S.S. Umgeni

 

S.S. Umgeni was built in 1898 by Laing James & Sons Ltd. and owned at the time of her loss by Bullard, King & Co.
 
At the outbreak of the First World War the Umgeni was taken over by the Admiralty for service as a supply ship. On November 7th 1917, she left the Clyde in convoy for Lagos. Two days later the convoy ran into foul weather and became dispersed. The Umgeni was never seen again, but bodies and wreckage from her were washed up along the west coast of Ireland.

'Dictionary of Disasters at Sea' [Great War Forum]

 
Although the above report says that bodies were washed ashore none of these can have been members of the crew as they are all commemorated on memorials to the missing.
 
At least two military passenger were aboard at the time of her disappearance, and one of these, GEORGE WILLIAM AMBROSE KINGHAM was later recovered from the sea at the Shetland Islands and taken to London for burial.
 
Several other men also died whilst serving aboard S.S. Umgeni.
 
Alexander Thompson of Everton died at sea in December 1914.
J Houston of Wales was a member of the Nigerian Marine. He died in March 1915.
 
Local crew lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view Seaman WILLIAM HENRY CARSON TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JAMES DAVIES TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman MICHAEL DEMPSEY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Third Officer CHARLES BORLAND DOROTHY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Marine PATRICK JOSEPH DOYLE ST. SAVIOURS CHURCH MEMORIAL, LAGOS
view Pantryman PATRICK DOYLE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Pantryman PATRICK DUFFEY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Seaman LAWRENCE GOLDNER TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman ISAAC HARRIS TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Surgeon RICHARD HARRISON TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JOHN HAYDEN TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman EDWARD HOWLEY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fourth Engineer Officer RICHARD ARTHUR HUGHES TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view General Servant WILLIAM NORMAN JACKSON TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Seaman THOMAS RICHARD JONES TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Greaser ROBERT JONES TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Purser WILLIAM IRELAND JONES TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Donkeyman ROBERT KINNAIR TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Greaser BERNARD LAVERTY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JOSEPH LEVER TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Seaman FRANCIS HAMLET LOWE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Seaman JOHN WALTER LYNCH TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Seaman JOHN MANLEY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman ROBERT McALLISTER TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JOHN MURPHY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Lamps MICHAEL O'CALLAGHAN TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Seaman HAROLD ROBERTSON TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view General Servant FRANCIS SELLWOOD TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Chief Officer WILLIAM CONRAD SEYMOUR TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Carpenter ALFRED RUSSELL STARKEY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman GEORGE TAYLOR TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JOHN WALTON TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Other crew lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view Wireless Operator DAVID EDMOND BEATY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman JOHN THOMAS BECKETT CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman HAROLD BRADBURY PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Master JOHN CREAMER BRETT TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Baker SIDNEY ROBERT BUTLER TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Second Engineer THOMAS EDWARD BUTLER TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Troop Cook JOHN JAMES COOPER TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Second Officer EVAN EVANS TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Chief Cook WILLIAM LYON TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view 2nd Steward THOMAS ROBERT MILLS TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Pantryman WILLIAM OWEN TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Third Engineer A E SCULLY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view General Servant JOHN SHEPHERD TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Boatswain ALEXANDER SMITH TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Chief Steward HECTOR SMITH TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view General Servant HENRY ROBERT PRETORIA STILING TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view General Servant JOHN WILLIAM VALENTINE TILBY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Scullion JOHN HENRY TYRIE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Leading Seaman CLIFFORD WILLMOTT PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Chief Engineer ANDREW YOUNG TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Military passengers lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED REGIMENT
view Lieutenant GEORGE WILLIAM AMBROSE KINGHAM PADDINGTON OLD CEMETERY, KILBURN The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
view Lieutenant HENRY CECIL BARBER HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON
Gloucestershire Regiment attached
Royal West African Frontier Force