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Roll of Honour

Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Tierney, Thomas

Stoker, 1st Class
9, Thorne Street, West Hartlepool
Stockton on Tees

Thomas Tierney was lost on HMS Cressy on 22nd September 1914 when she was struck, along with HMS Aboukir and HMS Hogue, by submarine U9 causing over 1450 deaths. 

He was born in Stockton one of 9 children of James Tierney and his wife Marjory, nee Frier, who had married in 1884 in Stockton. Mary had been born in Edinburgh to George and Helen (Ellen) Frier a confectioner who around 1875 moved his family and business to Stockton.

James Tierney was a puddler in the ironworks and although he was born in County Durham, his actual place of birth varies  on different census returns between Crook, Brancepeth and Spennymoor. In 1891, James and Marjory were in Alice St Stockton and Thomas  was three. In adjoining houses were his brother John and his wife, and also his father Edward born around 1826 in Ireland, his mother Catherine born around 1825 and a further brother Edward. All the men were puddlers in the ironworks.

By 1911, Thomas had already joined the Royal Navy as a stoker and was on board Torpedo Boat 33 at Devonport.  His parents had by then left Stockton and were in Thorne Street West Hartlepool. We learn from the census that his young sisters were attending a Catholic school.

When their son lost his life on HMS Cressy, James and Marjory were informed at their Thorne St address.