BORN LIVERPOOL 1875. WIFE GERTRUDE (CRESSEY) LIVED AT 21 , HARROW STREET, HULL (CWGC ADDRESS). A CHIEF ENGINEER. DROWNED WITH HIS SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD SON, AFTER HIS SHIP WAS ATTACKED BY AN ENEMY SUBMARINE, 12/04/1917, AGED 42. THEY ARE COMMEMORATED ON THE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, LONDON.
The British trawler Andromache was on her way back from the fishing grounds of Iceland, when on April 14th 1917, she was stopped west of the Shetlands by the German submarine U-78 (Otto Dröscher). The master was taken prisoner and the crew of 11 ordered to the lifeboats. She was then scuttled and sunk. Nothing was ever heard of the lifeboats.
CREW LOST ON ANDROMACHE (GY781), missing, presumed to be enemy action, 12th April, 1917.
BRAY, James (40), Address not traced. 2nd/Engineer
EDGAR, Walter (37), 10 Percy-Ave, Rugby St, Hull. Trimmer
GREGORY, William (38), 73 Rugby St, Hull. Deckhand
GROSNECK, Charles (21), 8 Florence-Ter, Villa Place, Hull. Trimmer
POSTLE, Francis (42), 21 Harrow St, Hull. Chief Engineer
POSTLE, Francis (18), 21 Harrow St, Hull. Trimmer
RYALL, George (31), 2 Ports-place, Sykes St, Hull. 3rd/Hand
SMITH, Thomas (38), 4 Burns-grove, Rugby St, Hull. Bosun
WATTLEY, John (33), 77 Liverpool St, Hull. Cook