Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Memorial in Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast commemorating Robert Farrell RN d. 1939 in the loss of HMS ‘Royal Oak’

Location

Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Transcript

'In loving memory / of / Kathleen Farrell / who died 7th Aug 1932, Aged 19 years / Also her brother Robert / who went down with HMS Royal Oak / 14th Oct 1939, Aged 20 years.'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Royal Oak

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Farrell, Robert
Age: 20
Date of Death: 4/10/1939
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Royal Oak' sunk by 'U-47' at Scapa Flow.
Recorder: David J. Wickham, 2019

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Valentine Milsom d. 1914 in the loss of the SS ‘Daleby’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / George / the beloved husband of / Sarah Ann Milsom / who died Feb 28th 1913, aged 68 years / Thy will be done / Also Charles Valentine their son / Died May 3rd 1881 aged 3 months / Also of Valentine / their youngest son / who lost his life through enemy action / on the S.S. Daleby April 29th 1917 / Aged 32 years / Also the above / Sarah Ann / who died March 16th 1932 / Ages 89 years.'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Daleby

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Milsom, Valentine
Age: 32
Date of Death: 29/4/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation: Ropner Shipping Co.

Extra

Notes: SS 'Daleby' torpedoed by 'U-70' off the coast of Ireland.
Recorder: David J. Wickham, 2019

Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda, Rest of the World

Statue at Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda depicting Sir George Somers d. 1610

Location

Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda, Rest of the World

Details

Description: Depicts Somers with his arms raised celebrating his deliverance from shipwreck, his cloak billowing around him.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronza
Date Erected: 1984
Artists: Desmond Fountain

People

Somers, George
Age: 56
Date of Death: 9/11/1610
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Virginia Company

Extra

Notes: Somers' body is buried at Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset. The shipwreck of his vessel the 'Sea Venture' on Bermuda in 1609, is believed to have inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. He is remembered as the founder of the English colony of Bermuda. Another statue of Sir George Somers was erected in his birthplace, Lyme Regis in 2016, when Lyme was twinned with St George's, Bermuda. The sculptor is Ron Mole.

Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England

Gravestone at Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea commemorating Alice Balfour d. 1857 in the wreck of the ‘Ontario’

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England

Transcript

In memory of Alice, wife of Capt. Balfour of Blackpool who perished on the Barber Sands from the wreck of the 'Ontario' on the night of the 22nd October, 1857, aged 49 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Ontario

People

Balfour, Alice
Age: 49
Date of Death: 22/10/1857
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Charles Mackie 'Norfolk Annals' vol. II. 1857 Oct 22. 'The brig Ontario, of South Shield’s, from Newcastle to Suez with coals (Capt., Balfour), foundered on the Barber Sand off Yarmouth, and drifting to the Cockle Gatway, was lost. The captain, his wife and son, and the crew of 24 hands perished. The chief mate, William Coates Robinson, alone escaped.'
Bibliography: Charles Mackie 'Norfolk Annals' vol. II.

Old Cemetery, Spa, Belgium, Rest of the World

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

Location

Old Cemetery, Spa, Belgium, Rest of the World

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