Vessels Lost in WW1: W. A. Massey to War Baron

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].

W. A. Massey

W. A. Massey was a 84 GRT steam drifter completed in 1907 in Grimsby for The Lowestoft Steam Herring Drifters Co. Ltd. and registered at Lowestoft as LT.1090. She sank on 11 March 1918 after an explosion at position 58° 22' N, 05° 20' W - approximately 5 nautical miles West of Creag a Mhail, Handa Island in The Minch. The loss was reported by the crew of drifter Rose that was fishing nearby.

There were no survivors

W A Massey

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Beamish Frank Ernest 29 11/03/1918 Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Edith Beamish And The Late John Beamish; Husband Of Esther Beamish (Nee Goulby), Of The Green, Barnby, Suffolk. Born At Oulton, Suffolk.
Church George Harry 17 11/03/1918 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ellen Sarah Church, Of 50, Princes Rd., Lowestoft, And The Late George Arthur Church.
Cook Sidney 11/03/1918 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Fisher Emanuel Edward 33 11/03/1918 Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Edward Fisher, Of 46, Church Rd., Pakefield, Suffolk, And The Late Phoebe Elizabeth Fisher.
Jacob Herbert Ernest 16 11/03/1918 Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Agnes Ward (Formerly Jacob), Of 38, Kimberley Rd., Lowestoft, And The Late Edward James Jacob. Born At Oulton, Suffolk.
James Albert Edward John 35 11/03/1918 Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Althea James, Of 39, Park Rd., Lowestoft. Born At Kessingland.
Peek William Rayner 34 11/03/1918 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Elizabeth Peek; Husband Of Rachel Peek, Of Aldeby, Beccles. Born At Pakefield, Suffolk.
Roberts Walter Percy 21 11/03/1918 Stoker Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Henry Durrant Roberts And Agnes Roberts, Of 19, Jury St., Great Yarmouth.
Sheldrake Richard 11/03/1918 Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial
Suggate Henry 11/03/1918 Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial

W. M. Barkley

W. M. Barkley was a 569 GRT compound-engined cargo ship completed in 1898 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. for W.M.Barkley & Sons. At the time of her loss she was owned by A. Guiness, Son & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 12 October 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-75 approximately 7 nautical miles East of the Kish Light Vessel. She was en route from Dublin to Liverpool with a cargo of stout.

W M Barkley

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Corry Alexander 48 12/10/1917 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Corry, Of 3, Victoria Villas, Dublin. Born At Belfast.
Kendall Arthur 40 12/10/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Kendall, Of 3, Meany Place, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Born At Falmouth.
Murphy O.F. 28 12/10/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mr. Murphy, Of 105, South Main St., Wexford. Born At Wexford.
Murphy Thomas 29 12/10/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John And The Late Ann Murphy; Husband Of Mary Murphy (Nee O Rourke), Of 36, Lower Sheriff St., Dublin. Born In Dublin.
Gregory Edward 46 17/10/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Letitia Gregory, Of Lower Main St., Arklow; Husband Of Catherine Kearon Gregory, Of 2, Meadows Lane, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

W. M. L.

W. M. L. was a 145 GRT three-masted schooner completed in 1908 by R. Cock & Sons for L. Lawday and registed at Bideford. She was stopped on 30 June 1918 by German submarine U-53 approximately 400 nautical miles North-North-West of Cape Finisterre and sunk - presumably by explosive charges. She was en route from Ferrol to Liverpool.

W M L

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Medin Manuel 30/06/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Spain.
Morrison Edward 29 30/06/1918 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Josephine Kelly (Formerly Morrison); Husband Of Annie Morrison, Of 14, Honestone St., Bideford, Devon. Born At Sydney, Australia.
Randall Ed B. 30/06/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
Staines John William Ashton 15 30/06/1918 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Edward Staines, Of 47, New St., Appledore, Devon, And The Late Elizabeth Grace Staines (Nee Bartholomew).

Wabasha

Wabasha was a 5,864 GRT steam tanker completed in 1903 by Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd. Laid down as Beaumont, she was launched for British Maritime Trust Ltd. as Gloriana. At the time of her loss she was owned by Standard Transportation Co. Ltd. and named Wabasha. She was damaged on 6 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-32 approximately 10 nautical miles South-South-East of The Lizard. She was en route from Port Arthur to Devonport with an Admiralty cargo.

Wabasha

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Higgins Edward 26 06/07/1917 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Edward And Viola Adeline Higgins, Of Blyth Holm , 286, Uxbridge Rd., West Ealing, London. Born At Fleet, Hants.
Mortimer Albert 32 06/07/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Samuel Mortimer and Eliza Midgley, his wife. Mr. Mortimer was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 27 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Wallace

Wallace was a 3,930 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1905 by Short Bros. Ltd. for Taylor & Sanderson Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. From 1917 she was owned by English Steamship Co. Ltd. She was damaged on 7 February 1917 by gunfire from German submarine U-54 at position 50° 30' N, 15° 05' W. The crew abandoned ship but the situation was recovered by the arrival of a British warship. She was en route from New York to Le Havre with a general cargo.

Wallace

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Pinkney Thomas Fairley 20 07/02/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Samuel Pinkney, Of 15, West Wear St., Sunderland, And The Late Elizabeth Jane Pinkney.

Walter Ulric

Walter Ulric was a 98 GRT schooner completed in 1875 at Nefyn (Nevin) for Rees Evans of Cwmorthin Wharf, Portmadoc. In 1915 she was owned by Evan Williams of Portmadoc.

There were no survivors

I am grateful to Nigel Braybrooke for the following additional information based on Neil Maw's World War One Channel Wrecks [53].

Cargo: 190 tons coal from Cardiff to Caen
Position: 4 miles N of Cape Barfleur (49 47 00N; 01 15 00W)
Masters name:
Crew: 6
Walter Ulric was in company with the sailing vessel Conoid. After Conoid was sunk by a German submarine the surviving crew reported that they saw the submarine chase off after the Walter Ulric and gunfire was heard coming from her general direction. However, as darkness was falling at the time they were unable to see whether she was sunk or managed to give the submarine the slip. The Admiralty records stated that there was no knowledge of her whereabouts and concluded that it was most likely she was sunk by the submarine. She was posted as missing 29 March 1917.
Walter Ulric Walter Ulric

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bergin John 29/03/1917 Ordinary Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Elizabeth Bergin, Of Dunbur, Co. Wicklow.
Bergin Patrick 29/03/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Elizabeth Bergin, Of Dunbur, Co. Wicklow.
Judd John 24 29/03/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Annie Judd (Nee Mccarthy), Of Strand St., Wicklow. Born At Wicklow.
Wall Christopher 22 29/03/1917 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George And Mary Jane Wall, Of 4, Leitlim Place, Wicklow, Ireland.
Walsh John 17 29/03/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Hugh Walsh, Of Summer Hill, Wicklow. Born At Wicklow.

Wanderer

Wanderer was a 47 GRT dandy-rigged sailing trawler completed in 1907 in Porthleven for Jeremiah H. Crews and registered in Lowestoft. She was stopped on 17 May 1916 by German submarine UB-29 off Southwold and then scuttled. The crew were reported as having boarded a lifeboat but they were never seen again.

There were no survivors

Wanderer

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Barnard George 44 15/05/1916 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James And Elizabeth Barnard; Husband Of Kate Louise Barnard.
Castleton Reginald 15/05/1916 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Holt Arthur Robert 15/05/1916 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Saunders James 15/05/1915 Cook Tower Hill Memorial
Wright George W. 15/05/1916 Mate Tower Hill Memorial

Waneta

Waneta was a 1,683 GRT steam tanker completed in 1910 by Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd. for Anglo-American Oil Co. Ltd. as Impoco. From 1916 she was owned by Standard Transportation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 30 May 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-101 approximately 42 nautical miles South-South-East of Kinsale Head. She was en route from Halifax to Queenstown with a cargo of fuel oil.

Waneta

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ah Tak 30/05/1918 Steward Hong Kong Memorial
Burke 68 30/05/1918 Third Mate Tower Hill Memorial Born At Monserrat, British West Indies.
Hendricksen 28 30/05/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ida Karolina Charlotta Olausson. Born In Sweden.
Rasmussen Trak 26 30/05/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Smith Frederick Alfred 54 30/05/1918 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Rosaline Smith, Of 9, Maldwyn Rd. Liscard, Wallasey. Born At Falmouth, Nova Scotia.
Strom V 20 30/05/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Ti Lum 30/05/1918 Cook Hong Kong Memorial
Zuaria G 48 30/05/1918 Greaser Tower Hill Memorial Born In Holland.

Wapello

Wapello was a 5,593 GRT steam tanker completed in 1912 by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd. for Deutsch-Amerikanische Petroleum Ges. as Clio. From 1916 she was owned by Standard Transportation Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 15 June 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-71 at position 50° 30' N, 00° 57' W - approximately 14 nautical miles West-South-West of the Owers Light Vessel. She was en route from Philadelphia to Thames Haven with a cargo of benzine.

Wapello

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Butler Arthur Thomas 31 15/06/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ellen Mary Jane Butler, Of 60, Quebec Rd., Tilbury Docks, Essex, And The Late William Butler. Born At Northfleet, Kent.
Weekes John William 20 15/06/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emily Weekes, Of 4, Anglesea Place, Gravesend, Kent. Born At Gillingham.

War Baron

War Baron was a 6,240 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1917 by Northwest Steel Co. of Portland, Oregon for The British Government Shipping Controller and managed by Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 5 January 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-55 at position 50° 18' N, 05° 35' W - approximately 8 nautical miles North-East of the Godrevy Light Vessel, St. Ives. She was en route from Southampton to Barry in ballast.

War Baron

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Gonsalez 32 05/01/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Mexico.
Harrison John George 20 05/01/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Harrison, of 22, Devonshire St., Gateshead. Mr. Harrison was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.


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