Lost in WW1

Vigilant Vine Branch Vineyard
Vinovia Virginia Volodia
Vosges Vronwen Vulcana
Vulture


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].

Vigilant

Vigilant was a 69 GRT wooden ketch in use as a pilot cutter completed in 1879 for The Corporation of Trinity House. She sank on 26 September 1915 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-7 approximately 3 cables South-East of the South Shipwash Buoy.


The CWGC database has Mssrs. Collister and Cornhill incorrectly recorded as having served on Valliant. Reported 16 May 2020.

Vigilant

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barley William John Frear 41 26/09/1915 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Harriet Barley (Nee Taylor), Of 42, Darlington Rd., Southsea, Hants.
Bone Thomas Edwin 37 26/09/1915 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mabel Mildred Bone, Of 59, Lynton Rd. South, Gravesend, Kent.
Brown Andrew James 62 26/09/1915 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Andrew Brown; Husband Of Frances M. Brown, Of Harbour View, Main Rd., Harwich, Essex.
Charrington David 39 26/09/1915 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Frank And Mary Charrington; Husband Of Ida Charrington, Of 2, Sylvester Villas, High Rd., East Finchley, London.
Claydon Robert Stanley 26 26/09/1915 Diver Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Dorothea Anna Claydon (Nee Dicker), Of 59, Swanscombe St., Canning Town, London.
Collister William Thomas 53 26/09/1915 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Robert And Charlotte Collister, Of Kerrowkiel, Malew, Isle Of Man; Husband Of Margaret Collister, Of Arbory, Allport Rd., Bromborough.
Cornhill Arthur Robert 29 26/09/1915 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Arthur And Lizzie Cornhill, Of 35, Victoria St., Whitstable; Husband Of Jane Isabella Ward (Formerly Cornhill), Of 6, Wood Terrace, Bill Quay, Pelaw-On-Tyne.
Fenner Frederick William 37 26/09/1915 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Fisher Albert Ernest 39 26/09/1915 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late David And Maria Fisher, Of London Rd., Lowestoft; Husband Of Beatrice Mary Fisher, Of Jesmond, Fronks Rd., Dovercourt.
Foots James Charles 48 26/09/1915 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Ann Susannah Foots (Nee Murray), Of 13, Coke St., Bathside, Harwich.
Gane Charles Purcell 39 26/09/1915 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edward Thomas And Jane Gane, Of Dovercourt Bay, Essex; Husband Of Kate Gane, Of Redcot, Reculver Rd., Beltinge, Herne Bay, Kent.
Jones James Henry 31 26/09/1915 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Ethel M. Jones, Of Shandon, Carshalton Rd., Sutton, Surrey.
Urquhart Thomas Edward 57 26/09/1915 Pilot Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Jane Wilson Urquhart, Of 9, Lowwood Rd., Birkenhead.
Ward Alfred William 41 26/09/1915 Driver I Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Ann Florence Ward (Nee Scarlett), Of 28, King S Head St., Harwich, Essex.

Vine Branch

Vine Branch was a 3,442 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1896 by W. Doxford & Sons, Ltd for Angier Bros. as Imperialist. From 1898 she was owned by Nautilus Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. and managed by F. & W. Ritson. She was sunk on 6 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-55 at position 49° 45' N, 14° 08' W - South-West of Ireland. She was en route from Dakar to Liverpool with a cargo of nitrate, frozen meat and other cargo.

Vine Branch
Vine Branch
Vine Branch

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ah Fook 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Ah Kee 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Ah Yao 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Ah Yung 11/04/1917 Mess Room Steward Hong Kong Memorial
Boulter Henry James 26 11/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jane Boulter, Of 20, Bank Quay, Carnarvon, And The Late John Henry Boulter. Born At Llandwrog, Carnarvon.
Chang Choy 11/04/1917 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Chang Lam 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Chang Soo 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Chee Wam 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Cheong Loo 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Chow Soo 11/04/1917 Cook Hong Kong Memorial
Choy Tang 11/04/1917 Cook Hong Kong Memorial
Chu Man 11/04/1917 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Clark Edward 34 11/04/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Christopher Granger Clark And Hannah Hodgson Clark, Of Hazelwood, Langholm Rd., East Boldon, Co. Durham. Born At Robin Hood S Bay.
Convery Bernard 38 11/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And Bessie Convery, Of Ardglass, Co. Down.
Davies Robert 16 11/04/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Hannah Davies, Of 25, Tudor Avenue, Seacombe, Cheshire.
Diahl John 29 11/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Saint John, New Brunswick.
Dickinson Thomson Athol 22 11/04/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James William And Hannah Dickinson, Of Longhirst, Morpeth, Northumberland.
Flanagan James Leonard 42 11/04/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas Flanagan; Husband Of Teresa Winifred Flanagan (Nee Chamberlain), Of 32, Garnett Avenue Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Fong Tang 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Heard William 35 11/04/1917 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband of Maud Mary Heard, of 2, Queens Court, Exmouth. Mr. Heard was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 23 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Hedley Ralph 22 11/04/1917 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Ralph And Eleanor Hedley. Born At Sunderland.
Hunter John 11/04/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial
James Frank Rhys Sandern 16 11/04/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James William Sandern James And Beatrice Fanny James, Of 15, Whitehall Terrace, Hylton Rd., Sunderland. Born At Yardley Wood, Birmingham.
Jones William 22 11/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Hugh L. And Mary Jones, Of 24, Holborn Rd., Holyhead, Anglesey.
Lung Sing 11/04/1917 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
MacFarlane Hector 16 11/04/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander McDonald MacFarlane And Maria Elizabeth MacFarlane, Of 116, Costa St., Middlesbrough.
MacFarlane John 35 11/04/1917 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Born In Argyllshire.
Malloy John 48 11/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Dugald Malloy And Of Mary Malloy (Nee Mcdonald), Of Kildare St., Ardglass Co. Down. Born At Ardglass.
McKenzie Thomas Arthur Frederick 22 11/04/1917 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Isabella Bradford McKenzie, Of 28, Suffolk St., Sunderland, And The Late Martin McKenzie. Born At Sunderland.
Moore William Joseph 20 11/04/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Joseph William Moore, Of 67, Chord Rd., Drogheda, Co. Louth, And The Late Julia Ann Moore.
Murphy Matthew 24 11/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Patrick And Mary Anne Murphy, Of Hand St., Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Parkin Harry Percy 40 11/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Catherine Parkin, Of 35, Handfield Rd., Waterloo, Liverpool, And The Late William Parkin. Born At Everton.
Quenet August Alexander 24 11/04/1917 Refrigerator Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of August Alexander And Isabella Quenet, Of 20, Vale St., Sunderland. Born At Southwick, Sunderland.
Rundle William Henry 27 11/04/1917 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles Henry And Harriet Ann Rundle, Of 23, North St., Fowey, Cornwall. Born At Fowey.
Storey John Dodd 40 11/04/1917 Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Ralph And Elizabeth Storey; Husband Of Sarah Annie Storey (Nee Buckley), Of 5 Nelson St., Sunderland. Born At North Shields.
Tait David 24 11/04/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Jamesina Tait, Of 39, Kinnaird St., Wick, Caithness.
Taylor Richard William Joseph 21 11/04/1917 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Richard and Eliza Taylor, of 2, Flegg Villas, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 26 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Thompson George Jefferson 25 11/04/1917 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Elizabeth Thompson, Of 5, Alderson St., Sunderland. Born At Sunderland.
Wight John Payne 23 11/04/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry Wight, Of Dolphin House, Moor Lane, Whitburn, Sunderland, And The Late Mary Hannah Wight (Nee Chisholm). Born At Sunderland.
Wing Kum 11/04/1917 Chief Steward Hong Kong Memorial
Wong Chung 11/04/1917 Second Cook Hong Kong Memorial
Wong Sing 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Wright Charles W. 34 11/04/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Wright, Of 11, Salem Hill South, Sunderland. Born At Sunderland.
Yak Yun 11/04/1917 2nd Steward Hong Kong Memorial
Yu Chang 11/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial

Vineyard

Vineyard was a 126 GRT steam trawler completed in 1896 by Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd for J. Main. She sank on 8 November 1916 after striking a mine which is presumed was laid by a German submarine approximately 13 nautical miles South by East of Aberdeen.

Vineyard

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brown William 44 08/11/1916 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Brown, Of 4, Abbey Place, Aberdeen. Born At Newburgh.
Buthlay James 20 08/11/1916 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. M. Buthlay, Of 105, Bon Accord St., Aberdeen. Born At Torry, Aberdeen.
Buthlay William 08/11/1916 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Finlayson Roderick 50 08/11/1916 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Donald And Catherine Finlayson; Husband Of Mary Finlayson (Nee Ladds), Of 39, Sinclair Row, Torry, Aberdeen. Born At Lossiemouth.
Gavin John 56 08/11/1916 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Gavin, Of 106, Walker Rd., Aberdeen. Born At Longside.
Leiper George 52 08/11/1916 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Leiper, Of 232, Victoria Rd., Torry, Aberdeen. Born At Findon.
Masson John 31 08/11/1916 Second Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Masson, Of 226, Victoria Rd., Aberdeen.
Stewart John 39 08/11/1916 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Stewart, Of 48, Walker Rd., Aberdeen. Born At Lossiemouth.

Vinovia

Vinovia was a 5,503 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1906 by Short Bros. Ltd. for Southern Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. as Anglo-Bolivian. From 1916 she was owned by Cunard Steam-Ship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 19 December 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-105 at position 49° 56' N, 05° 33' W - approximately 8 nautical miles South of Wolf Rock. She was en route from New York to London with a general cargo.

Vinovia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ah Soo 19/12/1917 Greaser Hong Kong Memorial
Chai Chong 19/12/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Ching Sang 19/12/1917 Donkeyman Hong Kong Memorial
Chong Sing 19/12/1917 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Doonan James Henry 19 19/12/1917 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emily Doonan, Of Livingantoy, Newton Butler, Co. Fermanagh, And The Late Thomas Doonan.
Kow Chang 19/12/1917 Assistant Steward Hong Kong Memorial
Liggett James Herbert 30 19/12/1917 First Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Killen Liggettand Sarah Liggett; Husband Of Lilian Liggett (Nee Jones), Of 54, Egerton Rd., Wavertree, Liverpool. Born At Toxeth Park, Liverpool.
Ti Lo 19/12/1917 Boatswain Hong Kong Memorial
Watson Robert Patrick 21 19/12/1917 Third Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Annie Jane Watson, Of Ia, Flodden Rd., Camberwell, London, And The Late Robert Patrick Watson.

Virginia

Virginia was a 4,279 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by Napier & Miller, Ltd. for Virginia Steamship Co. Ltd. From 1916 she was owned by Edward Gray & Co. and managed by E. C. Thin. She was sunk on 16 July 1916 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-45 approximately 42 nautical miles South-West by West of Cape Matapan. She was en route from Torrevieja to Calcutta with a cargo of salt.

Virginia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Prescott George Ernest 35 16/07/1916 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Nancy Prescott, Of The Magnolias, Portland Rd., Bowdon, Cheshire, And The Late George Prescott. Born At Lostock Grantham.
Riyasatullah 16/07/1916 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai

Volodia

Volodia was a 5,689 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1913 by Russell & Co. for The Barrie Shipping Co. Ltd. as Den of Ogil. From 1916 she was owned by Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. and renamed Volodia. She was sunk on 21 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-93 at position 46° 30' N, 11° 30' W - approximately 285 nautical miles West by South of Ushant. She was en route from Montreal to London.

Volodia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ah Lee 21/08/1917 Donkeyman Hong Kong Memorial
Ah Soo 21/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Angus Charles John 39 21/08/1917 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Peter Angus; Husband Of Gertrude Alice Angus (Nee Todd), Of 68, Thornycroft Rd., Liverpool. Born At Shetland.
Kai Chong 21/08/1917 Fireman Hong Kong Memorial
Leong Kwai 21/08/1917 Greaser Hong Kong Memorial
Loo Sing 21/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Mok Lee 21/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Tung Shan 21/08/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Hong Kong Memorial
Wong Fook 21/08/1917 Donkeyman Hong Kong Memorial
Wong Su Fook 21/08/1917 Greaser Hong Kong Memorial

Vosges

Vosges was a 1,295 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1911 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd. for Moss Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by J. Moss & Co. She was sunk on 27 March 1915 by gunfire by German submarine U-28 at position 50° 42' N, 05° 35' W - approximately 38 nautical miles West by North of Trevose Head. She was en route from Bordeaux to Liverpool with a general cargo.

Vosges

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Davies Harry 32 27/03/1915 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Alfred And Ellen Davies; Husband Of May Davies (Nee Downes), Of 57, Gonville Rd., Bootle, Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.

Vronwen

Vronwen was a 5,714 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1917 by Short Bros. Ltd. for W. & C. T. Jones Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 29 August 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-38 at position 36° 12' N, 13° 56' E - approximately 20 nautical miles North-West by North of Gozo Island. She was en route from Newcastle to Port Said with a cargo of coal.

Vronwen

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Divett Francis 36 29/08/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Elizabeth Wickman (Formerly Divett), Of 37, Vine St., Sunderland, And The Late Thomas Divett.

Vulcana

Vulcana was a 219 GRT steam trawler completed in 1899 by Cochrane & Cooper, for Union Steam Fishing Co. as Undaunted and registered at Grimsby as GY.27. At the time of her loss she was owned by T. Langley. She was sunk on 7 March 1917 by gunfire from German submarine UC-76 approximately 40 nautical miles East-South-East of the Auskerry Lighthouse.

Vulcana

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Lebeter Samuel 08/03/1917 Apprentice Tower Hill Memorial
Windeatt Robert Walter 07/03/1917 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial

Vulture

Vulture was a 180 GRT steam trawler completed in 1898 by Edwards Bros. for Cleethorpes Steam Trawling Co. Ltd. and registered at Grimsby. She is understood to have sunk after striking a mine in the North Sea on 30 September 1915.

There were no survivors

Vulture
Vulture

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Batley George 31 30/09/1915 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Frances Elizabeth Batley, Of 8, Hopwood St., Barnsley, Yorks, And The Late Frederick Batley.
Blundell William 40 30/09/1915 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of The Late Minnie Blundell. Born In London.
Clark Ernest William 25 30/09/1915 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alice Clark And The Late Benjamin Clark; Husband Of Mary Amanda Agatha Clark (Nee Mason), Of 280, Convamore Rd., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Clifton William 36 30/09/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Clifton; Husband Of Hilda Clifton (Nee Jewison), Of 19, Hope Terrace, Walker St., Hull. Born At York.
Connell James Richard 43 30/09/1915 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Connell; Husband Of Louisa Connell (Nee Roberts), Of 73, Convamore Rd., Grimsby. Born In London.
Gowing Thomas 50 30/09/1915 Skipper Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery 41. B. 18. Of 23, Victor Street, Grimsby, Lincs.
Murray Thomas 57 30/09/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Sarah Murray; Husband Of The Late Elizabeth Murray. Born In Suffolk.
Ness Edgar Richard 35 30/09/1915 Deck Hand Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery 42. D. 2. Of 66, Phelps Street, Grimsby, Lincs. Born At Windsor.
Nudd Robert 50 30/09/1915 Deck Hand Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery 41. C. 21. Son Of Hannah Nudd And The Late William Nudd; Husband Of Eliza Jane Nudd (Nee Stephens), Of 66, Millgate St., Yarmouth. Born At Yarmouth.
Saunders Leonard 32 30/09/1915 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Eliza Saunders. Born At Gloucester.

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