Lost in WW1

Verdi Vernon Vestra
Vesuvio Vianna Viceroy
Victoria (Fleetwood) Victoria (Glasgow) Victoria (London)
Vienna


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].

Verdi

Verdi was a 6,578 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1907 by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd. for Liverpool, Brazil & River Plate Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. and managed by Lamport & Holt. She was sunk on 22 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-53 at position 55° 15' N, 13° 20' W - approximately 115 nautical miles North-West by North of Eagle Island. She was en route from New York to Liverpool.

Verdi

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Church Edward 42 22/08/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Mary Ellen Church. Born At Liverpool.
Dittmer Christopher Frederick 36 22/08/1917 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Cathaine Maria Margaret Dittmer, And The Late John Henry Christopher Dittmer; Husband Of The Late Maud Seymour Dittmer. Born At Liverpool.
Fogg Edward Richard 24 22/08/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Montreal.
Parres Francisco 21 22/08/1917 Refrigerator Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Dona Asuncion Espinosa De Parres, Of Calle Empecinado 77, Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain. Born In Spain.
Romo Silius Basilius 28 22/08/1917 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Lena Sofia Romo, Of Helsingfors, Finland, And The Late Benjamin Romo. Born In Finland.
Thorburn Samuel 23 22/08/1917 Chief Refrigerator Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert And Mary Thorburn (Nee Mcewen), Of 30, Nithsdale Rd., Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.

Vernon

Vernon was a 1,042 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1878 by J. Blumer & Co. for H. Wrightson. At the time of her loss she was owned by Cory Colliers Ltd. She was sunk on 31 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-30 approximately 22 nautical miles South-East by South of Spurn Point. She was en route from Seaham to London with a cargo of coal.

Vernon

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Snowling John 51 31/08/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Eleanor Snowling, Of 55, Windsor Terrace, South Shields.

Vestra

Vestra was a 1,021 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1897 by Ramage & Ferguson Ltd. for J. T. Salvesen & Co. She was sunk on 5 February 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-35 at position 56° 46' N, 01° 07' W - approximately 5 nautical miles North-East of Hartlepool. She was en route from the Tyne to Rouen with a cargo of coal.

Vestra

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brady J 06/02/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Liverpool.
Knight Claude Erik Patrick 17 06/02/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Arthur Henry Knight. Born In Denmark.

Vesuvio

Vesuvio was a 1,397 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1879 by J. Laing for W.Thomson and Others. From 1898 she was owned by J. Bruce & Co. She was sunk on 6 April 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-29 at position 50° 39' N, 01° 31' E - approximately 6 nautical miles East of the Owers Light Vessel. She was en route from Messina to London with a general cargo.

Vesuvio

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Elgar H.W. 06/04/1916 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Jardin Fernando 37 06/04/1916 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sara Marcial Jardin And The Late Antonio Saucher Jardin. Born At Funchal, Madeira.
Newman Edward 19 06/04/1916 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mrs. Elizabeth Bond.
Nodes Robert Samuel 27 18/04/1916 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ethel Hilda Nodes, Of 162, Tollington Park, Finsbury Park, London. Born In London.
Ringeling A 35 06/04/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of A. Ringeling, Of O.Z. Voorburgwal 127, Amsterdam, Holland. Born In Holland.
Russell Victor 57 06/04/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Lilly Russell, Of Robbjens, Klintehamn, Gotland, Sweden. Born In Sweden.
White Frederick 44 06/04/1916 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George, And Eliza White; Husband Of Charlotte Catherine White, Of 8, Angus St., New Cross, London. Born At Southampton.

Vianna

Vianna was a 400 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1899 by Schiffswerft von Henry Koch of Lübeck for Oldenburg-Portugiesische DR. At the time of her loss she was in the hands of the British Government Shipping Controller and managed by Everett & Newbigin. She was sunk on 31 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-64 at position 54° 50' N, 01° 12' W - approximatelly 4 nautical miles East of Seaham harbour. She was en route from the Tyne to Ipswich with a cargo of coal.

Vianna

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brackenbury Walter 51 31/03/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. R. Brackenbury, Of 4, Riversdale Cottages, The Staith, Stalham, Norfolk. Born At Yarmouth.
Dunton Herbert George 36 31/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Martin Dunton And The Late Elizabeth Dunton; Husband Of Elizabeth Dunton (Formerly Coroner, Nee Liddle), Of 33, Dock St., South Shields. Born At Great Yarmouth.
Howell Joseph James 49 31/03/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John James And Mary Howell; Husband Of Caroline Ada Howell (Nee Groves), Of 282, Spring Rd., Ipswich. Born In London.
Rusher Charles Bonnes 42 31/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Charles Rusher; Husband Of Elizabeth Bugg Rusher (Nee Vincent), Of 1, Little Baker St., Ipswich. Born At Ipswich.

Viceroy

Viceroy was a 217 GRT steam trawler completed in 1898 by Cochrane & Cooper for the Atlas Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. and registered at Grimsby as GY.786. She was posted missing on 7 December 1915 whilst on a fishing trip to the North Sea and not seen again.

There were no survivors

Viceroy

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Cadey Alfred 60 07/12/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of B. R. Cadey, Of 27, Fairmont Road, Grimsby. Born In Suffolk.
Mellors George William 56 07/12/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Mellors, Of 229, Victor St., Grimsby. Born At Leeds.
Poole Walter Frederick William 45 07/12/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Poole, Of 62, Hilda St., Grimsby. Born At Dovercourt.
Read William Alfred 54 07/12/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Read, Of 94, Brereton Avenue, Grimsby. Born At Boston.
Sargent James 35 07/12/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. J. Sargent, Of 22, Duke St., Grimsby. Born In Essex.
Swinborne Frederick 07/12/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Swinton Albert Edward Allen 27 07/12/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Swinton, Of 150, Tiverton St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Swinton Frederick Isaac 53 07/12/1915 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Swinton, Of 28, Victor St., Grimsby. Born At North Somercotes.
Trafford James 55 07/12/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Trafford, Of 27, Queen St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.

Victoria (Fleetwood)

Victoria (Fleetwood) was a 155 GRT steam trawler completed in 1890 by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd. for Pickering & Haldane´s Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. At the time of her loss she was owned by Hudson Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. and registered at Fleetwood as FD.37. She was stopped on 1 June 1915 and sunk by gunfire by German submarine U-34 at position 50° 36' N, 06° 20' W - off Sicily. It has been alleged that the submarine continued firing on the vessel even after the crew had hove to and surrendered.

Victoria (Fleetwood)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Coles A.G. 36 01/06/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Agnes M. Coles, Of 16, Trafalgar Rd., Milford. Born At Cardiff.
McCarthy D 41 01/06/1915 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Brixham.
Rudge G.J. 56 01/06/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Hull.
Slate F 48 01/06/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ellen Slate, Of 28, Church St., Haverfordwest. Born At Haverfordwest.
Stevenson J 01/06/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial

Victoria (Glasgow)

Victoria (Glasgow) was a 1,620 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1887 by A. Stephen & Sons for Steamship Victoria Co. Ltd. and managed by Maclay & McIntryre. She was sunk on 29 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-21 approximately 5 nautical miles North-East by North of Scarborough.

Victoria (Glasgow)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Kallos John 25 29/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Andros, Greece.

Victoria (London)

Victoria (London) was a 966 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1896 by Bergens Mek. Verks. of Bergen for W.Hansen. At the time of her loss she was in the hands of the British Government Shipping Controller and managed by Turnbull, Scott & Co. She was sunk on 17 November 1917 by torpedo fired by and unidentified German submarine approximately 14 nautical miles West by North of the Eddystone Lighthouse. She was en route from Penarth to Dieppe with a cargo of coal.

Victoria (London)

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Dodd Samuel 56 17/11/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At West Derby.
Walker Henry 59 17/11/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Manchester.

Vienna

Vienna was a 4,170 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by Barclay, Curle & Co., Ltd. for Vienna Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Gow, Harrison & Co. She was sunk on 11 September 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-49 at position 46° 59' N, 13° 05' W - approximately 340 nautical miles West by North of Ushant. She was en route from Brest to New York with a general cargo.

Vienna

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Andrews Robert 18 11/09/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Hugh And Agnes Andrews, Of 4, Kennishead Rd., Thornliebank, Renfrewshire. Born In Co. Antrim.
Ching San 11/09/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Chong Woy 11/09/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Chow Yao 11/09/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Chung Ah 11/09/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Collins Allan 28 11/09/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary Collins; Husband Of Margaret Collins (Nee Reid), Of 16, Douglas St., Kilmarnock, Ayr. Born At Minni, Australia.
Gunn Harold John 31 11/09/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Samuel Hardy Gunn, Of 10, Hadleigh Rd., Leigh-On-Sea. Born At Lewisham, Kent.
Hart John Joseph 24 11/09/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Vincent Nicholas Hart, Of 88, Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin, And The Late Sarah Hart (Nee Reddy). Born At Dublin.
Krause A 33 11/09/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ede Krause, Of Suvorova Iela, No. 516, Dz. 5, Riga, Latvia. Born In Russia.
Lam Soo 11/09/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Lan Yi 11/09/1917 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Lew Wah 11/09/1917 Steward Hong Kong Memorial
McLay David 55 11/09/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Isabella McLay, Of 35, Cromartie Avenue, Newlands, Glasgow. Born At Alloa.
McMillan John 27 11/09/1917 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Hector And Flora McMillan (Nee Campbell), Of Heylispool, Balemartin, Argyll. Born At Tiree.
Mennick George 31 11/09/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Latvia.
Mow Tang 11/09/1917 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Nilsson Gunnar 36 11/09/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Kalmer, Sweden.
Pei 11/09/1917 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Porteous William Mansor 33 11/09/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James Smith Porteous, Schoolmaster, Of Maybole, Ayrshire. Vienna Sunk By German Submarine. Master Taken Aboard Submarine, Which Was Believed To Have Been Sunk A Few Hours Later By British Vessel.
Richards William 26 11/09/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And Mary Ann Richards (Nee Swift), Of Fordland Place, Sunderland.
Shaw Herbert 30 11/09/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of James Henry and Harriet Shaw, of Heaton Mersey, Manchester; husband of Beatrice Shaw, of 137, Stockport Rd., Cheadle, Cheshire. Mr. Shaw was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 35 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Shinoda K 22 11/09/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Nume Shinoda, Of The Prefecture Of Yamaguchi, Japan. Born In Japan.
Sorensen H 50 11/09/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Denmark.
Tam Wong 11/09/1917 Cook Hong Kong Memorial
Tu Yung 11/09/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Yi Tong 11/09/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial

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