately 8 nautical miles West by South of Dungeness. She was en route from Hull to New York in ballast.

Tuscan Prince

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Huddleston James 22 05/08/1918 Fourth Engineer Officer Barrow-In-Furness Cemetery Sec.1. Grave 857 (Served As Brooks), Son Of John Simpson Huddleston, Of 73, Ainslie St., Barrow-In-Furness, And The Late Helen Huddleston (Nee Coutts). Born At Barrow-In-Furness.
McKenzie John William 48 05/08/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Annie And The Late Donald McKenzie; Husband Of Maria Ann McKenzie (Nee Rodgers), Of 5, Derwent Avenue, Westbourne St., Hull. Born At Stockton-On-Tees.

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