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formerly Newport, Monmouthshire, UK

 

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Young Service casualties - Listed by age

  Arkinstall, James, 17, 25th April 1915, 1st Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment, 1801, Rifleman, Son of William and Mary Helen Arkinstall, of 5, Jone's Terrace, Bassaleg, Mon.


Ball, Wilfred, 17, 17th December 1915, 10th Bn.West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own), 18031. Private, Son of Mrs. Sarah Ball, of 3, Caroline St., Newport, Mon. YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Panel 21.

SS Koranton

Barnes, Kenneth John, 15, 28th March 1941, Merchant Navy, S.S. Koranton,  Galley Boy, John Henry Barnes Florence May Barnes, of Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 62.

St Julians High school                              Memorial to parishioners who died

Information: By kind permission of Mr Billy McGee from his book "They Shall Grow Not Old"

Cargo ship Koranton,, 6,695grt. (R. Chapman & Sons) had loaded with a cargo of pig iron at Philadephia for Hull and sailed to Sydney, Cape Breton where the ship joined up with the 40 ship Convoy SC-25 which left Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10th March 1941. During the crossing two ships were forced to return due to bad weather and the Koranton found herself straggling the main convoy and was soon sailing alone and vulnerable and was last sighted on 24th March.

After failing to arrive the ship was recorded in May 1941as missing/untraced and a Joint Arbitration Committee considered the loss 40% “Marine Cause”, 60% “War Cause” around the 28th March.

The ship had actually been intercepted by U-98 South West of Reykjavik and hit in the stern by a single torpedo and sank almost immediately before any distress message could be sent taking all thirty four men with her in approximate position 50’ 00N 27’ 00W

 

  Brimble, Robert Edwin, 15, 21st October 1941, Merchant Navy, S.S. Treverbyn, Son of William and Alice Brimble, of Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 111.

 

  Bennett, James, 16, 20th May 1941, Merchant Navy, M.V. Darlington Court,  Deck Boy, Son of George H. Bennett, and of Edith Bennett, of New Tredegar, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 34.

 

  Bennett, William Thomas, 17, 2nd December 1940, Merchant Navy, S.S. Victoria City, Apprentice, Son of Thomas and Ivy Bennett, of Barry Dock, Glamorgan, TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 114.

 

Bernard Bistrom Bistrom, Bernard Frederick, 16, 1st August 1918,  Mercantile Marine, S.S. North Cambria, Mess room boy.

STAR OF AUSTRALIA on the 1st August 1918 was in collision with and sank Hugh Roberts & Son's, North Cambria some 70 miles west of Ushant, 48.57N/6.47W 1.8.18

Local memorial - All Saint's church, Brynglas

                                       

 

  Blythe, Ernest Albert, 17, 1st October 1917,  Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Mersario", Ordinary Seaman, Son of Sidney Arthur and Rose Blythe, of 54, Archibald St., Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

  Bransfield, Percy Reginald, 17, 8th August 1915, "C" Coy. 3rd Bn. South Wales Borderers, 19598, Private, Son of John and Ellen Bransfield, of 5, Mansel St., Newport, Mon., NEWPORT (ST. WOOLOS) CEMETERY, 17 "U." 50.

 

 

Broderick, Stephen, 17, 30th November 1917, 25th (Montgomery and Welsh Horse Yeomanry) Bn., Royal Welsh Fusliers, 355947, Private, Son of John and Amelia Broderick, JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, E.187.

 

  Burke, Augustine Joseph, 17, 12th October 1916, "C" Coy. 1st Bn  Monmouthshire Regiment, 3123, Rifleman, Son of Mrs. K. A. Jones (formerly Burke), of 20, Rose St., Queen's Hill, Newport, Mon., and the late Robert Burke, FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, I. K. 14

 

Plymouth's Royal Naval memorial

Clemes, Norman Terence, 17, 27th February 1942, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Jupiter, D/JX 177473, Boy 1st Class, Son of Alfred Donald and Elizabeth Alice Clemes, of Malpas, Mon., PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Panel 67. Column 3.

HMS Jupiter

 

  Cox, Arthur, 17, 17th January 1918, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Windsor Hall", Apprentice,  Son of Thomas Henry Cox, of 7, Grafton Rd., Newport, Mon., and the late Elizabeth Cox (nee Trigg), TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

  Cox, Victor Charles, 17, 6th May 1917, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Alfalfa", Mess Room Steward, Son of Charles Ernest and Susannah Cox, of Pleasant View, Penylan Park, Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

  Davies, William, 17, 21st December 1914, 1st Bn. South Wales Borderers, 11898, Private, Son of Mrs. Louisa Sweeney, of 80, George St., Newport, Mon., LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Panel 14 and 15.

 

SS Port Hunter

Denning, Jack Vivian, 17, Merchant Navy, S.S. Port Hunter, TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 83.

 

 

 

 

Donovan, Dennis Lewis, 17, 23rd October 1943, Royal Marines, H. M. S. Charybdis, PLY/X 107819, Marine, Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Donovan, of Newport, Monmouthshire, PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Panel 83, Column 3.

 

 

  Driscoll, James Bernard, 17, 2nd December 1940, Merchant Navy, M.V. Lady Glanely (Cardiff), Boy, TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 63.

 

Reg Duggan Duggan, Reginald Arthur, 17, 27th March 1941, Merchant Navy, S.S. Koranton,  Mess Room Boy, Son of Reginald Samuel and Evelyn Sylvia Duggan, of Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 62.

Obituary                    Roll of Honour                    Roll of Honour                    SS Koranton

 

SS Koranton

Duggan, Reginald Arthur, 17, Merchant Navy, S.S. Koranton,  Mess Room Boy, Son of Reginald Samuel and Evelyn Sylvia Duggan, of Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 62.

 

 

Plymouth's Royal Naval memorial

Fitzgerald, Patrick Richard, 17, 8th June 1940, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Glorious, D/JX 160532, Boy, Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Fitzgerald, of Newport, Mon., PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Panel 39, Column 2.

HMS Glorious

 

  Grieve, John Mearns, 16, 22nd January 1917, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Linwood", Mess Room Steward, Son of George Grieve, of 3, Kirby St., Newport, Mon., and the late Isabella Cruickshank Grieve (nee Mearns)., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

General Post Office memorial Hall, Ronald Arthur William, 16, 15th November 1939, Merchant Navy, S.S. Woodtown, Ordinary Seaman, of 28 Williams Street, Newport, Mon.,TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 120.

Local memorial - General Post Office, Newport

Information: By kind permission of Mr Billy McGee from his book "They Shall Grow Not Old"

Cargo ship Woodtown, 794grt. (Comben, Longstaff & Co. Ltd.) had loaded a cargo of granite at Newlyn for London. On the 15th November 1939 off Margate two and half miles from the Tongue Light Vessel the ship detonated a mine, which tore the bottom out of the ship and sank thirty seconds killing eight of the thirteen crew. The survivors were picked up by local lifeboat crew. The mine barrage had been laid by German destroyers between the 12th & 13th November 1939.

 

  Hensley, William James, 15, 17th June 1917, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Don Arturo", Assistant Cook, Son of Annie Hensley, of 5, Brad St., Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

  Houghton, Arthur James, 17, 5th March 1943, Merchant Navy, S.S. Fidra, Galley Boy, Son of Arthur James Houghton and Olive I. Houghton, of Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 49

 

 

James, Noah, 17, 27th June 1915, 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers, 13768, Lance Corporal, Son of James James, of 8, Tymelin Terrace, Rogerstone, Newport, Mon., TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY, Sp. Mem. C. 317.

 

John Lord Lord, John William, 16, 30th August 1940, Merchant Navy, S.S. Mill Hill (Newcastle-on-Tyne), Galley Boy, 9 Canal Parade, Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 70.

Information: By kind permission of Mr Billy McGee from his book "They Shall Grow Not Old"

Cargo ship Mill Hill,4.318 grt. (Countess Ship Management Co. Ltd.) haveing loaded a cargo of pig iron and steel for Middleborough at Boston Massachussetts, the Mill Hill joined up with the Liverpool bound 52 ship Convoy HX-66, which leftHalifax, Nova Scotia on 16th August 1940. On the 30th August 1840, U-32 attacks the convoy 58 miles Nort West of Cape Wrath and within less than a thirty minute spell sinks three merchant ships. The Mill Hill is hit in the stern and sinks rapidly  within minutes taking the captain and all thirty three crew with her in position 58' 48N 06'4W

Obituary                             Obituary                               SS Mill Hill

 

St Michael's memorial Myles, T, 16, 6th May 1917, Mercantile Marine,  S.S. "Alfalfa" (London), Ordinary Seaman, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Myles, of 3, Wallis St., Newport, Mon. Born at Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

Local memorial - St Michael's church

 

 

O'Shea, Richard, 14, 6th May 1917, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Alfalfa", Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O'Shea, of 4, Trinity Place, Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

  Pocock, Frederick Redvers, 16, 12th March 1917,Mercantile Marine,  S.S. "Tandil", Cabin Boy, Son of Robert Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Pocock, of 52, Canal Parade, Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

  Phillips, William Arthur, 17, 7th July 1916, 16th Bn. South Wales Borderers, 40710, Private, Son of Mrs. Mary Jane Phillips, of 85, Dock St., Newport, Mon., THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A

 

Raymond Steed

Steed, Raymond Victor, 14, 26th April 1943, Merchant Navy, S.S. "Empire Morn",  Galley Boy, 20 Christchurch Road, Newport, Mon., Wilfred and Olive Steed (nee Bright), BEN M'SIK EUROPEAN CEMETERY, Plot 59A. Row 1. Grave 1.

Local memorial - Grandparents grave in Bettws church graveyard.

 

Raymond's headstone in the BEN M'SIK EUROPEAN CEMETERY          Raymond's photo found in his seaman's pouch and superimposed on a photo of the Empire Morn          Memorial to Raymond on his grandparents grave          Raymond's headstone with the poem by Capt. Joe Earle superimposed on it             20 Christchurch Road

Photo's above courtesy of Mr Billy McGee and the Rev. Canon Henry Davies

 

Information: By kind permission of Mr Billy McGee from his book "They Shall Grow Not Old"

Raymond Steed was born Monday, 1st October 198 at 2 Kimbely Terrace, Malpas, St Mellons Road  and was at the time youngest recorded  service death of WWII who died aged 14 years & 207 days.

Raymond’s official service record (CRS10) shows he joined the Merchant Navy Reserve Pool (MNRP) 29th December 1942, just two months after his 14th birthday, joining his first ship as a Stewards boy at Newport the same day. The ship being the former Royal Mail Line, 15,629grt., SS Atlantis which had been converted into a Hospital Ship in 1939. He left this ship 13th March 1943. After taking his leave Raymond joined the Empire Morn at Newport on 4th April 1943.

Catapult Aircraft Merchant Ship, Empire Morn, 7,092grt. (MOWT, Headlam & Son-Whitby) had loaded with a cargo of naval, military and RAF equipment for Casablanca & Gibraltar left Milford Haven sailing to the Barry Roads anchorage while waiting to join up with the combined 69 ship convoy OS-46/KMS-13 which sailed from Liverpool on 15th April 1943.

On 24th April the convoy split into two and continued to their individual ports of call. On the evening of Monday 26th April at 9.45pm an explosion rocks the ship followed by a secondary explosion in the ships magazine seriously damaging the stern of the ship and blowing out a greater portion of the crew accommodation. At 10.05pm the captain decides to temporarily abandon ship until daybreak to assess the situation further. A thorough search and head count reveals twenty-one men are missing before the ships lifeboats are launched. The following morning at 5.30am the ships Captain, all his Officers and three crew members, re-board the ship and assisted in working the vessel into Casablanca with the assistance of the salvage tug USN Cherokee.

On 28th April at 2.30pm during a further search through the wreckage of the crew accommodation, the remains of of two crew members were found and extricated and immediately recognised as that of Raymond Steed and John W Gardner, an 18year old Ordinary Seaman. Identity papers found on both the bodies confirmed without doubt who they were and it has was stated that both men had been killed instantly in the explosion. The remains of the other nineteen killed were never found  either being blown over board or incinerated. On 29th April 1943 at 2.00pm the bodies on Raymond and John were laid to rest at the Ben M’Sik Cemetery about six kilometres from Casablanca town centre which lies between the main road to Marrakech and the road known as Oulad Zianc. Present at the service was the Captain, all Officers and surviving crew who could be spared from duty.

German records show that the Empire Morn had detonated a mine laid earlier on 10th April 1943 off Casablanca by U-117

 
  Stewart, William John Clifford, 17, 14th January 1942, Merchant Navy, S.S. Caledonian Monarch, Assistant Steward, Son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Stewart, of Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 22

 

Summers, Thomas William, 14, 17th June 1917, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Don Arturo", Assistant Steward, Son of William and Elizabeth Summers (nee Baslam), of 3, Providence Place, Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

Phillup Takle Takle, Phillip James, 16, 21st August 1940, Merchant Navy, S.S. Anglo Saxon (London), Ordinary Seaman, TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 8

Local memorial - St Julian's High School

St Julians  High School memorial                    SS Anglo Saxon                     Obituary                    Obituary

 

Information: By kind permission of Mr Billy McGee from his book "They Shall Grow Not Old"

Cargo ship Anglo Saxon, 5.596 grt, (Nitrate Producers SS Co.) had loaded a cargo of coal at Newport for Bahia Blanca and joined up with the outward bound 27 ship Convoy OB-195, which departed Liverpool on the 8th August 1940. On the 12th August the convoy disperses and the Anglo Saxon sets course for Argentina. On the 21st August about 800 miles West of the Canary Islands the ship was intercepted by the German commerce  raider Widder who proceeded to shell and machine gun tp destruction both the ship and the crew.  

Six crew and one DEMS gunner from a compliment of forty one finally got away from the burning ship in an 18ft jolly boat as the ship sank in position 26’ 10N 34’ 09W. The gunner would later die of his wounds, while another crewmember passes away in the boat after 11 days. The Chief Officer and Third Engineer would commit suicide by stepping over the boats gunwhale into the sea after 15 days and the following day the ships cook would go insane and die.

The two survivors Roy Widdicombe and Robert Tapscott would have to endure seventy days adrift in this jolly boat before reaching land, surviving on seaweed, the occasional flying fish and rain water and at one point in desperation drinking the alcohol content of the boats compass.

Widdicombe would be dead within three months of surviving their epic feat while returning home  when his ship the SS Siamese Prince was sunk by U-69 with all sixty nine crew lost. Tapscott recovered more slowly and in the summer of 1941 went to Canada. Initially he enlisted in the Canadian army but rejoined the Merchant Navy in March 1943. He arrived back in the United Kingdom in late May 1943. Tapscott continued to serve at sea until his early death at the age of forty two in September 1963.

 

Francis Taylor Taylor, Francis Cyril, 17, 8th May 1915, 1st Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment, 1769, Rifleman, Son of David John and Annie Taylor, of 52, Tredegar St., Rhiwderin, Newport, Mon., YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Panel 50.

 

 

 

  Tobin, Albert Thomas, 17, 6th February 1917, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Azul", Ordinary Seaman, Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jane Tobin, of 11, Corelli St., Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

Obituary Venmore, Leonard Edgar, 15, 8th November 1918, Merchant Navy, SS Kepwickhall, Son of C.Q.M.S. George and Madeline Venmore, 34, Alma Street, Newport, Mon.

 

Watkins, Edwin Boradale, 17, 22nd January 1917, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Linwood", Ordinary Seaman, Son of Edwin George Herbert and Jessie Watkins (nee Jones), of 3, Charlotte St., Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

White, Job William, 16, 8th May 1915, 1st Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment, 2169, Private, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL , Panel 50






SS Castlemoor in the middle

Williams, Albert Ronald, 15, 25th February 1940, Merchant Navy, S.S. Castlemoor, Galley Boy, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Samuel Williams, of Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, Panel 24.

Information: By kind permission of Mr Billy McGee from his book "They Shall Grow Not Old"

Cargo ship Castlemoor, 6,574grt (Runciman Shipping Co.) had loaded a cargo of steel ingots in Philadelphia as well as 2,403 barrels of apples for Middlesbrough and sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she joined up with the Liverpool bound 55 ship Convoy HX-20 which left Halifax on the 16th February 1940.

The ship was sighted by the SS Dalemoor on the 23rd February in position 46’ 14N 36’ 04W and again by the SS Royal on the 25th. Nothing more was ever of the ship and her forty man crew.

The ship was officially reported missing/untraced April 17th and a Joint Arbitration and Missing Ship Committee considered her lost 25th February wholly from “Marine Peril”. No U-Boat ever claimed to have sunk this vessel. However the ship’s loss must have happened very quickly as no distress signal was ever transmitted

 

HMHS Glenart Castle

Wyatt, Wilfred Sydney, 15, 26th February 1918, Mercantile Marine, Hospital ship "Glenart Castle", Fireman Steward, Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Wyatt, of 73, Stockton Rd., Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

 

 

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