Iolaire Crew



The crew did not originate from the islands, although some lie buried there

Commander Richard Gordon William Mason
Last address Southampton
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 44
Richard Gordon William drowned. His body was found on the shore of Sandwick Bay (with two life belts on it), but there is no record for his interment. 

Lieutenant Leonard Edmund Cotter
Last address: Isle of Wight
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: -
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 49
Leonard Edmund drowned, but was never found

Sub Lieutenant (E) Charles Ritchie Rankin
Last address: Penzance
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: not known
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 30
Charles Ritchie drowned, and lies buried at Penzance




2nd Engineer John Hern
Last address: Sunderland
Son of John and Ann Isa Hern,
Service: Mercantile Marine, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 26
John drowned, and lies buried at Sunderland

Deckhand Ernest Leggett
Last address in Lewis: Emsworth
Service: Mercantile Marine Reserves, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 41
Ernest drowned, and lies buried at Havant

Leading Deckhand Charles M. Dewsbury
Last address : USA
Service: Mercantile Marine, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 33
Charles drowned, and lies buried at Sandwick


Signal Boy David McDonald
Last address: Aberdeen
Son of John and Mary McDonald
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: 1265/SB
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 17
David drowned, and lies buried at Sandwick
He was the youngest victim of the Iolaire Disaster


Assistant Steward Alfred S. Taylor
Last address: Not known
Service: Mercantile Marine, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919
Alfred drowned, and lies buried at Sandwick


Chief Petty Officer / Cook Alfred William Henley
Last address: Isle of Wight
Son of Richard and Urina Henley, husband to Elizabeth
Service: RN, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: MFA/2932
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 45
Alfred William drowned, and lies buried at St Helens, Isle of Wight

Grsr Thomas Edward H. Harris
Last address: Portsmouth
Service: Mercantile Marine Reserves, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 27
Thomas Edward drowned, and lies buried at Portsmouth

Fireman Joseph W. George
Last address: Newcastle-on-Tyne
Husband to Jane
Service: Mercantile Marine, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 43
Joseph drowned, and lies buried at Newcastle

Deckhand Harold Moore
Last address: Southend-on-Sea
Service: Mercantile Marine Reserves, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 30
Harold drowned, and lies buried at Southend

Seaman David Ramsay
Last address: Auchterarder
Husband to Martha
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: 1350/D
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 50
David drowned, and lies buried at Auchterarder

Deckhand William Joseph John Stanley
Last address: East Greenwich
Son of William and Lucy Stanley
Service: Mercantile Marine Reserves, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 19
William Joseph John drowned, and lies buried at Greenwich

Carpenter Frederick Charles McCarthy
Last address: West Hartlepool
Son of John and Jane McCarthy,
Service: Mercantile Marine Reserves, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 34
Frederick Charles drowned, but was never found

Trimmer / Cook Ernest Ainsworth Brown
Last address: Grimsby
Son of Stephen and Martha Brown,
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: 902/TC
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 22
Ernest drowned, but was never found

L/Vic Asst Albert Richard Matthews
Last address: Chiswick
Son of William and Annie Matthews,
Service: RN, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 22
Albert Richard drowned, and lies buried at Islington

Steward Frank Humphrey
Last address: Southampton
Service: Mercantile Marine, HMY Iolaire crew
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 41
Frank drowned, and lies buried at Southampton

Deckhand Henry Orley Mariner
Last address: Emsworth, Hants
Son of Charles and Minnie Mariner
Service: Mercantile Marine Reserves, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: 821982
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 25
Henry drowned, but was never found

Private Herbert William Head
Last address: Ipswich
Son of Catherine Head, was to be married
Service: RMLI, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: PO/11997
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 35
Herbert drowned, but was never found

Fireman Ernest Reginald Adams
Last address: Cardiff
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
SURVIVED

Fireman Griffith Ramsay
Last address: Cardiff
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
SURVIVED

Deckhand James Maclean
Last address: Campbeltown
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
SURVIVED

Trimmer Arthur Topham
Last address: Hull
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
Service number: 4165
SURVIVED

Deckhand J.F. Wilder
Last address not known
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMY Iolaire crew
SURVIVED

Able Seaman John McLellan
Last address not known
Service: Mercantile Marine Reserves, HMY Iolaire crew
SURVIVED

Telegrapher Leonard Welch
Last address in Lewis: Malvern
Service: RN, HMY Iolaire crew
SURVIVED

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