Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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

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

Memorial candlesticks in Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, commemorating Alonzo Strowger, RN, d. 1916

Location

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

Transcript

‘The larger candlesticks on this altar / were presented in memory of / ALONZO STROWGER / Warrant Officer / who perished in H. M. Drifter ‘Cloverbank’ / which was struck by a mine on April 24th 1916. / by his widow PRICILLA JANE STROWGER. / R.I.P.'

Details

Position: Lady Chapel
Materials: Brass

Event

World War I

Event Date

1916

People

Strowger, Alonso
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 24/4/1916
Cause of Death: War Casulty
Rank / Occupation: Warrant Officer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Pippa Lacey

Titanic Belfast, Harland & Wolff Shipyard Slipway, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Titanic Belfast, Harland & Wolff Slipway Memorial, Belfast, Northern Ireland commemorating the men who died during the construction of the Titanic and to men, women and children who died when the Titanic sank on 15 April 1912

Location

Titanic Belfast, Harland & Wolff Shipyard Slipway, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Transcript

‘In memory of / the eight men who died / during the construction and launch / of Titanic’
‘William Clarke / James Dobbin / John Kelly / Robert James Murphy / Samuel J. Scott / Unknown / Unknown / Unknown’ ‘We raised a monument of frame / Upon these banks; and thus unfurled / An honoured scroll to Ulster’s name / Unequalled yet around the world.’ / Reflections of a Shipyardman / Thomas Carnduff.'

‘In memory of / the men, women and children who lost / their lives during the sinking of Titanic’
‘By a high star our course is set, / Our end is Life. Put out to sea.’ / Louis MacNeice, Thalassa.’

‘This plaque was unveiled / on 31st March 2009 / by / John M Andrews, / Great Nephew of / Thomas Andrews, Chief Naval / Architect, Harland & Wolff / To Commemorate the / Centenary of / The keel laying of / RMS Titanic / Built on this Slipway between 1909 & 1911.’

Details

Vessel: Titanic

People

Clarke, William (Billy)
Age: 27
Date of Death:
Cause of Death: Broncho pneumonia
Rank / Occupation: Driller
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Dobbin, James
Age: 43
Date of Death: 31/5/1911
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Kelly, John
Age: 19
Date of Death: 23/6/1910
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation: Catch Boy
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Murphy, Robert James (Bob)
Age: 49
Date of Death: 13/6/1911
Cause of Death: Shock
Rank / Occupation: Rivet Counter
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Scott, Samuel Joseph
Age: 15
Date of Death: 20/4/1910
Cause of Death: Fractured Skull
Rank / Occupation: Catch Boy
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Unknown
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Unknown
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Unknown
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Harland & Wolff

Extra

Notes: The most common cause of death of those known to have died during the construction and launch of Titanic was accidental falls and complications caused by falls. Billy Clarke, died of broncho pneumonia after falling from staging. John Kelly fell from ship 401 and died of shock from his injuries. Sam Scott fell 23 feet from a ladder (or staging) and died instantly. Bob Murphy also died of shock following a fall.

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Memorial plaque at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, Norfolk commemorating Robert Balding, RN, d. 1914

Location

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Transcript

'Giving thanks to God / for the Beloved Memory / of / Robert Balding, / Aged 34, / who gave his life for his Country, / Sept 21st 1914 / by torpedoing of / H.M.S. Aboukir. / "Thou art the same and / they years shall not fail."'

Details

Description: Brass plaque on a wooden base.
Type: plaque
Materials: brass; wood
Vessel: HMS Aboukir

Event

World War 1

Event Date

1914

People

Balding, Robert
Age: 34
Date of Death: 21/9/1914
Cause of Death: War casulty
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: The HMS Aboukir, together with HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, were sunk on 22nd September 1914, with the total loss of 1,400 men.

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Memorial at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, Norfolk commemorating Christopher Cooke, RN, d. 1917

Location

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Transcript

'Giving thanks to God / for the Beloved Memory / of / Christopher Arthur / Gresham Cooke, / Midshipman, R. N. / Aged 18. / HMS Aboukir; torpedoed / 22nd September 1914. / Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916. / Killed by explosion in HMS Vanguard 9th July 1917. / He lived happily / and died bravely.'

Details

Vessel: HMS Aboukir; HMS Vanguard

Event

World War I, Battle of Jutland

Event Date

1914 - 1918

People

Cooke, Christopher Arthur Gresham
Age: 18
Date of Death: 9/7/1917
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Christopher Cooke was abroad the HMS Vanguard in Scapa Flow. There was an explosion at 11.20 pm on the evening of 9th July 1917, which killed all but two of the 845 crew. The Vanguard sank within two minutes. There are memorials to the missing officers and crew of HMS Vanguard at Chatham and Cambridge, as well as on a war memorial at St Margaret's Church, Ilkley.

Christopher Cooke was the son of Arthur Cooke, a surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. He joined the Royal Navy, as a cadet at the age of 13 in 1912. He survived the sinking of HMS Aboukir, which with HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, was sunk on 22nd September 1914, with the total loss of 1,400 men. He saw action in the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.


St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Memorial at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, Norfolk commemorating Christopher Cooke, RN d. 1917

Location

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Transcript

'THE CLOCK IN THE TOWER / WAS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF / ARTHUR COOKE, FRCS / AND HIS SONS / MIDSHIPMAN CHRISTOPHER / ARTHUR GRESHAM COOKE, RN / FLIGHT LIEUTENANT NICHOLAS GRESHAM COOKE, DFC / 1945 //
AND A CONTRIBUTION TO / ITS ELECTRIFICATION WAS / MADE IN MEMORY OF ROGER GRESHAM COOKE / CBE, MP / BY HIS WIDOW AND FAMILY / 1973'

Details

Description: Two wooden plaques with gold lettering.
Type: Plaque
Materials: Wood
Date Erected: 1945, 1973
Vessel: HMS Aboukir; HMS Vanguard

Event

World War I

People

Cooke, Christopher Arthur Gresham
Age: 18
Date of Death: 9/7/1917
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Christopher Cooke was abroad the HMS Vanguard in Scapa Flow. There was an explosion at 11.20 pm on the evening of 9th July 1917, which killed all but two of the 845 crew. The Vanguard sank within two minutes. There are memorials to the missing officers and crew of HMS Vanguard at Chatham and Cambridge, as well as on a war memorial at St Margaret's Church, Ilkley.

Christopher Cooke was the son of Arthur Cooke, a surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. He joined the Royal Navy, as a cadet at the age of 13 in 1912. He survived the sinking of HMS Aboukir, which with HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, was sunk on 22nd September 1914, with the total loss of 1,400 men. He saw action in the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.

Photographer: Pippa Lacey

Church of St Mary and St Gabriel, South Harting, West Sussex, England

Window at the church of St Mary and St Gabriel, South Harting dedicated to Captain Cowper Phipps Coles d. 1870 in the loss of HMS ‘Captain’

Location

Church of St Mary and St Gabriel, South Harting, West Sussex, England

Details

Type: Window
Position: South transept
Materials: Glass, lead
Date Erected: 1896
Artists: J.W. Brown , J. Powell & Sons
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Coles, Cowper Phipps
Age: 51
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England

Memorial sundial at Buckler’s Hard, Hampshire commemorating the loss of the SS ‘Persia’ in 1915

Location

Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England

Transcript

[Top] 'P & O SS PERSIA' [Below dial] 'REMEMBER / 343 SOULS / WHO PERISHED IN THE DEEP / 30TH DECEMBER 1915'

Details

Description: A profile portrait of the ship above the dial. The inscriptions picked out in blue and gold.
Type: Sundial
Position: Outside Museum
Vessel: SS Persia

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

Extra

Notes: SS 'Persia' passenger liner, torpedoed and sunk by 'U-38' 30 December 1915.
Recorder: Patricia Barber 2019
Photographer: Patricia Barber

St Adrians's Church, Anstruther-Easter, Fife, Scotland

Memorial at St Adrian’s Church, Anstruther, Scotland commemorating members of the Chalmers family

Location

St Adrians's Church, Anstruther-Easter, Fife, Scotland

Transcript

‘Erected in 1827 by their sorrowing grandchildren, / to the Memory of / John Chalmers, Late Merchant in Anstruther, / who died 26th July 1818, in the 78th year of his age / And of his spouse / Elizabeth Hall, / who died 14th February, 1827, in the 77th year of her age. / ”Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord”. / Within this burial-place are interred the remains of five of their children viz: / John, who died in infancy in 1785. / George, who died in 1806, aged 29. / Barbara who died in 1808, aged 33, / Lucy, who died in 1824 aged 43. / And also the remains of James Chalmers, Merchant in / Anstruther / father of John and son of the Rev. James Chalmers, Minister of / the Gospel in Elie, / He died in 1788, aged 74. / Barbara Anderson, / the spouse of James Chalmers, and mother of John; / She died in 1793, aged 85. / Thomas Ballardie, / Late Master in the Navy, who died in 1809, aged 77. / And his spouse Elizabeth Chalmers, sister of John; / She died in 1792, aged 50 / Jean Chalmers, / Sister of John; she died 15th August, 1827, aged 75. ‘, ‘Restored in 1867 by the grandchildren of John Chalmers. / His other children not buried here; being then all dead, viz: / William, lost in the ‘Queen’ at Rio de Janeiro, in 1800, aged 22. / David; died at sea, in 1811, aged 27. / Alexander, Surgeon at Kirkaldy, died 1829, aged 35. / James died at London, in 1839, aged 67. / Thomas, D.D., D.C.L., died at Edinburgh; 1854, aged 67. / Patrick, died at Wishaw, in 1854, aged 64. / Jane, wife of John Morton, died in Gloucestershire, in 1804, aged 76. / Charles, died at Merchiston, Edinburgh, 1854, aged 72.’

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Queen

People

Ballardie, Thomas
Age: 77
Date of Death: 1809
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Royal Navy
Chalmers, William
Age: 22
Date of Death: 1800
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Mariner
Organisation: Unknown
Chalmers, David
Age: 27
Date of Death: 1811
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Mariner
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Bibliography: Rev. Charles Rogers ‘Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland’ (London, 1872) vol. ii, pp. 71-72.