Edward Sydney Dunn Kittow

Date of birth: 1882
Place of birth: Alton, Hampshire
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Ivernia
Rank / Service No: Waiter
Died: 1st January 1917, aged 34 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


Edward was the fourth of 8 siblings born to Charles Frederick Dunn and Maria Kittow (nee Brailey), who married in Sherborne in 1876.


The family had moved from Somerset to Shirley by 1885 and lived at 53 Milton Road for many years.


Charles was born in Plymouth in 1854 and he died in Shirley in 1891. Maria was born in Yeovil in 1856 and she passed away in Southampton in 1923.



Emily Adelaide   b. 1877 Sherborne   d. 1923 Southampton   Had 2 illegitimate daughters…Syrena (b. 1903) and Elsie (b. 1906). 

William HENRY   b. 1878 Sherborne   d. 1910 Shirley   Married Emma Towning in Southampton in 1902.

Marion Louisa   b. 3 January 1882 Sherborne   d. 1940 Shardlow, Derbyshire   Married Albert V. Hodgkinson in Southampton in 1909.

Edward Sydney Dunn

Mary Grace  b. 1885 Southampton   d. 1969 Cardiff   Married Daniel Salter in Southampton in 1913.

Frederick Tom   b. 28 October 1886 Southampton   d. 1965 Bristol (stomach cancer)   Married Margaret Breen in Huddersfield in 1919.

Elsie Maria   b. 1888 Southampton   d. 1914 Headington, Oxon   Married Horace H. Coleman in Southampton in 1911.

Winifred Annie   b. 28 September 1891 Southampton d. 1942 Romsey   Married Frederick W. Pafford in Southampton in 1913.



Ivernia was an ocean liner owned by Cunard, built by Swan Hunter in Newcastle, and launched in 1899.

She catered for the huge immigrant trade, sailing between Trieste and New York.


Ivernia was hired by the British in August 1914, as a troop transport. In the autumn of 1916, William Thomas Turner (captain of Lusitania at the time of her sinking) was given command of her.


On 1 January 1917, Ivernia was carrying some 2,400 British troops from Marseilles to Alexandria.

At 10.12 am she was torpedoed by UB-47, 58 miles SE of Cape Matapan in Greece.


The vessel went down fairly quickly, with the loss of 36 crew and 84 soldiers. HMS Rifleman rescued a number of survivors and armed trawlers towed the lifeboats to Suda Bay in Crete.

Captain Turner survivied.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016


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