Merchant Navy Memorials To The Missing - Graves Found

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  1. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    TOBARAK ALI
    Rank:
    Seacunny
    Date of Death:
    16/08/1940
    Age:
    42
    Regiment/Service:
    Indian Merchant Navy
    S.S. Clan Forbes (Glasgow)
    Panel Reference:

    Memorial:
    BOMBAY / CHITTAGONG 1939-1945 WAR MEMORIALS
    Chadwell St Mary's Cemetery, Essex.
     
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  2. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Bit of background on these 2 casualties.

    SS Clan Forbes was damaged in an air raid on Tilbury Docks 16/08/1940 killing 4 members of the crew.

    A local researcher pointed out to IFCP that Walker Stephenson was buried at Chadwell St Mary's Cemetery. On obtaining the burial register the entry in the register above that of Walker was Tobarak Ali. Everyone on the burial register page had been killed in air raids. Sadly we have not yet found the burial place of the other 2 crew members.
     
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  3. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    BODY, JAMES
    Rank:
    Fireman
    Date of Death:
    09/04/1941
    Age:
    18
    Regiment/Service:
    Merchant Navy
    Tug Persia (London).
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 80.
    Memorial:
    TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

    CASELTON, ERNEST
    Rank:
    Leading Hand
    Date of Death:
    09/04/1941
    Age:
    35
    Regiment/Service:
    Merchant Navy
    S.S. Persia (London).
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 80.
    Memorial:
    TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

    Gravesend Cemetery.
     
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  4. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Persia was a London tug
     
  5. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    CLARKE, SIDNEY
    Rank:
    Fireman and Trimmer
    Date of Death:
    08/08/1941
    Age:
    25
    Regiment/Service:
    Merchant Navy
    S.S. Belgravian (Liverpool)
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 15.
    Memorial:
    TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
    Greenock Cemetery.

    The key to this one was a duplicate entry on the civilian ROH

    CLARK, SIDNEY
    Rank:
    Civilian
    Date of Death:
    08/08/1941
    Age:
    25
    Regiment/Service:
    Civilian War Dead

    Reporting Authority:
    GREENOCK, BURGH OF, SCOTLAND
    Additional Information:
    Seaman, Merchant Navy; of 4 Willerby Road, Hull, Yorkshire. Died at 14 Inverkip Road.
    Scottish DC & MN death index card confirmed all details.
     
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  6. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    WEATHERHEAD, FREDERICK OWEN HENRY
    Rank:
    Skipper
    Date of Death:
    01/01/1940
    Age:
    41
    Regiment/Service:
    Fishing Fleet
    Fishing Vessel Young Harry (Folkestone).
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 129.
    Memorial:
    TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Frederick K. and Caroline E. Weatherhead; husband of Mary F. Weatherhead, of Folkestone. His father perished with him.
    Hawkinge Cemetery, Kent.
     
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  7. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    CAPPS, JOHN ALFRED
    Rank:
    Seaman
    Date of Death:
    08/01/1941
    Age:
    27
    Regiment/Service:
    Lighthouse and Pilotage Authorities
    Trinity House Service, M.V. Stratheam (London)
    Grave Reference:
    W. 176.
    Cemetery:
    LOWESTOFT (KIRKLEY) CEMETERY

    N.B.

    Recent research has shown that this casualty is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave.

    Commemoration Moved From Tower Hill Memorial.
     
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  8. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    STEPHENSON, WALKER
    Rank:
    Third Radio Officer
    Date of Death:
    16/08/1940
    Age:
    32
    Regiment/Service:
    Merchant Navy
    S.S. Clan Forbes (Glasgow)
    Grave Reference:
    Sec. 11. Grave 132.
    Cemetery:
    CHADWELL ST. MARY CEMETERY

    N.B.

    Recent research has shown that this casualty is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave.

    Commemoration Moved From Tower Hill Memorial.

    TOBARAK ALI
    Rank:
    Seacunny
    Date of Death:
    16/08/1940
    Age:
    42
    Regiment/Service:
    Indian Merchant Navy
    S.S. Clan Forbes (Glasgow)
    Grave Reference:
    Sec. 12. Grave 37.
    Cemetery:
    CHADWELL ST. MARY CEMETERY

    N.B.

    Recent research has shown that this casualty is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave.

    ABDUL RASHID
    Rank:
    Bhandary
    Date of Death:
    16/08/1940
    Age:
    41
    Regiment/Service:
    Indian Merchant Navy
    S.S. Clan Forbes (Glasgow)
    Grave Reference:
    Sec. 12. Grave 30.
    Cemetery:
    CHADWELL ST. MARY CEMETERY

    N.B.

    Recent research has shown that this casualty is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave.

    MAIZ-UD-DIN
    Rank:
    Seaman
    Date of Death:
    16/08/1940
    Age:
    22
    Regiment/Service:
    Indian Merchant Navy
    S.S. Clan Forbes (Glasgow)
    Grave Reference:
    Sec. 12. Grave 33.
    Cemetery:
    CHADWELL ST. MARY CEMETERY

    N.B.

    Recent research has shown that this casualty is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave.

    Commemorations Moved From Bombay/Chittagong 1939-45 Memorials.

    I know in my original post on the discovery of the first 2 men's grave that no trace could be found of the other 2 crewmen. However on the visit of CWGC to Chadwell they did find evidence of the burial. The missing crew of the Clan Forbes are missing no more.
     
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  9. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    CASELTON, ERNEST
    Rank:
    Leading Hand
    Date of Death:
    09/04/1941
    Age:
    35
    Regiment/Service:
    Merchant Navy
    S.S. Persia (London).
    Grave Reference:
    Plot B.16. Grave 1390.
    Cemetery:
    GRAVESEND CEMETERY

    N.B.

    Recent research has shown that Leading Hand Caselton is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave.

    Commemoration Moved From Tower Hill Memorial.
     
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  10. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    BODY, JAMES
    Rank:
    Fireman
    Date of Death:
    09/04/1941
    Age:
    18
    Regiment/Service:
    Merchant Navy
    Tug Persia (London).
    Grave Reference:
    Plot A.33. Grave 5690.
    Cemetery:
    GRAVESEND CEMETERY
    Additional Information:
    Husband of A. E. J. Body, of Gravesend.

    N.B.

    Recent research has shown that this casualty is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave.

    Commemoration Moved From Tower Hill Memorial.
     
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  11. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    COUPER, DAVID THOMSON
    Rank:
    Donkeyman
    Date of Death:
    04/10/1939
    Age:
    46
    Regiment/Service:
    Merchant Navy
    S.S. Glen Farg (Aberdeen)
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 52.
    Memorial:
    TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of David Thomson Couper and Isabella Couper.
    Grave Found Edinburgh Seafield Cemetery.

    The briefest of mentions to the sinking was in the Daily Herald 7th October 1939. The very wording of the article showed that the crew had been landed with the exception of David. This led me to look at his MN record card on ancestry which gave me an address. Burial register from Seafield confirmed address & the ships name.
     
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  12. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    WEATHERHEAD, FREDERICK OWEN HENRY
    Rank:
    Skipper
    Date of Death:
    01/01/1940
    Age:
    41
    Regiment/Service:
    Fishing Fleet
    Fishing Vessel Young Harry (Folkestone).
    Grave Reference:
    Plot BB. Sec. B. Grave 747.
    Cemetery:
    HAWKINGE CEMETERY
    Additional Information:
    Son of Frederick K. and Caroline E. Weatherhead; husband of Mary F. Weatherhead, of Folkestone. His father perished with him.
    Commemoration Moved From Tower Hill Memorial.
     
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  13. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    COUPER, DAVID THOMSON
    Rank:
    Donkeyman
    Date of Death:
    04/10/1939
    Age:
    46
    Regiment/Service:
    Merchant Navy
    S.S. Glen Farg (Aberdeen)
    Grave Reference:
    N. 323.
    Cemetery:
    EDINBURGH (SEAFIELD) CEMETERY
    Additional Information:
    Son of David Thomson Couper and Isabella Couper.

    N.B.

    Recent research has shown that Donkeyman Couper is buried here and the Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave. His previous commemoration on Panel 52 of the Tower Hill Memorial, London will be removed if and when the panel is next replaced.

    Commemoration Moved From Tower Hill Memorial.
     
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  14. temptage

    temptage Who said this would be easy?

    Six men were killed from the North Devon on the attacks on the 5th & 6th February and although Tower Hill Commemorates three of the names, the bodies of all the dead were landed ashore. Douglas Crichton was cremated so his name was placed on Tower Hill. Reggie Earnshaw was found to buried in Comely Bank Cemetery and Reginald Mitchell was found to buried in Piershill Cemetery, Edingburgh

    CRICHTON, Boy, DOUGLAS STEWART, S.S. North Devon (Newcastle-on-Tyne). Merchant Navy. 7th July 1941. Age 16. (Recorded as 17 years old by CWGC. Family member states true age as 16.)

    Ive seen these two records and am certain they are one and the same person.

    Casualty Details
    Casualty Details

    110a Scartho Road was the address of Grimsby District Hospital.
     
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  15. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Having been involved with 2 others on this forum - Roger and Billy, I agree with you. Douglas Crichton's body was cremated, he was aged 16. His death was registered in Grimsby and his last known place of abode was 2 Henderson Row, Edinburgh. The other young lad was Reginald Earnshaw aged only 14 and to-date is the youngest service casualty of WW2.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
  16. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Merchant Seamen Deaths, 1939 -1953
    Name: Douglas Stewart Crichton
    Age: 17
    Birth Date: abt 1924
    Birth Place: Edinburgh, Scotland
    Death Date: 7 Jul 1941
    Death Place: Grimsby
    Mother: Catherine
    45947_0006-00241.jpg

    TD

    edited to add:
    He is noted on both:
    UK, WWII Civilian Deaths, 1939-1945 and UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947

    He also has a civil death cert ??
    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Douglas S Crichton
    Death Age: 16
    Birth Date: abt 1925
    Registration Date: Sep 1941
    Registration district: Grimsby
    Inferred County: Lincolnshire
    Volume: 7a
    Page: 1116
     
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  17. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  18. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Just caught up with this one.

    We can sort the duplicate entry easy enough.

    I think I have found the cremation register for him at Edinburgh so will report back later.
     
  19. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    The following graves have been found for those listed on the Tower Hill Memorial by temptage to whom I would like to thank.

    SkipperCLARK, GEORGE WILLIAM
    Died 29/01/1940

    Aged 58

    Fishing Vessel Rigoletto (Grimsby)
    Fishing Fleet

    MateDURRANT, WALTER BROWN
    Died 29/01/1940

    Aged 56

    Fishing Vessel Rigoletto (Grimsby)
    Fishing Fleet

    Fireman and TrimmerABDI AHMED
    Died 17/02/1940

    S.S. Baron Ailsa (Ardrossan)
    Merchant Navy

    All have been found at Grimsby Scartho Road.
     
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  20. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Lieutenant ColonelBEDDINGTON, CLAUDE
    Died 24/08/1940

    Aged 72

    Master and Owner, M.V. Orca (Brixham).
    Merchant Navy

    formerly of
    Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry

    At present listed on Tower HIll Memorial from newspaper reports it has been found that his body was landed at Milford Haven & he was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium 28th Aug 1940.
     

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