Category Archives: Vessel Loss

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Gilbert d. 1916

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'William Gilbert aged 26, lost from H.M. Patrol Yacht 'Zarefah' off the Scotch coast May 8 1916'.

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: HMY Zarefah

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Gilbert, William
Age: 26
Date of Death: 8/5/1916
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Minesweeper HMY 'Zarefah' mined 8 May 1917 off Orkney.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

East Park, Southampton, England

Memorial at East Park, Southampton commemorating the engineer officers of the ‘Titanic’ lost in 1912

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Location

East Park, Southampton, England

Transcript

[On plinth below Victory] 'GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN / THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS / LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. / ST JOHN 15TH CH 13TH V.' [Below] 'TO THE MEMORY OF THE ENGINEER OFFICERS OF THE R.M.S. TITANIC, WHO SHOWED / THEIR HIGH CONCEPTION OF DUTY AND THEIR / HEROISM BY REMAINING AT THEIR POSTS / 15TH APRIL 1912 / ERECTED BY THEIR FELLOW ENGINEERS AND FRIENDS / THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.' [Left panel] 'JOSEPH BELL JONATHAN SHEPHERD / WM. E. FARQUHARSON CHARLES HODGE / JNO. H. HESKETH FRANCIS E.G. COY / NORMAN E. HARRISON JAMES FRASER / GEORGE F. HOSKING HENRY R. DYER / EDWARD C. DODDS RENNY W. DODDS / LEONARD HODGKINSON ARTHUR WARD / JAMES M. SMITH THOMAS H. KEMP / BERT. WILSON FRANK A. PARSONS / HERBERT G. HARVEY WILLIAM D. MACKIE.' [Right panel] 'ROBERT MILLAR ALFRED P. MIDDLETON / WILLIAM Y. MOYES ALBERT G. ERVINE / WILLIAM MCREYNOLDS WILLIAM KELLY / HENRY R. CREESE GEORGE A. CHISWALL / THOMAS MILLAR HUGH FITZPATRICK / PETER SLOAN ARTHUR A. ROUS / ALFRED S. ALLSOPP WILLIAM L. DUFFY / HERBERT JUPE / ALSO / THOMAS ANDREWS ARCHD FROST / ROBERT KNIGHT.'

Details

Description: A semicircular seat, above flanked by columns, two bronze reliefs of marine engineers, in the centre Glory, standing on a ships prow holding two wreaths. She is crowning the 'martyrs of duty'.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Granite, bronze
Date Erected: 1914
Artists: Messrs Whitehead & Sons; Ferdinand Victor Blundstone; Romeo Rathmann
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Alsopp, Alfred Samuel
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Andrews, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Naval Architect
Organisation:
Bell, William Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Chiswall, George Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Boiler Maker
Organisation: White Star Line
Coy, Francis Edward George
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 3rd Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Creese, Henry Philip
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Dodds, Renny Watson
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Duffy, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Clerk, Engineer Department
Organisation: White Star Line
Dyer, Henry Ryland
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Ervine, Albert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Farquharson, William E.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Fitzpatrick, Hugh
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Boiler Maker
Organisation: White Star Line
Fraser, James
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: White Star Line
Frost, Archibald
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Harrison, Norman
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Harvey, Herbert Gifford
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Assitant 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hesketh, J. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: White Star Line
Hodge, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Assistant 3rd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hodgkinson, Leonard
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hosking, George Fox
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 3rd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Jupe, Herbert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Kelly, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electician
Organisation: White Star Line
Kemp, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Extra Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Knight, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading hand Engineer
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Mackie, William Dixie
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 5th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
McReynolds, William M.E.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 6th Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Middleton, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Millar, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Extra 5th Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Moyes, William Young
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 6th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Parsons, Frank Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 5th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Rous, Arthur A.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Plumber
Organisation: White Star Line
Shepherd, Jonathan
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: White Star Line
Sloan, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Electrician
Organisation:
Smith, James M.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Ward, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Wilson, B.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 2nd Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Notes: Unveiled on April 22 1914 by Sir Archibald Denny. Erected by subscription from the public and fellow engineers. Victor Blundstone is the sculptor and the figure of Victory is by Romeo Rathman.
Bibliography: Robert Douch 'Monuments and Memorials in Southampton' (Southampton, 1968); Brian Ticehurst 'The Titanic, Southamptons Memorials' (Poole, 1987) (illustration). 'Builder' 6 June 1913 p. 651.
Photographer: Barbara Tomlinson

Church, Batheaston, Bath, England

Plaque at Batheaston, Bath, dedicated to Lieutenant Douglas Carteret Sealy d. 1922

Location

Church, Batheaston, Bath, England

Transcript

[Verse from Revelations XX:13 below and above inscription] 'To the glory of God and in Undying Memory of Lt Douglas Carteret Sealy DSC RN Youngest Son of the late Edmund Sealy Esq of Matihari, Bengal, India, Born November 23 1891 Commander HM submarine H42 lost with all hands off Europa Point, Gibraltar, March 23 1922'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Near choir
Materials: Brass
Vessel: H42

People

Sealy, Douglas Carteret
Age:
Date of Death: 23/3/1922
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS H42 was lost off Gibraltar in 1922, having been accidentally rammed by HMS Versatile whilst both were practicing maneuvers.

Beverley Minster, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Plaque in Beverley Minster commemorating Lieutenant Mark Norman Rennie RNR d. 1917 in the loss of Q-ship HMS ‘Vala’

Location

Beverley Minster, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory of / Lieutenant Mark Norman Rennie R.N.R. / WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN THE / BAY OF BISCAY / ON 21ST AUGUST 1917, / WHILST ON SPECIAL SERVICE / IN COMMAND OF H.M.S.'VALA' / AGED 29 YEARS / THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS / LOVING WIFE AND CHILD. / DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI'

Details

Description: Plaque engraved with with RNR cap badge.
Type: Plaque
Position: South transept,west wall
Materials: Brass
Artists: J Newleve
Vessel: HMS Vala

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Rennie, Mark Norman
Age: 29
Date of Death: 21/8/1917
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RNR
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Vala', Hired as Decoy vessel (Q8) 8/1915. Sunk 21/8/17 by 'UB54' in the Atlantic.

Church of St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, Isle of Wight, England

Memorial in Church of St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, Isle of Wight, commemorating Lieutenant Thomas Cole RN d. 1829

Location

Church of St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'In the Burial Ground of this Church are deposited the remains of THOMAS COLE, Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, son of Thomas Comyns Cole Esq, late of Chelsea and Mary Catherine his Wife. At the early age of 30 years and when returning from the West Indies invalided he perished at Sea in H.M.S. Nightingale on Saturday 17th February 1829. This deserving officer had served under those distinguished Commanders Sir James A Gordon, Sir W Hoste, Commodore Bowles and Rear-Admiral Lake, was appointed Signal Midshipman by Lord Exmouth at the memorable attack upon Algiers, in the year 1816, and acted as Flag Lieutenant to Sir Charles Rowley in the West Indies. He was brave, unassuming, religious, an affectionate brother and a dutiful son. This tablet was erected by his only sister 1829'

Details

Vessel: HMS Nightingale

Event

Bombardment of Algiers 1816

People

Cole, Thomas
Age: 30
Date of Death: 17/2/1829
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: 'Nightingale' wrecked 17 February 1829 on the Singles.

Portland, Dorset, England

Obelisk in Portland, Dorset, commemorating the crew of HMS ‘Illustrious’ d. 1948

Location

Portland, Dorset, England

Details

Type: Obelisk
Vessel: HMS Illustrious

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Illustrious', crew drowned in boat capsize, Portland Harbour, 17/10/1948.

York minster, York, North Yorkshire, England

Monument in York minister commemorating Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock d. 1914

Location

York minster, York, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND / THE MEMORY OF / REAR-ADMIRAL SIR CHRISTOPHER CRADOCK / KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER, / COMPANION OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH / WHO GALLANTLY UPHOLDING / THE HIGH TRADITION OF THE BRITISH NAVY / LED HIS SQUADRON / AGAINST AN OVERWHELMING FORCE OF THE ENEMY / OFF CORONEL ON THE COAST OF CHILE / AND FELL GLORIOUSLY IN ACTION / ON ALL SAINTS DAY 1914 / THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY HIS GRATEFUL COUNTRYMEN / 'GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD DO THIS THING / TO FLEE AWAY FROM THEM / IF OUR TIME BE COME LET US MANFULLY DIE FOR OUR BRETHEREN / AND LET US NOT STAIN OUR HONOUR' 1 MACCABEES'

Details

Description: Portrait relief of Cradock flanked by gilt figures representing Loyalty and Courage.


Type: Monument
Position: North transept
Materials: Marble
Artists: Frederick William Pomeroy
Vessel: HMS Good Hope

Event

Battle of Cape Coronel

Event Date

1914

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Cradock, Christopher
Age:
Date of Death: 1/11/1914
Cause of Death: Vessel Lost
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Ed. G.E. Aylmer & Reginald Cant 'A History of York Minster' (Oxford, 1977).

Arundel Cathedral, Arundel, West Sussex, England

Brass in Arundel Cathedral commemorating Cuthbert Bernard Taylor d.1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

Arundel Cathedral, Arundel, West Sussex, England

Transcript

'Of your charity pray for the Repose of the Soul of Cuthbert Bernard Taylor who perished in the wreck of the Titanic April 15 1912 aged 22 years. De Profundis Clamavi'

Details

Description: Engraved with a foul anchor.
Type: Brass
Position: North wall of nave
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Taylor, Cuthbert Bernard
Age: 22
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, England

Plaque in Portsmouth dedicated to those lost with HMS ‘Isis’ in 1944

Location

Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / THE ARCHES ABOVE THIS PLACE / ARE GIVEN IN MEMORY OF/ THE OFFICERS AND MEN / OF HMS ISIS / LOST OFF THE COAST OF NORMANDY ON / JULY 20, 1944 DURING / COMBINED OPERATIONS FOR / THE LIBERATION OF EUROPE.'

Details

Description: Metal inscription plaque with a marble support, at the top is a carved, oval wreath of laurel leaves surrounding a bas relief in bronze of a WW2 destroyer. The inscrition is on the outer side of two doors which open to reveal a full list of casualties.


Type: Plaque
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Isis

Extra

Notes: Destroyer HMS 'Isis', sank 20/7/1944 probably mined, with 154 of her crew.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), 97.

Church, Ramsey, Isle of Man

Memorial at Ramsey, Isle of Man commemorating James Murray, 2nd officer of the ‘James Crossfield’ wrecked 1867

Location

Church, Ramsey, Isle of Man

Transcript

'MURRAY, Jane relict of John MURRAY died 18 Nov 1888 aged 82 years. Also MURRAY, James, son of above 2nd Officer of the ship JAMES CROSSFIELD lost off Langness point I of Man 6 Jan 1867 aged 23 years. Also MURRAY Jane Ellerton Daughter of the above Died 30th Aug 1898 age 60 years. Also MURRAY John of Gate house of Fleet Galloway died 1 Jan 1853 age 42 years'

Details

Vessel: James Crossfield

People

Murray, James
Age: 23
Date of Death: 6/1/1867
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Officer
Organisation: Pollard & Co

Extra

Notes: 'James Crossfield' iron clipper, ran aground at Dreswick on passage from Liverpool to Calcutta with the loss of 30 crew, 2 passengers and the master's son.