H.M.S. Sarnia

 

The H.M.S. Sarnia was built in 1910 by Cammell Lairds at Birkenhead. She was owned by the London & South Western Railway Company and was a passenger ferry used in the Channel, when she was requisitioned by the Admiralty in WWI. She was used as an armed boarding ship and in 1915 she was sent to the Dardanelles.
 
On the 29th October 1915, Sarnia collided with the auxiliary minesweeper H.M.S. Hythe off Cape Helles. The Hythe, which was in service as a troop transport, sank and was lost with 155 crew and military passengers.
 
H.M.S. Sarnia was sunk on the 12th September 1918 by the German submarine U-65 (Gustav Sieß), off Alexandria. 54 persons were lost. Six of the crew of the H.M.S. Sarnia from the Merseyside area. However, of these, the names of just three appear on local memorials. These names are highlighted in the list below.
 
Several other men also died whilst serving aboard H.M.S. Sarnia.
 
John Edward Le Huquet of Southampton died in September 1915 and is buried on the Island of Lemnos in Greece.
John Pickering of Liverpool died as the result of a collision in January 1917.
Local crewmen lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view Engineer Sub-Lieutenant HAROLD BILSON PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Shipwright EDWARD NOEL COLLISTER PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Signalman TOM ELLIOTT CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Chief Steward JOSHUA MILLOTT EVANS PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Fireman CHRISTOPHER FORD PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Fireman HENRY PARTINGTON HALLIWELL PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Other crewmen lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view Leading Signalman FRANCIS EDWARD ANNIS PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer GEORGIO AZZOPARDI PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Seaman THOMAS BANKS PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer ROSARIO BRINCAT PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Lieutenant ROBERT BROWN PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer ISRAEL FOSTER BRYAN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JOHN BUGBY PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Lieutenant REGINALD HENRY CARLISLE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer HAROLD CAUWOOD PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Sub-Lieutenant REGINALD SAMUEL JOHN CHICK PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Fireman PATRICK COADY PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer ALFRED CONRAD HENRY COLLINS PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer GUISEPPI CUSCHIERI PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Deck Hand THOMAS DAVIES PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman FRANK STANLEY DEELEY PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Ordinary Seaman VINCENT DELPONTE PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer ALBERT DENYER PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Engineer Lieutenant HENRY HILL PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Assistant Engineer GEORGE HODGEN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer JOHN FREDERICK HORRIDGE PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Assistant Cook EDWARD KEATING PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer JOHN KNIGHT PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Engineer Sub-Lieutenant DAVID RANKIN FLEMING MACKAIL PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Fireman WILLIAM MARTIN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class WILLIAM GEORGE MASON CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Seaman DONALD McIVER CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Wireless Telegraph Operator RODERICK McRAE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman ARTHUR MELVILLE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Telegraphist NORMAN RENNARD CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class HERBERT ERNEST ROGERS CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Leading Seaman JAMES ROWE PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Petty Officer THOMAS WILLIAM SMITH PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Fireman REGINALD SPENDER PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Assistant Steward JOSEPH SPITERE PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer ROBERT STEWART PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Engineman GEORGE TAYLOR CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman HENRY TRESADERN CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Private EDWARD ROBERT TRORY PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman JOHN GEORGE TWEDDLE CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Assistant Steward ALBERT UNWIN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman JOHN FRASER WARD CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Surgeon Probationer NORMAN CLAUDE WARD PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman FREDERICK ERNEST WATSON PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 2nd Class GEORGE HENRY WESTWOOD CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer PERCY LEE RICHARD WHITEHEAD PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Fireman GEORGE THOMAS WILSON PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Trimmer FRANK ERNEST WOODBERRY PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 2nd Class HORACE JOHN WRIGHT CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Assistant Steward HORACE YATES PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL