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The Final Fifty Souls

Rescued By

The Tynemouth Motor Lifeboat Henry Vernon

An admiralty telegram dated 2nd November, lists the names of the final fifty souls as below. They spent an entire weekend coincidentally also fifty hours on the wreckage without food or water and in gale / storm conditions.

Name
Rank / Position
1. Archibald Young
Carpenter
2. Frank Bigwood
S.B.R
3. John Craig
Greaser
4. Peter Ferguson
Able Seaman
5. Robert (Peter) Dixon
Fireman
6. George Summer
6th Engineer
7. William Rodd
Purser
8. Thomas F Martin
Fireman
9. Thomas Scott
Steward
10. J Crawley
Saloon Steward
11. William Gray
Fireman
12. Walter Sutherland
Shipwright R.N.R (Clyde 1977?)
13. George Hastie
Able Seaman
14. Alfred Fox
Ordinary Seaman
15. Sidney Gallon
Deck Boy
16. Mathew Turnbull
Chief Engineer
17. R. Rutherford
Fireman
18. W. E. Edwards
Butcher
19. J.L. Skyme Leading
Shipwright
20. Abraham Loch
Fireman
21. Michael Burns
Fireman
22. John Bunyan
Greaser
23. Thomas Hare
Hospital Cook
24. John Pocock
Baker
25. William Powell
Chief Steward
26. Frank Knight
Able Seaman
27. Herbert Wilkin
2nd Baker
28. James Robb
Fireman
29. Frank Bond
Lieutenant R.N.R. 1st Officer
30. Robert Eastwood
Senior Reserve Attendant
31. Louis Juliani
Chief Cook
32. John Fraser
33. John Sullivan
Able Seaman
34. William Holland
Officers Servant
35. E. C. Lomas
Fleet Surgeon
36. James Mackintosh
Steward
37. Horace Willis
Barman
38. Richard Oram
Ships Doctor
39. Robert Utting
Wireless Operator
40. Thomas Hebdige
Boy
41. John Armstrong Yeo
Signaller (Pensioner) 4758 Chatham
42. William Pattinson
Steward
43. A. Hird
Surgeon (RNVR)
44.Captain David Landles Neilson
Commander
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The names and whereabouts of the remaining people rescued still proved elusive.

The Tynemouth Motor Lifeboat Henry Vernon had battled bravely through the same gale conditions as the Rohilla. Yet as a much smaller vessel it amazed everyone in saving those listed above, perhaps in time the identities of those not listed will be revealed.

Copyright 1999 - 2016 Colin Brittain