Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Old Cemetery, Spa, Belgium

Memorial at Spa, Belgium to George Krins d. 1912, musician on ‘Titanic’

Location

Old Cemetery, Spa, Belgium

Transcript

'ICI REPOSE / MADAME VEUVE / LAETITIA-PETIT / décédé le 28 Avril / a l'age de 64 ans / MADAME / CATHERINE KRINS / DÉCÉDÉ LE 6 FEVRIER 1902 / A L'AGE DE 77 ANS / SUZANNE KRINS / NÉE EN 1899 DÉCÉDÉ EN 1917 / A LA MEMOIRE DE / GEORGE KRINS / NÉE EN 1889 MORT SUR LE / TITANIC EN 1912'

Details

Type: Walll monument
Materials: Limestone
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Krins, George
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Musician
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England

Memorial window at Worcester Cathedral commemorating Lieutenant Henry Whitcliffe Davies RNVR d. 1942 in the loss of HMS ‘Electra’

Location

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England

Transcript

'IN . MEMORY . / LIEUTENANT R.N.V.R. / Drowned at the sinking of / H.M.S. Electra / In . the . Battle . of . Java . Sea / 27th . February . 1942'

Details

Type: Window
Position: Cloisters
Materials: Glass
Vessel: HMS Electra

Event

Battle of the Java Sea

Event Date

1942

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Davies, Henry Whitcliffe
Age: 19
Date of Death: 27/2/1942
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

St David's Cathedral, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Wall tablet at St David’s Cathedral commemorating John Barrett d. 1856

Location

St David's Cathedral, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN BARRETT / ORGANIST AND VICAR CHORAL / OF THIS CATHEDRAL / WHO DIED FEBRUARY 11 1851 / ALSO OF HIS SONS JOHN BARRETT / WHO WAS LOST AT SEA SEPTEMBER 1856 / AND ARTHUR BARRETT OF THE / BOMBAY EDUCATIONAL DEPARTMENT / DIED JULY 26 1898 / THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD.'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: South transept
Materials: Marble

People

Barrett, John
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 9/1856
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018
Photographer: B. Tomlinson 2018

Clovelly, Devon, England

Plaque at Clovelly, Devon commemorating the loss of 21 fishermen  in 1858 and the founding of the Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society

 

Location

Clovelly, Devon, England

Transcript

‘Celebrating 175 Years of Supporting / Fishermen and Mariners - The / Fishermen and Mariners / Royal Benevolent Society / was instituted on 21st February 1859 / following the tragic loss in a storm / of 21 men from the Fishing Fleet / that sailed from Clovelly on / Sunday 28th October 1858 / To commemorate the visit of HRH The Princess Royal / Patron Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society / On Tuesday 6th May 2014 / To mark the charity’s 175th Anniversary’

Details

Description: Wal plaque engraved with a lugger and the house flag of the Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society.
Type: Tablet
Materials: Slate
Date Erected: 2014

Extra

Recorder: Patricia Barber

St Andrew's Church, Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England

Plaque at  St Andrew, Dowlish Wake commemorating Lieutenant John Huddy RNR d.1915 and Flight  Sub-Lieutenant Charles Huddy RN d. 1921

Location

St Andrew's Church, Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England

Transcript

'IN . LOVING . MEMORY . OF / JOHN . HUDDY . LIEUT . R . N . R . / WHO . LOST . HIS . LIFE . IN . H . M . S . BAYANO / TORPEDOED . 11TH . MARCH . 1915 / also of / EDWARD . HUDDY . 2ND . LIEUT / 12TH . GLOUCESTERSHIRE . REGT : KILLED . IN . ACTION / AT . THE . BATTLE . OF . THE . SOMME . 29TH . JULY . 1916 / also . of / CHARLES . HUDDY . FLIGHT . SUB-LIEUT . R . N. . / WHO . DIED . 29TH . JUNE . 1921 . AS . A . RESULT . OF . INJURIES / RECEIVED . IN . AEROPLANE . ACCIDENTS . 18TH . JUNE . 1916'

Details

Description: Plain brass plate with border of double lines, squares in corners.
Type: Brass
Vessel: HMS Bayano

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Huddy, John
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 11/3/1915
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RNR
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Huddy, Charles
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/6/1921
Cause of Death: war casualty
Rank / Occupation: Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Bayano', armed merchant auxiliary cruiser, sunk by 'U-27'.
Recorder: Norman Hammond

All Saints Church, Sandon, Staffordshire, England

Memorial at Sandon Church, Staffordshire to members of the Dudley Ryder family including Captain Robert Edward Dudley Ryder VC, RN d.1986 and Major Ernle Terrick Dudley Ryder d. 1942

Location

All Saints Church, Sandon, Staffordshire, England

Transcript

'IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF / COLONEL CHARLES HENRY DUDLEY RYDER / C.B., C.I.E., D.S.O. LATE ROYAL ENGINEERS / EXPLORER & SURVEYOR GENERAL OF INDIA / BORN 28 JUNE 1868 - DIED 13 JULY 1945. / ALSO OF HIS SONS / MAJOR LISLE CHARLES DUDLEY RYDER / THE ROYAL NORFOLK REGIMENT. / BORN 31 AUGUST 1902 / KILLED IN ACTION AT LE PARADIS, FRANCE 27 MAY 1940 / BURIED AT LESTREM CEMETERY NEAR BETHUNE. / MAJOR ERNLE TERRICK DUDLEY RYDER / 2ND BATT: 1ST KING GEORGE'S OWN GURKHA RIFLES / BORN 18 APRIL 1906. LOST AT SEA BY ENEMY ACTION / OFF THE COAST OF JAVA IN FEBRUARY 1942. / CAPTAIN ROBERT EDWARD DUDLEY RYDER / V.C., ROYAL NAVY, POLAR MEDAL 1939, M.P. 1950-1955 / BORN 16 FEBRUARY 1908- DIED AT SEA 29 JUNE 1986'

Details

Description: Plain wall tablet with family crest top left and motto 'SERVATA FIDES CINERI' (Faith kept with my ancestor).
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North side of choir
Materials: Stone
Vessel: SS Ban Ho Guan, Watchdog

Event

St Nazaire Raid

Event Date

1942

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Ryder, Erle Terrick Dudley
Age: 36
Date of Death: 28/2/1942
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Major
Organisation: King George's Own Gurkha Rifles
Ryder, Robert Edward Dudley
Age: 78
Date of Death: 29/6/1986
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Major Ernle Terrick Dudley Ryder boarded SS 'Ban Ho Guan' following the fall of Singapore. The vessel foundered en route to Australia in February 1942, presumed sunk by Japanese submarine. Robert Edward Dudley Ryder was awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in the St Nazaire Raid and died on a sailing holiday on the yacht 'Watchdog'. His ashes are buried in Oxford.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018

British Cemetery, Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA

Memorial at the British Cemetery, Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA commemorating HMT ‘Bedfordshire’ and her crew lost in 1942

Location

British Cemetery, Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA

Transcript

‘IN MEMORY OF THE HMT BEDFORDSHIRE AND ITS CREW / DESTROYED BY TORPEDO FROM GERMAN SUBMARINE U-558 IN MAY 1942 / HMT BEDFORDSHIRE / AN ARCTIC TRAWLER, BUILT IN 1935 BY SMITH’S DOCK CO. / OF MIDDLESBOROUGH, ENGLAND. IN 1939 SOLD TO THE / ADMIRALTY AND CONVERTED TO AN ARMED TRAWLER. IN / 1942 IT WAS ONE OF THE 24 TRAWLERS LOANED TO THE / U.S. NAVY FOR COASTAL PATROL. ARMAMENT: ONE 4” GUN, / ONE MACHINE GUN AND DEPTH CHARGES / CREWMEN OF THE ROYAL NAVAL PATROL SERVICE ON BOARD / LT R.B. DAVIS R.N.R. COMMANDING OFFICER / SUB LT. N. CLUTTERBUCK R.N.V.R. / *SUB LT. T. CUNNINGHAM R.N.V.R. / SUB LT. B. HALL R.N.V.R. / FREDERICK W. BARNES – ENGINEMAN / STANLEY BENNETT – SEAMAN / ERNEST G. BOWEN - SEAMAN / EDWARD S. CARRUTHERS – SEAMAN / GEORGE W. CERRINO – LDG SEAMAN / WILLIAM F. CLEMENCE – SEAMAN / FRANCIS CRAIG – SEAMAN / *STANLEY R. CRAIG –TELEGRAPHIST JOHN R. DICK – SEAMAN / THOMAS H. DICKS – SEAMAN / ALFRED DRYDEN – SEAMAN / ANDREW W. DUNCAN – CH. ENG. R.N.R. / GEOFFREY FEATHERSTONE - TELEGRAPHIST / GEORGE H. FISHER – STOKER / HERBERT FORD – SEAMAN / JOSEPH KELLY – SEAMAN / WILLIAM LEE – LDG. SEAMAN R.N.R. / ERNEST W. LUKINS – P.O. STOKER / ALEX. A. MCCRINDLE – SEAMAN / ANGUS MCKENZIE – STOKER / FREDERICK F. MALTBY – LDG. SEAMAN R.N.R. / ERNEST N. MORTON – SEAMAN / WILLIAM J. MYERS – STOKER / SYDNEY W. SMITTEN –SEAMAN / PERCY E. STONE – SEAMAN / JOHN SWEENEY –SEAMAN / CHARLES T. TRAVELL - SIGNALMAN / THOMAS A. WATSON – SIGNALMAN / CHARLES W. WHITE – TELEGRAPHIST / LESLIE J. WILLIAMS – STOKER / RUSSELL DAVIS – SEAMAN R.C.N. / JAMES L. MCCAULTEY – SEAMAN R.C.N. / * BURIED HERe AT OCRACOKE N.C. WITH TWO ADDITIONAL MEN UNIDENTIFIED, THE OTHERS LOST AT SEA.’

Details

Description: Engraved black limestone, with profile of the ship, RN minesweepers badge and badge of the Hyde County Heritage Trail.
Type: Memorial
Vessel: HMT Bedfordshire

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Davis, Russell Bransby
Age: 29
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Clutterbuck, Henry
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Cunningham, Thomas
Age: 27
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Hall, Bruce
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Barnes, Frederick William
Age: 31
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Bennett, Stanley
Age: 23
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Bowen, Ernest George
Age: 22
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Curruthers, Edward Sydney
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Cerrino, George Whiley
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Clemence, William Frederick
Age: 21
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Cragg, Francis
Age: 18
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Craig, Stanley R.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Dick, John Rowan
Age: 32
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Dicks, Thomas Maxwell
Age: 28
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Dryden, Alfred
Age: 32
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Duncan, Andrew Watt
Age: 42
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Featherstone, Geoffrey
Age: 21
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Fisher, George Henry
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Ford, Herbert
Age: 34
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Kelly, Joseph
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Lee, William
Age: 30
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Lukins, Ernest William
Age: 37
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Petty Office Stoker
Organisation: Royal Navy
McCrindle, Alexander Allan
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
McKenzie, Angus
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Maltby, Frederick Francis
Age: 31
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Morton, Ernest Neil
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Myers, William John
Age: 34
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Smitten, Sydney William
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Stone, Percy Ernest
Age: 25
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Sweeney, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Travell, Charles James
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Signalman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Watson, Thomas Alexander
Age: 26
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Signalman
Organisation: Royal Navy
White, Charles William
Age: 29
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Williams, Leslie Joseph
Age: 28
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Davis, Russell
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
McCauley, James Lorne
Age: 19
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Extra

Notes: With four Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones and the four original crosses cast by the T.A. Lovering Construction Co for the U.S. Navy and replaced by the CWGC in 1983.
Photographer: Eric Ruff, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Gravestone in Borough Cemetery, Harwich, commemorating Reginald Thornton d. 1911

Location

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF CHRISTOPHER THORNTON BOYD, WHO DIED 6TH MAY 1901, AGED 51 YEARS. / ALSO OF / REGINALD THORNTON BOYD / DEARLY BELOVED SON OF THE ABOVE / WHO LOST HIS LIFE ABOARD SS WIDGEON IN A COLLISION OFF NORTHFLEET / 19TH DECEMBER 1911. AGED 28 YEARS. / DEEPLY LAMENETED. BODY NOT RECOVERED. / ALSO / MARY JANE BOYD / DIED, 6TH MARCH 1937. AGED 86 YEARS'

Details

Description: Columns to side of the stone. Inlaid inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Area B to right of path
Materials: White marble
Vessel: SS Widgeon

People

Thornton, Reginald
Age: 28
Date of Death: 19/12/1911
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: SS 'Widgeon' sunk after a collision with an LCC sluice hopper. The Gravesend pilot and two of her crew were lost.
Recorder: M E Manton 1997

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Memorial in the Howff, Dundee, Scotland commemorating William Tosh d. 1813

Location

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Transcript

On the Front: 'Erected by David Tosh, Boatman, Dundee, in memory of his wife / AGNES HALL, / who died 25th Jan. 1842. aged 50 years; also their children / HELEN / who died 1st March 1821, aged 3 months; DAVID, who died 29th August 1820 aged 7 years. / William, who was drowned from the Schooner MARY of Dundee, off the Mull of Galloway, 8th June 1813, aged 17 1/2 years'. [On the back]: 'Weep not for me but be content, I was not yours but only lent, wipe of those tears and weep no more, I was not yours but gone before'.

Details

Description: Gravestone with a carving of a small ship sailing alone on a stormy sea above an inscription on the back of the stone with the primary transcript on the front.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Mary of Dundee

People

Tosh, David
Age: unknown
Date of Death: unknown
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Boatman
Organisation: unknown
Tosh, William
Age: 17
Date of Death: 08/6/1813
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Recorder: Barbara Tomlinson
Photographer: Barbara Tomlinson

The Church of Holy Innocents, Great Barton, Suffolk

Memorial in The Church of Holy Innocents, Great Barton, Suffolk dedicated to Arthur Edmond Allen, RN Telegrapher, d. 1943

Location

The Church of Holy Innocents, Great Barton, Suffolk

Transcript

TO THE / HONOURED MEMORY / OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO FELL IN THE WAR / 1939 - 1935 / RICHARD ALDERTON / Flight Sergeant (Pilot) R.A.F.V.R. / ARTHUR EDWARD ALLEN / Telegraphist H.M.S. Dasher / SIMON DENIS FLEMING / Lieutenant R.H.A. (L.R.D.G.) / ALBERT RICHARD FULLER / Private 5th Btn. The Suffolk Regt. / HAROLD JOHN GILL / Private The Bedfordshire & Herfordshire Regt. / BRIAN KINDER NICE / Flying Officer R.A.F / CHARLES KITCHENER STIFF / Private The Cambridgeshire Regt.

Details

Description: marble wall tablet honouring seven men of the parish who died in WWII, words coloured black, names in red and ranks in brown.
Vessel: HMS ‘Dasher'

Event Date

27th March 1943

Event Category

1939 - 1945 Second World War

People

Allen, Arthur Edward
Age: 20
Date of Death: 27/03/1943
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: RN

Extra

Notes: HMS ‘Dasher’, a naval aircraft carrier, mysteriously exploded on 27th March 1943 while in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, killing 379 of the 528 crew.
Recorder: WM. Donnan. July 1972