In Memory of

FREDERICK GEORGE BILLOT

Master
S.S. "Euterpe" (Cardiff), Mercantile Marine
who died on
Friday, 7th January 1916.

Additional Information:

 

Frederick George Billot

Husband of Emily Jane Billot (nee Le Gresley), of Jersey. Son of Abraham and Francoise. Killed by mine or torpedo in the North Sea. Commemorated on Jersey Mercantile Marine Memorial at Jersey Maritime Museum.

S.S. "Euterpe" (Cardiff), 1,522 tons, lost 7 January 1916, North Sea, probably mined and sunk, 19 lives lost including Master.

His son Edward Billot fell in World War 2:

[Second Engineer Officer Edward Billot, S.S. Stonepool (West Hartlepool), Merchant Navy, who died age 40 on 11 September 1941. Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial.]

Submitted by Mrs Margaret Smith:

He was born in 1860 in Jersey, and shortly after his marriage to Emily Jane Le Gresley in Jersey, the move was made to Cardiff: no doubt being a good move it seemed during the hey-day of Cardiff Docks.
The couple had seven children in total, one of whom died in infancy (the first child). My mother was the youngest but one and the only girl.
Initially the family had lived at 86 Mackintosh Place, and several of the children (my mother being one of them) were baptised at St Martin's. By the time the last child was born the family were on the move again, to 184 Albany Road.
My grandparents had only been at the new address a few years before my grandfather was lost on the S.S. 'Euterpe' sunk in the North Sea. Two years earlier he had been a joint owner of a small shipping company known as The Channel Shipping Company (Cardiff) Limited: the existence of the company was short-lived and was taken over by one of the bigger concerns, later known as the Emlyn Line, John Emlyn Jones having been one of the partners along with three others (one a fellow native of Jersey, John George Le Gros, whose daughter Drusilla Ann Le Gros was my godmother and lived at 78 Roath Court Road for many years after, and was a member of St Margaret's until her death in 1989).
The Channel Shipping Company had owned just one vessel, which had been re-named from the 'Earlford' to (appropriately!) the 'Jerseyman'. Ironically that ship was sunk a few months after, off Dieppe, and the details can be found in records of British shipping casualties. Both ships were sunk in 1916.
Frederick George Billot is also remembered on the memorial at the Jersey Maritime Museum.
His son Edward Billot was lost on the S.S. 'Stonepool' (part of the Atlantic Convoys) in 1941.


Commemorative Information

Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Location: The Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave. It stands on the south side of the garden of Trinity Square, London, close to The Tower of London. The 1914-1918 monument, built of Portland stone, consists of a vaulted corridor 21.5 metres long, 7 metres wide and 7 to 10 metres high, open at either end. It has three wide openings at front and back in which are placed piers of columns. The names of the war dead are inscribed on bronze panels covering the eight main masonry piers which support the roof, and are arranged alphabetically under their ships, with the name of the Master or Skipper (if it appears) first in each case. The Memorial is surmounted by a solid pediment bearing the following dedicatory inscription: 1914 - 1918 TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE HONOUR OF TWELVE THOUSAND OF THE MERCHANT NAVY AND FISHING FLEETS WHO HAVE NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA The 1939-1945 Memorial takes the form of a semi-circular sunken garden surrounded by walls. The internal face of the semi-circular wall is cased in bronze which bears in relief the names of the men commemorated. At regular intervals round this bronze casing are seven stone sculptured allegorical figures representing the Seven Seas. From the 1914-1918 Memorial stone steps lead down to the sunken garden and between the flights of steps is the main dedicatory inscription, which reads: 1939 - 1945 THE TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND OF THE MERCHANT NAVY AND FISHING FLEETS WHOSE NAMES ARE HONOURED ON THE WALLS OF THIS GARDEN GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND HAVE NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA

Historical Information: "TOWER HILL MEMORIAL 1914 - 1918 This memorial stands on Tower Hill, London, on the south side of the pleasure garden of Trinity Square. The Memorial consists of a vaulted corridor 21.5 metres long, 7 metres wide and 7 to 10 metres high. It is open at each end. It has three wide openings at the front and back, in which are placed pairs of columns. It rises in the middle in rectangular blocks. It is built of Portland stone finished with a circular treatment. The Names of the War Dead are carried on bronze panels, covering the eight main masonry piers which support the roof. They are arranged alphabetically under their ships of the Merchant Service.