Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

Lost at Sea

The Hull Memorial remembers the 1,200 sailors from Hull and abroad, who died during the First World War.  

The ongoing peril of unexploded sea mines would claim the lives of Hull fisherman, long after the war had ended. For example, the Hull trawler ‘Gitano’ struck a mine and was sunk with all hands on the 23rd December 1918. 

The Hull trawler ’Scotland’ struck a mine on the 13th March 1919, killing seven Hull men. 

Two days later the steam ship ‘Durban’ exploded‘, killing another eight Hull sailors.

 The ‘Isle of Man’ (Hull) exploded on the 14th December 1919, killing seven Hull fishermen, and the steam ship ‘Barbados’ exploded on the 5th November 1920, taking another ten Hull men. These included the two Weaver brothers killed on the same day. 

Many of these seaman had survived the war, only to be its victims after whilst trying to earn a living for their families. In all over 1,200 Hull men died at sea during the First World War and the majority have no known grave. 

Another tragedy was the loss of the fishing trawler ‘Magneta’ on the 31st January 1922, during the Russian Civil war. While being placed under false arrest, by the Russian authorities, the ‘Magneta’ was dragged into a port unsuitable for anchorage, and wrecked on a reef, during a hurricane. Nine Hull fishermen were lost. The arrest of the ‘Magneta’ became a major diplomatic incident and Russia finally paid some compensation in 1924. The nine Hull sailors from the ‘Magneta’ were buried at Murmansk by the Greek Orthodox Church. They are remembered on the Hull Memorial as one of the last casualties of war. 

 

Overseas Sailors Remembered

Hull provided experienced sailors and a large number of ships to the war effort. They served in all the World's Seas. Hull ships Crew's often contained many sailors from abroad, who lived either on board or around the docks of Hull. Some of these overseas seamen are remembered here:-

Emanuel KARIOTHIS, from Crete, Greece, lost on the Hull ship 'Colenso' on 13/11/1915, aged 18 years.

George GILIMBIS, from Greece, and George DENIS from America, were both lost on the Hull ship ‘Cambric’, 31st October 1917

Fireman, Paul ROMERO, from Argentina, lost on the Hull ship 'Cambric' on 31/10/1917, aged 21. Fireman, George DENIS, from America, was lost on the same ship.

Seaman, Emil RUDHOLM, from Sweden, lost on the Hull ship 'Etonian' on the 23/3/1918, aged 50 years old.

Also, Seaman, Eric OLSSON, from Gothenberg, lost on the 'Toro' on 12/4/1917. He lived at 6 Chatham Place, Adelaide Street and was 34 years old. Fireman, L. MONSON, lost on the Hull ship 'Salmo' on 10/4/1917, aged 24, was from Norway. Another Norwegian sailor, was Gundar KARLSEN, lost on the 'Gitano' on the 23/12/1918, aged 22.

Skipper, Andrew SUMMER, from Denmark, who lived at 12 Division Road and sank with the 'Mauritius' on the 17/5/1915. 

Seaman, A SIGHVATSON was lost on the 'Calypso' on the 11/7/1916. Grimur SIGMUNDSEN, died on the 'Tummell' on 24/2/1916. Both were from Iceland, and lived in Hull.

Gustav SUNDVAL, was a Finnish salior lost on the Steam ship' North Wales', on 24/10/1916. His son Tatve, also died in the war in 1917.

Seaman, Grimur Sigmundson, from Iceland, sank with the Steamship ‘Tummell’, on 24th February 1916, aged 22, (His brother Bergestein also died at sea in the Second World War). 

Firemen, Aubee Samuel GARNERBill SANDY, and Ben CAFFREY, all from Sierra Leone; J. BROWN, from Lagos; Patrick CAROLAN, from Drogheda, Ireland: and Thomas SMITH, from the United States, were all lost on the Hull Ship, 'Hildalgo', when it was sunk by submarine on 28/8/1917. 

Steward, C. McLeod, from Jamaica, was lost on the 'Adriatic' on 31/10/1916, aged 22. Fellow Jamician, Fireman, H. Edwards, sank with the 'Zara' on 13/4/1917, aged 44. Fieman, T Suto, lost on the'Umba', on the 30/4/1918 came from Japan.  

Lucien Schurter from Switzerland, was lost on the ‘Montebello’ in 1918, aged 29.

Nicholas Souza, from Portugal, lived at 39 St Andrews Street, Hull. He sank with the ‘Stan Hope’ ship in 1917.

Charles Omberg, one of many Swedes, serving on Hull ships, and lost on the ‘Memberland’ on the 15th February, 1915. His wife was from Hull and he lived at 7 Alexandra Terrace, Buckingham Street. 

Irishmen, Patrick Molloy, drowned on the, ‘Romeo’ on 3rd March 1918. The cargo ship, was sunk at 2.40am, without warning, off the coast of Ireland, with the loss of 26 of it 37 crew. 

 

 

SS 'INDUSTRIA' lost on 21st March 1917

'INDUSTRIA', was built by Cook, Welton and Gemmell  Ltd, Hull, 1887. It was sunk in the North Sea, on 21st March 1917, with the loss of nine lives.

ACUM, John, (17)Trimmer, 18 Ireland terrace, Gillette Street, Hull

BARKS, Thomas, (65), Cook, 

BURNETT, Walter, (53), Chief Engineer, 380 Boulevard, Hull

CARNEY, Peter, (42), Deckhand, 22 Gillette Street, Hull

HASS, Thomas Martin Graham, (30), Bosun, 13 Emily's Terrace, Brighton Street, Hull

PARKER, Ernest Charles, (37), Skipper, 

PARKER, Sydney William, (37), Mate, 5 Arthur's Terrace, Havelock Street, Hull

WATSON, Ernest Elijah, (26), Third Hand,

WILLIAMSON, Ernest, (35), Second Engineer, 17 Clifton Terrace, Beverley Road, Hull

SS 'CALYPSO' sunk 11th July 1916

The Steamship 'CALYPSO' was a 2,876grt British Merchantship built in 1904 by Earle’s SB. & Eng. Co., Ltd., Hull and owned by T. Wilson, Sons & Co., Ltd., Hull . There was accommodation for 57-1st, 44-2nd and 863-3rd class passengers.
Taken up by the Admiralty in November 1914, she was renamed HMS CALYX and armed with 8 x 4.7inch and 2 x 3pounder guns. She served with the 10th Cruiser Squadron until 26.6.1915 when she was returned to the Wilson Line.
On the 10th July 1916, in the North Sea, when about 15 miles west of Listafjorden, Norway she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by German submarine U-53 when on route from London for Christiania carrying a general cargo. 30 lives lost, including Master.

LOST CREW - SS CALYPSO

  1. ABRAHAMSON, C (60), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Russia, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  2. BENSON, W , Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  3. BERGEN, M F (45), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in U.S.A, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  4. BOIG, T (27), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Russia, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  5. BURTON, B S (33), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  6. COSTELLO, J (38), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Tipperary, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  7. DE JONG, W C (24), Boatswain, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Jan Hendrik de Jong and Elisabeth de Jong. Born at Rotterdam, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  8. EATON, C H (25), Assistant Steward, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  9. FORSELL, GUSTAF TEODOR (62), Carpenter, Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of the late Johan Gustaf Forsell; husband of Henrietta Forsell (nee Sshultz), of 29, Edward's Place, Hull. Born at Akesund, Sweden. Naturalised British subject, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  10. FURLONG, N (52), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born at New Ross, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  11. GIBSON, GEORGE (47), Chief Engineer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Elizabeth Gibson and the late George Gibson; husband of Margaret Helen Gibson (nee Bullard), of 7, Acland St., Albert Avenue, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  12. GRAY, WILLIAM (47), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of the late Alexander and Euphemia Gray; husband of Minnie Gray, of 59, Regent St., Roxbury, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Born at Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  13. HOLDSWORTH, CLIFFORD MOLLEY (24), Third Engineer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Raymond and Annie Gertrude Holdsworth (nee Darley), of 132, Ella St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  14. HOLMES, H (21), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born at Adelaide, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  15. HOTHAM, ALBERT ROBERT (42), Donkeyman, S.S. Calypso, †04/07/1916, Husband of Ellen Hotham, of 10, Carlton Terrace, S. Boulevard, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  16. JAMES, LEONARD VERNER (15), Mess Room Steward, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Vernon John James, of 71, Martins Rd., Shortlands, Kent, and the late Priscilla James. Born at Sittingbourne, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  17. JOULES, HAROLD (28), Chief Officer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Husband of Elsie May Morton (formerly Joules), of Cleveleys, Clifford Avenue, Ings Rd., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  18. NELSON, F (57), Assistant Cook, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Denmark, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  19. NIXON, H (24), Wireless Operator, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Mrs. H. Nixon, of 36, Cumberland St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  20. PLUMB, JOHN EDWIN (32), Ship's Cook, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Husband of Annie Elizabeth Appleton (formerly Plumb), of 79, Thoresby St., Prince's Avenue, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  21. SAADULLAH, M , Fireman, S.S. CALYPSO, †10/07/1916, Memorial: Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
  22. SAVMIENTO, F (25), Fireman, S.S. Calypso,, †11/07/1916, Born at Gibraltar, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  23. SIGHVATSSON, A (29), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Iceland, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  24. SMITH, C C , Master, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  25. SMITH, ARTHUR PEARSON (39), Chief Steward, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Husband of Beatrice Smith, of 33, Ormonde Avenue, Desmond Avenue, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  26. STOCKDALE, TOM (35), Second Officer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of the late Tom and Ruth Stockdale; husband of Mary Ann Stockdale (nee Betney), of 3, Swinburne St., Westcott St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  27. SWANBERG, LEO (31), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Sweden, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  28. TAYLOR, JOHN WILLIAM (26), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Husband of Elizabeth Emma Taylor, of 66, Reedworth St., Kennington Rd., London. Born in London, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  29. WESTCOTT, WILLIAM ALEXANDER GEORGE (37), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Mary Ann Westcott, of 29, Windmill St., Gravesend. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  30. WESTERMAN, ARTHUR STEWART (33), Second Engineer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Mrs. Ada Westerman, of 36, Peel St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

SS 'OTHELLO II' lost 31st October 1915

'OTHELLO II',  built by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Ltd., Beverley in 1907 and operated at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British navy trawler of 206 tons. On October 31st, 1915, 'OTHELLO II',  was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-6 (Matthias Graf von Schmettow), off Leathercoat. 9 persons were lost.

LOST CREW - HMT OTHELLO II
BALDRY, JOHN WILLIAM (29), Deck Hand (no. 7506DA), H.M. Trawler Othello II, †31/10/1915, Son of John William and Maria Baldry, of Grimsby; husband of Maria Baldry, of 63, Tiverton St., New Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial 
BUTT, FREDERICK JAMES (20), Ordinary Seaman (no. 1592/X), H.M. Trawler Othello II, †31/10/1915, Memorial: Dover (St. James'S) Cemetery
  • LOW, HENRY , Engineman (no. 2387ES), H.M. Trawler Othello II, †31/10/1915, Husband of Gertrude Low, of 14, Edinburgh St., Hessle Rd., Hull, Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial
MCLACHLAN, DUNCAN CAMPBELL (37), Skipper, H.M. Trawler Othello II, †31/10/1915, Son of Hugh and Agnes McLachlan. of Kinning Park, Glasgow; husband of Ruth McLachlan, of 4, Middleton Street, St. Thomas, Swansea, Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial
RAMSTER, ARTHUR (21), Trimmer (no. 2246TS), H.M. Trawler Othello II, †31/10/1915, Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Ramster, of Hull, Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial
  • WATSON, ALFRED HENRY (31), Engineman (no. 2390ES), HM. Trawler Othello II, †31/10/1915, Son of the late John Henry and Elizabeth Watson, of Hull; husband of Margaret Ann Watson, of 84, Eastbourne St., Hessle Rd., Hull, Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial
  • WRIGHT, FREDERICK (17), Trimmer (no. 3530TS), H.M. Trawler Othello II, †31/10/1915, Son of Clara Wright, of 130, Stanley St., Grimsby, Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial

SS 'CELIA (H989)', lost 8th January, 1915

  • CREW LOST ON 'CELIA (H989)', in the North Sea, 8th January, 1915. Never seen again.
  • HALDENBY, Thomas (43), 7 Claremont-Villas, Liverpool Street, Hull. Cook
  • KINGDOM, Thomas (23) , 2 Clumber-Ave, Flinton Street, Hull. Deckhand
  • LAVERACK, Daniel (18), 9 Florence-Terrace, Wassand Street, Hull. Fireman
  • LONGTHORNE, Wilfred (27), 8 St. George-Avenue, Selby Street, Hull. Skipper
  • MITCHELL, Alfred (20), Florence-Avenue, Westbourne Street, Hull. 3rd/Hand
  • OTTLEY, Thomas (42), 7 Providence-Terrace, Wassand Street, Hull. Bosun
  • RYLETT, Albert (33), 47 Constable Street, Hull. Mate
  • SOWTER, Hezekiah (26), 7 Salisbury-Avenue, Selby Street, Hull. Chief Engineer
  • WRIGHT, Thomas (21), 60 Marmaduke Street, Hull. 2nd/Engineer 

SS 'ROMEO' sank 3rd March 1918

The steamer 'ROMEO', James Neale, master, left Scapa on 23 February 1918 bound for Liverpool. She was on Admiralty charter for carrying meat and provisions to the Fleet, but was returning to Liverpool in ballast after having called in at Stornoway, remaining there for six days. She was equipped with a twelve pound gun for defence against enemy submarines.
On 3 March 1918 at 2.40 a.m. she was about 10 miles south of the Mull off Galloway, steaming at 10 knots and zig-zagging. The weather was fine with occassional snow showers, the wind light and the sea smooth. The first officer was in charge on the bridge. There was a lookout on the forecastle head, another on the bridge and one on the gunner´s platform aft. All lights on the ship were carefully screened and no navigation lights were burning.
Suddenly a green and red light appeared off her port bow. Fearful of a collision with another ship, the order was given to show the Romeo´s navigation lights at her bow. This was a fateful mistake as she had been tricked by the German submarine U102into giving away her exact position. Within a couple of minutes a torpedo slammed into the Romeo´s port side between the stoke hole and the engine room. The explosion was terrific and split the ship in two. At first she took a list to port, then righted herself before sinking like a stone in less than two minutes. There was no time for the crew to launch any of the lifeboats and the crew of 37 men was thrown into the water.
The two gun crew managed to cling to a swamped boat and eventually bailed it out. Shortly afterwards they spotted a sailor in the water and hauled him out into the lifeboat, but he later died at about 10.00 a.m. At daylight the two gunners managed to get the mast and sail up before being picked up by the steamship Ardgarvel at 11.00 a.m. and were later landed at Greenock. The only other survivor was the wireless operator, Arthur Sneddon. He was picked up by a trawler and landed at Holyhead by the patrol boat Kilgobnet at 11.00 a.m. on 4 March. 

LOST CREW - SS ROMEO 

  1. ALLEN, JOSEPH (52), Fireman and Trimmer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late William and Catherine Allen; husband of Mary Allen (nee Worfield), of 72, Leyden St., off Commercial Rd., Liverpool. Born at Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  2. ANDERSON, HERBERT (21), Assistant Cook, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Robert Turner Anderson, of Ethelreda Mission House, Trippett St., Hull, and the late Martha Anderson, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  3. BARGEWELL, GEORGE (48), Ship's Steward (no. 130104), S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Husband of Mary L. Bargewell, of 61, Station Rd., Keyham Barton, Devonport, Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial
  4. BIRKINSHAW, RONALD , Signalman (no. London Z/2317), S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial
  5. BLAIR, GEORGE (36), Third Engineer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Agnes Blair and the late Robert Blair; husband of Elsie Blair (nee Fisher), of 16, Blenheim St., Hull. Born at St. Andrews, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  6. CARNEY, ARTHUR (29), Fireman and Trimmer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Hannah Carney and the late William Carney; husband of Catherine Carney (nee Crowley), of 7, Blackstone St., Liverpool. Born at Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  7. CARR, JOHN (40), Fireman and Trimmer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Mary Carr and the late Edward Carr; husband of Cecilia Carr (formerly McNeil, nee Power), of 20A, Mount Vernon St., Liverpool. Born at Cavan, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  8. CROWTHER, CHARLES (21), Assistant Steward, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Charles James Crowther, of 12 Back, Leathley Square, Leeds, and the late Emily Crowther (Nee Robinson), Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  9. DEADMAN, ROBERT METHVEN (17), Wireless Operator, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Ernest Bezant Deadman and Helen Deadman, of 28, Manchester Rd., Reading, Berks, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  10. FROMM, THEODORE HOWARD (33), Ship's Cook, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Leopold Fromm, of 112, Palace Gates Rd., Alexandra Park, London, and the late Florence Fromm (nee Dell). Born at Norwood, London, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  11. GUSTAFSON, HUGO (42), Carpenter, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Husband of Margrethe Gustafson (nee Romfog), of 63, Venue St., Bromley Rd., Bow, London. Born in Sweden, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  12. HARVEY, JOSEPH (24), Able Seaman, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late William Joseph and Elizabeth Harvey; husband of Alice Harvey (nee Tyrrell), of 4, Cubbin St., Stanley Rd., Liverpool. Born at Birkenhead, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  13. HELM, RICHARD JAMES (19), Able Seaman, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Richard and Martha Jane Helm, of 34, Cowper St., Bootle, Lancs. Born at Seaforth, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  14. HINES, THOMAS (36), Fireman and Trimmer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late Alexander and Sara Ann Hines; husband of Julia Hines (nee Kearney), of 370, Great Howard St., Liverpool. Born at Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  15. KEARNEY, JAMES (19), Fireman and Trimmer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Ann Carney, of 9, Newport Place, Liverpool, and the late William Carney, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  16. LEE, MARTIN (35), Seaman, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late John Lee; husband of Harriet Lee (nee Collard), of 72, Hayles St., Southwark, London. Born in Nova Scotia, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  17. LINACRE, JOHN EDWARD (43), Boatswain, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Born at Great Yarmouth, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  18. LONGLEY, JOHN BLYTH (60), Second Engineer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late Thomas Blyth Longley and Isabella Longley; husband of Mary Ann Longley (nee Waterhouse), of 9, Renoldson St., Newland, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  19. MCLOUGHLIN, DAVID (30), Donkeyman, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of David Henry and Annie McLoughlin; husband of Alieen McLoughlin (nee McCormick), of 94, Boundary St., Liverpool. Born at Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  20. MIDDLETON, JOHN WILLIAM (20), Mess Room Steward, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of William and Hannah Mary Middleton, of 25, Normabell St., Holderness Rd., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  21. MOLLOY, PATRICK (30), Able Seaman, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Husband of Charlotte Molloy (Nee Davis), of 143, Leyden St., Kirkdale, Liverpool. Born in Co. Westmeath, Ireland, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  22. NEALE, JAMES (48), Master, Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late George and Mary Neale; husband of Selina Neale, of Ingleton, Harland Way, Cottingham, Yorks, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  23. NUGENT, JAS. ALFRED (43), Chief Engineer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Husband of Maria Ellen Nugent, of 113, Engelheart Rd., Catford, London. Born in London, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  24. O'BRIEN, ANDREW (30), Fireman and Trimmer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late Patrick and Ellen O'Brien; husband of Anastasia O'Brien (nee Daly), of 92, Boundary St., Liverpool. Born at Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  25. O'GORMAN, THOMAS CHRISTOPHER (22), Able Seaman, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Thomas and Rose Mary O'Gorman (nee Kearney), of 19, O'Connell St., Waterford. Born at Waterford, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  26. PARRY, JOHN (30), Fireman and Trimmer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of William and Mary Parry; husband of Mary Parry (nee Hassey), of 94, Boundary St., Liverpool. Born at Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  27. PITTS, ALBERT (43), Chief Officer, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late William and Ann Pitts; husband of Rose Pitts (nee Wilson), of 195, The Boulevard, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  28. WHITE, WILLIAM (37), Able Seaman, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of the late John and Sarah White; husband of Ellen White (nee Brennan), of 291, Burlington St., Scotland Rd., Liverpool. Born at Warren Point, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  29. WILLIAMS, BERTRAM PERCY (32), Steward, S.S. Romeo, †03/03/1918, Son of Louisa Williams, and the late Frederick Joseph Williams; husband of Hannah Williams (nee Curtis), of 63, Westminster Avenue, Hull. Born at Southampton, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

SS 'DIDO' sunk 26th June 1916

 

'DIDO'  was a British Merchant steamer of 4,769grt. On the 26th February 1916 when on route from Hull for India, she hit a mine, when 4 miles NNE from Spurn Light Vessel, North Sea. 28 lives were lost, including Master. Owned by Wilson Line, Hull. 

While lying at anchor at 6.15 a.m. during gale force winds and heavy snow squalls, a violent explosion occurred on the port side of the vessel. The chief officer and two crew attempted to lower a boat to inspect the damage but this broke adrift, as it reached the water. In the heavy weather the three men were unable to row back to the ship, which they soon lost sight of in the squall. Fortunately, the boat was soon picked up by the Belgian s.s. MARTHA on her way to the DIDO, in an attempt to pick up those of her crew who were now in the water. Due to the extreme cold and exhaustion they were unable to seize the ropes and life belts thrown to them. The MARTHA also attempted to lower a lifeboat, but were unable due to the heavy sea. The Belgian steamer stood by the DIDO until she sank at 7.20 a.m. then proceeded to Hull. The ship’s papers sank with with the vessel along with a stowaway passenger.

Photograph of the Wilson line ship the SS Dido. The Dido was sunk by a German mine at the mouth of the Humber on 25 February 1916LOST CREW - SS DIDO 

 

  1. ALTOFT, JOHN WILLIAM (25), Second Mate, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of James William and Ada Altoft, of 3, Albert Avenue, Wellsted St., Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  2. BOSTED, H (49), Able Seaman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Born in Norway, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  3. BURKHALTER, ERNEST (29), Steward, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Born in Switzerland, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  4. BYRNE, MICHAEL (60), Able Seaman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Born at Dundalk, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  5. COBBY, HAROLD (22), Fourth Engineer Officer, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Albert and Annie Isabella Cobby, of 17, Plane St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  6. DANN, DUDLEY ST. AUBYN (20), Engineer's Steward, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Alfred and Ellen Maria Dann, of 4, Saplin St., Manningham, Bradford. Born at Lincoln, Memorial: Bradford (Scholemoor) Cemetery
  7. GOLD, S (19), Assistant Steward, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, (served as GILBERT), Son of Jacob and Sarah Gold, of 9, Philip St., Back Church Lane, Whitechapel, London. Born in London, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  8. HABBERSHAW, THOMAS ELTON (23), Seaman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Louise F. Habbershaw, of 20, Chesnut Avenue, Queen's Rd., Hull, Memorial: Hull Northern Cemetery
  9. HARDCASTLE, WILLIAM JOHN (29), Third Engineer, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of William John and Harriet Hardcastle (nee Baxter), of 11, Marlowe St., Hull. Born at Whitby, Memorial: Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery
  10. KARLSON, GUSTAV (36), Fireman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Ulicktor Ulicklund, of Soderby, Liljendal, Finland, Memorial:Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery
  11. LARSEN, JULIUS (52), Fireman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of the late Jens and Margarita Larsen; husband of Johanne Larsen (nee Johnsen), of 15, Kimberley St., Hull. Born at Nyborg, Denmark, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  12. LEES, JAMES (24), Able Seaman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Born at Calcutta, Memorial: Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery
  13. MARTIN, WILLIAM HENRY (58), Ship's Cook, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Sarah Jane and the late Henry Martin; husband of Eliza Ann Martin (nee Fowler), of 139, Campbell St., Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  14. MOSS, WILLIAM HENRY (20), Assistant Cook, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of William Henry and Charlotte Moss, of 5, Villa Terrace, Walker St., Hull, Memorial: Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery
  15. RANDS, CHARLES EDWIN (32), Donkeyman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of the late Henry Rands; husband of Annie Elizabeth Rands (nee Hazard), of 5, Wellesley Avenue, Middleburg St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery
  16. ROBINSON, HENRY ROBERT (58), Chief Engineer, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Husband of Sarah Alice Robinson, of 15, Washington St., Hull. Born at Caistor, Lincs, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  17. ROSINDALE, HENRY (19), Carpenter, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Henry and Kate Rosindale; husband of Sarah Ann Rosindale (nee Taylor), of 64, Princes Rd., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  18. SKIPWORTH, GEORGE (46), Able Seaman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Jane and the late Henry Skipworth; husband of Frances Elizabeth Skipworth (nee Ainsworth), of 6, Chatham Place, Adelaide St., Hull. Born at Wakefield, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  19. SMITH, JOHN (30), Fireman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Mary and the late Henry Smith; husband of Gertrude Crowson Smith (nee Lidster), of 1, Ann's Place, Francis St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery
  20. TAYLOR, J R (53), Master, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of George Brent Taylor; husband of Amy Clara Taylor, of 9, Heathcole St., Newland, Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  21. THAXTER, WALTER EDWARD (32), Fireman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Walter James and Dorcas Thaxter; husband of Norah Thaxter (nee Clarke), of 3, Watts Avenue, Rochester, Kent. Born at Reedham, Norfolk, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  22. THORNLEY, JOHN (62), Boatswain, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Jonas and Eliza Thornley; Husband of Anna Thornley, of 16, Harrow St., Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  23. VAN DYK, BASTIAN (34), Fireman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Husband of Annie Elizabeth Van Dyk (nee Lidster), of 73, Alicia St., Hull, Yorks. Born at Rotterdam, Holland, Memorial: Hull (Hedon Road) Cemetery
  24. VINSON, EDGAR (22), Third Mate, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Harry and Mary Vinson (nee Vaughan), of 5, Mareham Avenue, Ena St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  25. WAITES, WILLIAM ARTHUR (47), Second Engineer, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of the Late Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Waites, of Leeds; Husband of Jane Catherine Waites, of 10, Ripon Villas, Brunswick Ave. Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  26. WESTERLUND, ALFRED (37), Fireman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Born in Sweden, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery
  27. WILLIAMS, GEORGE (22), Able Seaman, S.S. Dido, †26/02/1916, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Williams, of 14, Beaumont St., Wellsted St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery

SS 'SEBASTIAN', lost 22nd May, 1915

  • CREW LOST ON 'SEBASTIAN', lost in the North Sea, 22nd May, 1915. Lost with all hands.
  • AGNES, W. A (26), 12 Arthurs-Terrace, Walcott Street, Hull. Trimmer

  • COWLING, Frederick (23), 13 Seaton-ter, Walcott st, Hull. 2nd/Engineer
  • ELLIS, Herbert (26), 12 Fern-Grove, Eastbourne st, Hull. Cook

  • FLEY, Albert (28), 11 Welton-ter, Wassand Street, Hull. Bosun
  • GILLARD, Arthur (16), 34 Edinburgh Street, Hull. Apprentice

    JACKSON, John (38), 45 Harrow Street, Hull. Skipper
  • SMITH, John (34), 5 Claremont-Villas, Scarborough Street, Hull. Chief Engineer

    TINDALE, John (37), Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby. 3rd/Hand
  • WINCHESTER, James (26), Hilda's-Terrace, Westbourne Street, Hull. 2nd/Hand

SS 'EARL (H436)' lost 21st January 1916

EARL (H436) was a Hull steam trawler, reported missing in the North Sea on 21/1/1916

BROWNHILL, A (51), 140 Regent Street, Hull. Cook

BUCHAN, William (17), 30 Haddon Street, Hull. Trimmer

COATES, William (20), 6 Empringham-Place, Daltry Street, Hull. 3rd/Hand

COATES, William (59), 25 Buxton-ter, Daltry Street, Hull. Skipper

JACKSON, Frederick (34), 236 Boulevard, Hull. 2nd/Hand

MASON, W (50), Address not traced. 4th/Hand

MEDWAY, William (55), Nivana-ter, Blundell Street, Hull. Bosun

NEWMARSH, George (36), 3 Helen-ter, Marmaduke Street, Hull. Bosun

PATTERSON, B (22), 1 Blenheim-crescent, Rugby Street, Hull. 2nd/Engineer

SS 'SOUTHWARD HO' lost 27th May 1915

'SOUTHWARD HO' was a 169 GRT steam trawler completed in 1899 by Doig & Broadley for S. T. While & Co. Ltd. and registered at Hull as H.456. She was reported missing on 27 May 1915 and is believed to have been lost approximately 88 nautical miles East by North of Spurn Head as a result of (unspecified) enemy action.There were no survivors.

ELLIS Thomas, Skipper

HARISON W., Second Hand, 76 Glasgow Street, Hull

MORTIMER E.W., 16 Joshua Avenue, Madeley Street, Hull

NICHOLSON W., Second Engineer, 40 Scarborough Street, Hull

NOBBS J.W. , Boatswain, Albert Avenue, Selby Street, Hull

PALMER Arthur, (30) Fourth Hand,

PEARSON J., (57) Deckhand

SMITH George, (36), Third Hand, 76 Welsted Street, Hull

WOOLMER George, (38) Cook, 56 Naylors Row, Hull

SS 'EROS' sunk on the 8th June 1918

'EROS'  was mined in the North Sea on the 8th June 1918.  7 lives, lost including Skipper.

LOST CREW - HMT EROS

AVERY, STEPHEN FREDERICK (32), Spare Hand, Steam Trawler Eros, †08/06/1918, Son of Robert Avery and the late Florence Avery; husband of Bertha Louisa Avery (nee Linkins), of 8, Princes Avenue, West Dock St., Hull. Born at Ramsgate, Memorial:Tower Hill Memorial

BAGGLEY, JESSE (36), Third Hand, Steam Trawler Eros, †08/06/1918, Son of the late Richard and Selina Baggley. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

HANLON, WALTER (42), Second Engineer, H.M. Trawler Eros, †08/06/1918, Husband of Charlotte Hanlon, of 2, Welton Terrace, Wassand St., Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery

HOLNESS, JOHN MARSH (40), Boatswain, Steam Trawler Eros, †08/06/1918, Son of Elizabeth Holness, of 9, Conway St., Hull, and the late Richard Albert Holness, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

POWELL, RICHARD WALTER (54), Skipper, H.M. Trawler Eros, †08/06/1918, Father of Mrs. O. M. Booth, of 176, Marlborough Avenue, Hull, Memorial: Hull Western Cemetery

WEBBER, HAROLD (40), Second Hand, Steam Trawler Eros, †08/06/1918, Son of the late Abel and Alice Mary Webber; husband of Beatrice Ethel Webber (Nee Lewis), of 104, Eastbourne St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

SS 'ZARA' sunk 13th April 1917

 

The 'ZARA' was a 1,331-ton cargo-passenger ship that measured: 257.0 x 35.2. Wm. Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow built and completed her as Yard No.130 in June 1897 for Bailey & Leetham, Ltd., Hull. In 1903 she was owned by T. Wilson, Sons & Co., Ltd., Hull. In 1917 the registered owner was Ellerman's Wilson Line, Ltd., Hull. She was torpedoed and sunk by SM U 30, on 13 April 1917, 90 miles W ¾ W from Hellisø Island (60.08N-01.52E), while voyaging from London to Trondhjem, with general cargo. 27 liives were lost.  Eleven members of the crew and 11 passengers were killed. The remaining 17 crew members and 17 passengers set sail in lifeboats for the Norwegian coast. They managed to reach Norway, but five crew members died of exposure on the way there.

LOST CREW - ZARA

ABRAHAM, John Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

BLACKLEY, Charles Greaser MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

BOYLE, John Joseph 3rd Engineer MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

BROWN, John Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

COLE, Tom Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) 13.4.17 

EDWARDS, H. Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

FENTIMAN, Harold John 2nd Engineer MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

FROW, Thomas Henry Assistant Steward MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4. 17 

GOLIGHTLY, William Meadley lMate MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

LYONS, John Able Seaman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

PAUL, Thomas Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

POPPLETON, Walter Howard Mess Steward MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

THOMPSON, Walter Boatswain (Bosun) & Lamps MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

WALKER, E. ,J Ship Cook MM SS Zara 13.4.17 

WALTERS, Milward Donkeyman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

KNOWLES, Robert Able Seaman RNVR Mersey Z868 (D) SS Zara killed 13.4.17