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, but was never found

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: -
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


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

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 Ainsworth 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 Orley 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 William 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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