Lost in WW1

Whorlton Wilberforce Wileysike
Will and Maggie William Dawson William Middleton
Willing Boys Willingtonia Wilston
Wimmera


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].

Whorlton

Whorlton was a 1,469 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by J. Crown & Sons, Ltd. for Furness, Withy & Co.She was sunk on 12 January 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UB-30 at position 50° 34' N, 00° 45' W - near the Owers Light Vessel. She was en route from Dover to Southampton. The vessel was posted missing and not seen again.

There were no survivors

Whorlton
Whorlton

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ahmad Saleh 12/01/1918 Donkeyman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Cameron John 56 12/01/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Cameron, Of 18, Dulverton Avenue, Stanhope Rd., South Shields. Born At Dundee.
Churchill Walter Francis Henry 45 12/01/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of George Francis Churchill, Of 70, New Rd., Skewen, Glam., And The Late Amelia Elizabeth Churchill. Born In Jersey.
Gordon Alexander 48 12/01/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Anne Gordon, Of Alford, Aberdeenshire; Husband Of Jessie Wallace Gordon, Of 620, George St., Aberdeen.
Hagstrom P.A. 54 12/01/1918 Able Seaman and Lamps Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Hasan Ahmad 12/01/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Horne George Arthur 27 12/01/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Ann Horne And The Late Mr. Horne; Husband Of Margaret Horne, Of 51, Hardwicke St., Barking, Essex. Born At Poplar, London.
Hutchison John Thomas 35 12/01/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial
Ibrahim Muhammad 12/01/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Korcodolis D 21 12/01/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Greece.
Kruseman E 24 12/01/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Andre And Paulina Kruseman, Of Sabite, Kurzeme, Latvia. Born In Latvia.
Moore Alfred 18 12/01/1918 Engineer s Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Eliza Emma Gibson (Formerly Moore, Nee Wright), Of 1, Alexander Terrace, Wyke St., Hull, And The Late John Moore. Born At Grimsby.
Muhammad Saleh 12/01/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Nasir Qasim 12/01/1918 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Oxley Robert 63 12/01/1918 Second Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Louisa Oxley, Of 97, Burbank St., West Hartlepool. Born At Scarborough.
Robinson Jacob Bruce 60 12/01/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At South Shields.
Ross William Chester 40 12/01/1918 Chief Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late James And Janet Elizabeth Ross. Born At Clapton, London.
Tait John Alexander 12/01/1918 Leading Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Tait was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
West Edward Thomas 23 12/01/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son of Mrs. Frederick West, of 81, Arthingworth St., West Ham, London, and the late Frederick West. Mr. West was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Wilberforce

Wilberforce was a 3,074 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1899 by J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd. for The Harrowing Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by Robert Harrowing & Co. She was sunk on 7 July 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-34 at position 36° 23' N, 02° 22' W - approximately 25 nautical miles South of Cabo de Gata. She was en route from Algiers to Middlesbrough with a cargo of iron ore.

Wilberforce

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Chalmers John 46 07/07/1917 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Jane Chalmers; Husband Of Jessie Ann Chalmers (Nee Nisbet), Of Iii, Garwood St., South Shields. Born At Alva, Banffshire.

Wileysike

Wileysike was a 2,501 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1888 by Tyne Iron SB. Co. Ltd for W.Milburn & Co. At the time of her loss she was owned by W.S. Miller & Co. She was sunk on 10 May 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-54 approximately 8 nautical miles South-West of St. Ann's Head, St. George's Channel. She was en route from Glasgow to France with a cargo of coal.

Wileysike

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Diaz Rafael 27 09/05/1918 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Born In Mexico.
Maginnis Hugh 38 09/05/1918 Ship s Cook Bangor Cemetery 1B. 57. Son Of Hugh And Jane Maginnis. Born At Bangor.
Pettinger George Ernest 45 09/05/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George Henry And Sarah Pettinger; Husband Of Annie Isabel Pettinger, Of Long St., Easingwold, Yorks. Born At Crayke.

Will and Maggie

Will and Maggie was a 100 GRT wooden steam drifter completed in 1910 by Samuel Richards & Co. for W.J. Westgate and registered at Lowestoft as LT.719. She sank on 3 November after bringin a mine up in her nets approximately 17 nautical miles East by North of Lowestoft.

Will and Maggie

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Flowers Harry 47 03/11/1914 Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Emily Flowers; Husband Of Sophia Rebecca Flowers (Nee Pitcher), Of 84, Morton Rd., South Lowestoft. Born At Kirkley.
Gower George Alfred 03/11/1914 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
Gower Wilfred 17 03/11/1914 Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial
Mower William Henry 23 03/11/1914 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Horace And Elizabeth Ann Mower; Husband Of Agnes Elizabeth Mower (Nee Block), Of Olive Cottages, Beccles Rd., Carlton Colville, Suffolk. Born At Carlton Colville.
Newrick Frank Edward 17 03/11/1914 Fisherman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Griselda Newrick, Of 25, South Elm Lane Terrace, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.
Steel Frederick 32 03/11/1914 Engine Driver Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Steel And The Late Jemima Steel; Husband Of Ellen Maud Steel, Of 67, Suffield Rd., Gorleston. Born At Acle, Suffolk.

William Dawson

William Dawson was a 265 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1872 by A. Simey & Co for an unknown owner. She sank on 21 August 1915 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-5 approximately 1 nautical miles from Boulogne. She was en route from Boston, Lincolnshire to Dunkirk with a cargo of coal.

William Dawson

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brooks W 21/08/1915 Able Seaman and Lamps Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Elizabeth Brooks, Of 54, Essex St., Middlesbrough.
Duncan J 21/08/1915 Fireman Boulogne Eastern Cemetery IV. D. 31.
Martin A 21/08/1915 Cook Boulogne Eastern Cemetery IV. D. 31.
Ratcliffe T.H. 21/08/1915 First Engineer Boulogne Eastern Cemetery IV. D. 31.
Thom William 50 21/08/1915 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James Thom, Of 70, Denmark St., Middlesbrough, And The Late Isabella Thom (Nee Henderson). Born At Middlesbrough.

William Middleton

William Middleton was a 2,539 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1893 by Short Bros. for James Westoll. She was damaged on 28 September 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-75 approximately 0.75 nautical miles West-South-West of the Breakwater Light Vessel. She was en route from Dublin to Falmouth with a cargo of hay.

William Middleton

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Duppel John 35 28/09/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William Duffel, Of 34, North Cumberland St., Dublin, And The Late Bridget Duffel.
Phillips Andrew 30 28/09/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Patrick And Ann Phillips; Husband Of Margaret Ann Phillips (Nee Breen), Of 18, Clarence St., North Strand, Dublin. Born At Wicklow.

Willing Boys

Willing Boys was a 51 GRT dandy-rigged sailing trawler completed in 1895 for William Wright and registered at Lowestoft as LT.67. At the time of her loss she was owned by William Williams. She sank on 2 October 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-14 approximately 10 nautical miles North-West of the Smith's Knoll Spar Buoy.


The submarine was herself sunk the following day on striking a mine in a British minefield laid at Zeebrugge and all of her crew were lost.

Willing Boys

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Balls Arthur Henry 02/10/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial
Edgeley Robert 17 02/10/1917 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial Born At Lowestoft.
Hart Robert 02/10/1917 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Partridge Charles Robert 17 02/10/1917 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Born At Wiggenhall.
Wright Robert Edward 42 02/10/1917 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Augusta Wright, Of 22, Carlton Rd., South Lowestoft.

Willingtonia

Willingtonia was a 3,228 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1918 by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for Ericsson Shipping Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 25 August 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-27 at position 37° 49' N, 11° 10' E - approximately 13 nautical miles South-West by West of Maritimo Island. She was en route from Barry to Corfu with a cargo of coal.

Willingtonia

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Bennett Arthur Ernest 33 25/08/1918 Second Engineer Bizerta Cemetery 12 Son Of Thomas H. Bennett; Husband Of Edith Bennett, Of 44, Bede St., Roker, Sunderland.
Carbonne Augustine 29 25/08/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Pedro Carbonne, Of 39, Savina St., Messina. Born At Messina.
Cockburn George 40 25/08/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Newcastle.
Wilce John Grose 19 25/08/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Susan Broad Wilce (Nee May), Of 8, Glen Rd., Wadebridge, Cornwall, And The Late John Grose Wilce.

Wilston

Wilston was a 2,611 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1909 by R.Duncan & Co. for W.S.Miller & Co. From 1914 she was owned by Wilston Steamship Co. Ltd. She sank on 15 February 1916 after striking a mine laid by German raider Möwe approximately 20 nautical miles East-North-East of Wick.

Wilston
Wilston

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Campbell Allan 39 15/02/1916 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Campbell (Nee Mcgregor), And The Late John Campbell; Husband Of Catherine Campbell (Nee Park), Of 55, Walton St., Shawlands, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.
Dadd John 39 15/02/1916 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Dadd, Of 25, George St., South Shields. Born At Margate.
Graham Robert 57 15/02/1916 First Mate Gourock Cemetery GG. 159. Son Of The Late Archibald And Elizabeth Graham (Nee Ferguson); Husband Of Catherine Graham (Nee Mitchell), Of 2, Lyle Rd., Fort Matilda, Gourock, Greenock. Born At Rothesay.
Gray T 42 15/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Newcastle.
Holmes John Postgate Sleightholm 35 15/02/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Annie Bravey (Formerly Holmes), Of 30, Hardwick St., South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Keay Thomas 48 15/02/1916 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Helen Keay.
Simpson T 50 15/02/1916 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At South Shields.
Sinclair Thomas Kelly 22 05/02/1916 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Elizabeth Sinclair (Nee Kelly), Of 178, Paisley Rd. West, Glasgow. Born At Glasgow.

Wimmera

Wimmera was a 3,022 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1904 by Caird & Co. for Huddart, Parker & Co. Pty. Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia. She sank on 26 June 1918 after striking a mine laid by German raider Wolf approximately 24 nautical miles North-West by West of Hooper's Point, New Zealand. She was en route from Aukland to Sydney. There were 76 passengers and 75 members of the crew on board of whom 125 survived.

Wimmera
Wimmera

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Benson Bernt 27 26/06/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Bomont Arthur 26/06/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial
Brookes Archie Howard 37 26/06/1918 Third Officer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Lovina Averline Phyllis Weatherall (Formerly Brookes, Nee Cunningham), Of 7, William St., Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.
Collier Stanley 26/06/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial
Crosa Frederick 26/06/1918 Watch Tower Hill Memorial
Greaves Edgar 26 26/06/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Elizabeth Greaves (Nee Busby), Of 39, Francis St., Thornaby-On-Tees, Yorks, And The Late James Greaves. Born At Stockton-On-Tees.
Kell H.J.G. 26/06/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
McMillan Clara Louisa 31 26/06/1918 Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial Daughter Of Mrs. Margaret McIlwraith, Of 229, Bridport St., Albert Park, Australia.
Mowatt Douglas Lodder 25 26/06/1918 Fourth Engineer Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Sarah Ann Mowatt, Of 30, Thompson St., Wellington, New Zealand, And The Late William Meffan Mowatt. Born At Wellington, New Zealand.
Mulvenna John 27 26/06/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander And Martha Mulvenna, Of Mark St., Glenarn, Co. Antrim.
Newton Edith Keighly 26/06/1918 Assistant Saloon Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial
Nichol Alexander John 40 26/06/1918 Chief Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Alexander John And Jean Nichol; Husband Of Ella Mary Nichol, Of 31, Park Rd., Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales. Born At Port Gordon, Scotland.
Robertson Jean 26/06/1918 Stewardess Tower Hill Memorial
Tildsley Francis 26/06/1918 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Maude Agnes Tildsley.
Verge Henry 49 26/06/1918 Chief Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mary Verge (Nee Doyle), Of 66, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia.
Woodard Charles Thomas 26/06/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Edith Clara Woodard, Of Sydney.

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