Vessels Lost in WW2 Recorded on the Memorial at Tower Hill: Final Panels Couquet Mouth to Lauwerszee

This page includes basic information about the ships and how they were lost, a photo of the relevant panel(s) of the Tower Hill Memorial and information about those that lost their lives extracted from the CWGC database. In the table I have included information about those who served on the ships but who had a normal burial as this seems appropriate to me. In some cases further family information about the individuals may be available on the CWGC website [7].

Couquet Mouth

The correct name for this ship appears to have been Coquet Mouth. She was a 477 grt dredger that sank on 4 July 1940 after hitting a mine off Amble.

Couquet Mouth

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Brown 66 04/07/1940 Deck Hand Merchant Navy United Kingdom Amble West Cemetery Sec. F. Grave 96. Age 66. Husband of A. J. Brown of Linthorpe Middlesbrough Yorkshire.
Robert Forster English 45 04/07/1940 Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Amble West Cemetery Sec. A. Grave 106. Age 45
Sydney Lockey 35 04/07/1940 Deck Hand Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 35. Son of John George and Mary Hanah Lockey of Amble Northumberland.

Empire Blanda

Please see also the main entry for Empire Blanda HERE.

Empire Blanda

Empire Lawrence

Please see the main entry for Empire Lawrence HERE. However it appears that Mr Kirby, Master of Empire Lawrence, was the previous Master to Mr Darkins who died when the ship was sunk. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of Mr Kirby was 6 March 1942.

Empire Lawrence

Friesland

She was a 2,662 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 27 October 1941 by aircraft bombing at position 53° 04' N, 01° 35' E.

Friesland

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Alan Keenan 18 27/10/1941 Galley Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 18
Carmel Mallia 27/10/1941 Sailor Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130.
John B. Pereira 27/10/1941 Stoker Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130.
Donald Tucker 16 27/10/1941 Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 16. Son of Gerald William and Winifred Mabel Tucker of Goodmayes Essex.

Groenlo

She was a 1,969 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 24 November 1941 by a torpedo fired by an S-boat at position 52° 20' N, 01° 59' E.

Groenlo

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Vatcher 24/11/1941 Mess Servant Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130.
James S. Vatcher 35 24/11/1941 Mess Room Boy Canadian Merchant Navy Canada Halifax Memorial Panel 19. Age 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Vatcher of Kenogami Province of Quebec.

Hidlefjord

She was a 7,639 grt motor tanker that was sunk on 1 April 1941 by aicraft bombing at a position 20 miles North-West of the Smalls.

Hidlefjord

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Lewis Wilfred Cox 18 01/04/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 18. Son of Lewis F. and Dorothy A. Cox of Hillingdon Middlesex.

Ijsselhaven (Yselhaven)

The correct name for this ship appears to have been Yselhaven. She was a 4,802 grt steam cargo ship that was sunk on 6 June 1941 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-43 at position 49° 25' N, 40° 54' W.

Ijsselhaven

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
James Morrow 06/06/1941 Stoker Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130.
William Henry Mundt 23 06/06/1941 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 23. Son of William and Florence Mundt.
Kenneth Smith 06/06/1941 Cooks Mate Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130.

Isleford

Please see also the main entry for this ship HERE. More informate on the loss can be found at Historical RFA [23].

Isleford

Kingyuan

She was a 2,653 grt steam Passenger/Cargo ship that was sunk on 14 April 1944 as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine. For further information, please see the entry for Fort Stikine HERE.

Kingyuan

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Bruno Albert Reinhold Gunther 59 14/04/1944 Third Officer Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 130. Age 59. Son of Ferdinand and Olga Gunther; husband of Emma Marie Gunther (nee Gaigull) of Hong Kong.

Lauwerszee

She was a 262 grt tug that escaped from Vlissingen to England on 17 May 1940. She was sunk on 3 October 1940 after hitting a mine off Dodman Point shortly after attempting to tow Lady of the Isle from Falmouth to Portsmouth - this vessel had hit a mine and sunk whilst under tow. Of the 13 on board the tug, 12 lost their lives. As only two are recorded in the CWGC database it is assumed that the others were citizens of The Netherlands.

Lauwerszee

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Dick Jenkins 03/10/1940 Stoker Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 131.
James William Watson 21 03/10/1940 Able Seaman Merchant Navy United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 131. Age 21. Son of Edgar Francis Watson and of Nellie Watson of Poplar London.


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