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APPLEDORE WAR MEMORIAL - PANEL 3 - THE MERCANTILE MARINE PART 2

 

 

The 2nd Mercantile Marine Panel

The second Mercantile Marine Panel on Appledore's War Memorial

© Richard J. Brine

 

THE MERCANTILE MARINE 1914 - 1918

JOHN HOCKING

No information about his ship.

 

Richard John Hocking was the son of Master Mariner Richard and Rebecca Hocking of 49 Irsha Street.  He was born in Appledore in 1881.

HARRY HARBORD

NB His name is mis-spelt on the memorial.

 

Harry Harbord was 2nd Mate on SS Mascota (Liverpool). He was the husband of Mary Ann Harbord and father of Archie and Doris. Born in Great Yarmouth in the September Quarter of 1881. Died 29 March 1917 aged 31.

SS Mascota was captured and sunk by German Torpedo boats V67 and V69, 8 miles from Lowestoft. 7 men were killed at the outset; a further 7 were taken out of the water as POWs but one of these men died of his injuries next day so 6 men survived the incident.

ALEX MARSHALL

No information about his ship.

 

See Thomas Marshall on the 1939 War memorial - this was his father. Husband of Isabella Marshall. Born in Appledore in 1869.

WILLIE LAMEY

No information about his ship.

 

William John Lamey was born in Appledore in 1887.

SILVANUS SCREECH
Able Seaman Silvanus Screech of SS Holmtown - (See entry for William John Day on Panel 2 for the story of the Holmtown incident). Son of Robert and Caroline Screech; husband of Clara Screech of New Quay. Born in Appledore in 1877. Died 6 February 1918 aged 44.
JOHN COX

No information about his ship.

 

John William Cox was the son of Nathaniel and Henrietta Cox. Born in Appledore 20 January 1891.

THOMAS SCILLY

No information about his ship.

 

Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Scilly, Born in Appledore in 1893.

SIDNEY CAWSEY

Boy Cook on board the Schooner Reward (Swansea). (See John Taylor's entry on Panel 2 for the story).

 

Son of Mary Ann Cawsey and  John Cawsey (who was killed in the same incident) of Bude street. Born in Appledore in 1904. Died 12 March 1917 aged 14 ( so the paperwork says but he appears only to have been 13)

JOHN CAWSEY
Master of SV Reward (see John Taylor's entry on Panel 2). Son of George and Georgina Cawsey; husband of Mary Ann Cawsey of Bude Street and father of Sidney (see above). Born in Appledore in 1877. Died 12 March 1917 aged 39.
THOMAS HARRIS
Master of the P.T.Harris. Husband of Sarah Harris of 106 Irsha Street, Appledore; father of Leonard and William (See below). Born in Appledore in 1876. Died June 1916 aged 41.
LEONARD HARRIS
Working on the P.T.Harris with his father and brother (see below)

Thomas Leonard Harris of the P. T. Harris lost in 1916. Son of Thomas and Sarah Harris  (see above) Born in Appledore in 1901.

WILLIAM F. HARRIS

Working on the P.T.Harris with hjis father and brother (see above) William Ford Harris. Son of Thomas and Sarah of 106 Irsha Street, Appledore. Born in Appledore in 1903. Died in June 1916 aged 14? 13?.

 

The P.T.Harris was lost in a sudden squall off the coast of Wales while travelling from Glasgow to St. Malo.  A lifebuoy bearing the ship's name  was picked up off Land's End at the end of July 1916 and this was the first inkling that the ship had sunk. As time went by, hope died away and Sarah was left to bear her terrible loss. She had the following engraved on a tombstone erected over an empty grave in the churchyard:

To the sacred memory of my dear husband and two sons who were lost at sea on the schooner P.T.Harris during the Great War in June 1916.

Thomas Harris - Master Mariner aged 41

Thomas Leonard Harris aged 16 years

William Ford Harris aged 14 years.

We cannot bend beside their grave for they sleep in the secret sea,

And not one gentle whispering wave will tell the place to me

Bur though unseen by human eye, though mortals know it not

Their Father knoweth where they lie and angels guard the spot."

GEORGE HANDY

No information about his ship.

George Frederick Handy was formerly a sailor in the Royal Navy. He was the son of Thomas and Martha Handy and he was born 2 April 1885.

GEORGE MOYSE

George Blackmore Moyse was an Able Seaman on board SS Lena. He was the son of Joseph Moyse of Westcroft Terrace, Appledore and the late Mary Moyse. Born in Appledore in 1893. Died 14 April 1917 aged 31.

 

SS Lena was lost 23 April 1917 when she was torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine U61 while travelling from Huelva to Bristol with a cargo of Government stores. 25 crew were lost.

SIDNEY CRANER

Sidney James Craner was 2nd Mate on SS Hebburn. He ws the son of Margaret and the late James Craner; husband of Matilda Craner of Bideford. Born in Appledore in 1880. Died 25 September 1918 aged 38.

 

SS Hebburn was lost 25 September 1918 on a voyage from Barry with a cargo of coal when she hit a mine from German submarine UB91 24 miles south of Minehead. 6 people were lost.

E. B. RANDALL
Edward Bloomfield Randall was Master  of the W.M.L (See the entry for John Staines on Panel 2) He was the son of Charles Randall; and husband of Annie (formerly Raymont) of Appledore. Born in Wyke Regis in Dorset. Died 30 June 1918 aged 55.

 

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