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Below are details of local people who lost their lives in the Mercantile Marine (later the Merchant Navy), the RAF and WRAF in the First World War. Many of the sailors worked on Holyhead passenger ships which were diverted to war use, or worked on RMS Leinster, torpedoed during a routine voyage across the Irish Sea. Parts of RMS Leinster and the anchor of the hospital ship Anglia form a memorial outside Holyhead Maritime Museum.

First World War - Mercantile Marine

First World War – RAF & WRAF

 

 

 

Mercantile Marine (individual ships)

HMS Tara, Mediterranean
The first group of names on the memorial under HMS Tara relates to the ship’s sinking by a German submarine at Sollum Bay, in the Mediterranean, on 5 November 1915, killing 12 crew members. The 93 survivors were rescued by the U-boat and handed as prisoners to Senussi tribesmen. They were kept in harsh conditions, which resulted in five further deaths, in the Libyan desert until rescued by Allied forces. Before the war, HMS Tara was SS Hibernia, a LNWR steamer on the Holyhead to Ireland route.

  • Frederick Barber, Steward, HMS Tara. Died, age c.38, on 5 November 1915. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Husband of Anna Maria Barber and father of Elizabeth Clara Barber, of 10 New Houses, Edmund Street, Holyhead.
  • George Mathew Cox, Artificer/Boilermaker, HMS Tara. Died of illness, age 58, on 5 January 1916 at Bir Hakkim in the Libyan desert. Alexandra (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. Son of John and Mary Cox; husband of Mary Catherine Cox (nee Jones). The family lived at 3 Cybi Street, Holyhead.
  • John Hodgson, Seaman, HMS Tara. Died of illness, age 49, on 10 January 1916 at Bir Hakkim. Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. Son of chemist assistant Christopher Dodd Hodgson and Elizabeth Hodgson (nee Jones).
  • Walter Jackson, Cook, HMS Tara. Died, age c.51, on 5 November 1915. Alexandra (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. Born in Canada. Husband of Emma Jane Jackson (nee Cummings). The family lived at 1 Hedsor Street, Holyhead. His wife died in 1918, leaving nine children.
  • John Ellis Jones, Greaser/Fireman, HMS Tara. Died, age 37, on 5 November 1915. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of railway goods porter Ellis Jones and Jane Jones, of Holyhead. Husband of Catherine Jones, with whom he had a daughter. The family lived at 10 Lligwy Street, London Road, Holyhead. Was previously a railway cattleman.
  • Thomas Robert Jones, Leading Stoker, HMS Tara. Died, age c.38, on 5 November 1915. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Husband of Elizabeth C Jones (nee Williams), of 25 Cybi Place, Holyhead.
  • William Jones, Leading Stoker, HMS Tara. Died, age 58, on 5 November 1915. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Husband of Mary (Martha) Jones (nee Owen), of Bryn Marian, 1 Erw Terrace, Holyhead. Their son Owen Richard Jones died on 20 March 1916, while with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on the Western Front.
  • John Parry, Electrical Light Attendant/Fireman, HMS Tara. Died, age 56, on 5 November 1915. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of shoemaker Robert Parry and Margaret Parry (nee Williams) of 8 Trearddur Square, Holyhead. Husband of Martha Anne Parry (nee Griffiths), with whom he had a daughter.
  • Richard Lewis Phillips, Engineer Sub-Lieutenant, RNR, HMS Tara. Died, age 38, on 5 November 1915. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Originally from Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd. Son of engine fitter William Phillips. Husband of Anne Phillips of Forcer Hill, Holborn Road, Holyhead.
  • Robert Phillips, Leading Stoker, HMS Tara. Died, age 54, on 5 November 1915. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Husband of Mary Phillips of 14 Well Street, Holyhead. They had several children.
  • Griffith Hugh Roberts, Engineer Sub-lieutenant, RNR, HMS Tara. Died, age 27, on 5 November 1915. Portsmouth War Memorial. Son of marine engineer Robert Roberts and Margaret Roberts (nee Williams); husband of Annie Elizabeth Roberts (nee Edwards) of 56 Newry Street, Holyhead. They had at least one child.
  • Owen Hughes Roberts, Greaser, HMS Tara. Died as a prisoner of war, age 28, on 19 February 1916. Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. Son of Robert and Jane Roberts of 24 Llainfain, Holyhead. Educated at Llaingoch School, Holyhead. Worked as a pier trimmer before joining HMS Tara in 1915.
  • William Thomas, Quartermaster, HMS Tara. Died of wounds while a prisoner of war, age 65, on 13 November 1915. Chatby Memorial, Alexandria. Had lived at Hadley Villa, Holyhead. Fell and crushed his leg while boarding HMS Tara’s last lifeboat. His infected foot was amputated using a pair of scissors and a sharp rock during the march into the desert, but he died that night.
  • Owen Williams, Carpenter, HMS Tara. Died, age 60, on 5 November 1915. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of ship’s carpenter John Williams and Elizabeth Williams of Erw Wen, Newborough, Bodorgan, Anglesey. Husband of Margaret Williams of Glendale, Gilbert Street, Holyhead. Lived with his wife and two children at 14 Gilbert Street, Holyhead.
  • Robert John Seaborn Williams, Engineer Lieutenant, RNR (Chief Engineer), HMS Tara. Died of dysentery while a prisoner of war, age 52, on 28 January 1916 at Bir Hakkim in the Libyan Desert. Alexandra (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. Born on the Pacific Ocean. Husband of Catherine Williams (nee Williams) of Glandwr, Newry Street, Holyhead.

HMS Tara
Most of the following died when HMS Tara was an Armed Boarding Steamer in UK waters, mostly deployed to patrol the Irish Sea crossing between Larne and Campbelltown.

  • Evan Davies, Able Seaman, HMS Tara. Died, age 35, early 1916 at Holyhead. Lived with his family at 7 Ucheldre Avenue, Holyhead.
  • Richard Evans, Stoker, RNR, HMS Tara. Died in hospital at Larne, age 48, on 13 December 1914 of illness or as a result of an accident. Son of William and Anne Williams of 35 Porthyfelin, Holyhead. Husband of Sophia Evans (nee Hughes) of Menai Bridge. They had six children and lived at 6 New Street, Menai Bridge.
  • Thomas Jones, Engineer Lieutenant, RNR, HMS Tara. Died, age c.57, after being washed overboard. Date unknown. Born in Rhuddlan. Husband of Annie Ellen Jones. They lived with their four children at Riversdale, Four Mile Bridge, Anglesey
  • Andrew Morris, Chief Steward, HMS Tara. Died, age 58, 14 December 1917 at Glyn Garth, Holborn Road, Holyhead. Cause unknown. Son of Lewis and Agnes Morris. Lived with his wife, Catherine Ann Morris (nee Taylor), at Claremont House, London Road, Holyhead. He survived HMS Tara’s sinking and died after four months of desert captivity. Brother of Joseph Augustine Morris, lost on HMS Revenge in 1914.
  • Henry Owen Roberts, Chief Engineer, HMS Tara. Died, age 60, on 29 May 1917 at Holyhead. Cause unknown. Son of Thomas and Catherine Roberts. Lived at 37 Thomas Street, Holyhead, with his wife Mary Elizabeth Roberts (nee Jones) and their two daughters.
  • Richard Williams, Boatswain's Mate, HMS Tara.

HMS Scotia

  • William Jones, Boilermaker, HMS Scotia. Died at home on 5 May 1915, aged 52, after accidental injury on the ship. Lived at 8 Swifts Square, Holyhead, with his wife Catherine and their children and his father, Robert Jones.
  • Alfred Edward Marsh, Chief Steward, Mercantile Marine Reserve, HMS Scotia. Died, aged 37, on 12 July 1916 on active service in the Red Sea. Buried at sea. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of coastguard boatman William Marsh and Catherine Marsh (nee Evans). Lived at Grange Villa, Rhosygaer Avenue, Holyhead, with his wife Jane Ann Marsh (nee Walmsley) and their children.

HMS Cambria

  • Robert Griffith(s), Steward, HMS Cambria. Died of illness on 6 November 1914, aged 30, at Scapa Flow, Scotland. Osmondwall Cemetery, Hoy, Orkney. Son of Robert Griffith and Ellen Griffith (nee Corbett) of 16 Thomas Street, Holyhead.
  • Hugh David Jones, Stoker, HMS Cambria. Date of death unknown.
  • Owen Jones, Stoker, HMS Cambria. Died at Denbighshire County Lunatic Asylum, age 56, on 8 March 1917. Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead. Son of stocker Richard Jones and Jane Jones. Husband of Mary Ellen Jones (nee Hughes). They lived at 11 Cecil Street, Holyhead, with their son.
  • Frederick William Whiting, Cook, HMS Cambria. Died on 13 October 1917, age 30, in Holyhead. Buried at Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead. Son of Mrs Cooper of 8 Little Corn Street, Bath. Served on the Western Front from 1914 to 1916 with the No. 2 Siege Company, Royal Anglesey Royal Engineers. The unit was attacked twice with gas in the Battle of Ypres, and Frederick was discharged with heart disease. He rejoined the LNWR as cook on the HMS Cambria.
  • John Williams, Seaman, HMS Cambria. Date of death unknown.

HMHS Anglia

  • Albert Frederick Ashton, Cabin Boy, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 19, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Frederick and Annie Charlotte Ashton. The family lived at The Ards, Roberts Street, Holyhead. Albert was a grocer's assistant before the war.
  • William Edward Gibson Bassett, Seaman, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 50, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Husband of Frances (nee Williams).
  • William Henry Callaway, Steward, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 23, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Charles Edward (Edwin) Calloway and Lucy Dorcas Callaway (nee Inkpen) of 2 Wian Street, Holyhead.
  • Nathaniel Joseph Campbell, Purser, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 37, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Joseph and Ellen Campbell, of Old Station, Holyhead. Lived at the Forester's Arms, Holyhead, with his wife Agnes Gwendoline Campbell (nee Williams) and their children.
  • Robert Evans, Fireman/Electric Light Attendant, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 43, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of William and Anne Evans. Lived at 3 Kings Road, Holyhead, with his wife Anne and children.
  • John Hughes, Cook, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 28, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Mary Hughes, of 2 Front Bath Street, Holyhead.
  • Lewis David Hughes, Engineer's Steward/Boy, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 17, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Hughes, of 9 Mountain View, Holyhead.
  • Alfred Wallace (served as Jones), Steward, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 31, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Born in Holyhead.
  • John Jones, Fireman, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 60, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Lived at 30 Rock Street, Holyhead, with his wife Ann Jones and their children
  • Owen Jones, Fireman, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 45, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Lived at 8 Porthdafarch Road, Holyhead.
  • Owen Jones, Fireman, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged 28, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Owen and Elizabeth Jones of 14 Summer Hill Terrace, Holyhead. Educated at the British School, Holyhead. Husband of Grace Ann Jones (nee Dowding). In 1911 Owen and his family lived at 48 Foundry Street, Holyhead, the home of his wife’s grandparents. Her brother, Able Seaman Albert Evan Dowding, died in 1918 at the Western Front.
  • John Lewis, Fireman, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 41, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Lived at 2 Hawthorne Terrace with his wife, Grace Lewis (nee Jones) and their daughter.
  • William Lewis, Quartermaster, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 56, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Lived at 6 Cecil Street, London Road, Holyhead, with his wife Ellen and their daughter.
  • Thomas Henry Owen, Galley Boy, HMHS Anglia. Died, aged about 18, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of labourer John Owen and Grace Owen, of 7 Moreton Terrace, Harp Street, Holyhead. Worked as an apprentice baker before the war.
  • Robert Pritchard, Trimmer, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 20, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of mariner Robert Pritchard and Jane Pritchard, of 52 Vulcan Street, Holyhead. In 1911 he lived at Tremilenod Farm, Holyhead, as a farm servant.
  • Richard D Roberts, Chief Steward, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 37, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Lived with his wife Elizabeth Ellen Roberts and their children at 13 Roland Street, Holborn Road, Holyhead.
  • Thomas Owen, Leading Stoker, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 55, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Lived at Beulah, 39 Holborn Road, Holyhead, with his wife, Elizabeth Thomas (nee Jones). They had several children.
  • Richard Thomas, Deck Boy, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 16 on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Richard and Margaret Thomas (nee Owen). His father died while serving on HMS Queen Mary at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
  • George Edward Williams, Chief Engineer, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 57, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. His first wife was Elizabeth Ann Williams (nee Woodruff). His second wife was Emily Wynn Williams (nee Roberts).
  • Joseph P Williams, Third Engineer, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 32, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of coal merchant Samuel Bennion Williams and Margaret Ellin Williams.
  • Meredith Williams, Second Steward, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 28, on 17 November 1917. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of William and Margaret Williams, of 31 Blackbridge, Holyhead.
  • Robert Williams, Cabin Boy, HMHS Anglia. Died, age 20, on 17 November 1915. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of John and Jane Williams, of Tanydderwen, Garden Place, London Road, Holyhead.

HMS Anglia

  • John Jones, Seaman, HMS Anglia. Probably died after the ship had become an Armed Boarding Steamer and before it became a hospital ship.

RMS Leinster

  • Robert Anthony, Lamp Trimmer, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 55, on 10 October 1918. Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead. Son of Robert Anthony and Margaret Anthony (nee Jones). Lived with wife Mary (Maria Josephine) Anthony (nee Rigali), and their children at 4 Boston Street, Holyhead, later 6 Back Bath Street, Holyhead.
  • William Birch, Captain and Commodore, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 61, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Lived with wife Louisa Birch and their children at The Sycamores, Gors Avenue.
  • John David Crispin, Fourth Engineer, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 49, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Thomas Churchward Crispin and Ann Crispin (nee Nicols). Husband of Mary Elizabeth Crispin (nee Evans) of 38 Maeshyfryd Road, Holyhead.
  • Owen Richard Hughes, Cook, RMS Leinster. Died of wounds, aged 29, on 10 October 1918 in a Dublin hospital. Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead. Son of Owen Thomas and Margaret Hughes of 9 Boston Street, Holyhead.
  • Richard George Hughes. Third Engineer, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 36, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of railway goods foreman Robert Hughes and Sarah Elizabeth Hughes, of 4 Tower Gardens, Holyhead, later 25 Cambria Street. Husband of Laura Hughes (nee Jones) of East Lynne, Rhos-y-Gaer Avenue, Holyhead. They had two sons.
  • Joseph Dodson Inglis, Second Steward, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 41, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of coppersmith Robert Inglis and Sarah Ann Inglis (nee Owen). Husband of Ida Inglis (nee Plant) of 7 Newry Fawr, Holyhead. His father originated from Liverpool and was employed as a Coppersmith.
  • Hugh Jones, Fireman, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 47, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Born in Gaerwen, Anglesey. Son of blacksmith Hugh Jones and Elizabeth Jones (nee Lewis). Lived with wife Jane Jones and their children at 34 Llainfain, Holyhead.
  • John Jones, Greaser, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 37, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Evan and Jane Jones. Lived at 9 Cecil Street, Holyhead, with his wife Alice Jones (nee Eaton) and their children. She was born at Llandudno. Her brother, Samuel Edward Eaton, was killed at the Western Front in January 1917.
  • Owen John Jones, 2nd Steward, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 48, on 10 October 1918. Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead. Son of Richard Jones and Elizabeth Roberts. Husband of G S Jones of 5 Roberts Street, Holyhead.
  • William John Lewis, Superintendent Steward (Holyhead). Died, aged about 54, on 10 October 1918 in the Irish Sea. Son of Lewis and Ann Lewis. Lived with his wife Jane Lewis (nee Davies) at 43 Newry Street, Holyhead.
  • William Mathias, Chief Engineer, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 52, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of master mariner John Mathias and Jane Mathias. Lived with his wife Elizabeth Ann Mathias (nee Lewis) at 33 Newry Street, Holyhead. They had at least one child.
  • Phillip Thomas George Michael, Mercantile Marine. Died, aged 38, on 10 October 1918. Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead. Not formally recorded as a war casualty because he was off duty when RMS Leinster was sunk. He was an engineering apprentice with the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company in Holyhead. Later worked for Liverpool shipping company Williams Thomas & Co. (Liverpool) before returning to Holyhead and the CDSPC. Son of Robert and Annabella Anne Michael (nee Evans). Lived with his wife Elizabeth A Michael (nee Tyrell) and their children at 51 Newry Street, Holyhead.
  • Edward Salisbury Moors, Engineer's Steward, Maritime Marine, RMS Leinster. Died, age 48, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of John and Elizabeth Moors. Lived at 9 Edmund Street, Holyhead, with his wife Mary Moors (nee Richards) and their 10 children.
  • Leslie B Nicklin, 3rd Officer. Of Park Street, Holyhead.
  • Hannah Owen, Stewardess. Of Tower Gardens, Holyhead.
  • Louisa Parry, Stewardess. Of 5 Fair View, Holyhead.
  • Richard Roberts, Fireman. Of London Road, Holyhead.
  • William Roberts, Seaman. Of London Road, Holyhead.
  • Hugh Rowlands, Ticket Clerk. Of Lynwood, Maeshyfryd Road, Holyhead.
  • Robert Thomas, Storekeeper. Of 20 Rock Street, Holyhead.
  • Griffith Williams, Greaser. Of 4 Gilbert Street, Holyhead.
  • John Williams, Fireman, RMS Leinster. Died, aged 29, on 10 October 1918. Tower Hill Memorial. Born in Gwalchmai, Anglesey. Son of Owen and Elizabeth Williams (nee Jones). Lived with wife Mary (nee Hughes) at 9 Summer Hill, Holyhead. Previously worked as a coal miner at Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, and lived at 6 Glyn Dwr Street, Merthyr Vale. Moved to Holyhead to work for the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company as his wife was concerned about the dangers of his work. Relatives were told that he saved a woman passenger as RMS Leinster sank, and was lost after going below deck to rescue another.
  • Richard Williams, Seaman. Of 9 Rock Street, Holyhead.
  • Robert J Williams, Carpenter. Of George Street, Holyhead.
  • Thomas Williams, Head Stoker. Of Hilton Leigh, Cybi Street, Holyhead.

Miscellaneous

  • Lewis Robert Griffith, First Engineer, SS Halberdier. Lost on 6 January 1918, aged 60, after his ship was sunk by a German submarine. His body was recovered on the Pembrokeshire coast and buried at Llanbeblig Churchyard, Caernarfon, alongside his wife Mary Jane, who had died in 1912. His son was an Army Captain in the First World War.
  • Frederick Mason Guest, First Engineer, HMT Harmattan. Lost at sea, aged 43, on 5 May 1917. Tower Hill Memorial, London. His ship, a defensively armed steamship, was sunk by a mine near Algeria. Born in Holyhead. Son of William and Harriet Guest; husband of Ethel Agnes Ada Guest (nee Larence), of 5 Heathland Rd., Stoke Newington, London.
  • Henry Hughes, Stoker, HMT Red Rose. Lost at sea 22 May 1918, aged 38. Tower Hill, Memorial, London. Son of farmer Henry and Margaret Hughes; husband of Elizabeth Hughes (nee Pany), of 15 Field Street, Holyhead. Born in Llandyrnog, Denbighshire. Worked before the war as a labourer at a brickworks in Cefn, near Wrexham, later as a goods porter for the LNWR at Holyhead. He left a widow and two young children.
  • Owen Richard Hughes, Able Seaman, HMT (SS) Sementha. Lost at sea, aged 18, on 14 October 1917. Tower Hill Memorial, London. Son of steamship stoker Hugh Hughes and Elizabeth Hughes of 1 Porth-y-Felin, Holyhead.
  • John Jones, John Jones, Able Seaman, Mecantile Marine, HMT (RMS) Connaught. Drowned, aged 53, on 26 March 1916. Son of mariner Richard Jones and Elizabeth Jones (nee Parry), of 27 Newry Street, Holyhead; husband of Mary Jones (nee Hughes). His ship was operated by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Co. between Holyhead and Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) before being commandeered for troop transport duties, then sunk by torpedo in March 1916.
  • Robert Jones, Fireman, SS Hildena. Lost at sea on 14 January 1918 after his ship, carrying coal across the Irish Sea, collided with SS Hirano Maru.
  • William Jones, Greaser, SS Royal Edward. Lost at sea on 13 August 1915 after his ship was sunk by a German submarine while carrying troops to Gallipoli. Tower Hill Memorial, London. Son of the late Hugh and Marian Jones (nee Pritchard). Born in Holyhead. Thomas McLeod of Holyhead was also lost on this ship.
  • William Jones, Able Seaman, SS Vine Branch. Lost at sea, aged 22, on 11 April 1917 after his ship, carrying nitrates and frozen beef, was sunk by a German submarine south west of Ireland. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Hugh L and Mary Jones, of 24 Holborn Road, Holyhead. Born in Holyhead.
  • William Thomas Jones, Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine, SS Missanabie. Lost at sea, aged 23, on 9 September 1918 after his ship, which had carried many Canadian troops across the Atlantic, was sunk by a German submarine. Tower Hill Memorial. Born in Bootle, Lancashire. Son of John and Ellen Jones.
  • Thomas McLeod, Steward, SS Royal Edward. Lost at sea, aged 44, on 13 August 1915 after his ship was sunk by a German submarine while carrying troops to Gallipoli. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Alexander and Margaret McLeod; husband of Margaret Jane McLeod (nee Hambley) of 21 Cross Street, Holyhead. Born in Everton, Liverpool.
  • Albert Osmond, Steward, 613098, Mercantile Marine Reserve, SS Max Brock. Accidentally drowned, aged 22, on 10 January 1915. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Edward and Mary Jane Osmond, of Holyhead. The family lived in Cambrian Street. Brother of Hugh, below.
  • Hugh Osmond, Boatswain, SS Hollington. Lost at sea on 3 June 1917, after his ship was sunk by a German submarine south of the Faroe Islands. Son of Edward and Mary Jane Osmond, of Cambrian Street, Holyhead.
  • Benjamin Herbert Rich, Second Cook, SS Kenmore. Lost at sea, aged 15, on 26 August 1917 after his ship was sunk by a German submarine. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of John and Mary Rich (nee Burnell), of 52 Porthyfelin, Holyhead.
  • Llewelyn Humphrey Williams, Third Engineer, SS Saint Ninian. Lost at sea, aged 25, on 7 February 1917. Tower Hill Memorial. His ship was a defensively armed merchant ship. It had almost reached the end of a voyage from Algeria to Middlesbrough, carrying iron ore, when it heard an SOS from the torpedoed steamer SS Corsican Prince and stopped to send a boat to the rescue. SS Saint Ninian was then torpedoed with the loss of 15 of the crew of 28, including Llewelyn. Son of William and Winifred Williams (nee Roberts), of 6 Stanley Crescent, Holyhead. Worked as an engine fitter in the shipbuilding industry before the war.
  • Herman Lile Young, Steward, 484890, Mercantile Marine Reserve, HMT Laurentic. Lost at sea, aged 28, on 25 January 1918. Plymouth Naval Memorial. His ship, a commandeered White Star liner, was torpedoed soon after leaving Lough Swilly with a cargo of gold ingots worth over £5m to pay for armaments from America. Born in Marsden, Durham. Son of South Stack lighthouse keeper William Young and Bessie Young; husband of Annie Young (nee Jones) of 36 Thomas Street, Holyhead. Lived in Neyland, Pembs, before the war and worked on GWR steamers.

 

RAF and WRAF

  • John Parry, Flight Sergeant, 219055, 214th Squadron. Died, aged 29, on 4 December 1918. Lille Southern Cemetery. Son of Richard and Jane Parry, of 22 Cecil Street, Holyhead.
  • Henry Thornbury Fox Russell, Captain (Pilot/Instructor), 4 Training Depot Station, RAF. Formerly with Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 6th Batt. Died, aged 21, on 18 November 1918, at Hooton Hall aerodrome, Wirral, on Home Service. Buried at Holyhead (St Seiriol) Churchyard. Awarded the Military Cross for rescuing a pilot from a crashed aircraft in France, 20 minutes after being shot down himself. Born in Holyhead. Served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps (forerunner of the RAF). Son of Dr William Fox Russell and Ethel Maria Fox Russell, of 5 Victoria Terrace, Holyhead. Brother of John Fox Russell VC, killed in November 1917.
  • Annie Roberts, Member, 2663, Women's Royal Air Force, 4th Training Depot Squadron. Died, aged 20, of pneumonia on 12 November 1918. Holyhead (Maeshyfryd) Burial Board Cemetery. Enrolled in WRAF on 14 May 1918. Daughter of insurance agent Hugh Roberts and Ann Maud Roberts of 44 Strand Crescent, Holywell.