Edward Ernest Collyer

Date of birth: 1871
Place of birth: Bitterne, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Ottokar
Rank / Service No: Mate
Died: 11th December 1917, aged 46 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


Edward was the youngest of 9 siblings born to John Henry and Harriet Collyer (nee Skinner), who married in Lambeth on 23 October 1853.

John was born in Battersea in 1825 and Harriet in Lambeth in 1831.



Harriet Mildred   b. 11 March 1854 Battersea   d. 10 January 1941 Guernsey   Married David Donald on I.oW in 1878.

Mary Ann Elizabeth   b. 1856 Bermondsey   d. 1924 Croydon   Married George Hamlin in Southwark in 1877.

Ellen Eliza   b. 1858 Battersea   d. 3 August 1944 Ealing   Married John Mansbridge in Southampton in 1877.

John Henry   b. 1860 Bitterne   d. 1891 Southampton   Married Eliza Tiller in Southampton in 1883.

George Alfred   b. 1862 Bitterne   d. 1886 Bitterne

Arthur Alexander   b. 1864 Bitterne   d. 1 April 1942 Cadnam   Married Elizabeth Bradford in Southampton in 1919.

Esther Louisa   b. 1866 Bitterne   d. ??   Married William J. Hill in Southampton in 1913.

Charles William b. 1869 Bitterne   d. 1919 Southampton   Married Agnes Lavinia Charlton in Southampton in 1898.

Edward Ernest


Ottokar was built in 1884 and was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1915.

She sailed from Newcastle, with a cargo of coal, bound for London. It is thought that she was sunk by a torpedo fired from UB-38, under Waldemar von Fischer, off Whitby.


All crew were presumed drowned.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 24th June 2016


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