Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Kilchattan Cemetery, Isle of Colonsay, Argyllshire, Scotland

Gravestone at Kilchattan Cemetery commemorating Private E. Palmer RMLI d. 1915 in the loss of HMS ‘Viknor’

Location

Kilchattan Cemetery, Isle of Colonsay, Argyllshire, Scotland

Transcript

'PO/10910 PRIVATE RMLI / E PALMER / HMS VIKNOR / 13TH JANUARY 1915 AGE 31 / THE MISTS HAVE ROLLED AWAY'

Details

Type: Headstone
Vessel: HMS Viknor

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Palmer, Edward
Age: 31
Date of Death: 13/1/1915
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Private
Organisation: Royal Marine Light Infantry

Extra

Recorder: Kevin Byrne 1996

Portknockie, Moray, Scotland

Memorial at Portknockie, Moray, Scotland, commemorating those who lost their lives from the SS Nar, which sank on 13 December 1904

Location

Portknockie, Moray, Scotland

Transcript

“This bollard was raised from / the wreck of the ‘SS Nar’ / which sank on the 13th Dec 1904 / off Kingston, Spey-Bay / with the loss of all hands."

Details

Description: Bollard from the wreck of ‘SS Nar'
Type: Bollard
Position: Park Street, Portknockie
Materials: Metal
Vessel: SS Nar

Event Date

1904

Extra

Notes: SS Nar was carrying coal from Sunderland to Burghead when she founded off Garmouth.
Photographer: P Lacey

St Peter's Church, Riddlesworth, Norfolk, England

Memorial at St Peter’s Church, Riddlesworth commemorating Victor Albert Rudd RN d. 1941 in the loss of HMS ”Gloucester’

Location

St Peter's Church, Riddlesworth, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'...Victor A.R. Lovick, Leading Telegraphist RN HMS Gloucester, KIA off Crete, 23 May 1941.

Details

Vessel: HMS Gloucester

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Hyett, Victor Albert Rudd
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 22/5/1941
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Leading Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1967

Kilchattan Cemetery, Isle of Colonsay, Argyllshire, Scotland

Headstone at Kilchattan Cemetery, Isle of Colonsay commemorating J. Kellacher RNVR d. 1940 in the loss of HMS ‘Transylvania’

Location

Kilchattan Cemetery, Isle of Colonsay, Argyllshire, Scotland

Transcript

'J. KELLACHER / ABLE SEAMAN RNVR P/ESDX 91 / HMS TRANSYLVANIA / 1OTH AUGUST 1940 AGE 33 / ON HIS SOUL / SWEET JESUS, HAVE MERCY / R.I.P.'

Details

Type: Headstone
Vessel: HMS Transylvania

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Kellacher, J.
Age: 33
Date of Death: 10/8/1940
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: RNVR

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Transylvania' sunk by 'U56'
Recorder: Kevin Byrne 1996

Marylebone Parish Church, London, England

Wall tablet in Marylebone Parish Church commemorating Captain Charles Elphinstone RN d. 1807 in the loss of HMS ‘Blenheim’

Location

Marylebone Parish Church, London, England

Transcript

In memory of Captain Charles Elphinstone R.N. son of the Hon. William Fullerton Elphinstone. He was lost in H.M.S. Blenheim 1807 in the 27th year of his age. Also of Elizabeth Elphinestone, his sister, who died 30th October 1802 in the 19th year of her age.

Details

Description: Arms above inscription panel.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Gallery
Materials: Marble
Artists: T. Marsh [signed]
Vessel: HMS Benheim

People

Elphinstone, Charles
Age: 26
Date of Death: 1807
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: https://stmarylebone.org/history/memorial-inscriptions HMS 'Blenheim' foundered in a gale off Madagascar in early 1807.

Marylebone Parish Church, London, England

Wall tablet at Marylebone Parish Church commemorating Lieutenant-Commander John White RN d. 1916

Location

Marylebone Parish Church, London, England

Transcript

‘TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF / JOHN WHITE / LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER ROYAL NAVY / KILLED IN ACTION ON THE 23RD OCTOBER 1916 / WHILE IN COMMAND OF H.M.S. GENISTA / THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS AND MEN / HIS FORMER SHIPMATES IN H.M.S. AFRICA / A man greatly loved’

Details

Description: Panel with an arched top. Royal Navy cap badge above the inscription within the arch. The whole has a border of oak leaves and acorns.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South side of nave
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Genista; HMS Africa

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

White, John
Age: 37
Date of Death: 23/10/1916
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant-Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Genista' sunk by 'U57' off West Coast of Ireland.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

St Nicholas Church, Leeds, Kent, England

Window at St Nicholas Church, Leeds, Kent dedicated to Commander Walter B. Watkins Grubb RN d. 1914

Location

St Nicholas Church, Leeds, Kent, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of Ernest Watkins Grubb MA Vicar of Sibertswold, Kent who died Oct 2nd 1914 & of / Walter B Watkins Grubb Lt Commander Royal Navy HMS Cressy who died in action Set 22nd 1914'

Details

Description: Two light window. Tracery light depicts an angel holding a scroll : 'Be thou faithful unto Death'. Left main light - Christ standing on a rock in water. Right main light -a kneeling knight. Text stretching across both lights : 'I will give thee a crown of life'.
Type: Window
Position: South aisle south wall
Materials: Glass, lead
Artists: Heaton, Butler & Bayne
Vessel: HMS Cressy

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Grubb, Walter Watkins
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 22/9/1914
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER
Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS)

All Saints' Church, Brightlingsea, Essex

Memorial cat Brightlingsea, Essex commemorating Lieutenant Ronald Sycamore Frost RN d. 1941

Location

All Saints' Church, Brightlingsea, Essex

Transcript

'Ronald Sycamore Frost (Lieut. RNR) who gave his life in H.M. Submarine P33, 20th August 1941 aged 32.'

Details

Description: Granite stone.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Granite
Vessel: P33

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Frost, Ronald Sycamore
Age: 32
Date of Death: 20/8/1941
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RNR
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan, 1969

Caister Cemetery, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England

Memorial at Caister Cemetery, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk commemorating Robert Miller, RNR d. 1918 and William Miller, RN, d. 1916

Location

Caister Cemetery, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England

Transcript

‘In Loving Memory of / ROBERT MILLER, R.N.R / who died at / Littlehampton Red Cross Hospital / October 11th 1918, Aged 22 Years. / Also of / WILLIAM MILLER / Brother of the above / Who was blown up by a mine / At sea from HMS Minesweeper “Birch” / August 23rd 1916, Aged 22 Years. / The dearly beloved son of / JOHN & ELLEN MILLER. / It’s sweet to know we’ll meet again / where partings are no more / and that our boys we loved so well / are only gone before.'

Details

Description: Sandstone headstone
Materials: Sandstone
Vessel: HMS Minesweeper ‘Birch'

Event

World War I

Event Date

1914 - 1918

People

Miller, Robert
Age: 22
Date of Death: 11/10/1918
Cause of Death: War Casulty
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy Reserves
Miller, William
Age: 22
Date of Death: 23/8/1916
Cause of Death: War Casulty
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Pippa Lacey

Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk

Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk commemorating Bertie Aaron George, RN, d. 1914

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk

Transcript

‘The Vases on this altar were presented / in memory of / BERTIE AARON GEORGE / who perished in H.M.S. Hogue when sunk by / enemy submarines Sep 22nd 1914 / by his widow GERTRUDE EMMA GEORGE / and mother SARAH ANN GEORGE / R.I.P /

Details

Type: Vases
Position: Lady Chapel
Vessel: HMS Hogue

Event

World War I

Event Date

1914

People

George, Bertie Aaron
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 22/9/1914
Cause of Death: War Casulty
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Pippa Lacey