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Ernest Howliston

Male 1921 - 1941  (20 years)


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  • Name Ernest Howliston 
    Born 1921  Sunderland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 October 1941  Near Cape Spartel, Morocco, Atlantic Ocean Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Howliston, Ernest birth England GRO Ref. 10a 1518 Qtr/Date 2 1921 in Sunderland parents Taylor

      Died when mechant vessel SS Inverlee (tanker) was torpedoed and sunk by U-204 on 19th October 1941 approximately 30 miles off Cape Spartel, Morocco.

      Cape Spartel is a promontory in Morocco about 1,000 feet above sea level at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. It is northernmost point of Africa
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      http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2790059
      Casualty Details
      Name: HOWLISTON, ERNEST
      Initials: E
      Nationality: United Kingdom
      Rank: Engineer Officer (Seventh)
      Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy
      Unit Text: S.S. Inverlee (Glasgow)
      Age: 20
      Date of Death: 19/10/1941
      Additional information: Son of John Thomas Howliston, and of Mary Ann Howliston, of Sunderland, Co. Durham.
      Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
      Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 58.
      Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
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      http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/bank.htm
      Inver Tankers Ltd. (whole fleet sunk in WWII)
      Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
      Inverlee 1938 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.204 9,158
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      http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/1171.html
      Inverlee
      We don't have a picture of this vessel at this time.

      Name: Inverlee
      Type: Motor tanker
      Tonnage: 9.158 tons
      Completed: 1938 - Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack
      Owner: Inver Tankers Ltd (A. Weir & Co), London
      Homeport: Glasgow
      Date of attack: 19 Oct, 1941 Nationality: British

      Fate: Sunk by U-204 (Walter Kell)
      Position: Grid BE - See estimated map location (40.06N19.48W) *
      Complement: 43 (22 dead and 21 survivors).
      Convoy:
      Route: Trinidad - Gibraltar
      Cargo: 13.880 tons of Admiralty fuel oil
      History:
      Notes on loss: At 03.00 hours on 19 Oct, 1941, the unescorted Inverlee (Master Thomas Edward Alexander) was torpedoed and sunk by U-204 30 miles 240° from Cape Spartel. The master, 20 crew members and one gunner were lost. 17 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the British destroyer leader HMS Duncan (D 99) (LtCdr A.N. Rowell) and the British armed trawlers HMS Lady Hogarth (4.89) (Lt S.G. Barnes) and HMS Haarlem (FY 306) (Lt L.B. Merrick) and landed at Gibraltar.

      Immediately after this sinking, the 37th Escort Group started an U-boat hunt off Cape Spartel and sank U-204 the same day.

      * Estimated position shown here is based on positions of losses in a roughly the same German grid code. It may be a bit off but should give a good idea as to where the attack took place.
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      http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/4365.html
      19 Oct, 1941
      The British destroyer HMS Duncan (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Rowell) and the British ASW trawlers HMT Lady Hogarth (Lt. S.G. Barnes) and HMT Haarlem (Lt. L.B. Merrick) together pick up 17 survivors from the British tanker Inverlee that was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-204 30 miles 240° from Cape Spartel, Marocco.
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      http://uboat.net/boats/u204.htm
      U-204
      Type VIIC
      Laid down 22 Apr, 1940 Germaniawerft, Kiel
      Commissioned 8 Mar, 1941 Oblt. Walter Kell
      Commanders
      8 Mar, 1941 - 19 Oct, 1941 Kptlt. Walter Kell
      Career 3 patrols
      8 Mar, 1941 - 1 May, 1941 1. Flottille (training)
      1 May, 1941 - 19 Oct, 1941 1. Flottille (front boat)
      Successes
      4 ships sunk for a total of 17.360 GRT
      1 warship sunk for a total of 1.060 tons
      Fate Sunk 19 Oct, 1941 near Tangier, in position 35.46N, 06.02W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Mallow and the British sloop HMS Rochester. 46 dead (all hands lost).

      Men lost from U-boats
      Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-204 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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    Person ID I6086  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 June 2006 

    Father John Thomas Howliston,   b. 1883, Houghton, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1947, Sunderland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Taylor,   b. 10 October 1885, Sunderland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1973, Sunderland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Family ID F2168  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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