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22nd July 2014, 05:04 PM
The H.M.S, Vortigern was sunk off Cromer on 15 March, whilst defending a coastal convoy against attack by E-boats. She was torpedoed by the E-boat S104, and sank with the loss of 110 lives. Only 14 survivors were rescued. Eleven bodies were recovered from the sea by the Cromer lifeboat H F Bailey III. Can anyone tell me where I would locate the names of the bodies recovered? Thank you.

Ian Malcolm
22nd July 2014, 05:40 PM
Hello Marian

Here are the names of those lost on HMS Vortigern, but I can't say which bodies were recovered.

ALLEN, Gordon H, Able Seaman, P/JX 219292, MPK ALVES, Thomas, Stoker Petty Officer (Pens), P/K 59736, MPK
ANDREW, Peter Le M, Sub Lieutenant, RNR, MPK
ANDREWS, Leslie W, Ordinary Coder, P/JX 220449, MPK
AULD, Robert L, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 322905, MPK
AYRE, George, Stoker 1c, P/KX 98008, MPK
BALMER, John H, Able Seaman, P/SSX 25712, MPK
BARBER, John F, Able Seaman, P/J 101533, DOW
BENNETT, Percy, Stoker 2c, P/KX 121708, MPK
BIGGS, Frederick N, Able Seaman, P/SSX 17372, MPK
BINDERMAN, Sidney L, Py/Ty/Surgeon Lieutenant, RNVR, MPK
BLACKHALL, Harold A, Ty/Sub Lieutenant, RNVR, MPK
BLUNDELL, Frank H, Petty Officer, P/JX 129088, killed
BOSCHIN, Gilbert L, Able Seaman, D/JX 191756, MPK
BRICKLEY, Leonard R, Cook (O), P/MX 66219, MPK
BROMFIELD, Sidney G, Able Seaman, P/SSX 17938, MPK
BROOM, John A, Able Seaman, P/JX 206648, MPK
BROWN, John L, Leading Seaman (Pens), P/J 35303, MPK
BRYANT, Sidney F, Engine Room Artificer 4c, P/MX 59313, MPK
BURKE, William, Stoker 1c, P/JX 220898, MPK
BUSS, Sydney J H, Able Seaman, P/JX 192307, MPK
CAPLEN, Arthur J, Stoker 1c, P/KX 115234, MPK
CARLIN, William T, Able Seaman, RNVR, P/CD/X 2921, MPK
CHELSON, Walter, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 297381, MPK
CLARIDGE, Alwyn, Telegraphist, P/JX 161685, MPK
CLARK, Arthur H C, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 278762, MPK
COATES, Leslie H, Able Seaman, P/JX 195397, MPK
COLLINGS, Ralph R, Signalman, P/SSX 29499, MPK
CROUCHER, Christopher D C, Able Seaman, P/SSX 23562, MPK
DAVIDSON, George T, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, P/MX 63098, MPK
DAVIES, Donald P S, Signalman, P/JX 151534, MPK
DAWSON, Robert, Act/Leading Stoker, P/KX 93282, MPK
DEACON, William R, Act/Petty Officer, RFR, P/J 99797, MPK
DUNCAN, George, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 261016, MPK
ELFORD, Gerald J, Act/Leading Stoker, P/KX 90482, MPK
ENGLAND, Eric T, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 274155, MPK
FARROW, Harry, Able Seaman, P/JX 217280, killed
FLYNN, John, Able Seaman, P/SSX 15989, killed
FOX, Alexander, Act/Leading Seaman, RFR, P/J 85383, MPK
FROST, John T, Able Seaman, P/JX 217293, MPK
GARDINER, Maurice, Able Seaman, D/SSX 33792, MPK
GARRAD, Walter S, Stoker 2c, P/KX 121533, MPK
GEORGE, Edgar T, Act/Stoker Petty Officer, P/KX 85467, MPK
GERMAIN, Robert W, Able Seaman, P/JX 192314, MPK
GIBBONS, Edward D, Act/Stoker Petty Officer, P/KX 81479, MPK
GILMOUR, James, Ty/Sub Lieutenant, RNVR, killed
GIRLING, Benjamin A, Able Seaman, P/JX 217613, MPK
GLENDINNING, John W, Able Seaman, P/JX 211953, MPK
GOBLE, Edward J, Able Seaman, RFR, P/JX 166090, MPK
GOODALL, John H, Stoker 1c, P/KX 106311, MPK
GORMAN, Thomas, Able Seaman, RNVR, P/CD/X 2866, MPK
GRACE, Leonard W, Able Seaman, P/JX 130673, killed
GREENWELL, John A, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 252147, MPK
GRIFFITHS, Arthur L, Able Seaman (Pens), P/J 52600, MPK
GWYNN, Leonard G, Stoker 1c, P/KX 97415, MPK
HALL, Frederick, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 239740, MPK
HALL, Ronald C, Act/Leading Stoker, RFR, P/K 62498, MPK
HARRIS, John W, Engine Room Artificer 4c, P/MX 61998, MPK
HENBURY, Leonard W, Chief Petty Officer Stoker (Pens), P/K 21778, MPK
HEYWORTH, James, Able Seaman, RFR, P/JX 166151, MPK
HOLSER, John V, Act/Leading Telegraphist, P/SSX 30191, MPK
HORRY, Jack, Yeoman of Signals, P/JX 135826, MPK
HORTON, Frederick E, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 278821, MPK
HOWLETT, Ronald S, Lieutenant Commander, killed
IRELAND, William E, Able Seaman, P/JX 212167, MPK
JOHNSON, John, Able Seaman, P/JX 184757, MPK
JOHNSON, John S, Stoker 1c, RFR, P/KX 75835, MPK
JOHNSON, Lesley A, Leading Steward (Pens), P/L 7576, MPK
JOHNSTON, George, Ordinary Signalman, P/JX 226247, MPK
JONES, Jack H, Able Seaman, P/JX 184284, killed
JONES, William H G, Lieutenant, MPK
KNIGHT, Sidney, Cook (S), P/MX 54806, MPK
LANGFORD, Victor, Ordnance Mechanic, P/MX 89470, MPK
LAWRENCE, Ernest V, Able Seaman, P/JX 192319, MPK
LEE, Robert E, Able Seaman, P/JX 192334, MPK
LEIGH, James R, Able Seaman, P/JX 192320, killed
LIDDLE, James, Canteen Manager, NAAFI, MPK
MACDIARMID, Duncan, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 286924, MPK
MACFARLANE, Duncan A, Able Seaman, RNVR, P/CD/X 3070, MPK
MACLEOD, Donald, Seaman, RNR, P/X 19152 A, killed
MARSHALL, Harry, Able Seaman, RFR, P/SS 8277, MPK
MARTIN, William P, Able Seaman, P/JX 184015, MPK
MAYNARD, Horace, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 298761, MPK
MCCAFFERY, Thomas, Telegraphist, P/SSX 25729, MPK
MCGRATH, Patrick E, Stoker 2c, P/KX 114405, MPK
MCINNES, Ernest, Chief Engine Room Artificer (Pens), P/M 30203, MPK
MEAD, Edward, Able Seaman, P/JX 189585, MPK
MELLING, Daniel J, Able Seaman, P/JX 169585, MPK
MILBURN, Richard D, Engine Room Artificer 3c, RNR, P/X 2922 EA, MPK
MILLER, James C, Able Seaman, P/SSX 21273, MPK
MILLS, Sidney H, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 206142, MPK
MITCHELL, Augustine W, Steward, P/LX 27341, MPK
MORRIS, Edward W, Sick Berth Attendant, P/MX 84410, MPK
MUIR, John, Able Seaman, P/SSX 32368, killed
NAPPER, Joseph A, Stoker 1c, RFR, P/SS 124369, MPK
NEWING, John G, Ordinary Telegraphist, P/JX 205789, MPK
NORTHEAST, Frederick T, Able Seaman, RFR, P/J 91533, MPK
NUTT, Robert C, Wireman (L), P/MX 72102, killed
OLDFIELD, William P, Leading Seaman (Pens), P/J 12587, MPK
OLIVE, George W, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 236393, MPK
ORCHARD, William B, Able Seaman, P/JX 169588, MPK
OSBORNE, Herbert G M, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 252843, MPK
OSMAN, William J, Act/Stoker Petty Officer, P/KX 85551, MPK
PALMER, Ronald F, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 178799, MPK
PARKINSON, John, Able Seaman, RFR, P/JX 140752, MPK
PEET, Norman, Leading Supply Assistant, P/MX 67574, MPK
PENFOLD, Stephen, Stoker 1c, P/KX 114310, MPK
PEOPLE, Dennis W, Able Seaman (Pens), P/J 16609, MPK
PIKE, Charles E, Able Seaman, P/JX 192324, MPK
POWELL, Patrick A B, Lieutenant, killed
POWIS, Alfred E, Able Seaman, P/SSX 21714, MPK
ROBERTS, Donald T A, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 298763, MPK
ROBERTS, Evan T, Stoker 1c, P/K 66382, MPK
ROBERTS, Ronald W, Petty Officer (Pens), P/J 47004, MPK
ROBINSON, Frederick V, Able Seaman, P/JX 169590, MPK
ROBINSON, Patrick, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 272893, MPK
ROYDEN, Charles H, Able Seaman, P/JX 169592, MPK
SELLERS, William, Able Seaman, RFR, P/SSX 31715, MPK
SHEPPARD, William, Act/Petty Officer Telegraphist, P/JX 137677, MPK
SINCLAIR, John L, Able Seaman, P/JX 192399, MPK
SINCLAIR, John T, Telegraphist, RFR, P/J 69355, MPK
SMITH, Henry, Able Seaman, P/JX 178198, killed
SMITH, Stanley, Able Seaman, P/SSX 24925, MPK
STEER, Gordon B, Coder, P/JX 174792, MPK
STEWART, John L, Able Seaman, P/JX 192401, killed
TARRANT, William H, Leading Seaman (Pens), P/J 19647, MPK
TEMPLE, Charles W A, Act/Able Seaman, P/SSX 33766, MPK
THACKERAY, William M, Petty Officer, P/J 111772, MPK
THOMSON, William J A, Able Seaman, P/JX 169340, MPK
THORN, Ronald L, Stoker 1c, P/KX 114869, MPK
TOWELL, William H, Stoker 2c, P/KX 227727, MPK
TRAVERS, Harry, Stoker Petty Officer (Pens), P/K 15261, MPK
TURVEY, William, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 322145, MPK
TWEEDY, Thomas W C, Stoker 1c, RFR, P/KX 77368, MPK
UNWIN, Frederick W, Stoker 1c, RFR, P/SS 121788, MPK
VALLELY, Francis J, Able Seaman, P/JX 212026, MPK
WALKER, Eric, Stoker 2c, P/KX 115621, MPK
WARD, Leslie, Act/Leading Seaman, P/SSX 19733, DOW
WATSON, John, Able Seaman, P/JX 169334, killed
WATT, David A, Act/Leading Stoker, P/KX 82886, MPK
WEBB, Arthur E, Chief Petty Officer (Pens), P/J 59378, MPK
WIGFIELD, Luther, Act/Leading Stoker, P/KX 86433, MPK
WILKES, Frank C, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 298762, MPK
WILKS, Harry, Able Seaman, P/JX 192335, MPK
WILSON, Ernest H, Able Seaman, RFR, P/J 99204, MPK
WOODS, George A, Petty Officer Cook (S), P/MX 49004, MPK
WYNN, Edward W T, Stoker Petty Officer, P/KX 78521, MPK
YETTON, Frederick C, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 284960, MPK



22nd July 2014, 07:38 PM
#2, Thank you Ian, I appreciate just knowing their names for a start. My main
interest is in Able Seamen James Creevy Miller. aged 24yrs

Keith at Tregenna
22nd July 2014, 08:50 PM
"Home from the Sea"

Jim Davidson and The voluntary crews from Caister and Cromer in Norfolk give an unforgettable performance on stage.
The man, the men, the words, the music, the faces, the story--all together-- I give them my highest score!

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoO4WfSMOpg

Shirley Teasdale
5th March 2017, 10:20 PM
My Uncle's body John Watson was one that was recovered, from what i can recall my grandad paid a lot of money to have him bought up to Cumbria. He is now buried in Wigton in Cumbria his home town.