The Incident

On the 23rd November in 1942, the SS Tilawa, transporting mostly Indian nationals en route to Mombasa, Maputo and Durban was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine near the Seychelles Islands.

“I was one of the passengers on the board the Tilawa that night,” reads The Memoirs of Chunilal Navsaria (Survivor of The SS Tilawa). In his detailed account of the ship’s journey from Bombay (Mumbai), the author provides the type of narration that allows us to piece together the story of the demise of the SS Tilawa during World War II.

Navsaria begins by recounting a train journey with his mother that began in his village in India and ended in the nation;s capital Bombay. He goes on to explain that the British India Steam Navigation Company’s (BI) usual fortnightly schedule was at the time reduced to only one voyage every six to eight weeks that led to a departure even more crowded and bustling than usual. “By now the pier was overcrowded with people,” his account continues. “The White and Indian police officers had a difficult task of controlling the huge crowd. There were so many passengers, friends and relatives trying to board the ship to say their good-byes, that police later had to stop them.”

An image of the s.s.tilawa steam ship

An image of the S.S.Tilawa

“The ship carried 1st class, 2nd class and deck passengers. When I got on to the ship, I noticed there was hardly any room to move. I had a deck ticket and trying to find my bunk on the lower deck amongst all the confusion was a difficult task. My bunk quarter was next to a friendly newly married couple from my home town. My mother greeted and chit-chatted with them, asked them to take care of me and left the ship. After placing my trunk and bedding on the bunk, I went up to the upper deck to watch as the ship departed. At exactly the 17th hour, the ship set sail and left Bombay harbour. Once at sea, a boat drill was carried out and we were told not to light matches or torches on the upper deck. There was a blackout on the ship. The portholes were painted black and kept shut at night. There was a constant fear amongst passengers and crew of a (sic) enemy submarine attack. I made sure that I kept a life jacket close at hand.”

Their trepidation during this wartime journey, it would tragically emerge, was well-founded. In 2001, the oldest known survivor of the SS Tilawa, Moulana Cassim Mahomed Sema, told his story to Kwazulu-Natal’s Sunday Times.

“One night I heard a loud bang,” he recalled. “I instinctively knew it was a torpedo. I forgot my goods and my two companions who were sleeping nearby and rushed towards the lifeboats.” Sema, known to many as founder of the Muslim college Darul Ulum, Newcastle, was dressed only in pyjama pants and found himself in the cold night air jostling with other passengers trying to secure a safe passage off of the ship. “I could hear women and children screaming and my first thought was to pray. I managed to get into the third boat.”

“There was chaos and panic among the passengers and Indian Crews (Khalasis) as they all headed to the upper boat saloon decks,” wrote Navsaria in his memoir. “Before I knew it, I was hurling down the stairs and injured myself. The ship’s Indian crew and deck passengers were all panic strickened. The chaos, hysteria and panic was causing the rescue operation to be hampered. While the launching operation of life boats were in process, I grabbed the rope holding the life boat which was almost halfway down, and slid into the boat. I injured myself even further in the process. The boat was half filled already, mostly with crew and a few passengers. The crew unhooked the boat and we fell free and drifted away slowly.

“The time now was 02H00 on that bright moonlit night. I could clearly see the Tilawa’s lights and flare signal. With tearful eyes, I watched as the other frantic passengers stampeded into life boats, trying to lower them and save themselves from a terrible fate. I could hear their panicked screams and mournful tragic cries.”

It’s likely that the fate of the SS Tilawa and its passengers were already sealed, but the vessel was still to be dealt another blow.

“The ship, though it’s (sic) head had already sunk, was still afloat,” Navsaria told. “About half an hour later, while the frantic activities were still going on, a second torpedo exploded on the port side and within five minutes the Tilawa heeled over and sank. There were a loud noise and debris fell all around as the Tilwana was sinking.”

“While we were on a lifeboat, there was another loud bang,” recalled Sema “and, within seconds, the Tilawa sank.”

“The remaining passengers and crew either jumped or were thrown overboard and hysterically made for rafts or boats,” wrote Navsaria. “Others were too scared and shocked to move, and sank with the ship.”

Life boat from SS Tilawa in process of sinking due to overloading. Person in white clothing in centre of picture is thought to be captain F.Robertson.

A life boat from SS Tilawa in process of sinking due to overloading. Person in white clothing in centre of picture is thought to be captain F.Robertson.

At around this time Navsaria later learnt, first radio officer Mr. E.B. Duncan would have been transmitting SOS messages – the last of which broke off abruptly as he went down with his ship. In what Navsaria viewed to be a gallant sacrifice, Duncan lost his life putting out the call that would bring help to the Tilawa’s survivors. The cruiser HMS Birmingham was on its way to their rescue, though they could not know this yet.

 “There was a barrel of drinking water and biscuits on the life boat, but this obviously did not last long,” Navsaria recalled. Sema had similarly vivid memories of the rations that sustained him and his fellow lifeboat passengers: “We broke open a box that we found on the lifeboat and discovered some round biscuits. We found water in an aluminium container.” While these bare essentials kept him clinging to life, there were times when it seemed how doubtful how long he could endure: vomiting, weak and cold in the occasional rain, he didn’t imagine that he would make it to shore.

 “Arguments arose between the crew as to which direction to follow. The tension among all of us was rising. We drifted for an entire day and night,” recounts Navsaria of his boat’s own trials. “The sea was choppy and a cold wind was blowing. All I had to keep me warm was the pajamas (sic) I was wearing. During the day, rain came and the sea developed a considerable swell, tossing our life boat perilously.

 “On the morning of 25th November, we sighted a small plane (swordfish) that was approaching and signaling (sic) us. Later we saw a ship on the horizon, coming closer and closer. It was the HMS Birmingham that had come to rescue us. The medical staff of the HMS Birmingham worked extremely well.”

a picture of the HMS Birmingham

A picture of the HMS Birmingham

After being picked up and taken aboard the HMS Birmingham, survivors were provided with blankets and food, while the ship’s medical staff had their work cut out for them attending to major and minor operations as well as cases of burns, abrasions and shock.

The HMS Birmingham rescued 678 survivors and the next day, the P&O shipping company’s SS Carthage rescued another four Indian seamen from the ocean.

Navsaria noted that passengers were accommodated as follows, and commented that “Goanese stewards from Tilawa assisted in the pantries and were very helpful.”:

  • White men: ward room, gun room
  • Warrant officers: mess and cabins
  • White women and children: Captain’s day and sleeping cabins
  • Tilawa crew: in the waist
  • Indian women and children: in admirals’ day and dining cabins
  • Deck passengers (men): on hangar deck and starboard hangar

The HMS Birmingham returned its passengers to Bombay, berthing at Ballard pier on Friday, 27 November 1942 to a reception of relatives and friends inquiring after their loved ones, alongside tables laid with refreshments and warm, clean clothes. For those waiting, news would bring either heartbreak or a flood of relief. For those returning, life would never be quite the same with the memories of their ordeal and of the friends and relatives they had lost.

The devastation the sinking of the Tilawa wreaked on the lives of survivors and descendants of those who perished, continue decades later. And the mystery as to why the Tilawa was sunk remains unanswered to this day.

Surviving passengers witnessed friends, family, and fellow countrymen drown in terrifying circumstances. Survivors enduring barracuda attacks through the night. Anguished cries for loved ones. Those who lived would go on to tell their stories of the lives lost and the horrors seen, so that history may be preserved. Descendants left to live a life of poverty. Children orphaned as a result of what some argue to be a war crime.

The Passengers

-Survivors-

Captain R. Trimble

Mr. N.E. Franklin

Mr. B.M. Palmer

Mr. G. Brown Douglas

Mrs. G. Brown Doubles

M. Brown Doubles

H. Brown Doublas Children

Gabib Suliman

Mohameddan Solomdur

Uaribal Devshi Vasani

Ahmed Abdul Gafoor

Janen Laxmandas

Uathuradas Lalji

Suka Manga

Ultanchand Souchond

Harribhai Jandabhai

Fuzzle Deen.

Jeram Ell Vagdha

Laljei Deuji

Kahmji Dounger

Ghordan Harji Parmar

Essuf Fabri

Harribhal Darow

Ratansion

Ambald Bakorbhai Patel

Jamandas Nayorondas

Joseph Mossa

Ahmed Essopbhyat

Ratibal Jina

Shangbal Gorindji

Ismail Haji Ebrahim

Rama Parbhu

Abdul Gaffoor

Parbhu Jana

Shaik Ismail Umar Mowzer

A.E. Bobat

U.G. Patel

R.P. Desai

Ahmed Moosa Seedat

Abdul Latif Said

Ali Mohamed alias Baba Saheb

Mohanbal Naratamdas

Fatima Yusuf and Child

Salivian Sabi Dayer

Moosaji Adam Jesat

Abdul Karim Jusab

Mohamed Valli Essab

Fakir Markkan

Dwaram Singer S/O Kashiram

Mehar Singh S/o Ishar Singh

Sadhu Singh 9/0 Nimala

Dawood Suleman Khavree

Puran Singh S/O Ishar Singh

Ishanti Singh S/O Natha Singh

Surrander Khan, Child 9 years of above

Sub. Lieutenant A.E. Gee, R.N.V.R.

Mr. C.J. Phillips

Mr. W. Dykes

Mrs. W. Dykes

Ismail Ali

Nangi Lakha

Bana Ramji

Chotabhay Baberbhay

Kontilal Proggi Nathwoni

Manga Suke

Kalyan Baki

Parsoth Lalla

Parbhoo Ukan

Luckssingh

Kassiam Homamed Sema

Ahmed Salaji

Mekji Kashiwaji

Mouji Douse

Kerson Vesta

Uyab Hassain

-Survivors-

Ismail Ebrahim

Karrim Chond

Trabvin Bhanji

Hormanbhai Motibhai Patel

Dayabhai Bhulabhai

Manji Davajrah

Natoobhai Pramji

Fahu Abdul Rihamin

Mahomed Sayed

Dawood Mahomed Mullaji

A.F. Nazareth

Makkandbhai Gopal

Abdul Shafoor Fakialli

B.K. Amin

Pusal Naran

Hassan Kamroodeen

Sayeedan Parker

Abdul Rezak Mohamed Harim

Essapju Moosa Dayer

Hawa Ssabi Dayer

Kisra Ramjee

Yusuf Mohamed Dorad (11 years)

Mohamed Adam

Premje Manji

Simon Dungarisingh Takore

Devji Bhaga

Bhan Singh S/0 Bisham Singh

Rakka Singh S/0 Naran Singh

Ali Mohamed Abdul Latif

Harnam Singh SIO Natha Singh

Jaswant Singh Child 12 years of

Singh Manmohan Child 9 years of above.

Menagauri Popatlal

Harribat Osman (and one child aged 6)

(and one child aged 2i)

Dhanvanti Harnarnsingh (one child aged 11)

(one child aged 8) (one child aged 1)

Tajkoura P.N. Britainsingh

Lalita Manilal

Dolat Mehadi

Bhagu F.N. Chotalal

Jaya P.N. Chotalal

Baby P.N. Vallabhabhai

Shira Dinshiv

Amina Ebrahim (one son aged 12) (one son aged 10)

Sakina Shransumati

Khatiga Abdul Gafur

Lilavati Jagegiven (child aged 12 years)

Dahi Dagi

Naran P.N. Hiralal

Ganga Dulabha

Kashi Paraga (one child aged 5 years)

Dhani Situ (one son aged 14)

Amina Esmail

Sheran Dinshaw

Sufiya Ebrahim

Rhanulai M.V. Essa

Latifa Ali saheb

One child sick in Woments

Quarters by nine of Mohamed Abbas.

Mohamed Din Solondur

Shanghai Govindji

Devji Bhaga

Ishanti Singh S/o Natha Singh

Vashdir S/o Naranjandas

Mohan Singh S/o Praman Singh

Jemnaben (sister of Chutubhai Jinibhai)

Uribal Devshi Vasani

(presumably Manilal Devshi Vasani)

One Girl (name not known) aged 6 years

One child aged just over 2 years old

Mrs. Lakshimi Bhailabhai

and child 6 years

Mrs. Amina Ebrahim, one son aged 12 years,

one son aged 10 years

-Survivors-

Mrs. Sufiya Ebrahim

(presumably Mrs, Soffia E. Abdulla)

Mrs. Kanji F.N. Dulabha.

Lalita Chuntibhai

Shanta Manilal

Janan Koura Gandesingh

Vraja Kuvar Narsingi

Mani Dayaram

Kartar Konra Nagarsingi

Lakshimi Bhailalbhai (one child aged 6)

Vasanta Labhashakar (one child aged 3)

Jadava Ramsingh (one child aged 20)

(one child aged 18) (one child aged 16)

(one child aged 14)

Amina Esmil

Sakina Ebrahim (one child aged 15)

Latifa Ali Sahib

Zeneb Mahmed

Hawi Ahmedi (one child aged 12) (one child aged 7)

(one child just over 4 years)

Mant Manilal

Ratan Dhanji

Kanji P.N. Dulabha

Fatama Shale (one child aged 13)

Devji Bhaga

Bhan Singh S/0 Bisham Singh

Rakka Singh S/0 Naran Singh

Ali Mohamed Abdul Latif

Harnam Singh SIO Natha Singh

(one child aged 10 )(one child aged 4)

Sakina Ebrahim

Abass Fbrahim

Mongi Maraji

Zaneb Mehamed

Janen Laxmidas (Jivan Laxmidas surviving)

Mrs. Fatma Yusuf and child

Yusuf Mohd Dorad (11 years)

Bussein Arjula

Parman Nanji

Sanji Manji

Mrs. Modhi Mavaji

Dedar Singh S/o Maskaram

(presumably Bakashi Didar Singh)

One child aged 6 years

Mrs. Janan Koura Gandasingh

Mrs. Tajkoura F.N. Britainsingh

Mrs. Amina Esmil

Mrs. Naran F.N. Hiralal

Mrs. Ganga Dulabha

Mrs. Mongi Maraji

Mrs. Abass Ebrahim

Mohan Dhanji

Dhamji Bhamji

Keshaw Mohan

Mahedi Mohamed Kanji Vadiwalla

Bhoola Chidda

D.R. Dadhaw

Mohamed Abdulla

Dara Kuverjee Tavaria and Child

Mohan Kanji

Shamji Nagji

Bhagwanji Maganlal

Bhagwanji Goculdas

Valji Devji

Karsam Jairam

Karsandas Matichand

Bhana Lakhoo

Rambhai Mathivibhai

Parskotam Hansje

Mohamed Arzin

Magenlal Dayabkai Naik

Ratan Singh S/O Hakim Singh

Sheik Mohamed

Ebrahim Moosa

Bhagrandas Nagar

-Survivors-

Vashdir S/o Narajandas

Mohamed Bhara Khalpi

Lore Crand Virji

Chana Morar

Jay Shanker Kalanji Joshi

Narsi Naran

Nathalala Ranchand

Parman Nanji

Abdul Rahaman

Morar Jiran

loseph A.R.F. Damillo

Puran Singh

Basant Singh

Gurbaksh Singh s/o Dlaram Singh

Khinji Brinji

Mohamed Issop

Sanji Divraj

Joao Francis Co Daranjo

Timedbhai Laxmidas Patel

Khim Singh S/o Indar Singh

Chanan Kanr C/o B. Singh

Mohamed Shafimia Hafizi

Dedar Singh S/o Maskiram

Ebrahim Amod

Thapu Pancha

Bhanji Gorindji

Suliamn Abdulla Moossa

Essack Kassam

Omer Hasim

Chunaid Sfiba

Govan Hari

Madhavbhai Mitral

Sheir Abdulla Mowzer

Ismail Kader

Dayal Chita

Chotu Krushal

Kaju Mohamed Ali

Amur Ebrahim Parker

Modhi Mavaji

Mawje Uka

Hassim Arjuba

Ummer Tar Mohamed

Mohamed Hassam Jaigot

Nathoo Naran

Rasiklal Tuledaas

Ambalal Vagjibhai

Jamnadas Jadavji Pabari

Amrital Nagindas

Khosalshai Jogibhai

Nanna Balla

Parbhoo Ranchod

Hansraj Ramje

Chaturbhai Devjibhai Petal

Poonja Ranja

Vallavbhai Motibhai Amin

Danji Karsan

Balu Bhana

Nathu Meghji

Moosa Suleman

Mawjee Laljee

Shamji Ranji

Moosa Ebrahim Jogi 12 years S/O E. Moosa

Dainshaw M. Curseljie and wife

Sydic Mohamed

Kantanji Dhirajlal

Chonilal Parshotlan

Narshidas Khinjei and Wife

Narshi Dharamai

Makan Karsan

Lala Prima

Manibhai Ambalal Patel

Mohamed Salie.

Fakrndin Mohamed

Kamar Din

Mohamed Asghar

-Survivors-

Gurbaksh Singh S/o Mansa Singh

Mohan Singh S/o Praman Singh

Sanji Manji

Naran Arjan

Chutubhai Jinibhai & sister Jemmabin

Ramabhai Morar

Pakhab Singh S/o Ram Singh

Bhag Singh S/o Bhagran Singh

Dharsan Singh S/o Brahama

Pritam Singh S/o Mehar Singh

Tej Parkash Kaur D/o above

Goolab Nagar

Ebrahim Mohamed Randerce

Moosa Tar Mohamed

Khandubhai Rambrai Disai

Adam Sabah Mohamed

Lalubhai Becharbhai

J.N. Padia

Lilavanti D/o above

Mohamed Kirsin

Hoosein Ismail

Ismaijie Gulam Hussein

Mirali Vili Issa

Khanu Mirali Issa W/o above

Kaju Ismail.

Mohamed Ismail Mohamed Ali.

Khambai M.V. Essa.

-Missing-

H. Farbar

A.H.W. Savage E. G. Meaton

Mrs. N. E. Franklin

Soma Bhulla

Salie Hussain

Hira Gokal

Cader Abdulla

Infant of Mrs. P. M. Kotecha

Kashiben C. Patel, Child & infant

M.J. Maciel

Lalji Kunverji

Jilmaal Singh

Rijumal Harumal

Hassan Mia

M. J, Maciel, Child and 2 infants

Kantaben Icchashanker

B. K. Amin & chill@d

Two Children of Mrs. Chanan Kaur.

G. V. Nagrani. 2 daughters & 3 sons

Gauri M.J.. Padia

Ahmed Ismail Essa

Abdulla Khan Umarkhan

Aboobakher Abdulla

Abdul Cafoor

Son of Ahmed Saleji

Bawa Gulam

Dawood Ebrahim Bhaila

Fakir Essoof

Husein Khan

Ismail Mohidan

Ismail Moosa Kazi

Joosab Hasham

Mohamed Osman

Mohamed Ismail Motlekar

Son of Moosa Tar- Mohamed

Mohamed Husein Saleh

Mohamed Moosa Sidat

Mohamed Hasan

Mohamed Abdulla Abdul Rahimghansay

Omar Ebrahim

Shaikh Abdulla Sk. Mohamed

Shaikh Mohamed

Sayed Husein

Tayab Mohamed

Aisha Abdul Hamid & child

Amina Vali Essap Asmal & 4 children

Emalla Nur Mohamed Hasham

Fakroonissa Mohd Sharif Issa

Huri Ismail Issa

Habiba alias Aislia Mohamedali

and two children

Karambibi Fakir Mohamed

three children and two infants

One infant of Mrs. Latifa Ali Saheb

Three Children and one

infant of Mrs. Hawa Ahmed

Capt. K. S. McLennen

Mr. Ee Go Meaton

Master W. Dykes, 9 Years

Mr H.M. Noorbhai

Mr. Manga Govind

Mr. B. D. Padh

Mr. R. P. Patel

Mr. P. M. Kotecha

Mrs. S. V. Kotecha

Child Of Mrs.S.M. Patel

Mr. Daya Poona

Shamji Manji

Mr. Abddul Latiff Mussa Gira

G. V. Nagrani

V. N. Patel

S. M. Ambubhai

Vadiavati S. L. Sharma & Child

J. M. Vagnela

One son 5 yrs of Mrs. Shirin D. M. Cursetji

-Missing-

Mxs. M. M. Dalal

Abdulla Haji Tayab

Abdul Gafoor

Abdulsatar Desai

Abdulrauf Hasan

Abdul Karim Moti Bhungra

Badardin

Esoof Fakir Rawat

Fazal Mohamed Rahimbax

H asham Ayoob

Ibrahim Nuruddin Parker

Jainudin Osman

Kasim Husein

Mohamed Ibrahim

Moosa Mohamed

Mohamed Nurudin

Mohamed Alli

Mohamed Alli

Mohamed Din

Mohamed Din

Shail Husein Bardey

Shaikh Alli

Shaikh Ismail

Shaikh Abdulla Ahmed

Umar Abdul Rahman

Ayesha Mohamed Nurdin

Azizbibi Fazal Mohamed

Fatma Ahmed

Fatima Esmail Essa and son

Habiba Bardey and infant

Kulsumbibi Sk. Hussein

Kulsum Abdul Gani

One child of Mrs. Jainabibi Mohd. Essof

Rukia Ahmed Essap Bhayat and infant

Amarsingh Gopi

Amal Kersan

Bhana Dhaya

Bhikha Goman

Bak-shi Didarsingh

Bhikha Parbhoo

Chhagan Kalyan

Chhaganbhai Govindji

Dhanji Lakhoo

Dalpatram Mittal

Dayaram Govindji

D’warkanath Atmaram Pradhan

Govind Ranchhod

Gokal Chhiba

Gindaram

Ishwarlal Rama

Jeraj Velji

Jaga Makan

Jetha Thoban

Kanji Ralsi

Kuri Amba

Kabhai Lalubhai Patel

K. G. Mansukhani

Mavji Jeram

Maganlal Naranji

Manibhai Darubhai

Morar Lakhubhai

Nathi Prabhoo

Natha Jima

Parmanand Maji

Popatlal Karsan

Ranchhoddas Samji Damda

Surensingh Metabsingh

Somabhai Dhirubhai

Vrajlal Baboobhai

Vallabh Dewa

Bhani Morar

Dani Bhikha Parbhoo

Ganga Bhana

Jamna Mithal Makan

Kashiben Lakhabhai

-Missing-

Lalita alias Narmada Naran

Manki Parbhoo Keshav

Maniben V. Amin

Ranjit Kaur Pritamsingh

5hantaben R. Patel

Satyawati Joshi

Soni Ranchhod Rama

Vajia Rambhai Sitaram

Miss D’Souza Mary

Arjan Singh

Ambalal Shanker

Bhana D. Ranchhod Chhania

Butasingh, Gurdittaram

Babubbai Jinabhai

Bhajan Singh Ajulla

Chhiba Naran alian Gopan Kuvarji

Chhiba Bhagwan Kalidas

Daya Hansji

Damodar Kalidas Thakar

Devii Bhaya Solanki

Devji Hira

Gowan Nana

Gurdassingb. Partapsingh

Hari Singh s/o Hira Singh

Ishwarlal Gowind

Jiman lakhmidas

Jagdansingh Pritamsing

Kanji Khimji

Kanji Dullabh

Khandubhai Bhulabhai

Keshavji Manji

Morar Makan

Moriram Uka

Nonar Nuna

Mohan Singh Varyama

Madhanbhai Kanjibhai Patel

Nichhabhai Chibabhai

Narottam Bhagwan

Parag Soma

Rambhai Sitaram

Ramji Mavji

Shantilal Lakhmanbhai

Sat Pal

Vasan Keshav

V. M. Daryanani

Bhaniben Lalbhai and child

Dhani Dullabh

Ichhi Chitu

Jiwibai Kalyan Jesam

Kantabai Vasta

Maniben Kanjibhai

Mani Vasan Keshav

Ratan Trikum Bhikha and four Children

Shantaben Khandubhai Desai and three children

Shambai Babubhai Jinabhai

Savita G.,Bhima

Bai Valki w/o Hira Michha Parma

and sons Naran (12 years)

-Survivors-

Captain R. Trimble

Mr. N.E. Franklin

Mr. B.M. Palmer

Mr. G. Brown Douglas

Mrs. G. Brown Doubles

M. Brown Doubles

H. Brown Doublas Children

Gabib Suliman

Mohameddan Solomdur

Uaribal Devshi Vasani

Ahmed Abdul Gafoor

Janen Laxmandas

Uathuradas Lalji

Suka Manga

Ultanchand Souchond

Harribhai Jandabhai

Fuzzle Deen.

Jeram Ell Vagdha

Laljei Deuji

Kahmji Dounger

Ghordan Harji Parmar

Essuf Fabri

Harribhal Darow

Ratansion

Ambald Bakorbhai Patel

Jamandas Nayorondas

Joseph Mossa

Ahmed Essopbhyat

Ratibal Jina

Shangbal Gorindji

-Survivors-

Ismail Haji Ebrahim

Rama Parbhu

Abdul Gaffoor

Parbhu Jana

Shaik Ismail Umar Mowzer

A.E. Bobat

U.G. Patel

R.P. Desai

Ahmed Moosa Seedat

Abdul Latif Said

Ali Mohamed alias Baba Saheb

Mohanbal Naratamdas

Fatima Yusuf and Child

Salivian Sabi Dayer

Moosaji Adam Jesat

Abdul Karim Jusab

Mohamed Valli Essab

Fakir Markkan

Dwaram Singer S/O Kashiram

Mehar Singh S/o Ishar Singh

Sadhu Singh 9/0 Nimala

Dawood Suleman Khavree

Puran Singh S/O Ishar Singh

Ishanti Singh S/O Natha Singh

Surrander Khan, Child 9 years of above

Sub. Lieutenant A.E. Gee, R.N.V.R.

Mr. C.J. Phillips

Mr. W. Dykes

Mrs. W. Dykes

Ismail Ali

-Survivors-

Nangi Lakha

Bana Ramji

Chotabhay Baberbhay

Kontilal Proggi Nathwoni

Manga Suke

Kalyan Baki

Parsoth Lalla

Parbhoo Ukan

Luckssingh

Kassiam Homamed Sema

Ahmed Salaji

Mekji Kashiwaji

Mouji Douse

Kerson Vesta

Uyab Hassain

Ismail Ebrahim

Karrim Chond

Trabvin Bhanji

Hormanbhai Motibhai Patel

Dayabhai Bhulabhai

Manji Davajrah

Natoobhai Pramji

Fahu Abdul Rihamin

Mahomed Sayed

Dawood Mahomed Mullaji

A.F. Nazareth

Makkandbhai Gopal

Abdul Shafoor Fakialli

B.K. Amin

Pusal Naran

-Survivors-

Hassan Kamroodeen

Sayeedan Parker

Abdul Rezak Mohamed Harim

Essapju Moosa Dayer

Hawa Ssabi Dayer

Kisra Ramjee

Yusuf Mohamed Dorad (11 years)

Mohamed Adam

Premje Manji

Simon Dungarisingh Takore

Devji Bhaga

Bhan Singh S/0 Bisham Singh

Rakka Singh S/0 Naran Singh

Ali Mohamed Abdul Latif

Uyab Hassain

Harnam Singh SIO Natha Singh

Jaswant Singh Child 12 years of

Singh Manmohan Child 9 years of above.

Menagauri Popatlal

Harribat Osman (and one child aged 6)

(and one child aged 2i)

Dhanvanti Harnarnsingh (one child aged 11)

(one child aged 8) (one child aged 1)

Tajkoura P.N. Britainsingh

Lalita Manilal

Dolat Mehadi

Bhagu F.N. Chotalal

Jaya P.N. Chotalal

Baby P.N. Vallabhabhai

Shira Dinshiv

-Survivors-

Amina Ebrahim (one son aged 12) (one son aged 10)

Sakina Shransumati

Khatiga Abdul Gafur

Lilavati Jagegiven (child aged 12 years)

Dahi Dagi

Naran P.N. Hiralal

Ganga Dulabha

Kashi Paraga (one child aged 5 years)

Dhani Situ (one son aged 14)

Amina Esmail

Sheran Dinshaw

Sufiya Ebrahim

Rhanulai M.V. Essa

Latifa Ali saheb

One child sick in Woments

Quarters by nine of Mohamed Abbas.

Mohamed Din Solondur

Shanghai Govindji

Devji Bhaga

Ishanti Singh S/o Natha Singh

Vashdir S/o Naranjandas

Mohan Singh S/o Praman Singh

Jemnaben (sister of Chutubhai Jinibhai)

Uribal Devshi Vasani

(presumably Manilal Devshi Vasani)

One Girl (name not known) aged 6 years

One child aged just over 2 years old

Mrs. Lakshimi Bhailabhai

and child 6 years

Mrs. Amina Ebrahim, one son aged 12 years,

-Survivors-

one son aged 10 years

Mrs. Sufiya Ebrahim

(presumably Mrs, Soffia E. Abdulla)

Mrs. Kanji F.N. Dulabha.

Lalita Chuntibhai

Shanta Manilal

Janan Koura Gandesingh

Vraja Kuvar Narsingi

Mani Dayaram

Kartar Konra Nagarsingi

Lakshimi Bhailalbhai (one child aged 6)

Vasanta Labhashakar (one child aged 3)

Jadava Ramsingh (one child aged 20)

(one child aged 18) (one child aged 16)

(one child aged 14)

Amina Esmil

Sakina Ebrahim (one child aged 15)

Latifa Ali Sahib

Zeneb Mahmed

Hawi Ahmedi (one child aged 12) (one child aged 7)

(one child just over 4 years)

Mant Manilal

Ratan Dhanji

Kanji P.N. Dulabha

Fatama Shale (one child aged 13)

(one child aged 10 )(one child aged 4)

Sakina Ebrahim

Abass Fbrahim

Mongi Maraji

Zaneb Mehamed

-Survivors-

Janen Laxmidas (Jivan Laxmidas surviving)

Mrs. Fatma Yusuf and child

Parman Nanji

Sanji Manji

Mrs. Modhi Mavaji

Dedar Singh S/o Maskaram

(presumably Bakashi Didar Singh)

One child aged 6 years

Mrs. Janan Koura Gandasingh

Mrs. Tajkoura F.N. Britainsingh

Mrs. Amina Esmil

Mrs. Naran F.N. Hiralal

Mrs. Ganga Dulabha

Mrs. Mongi Maraji

Mrs. Abass Ebrahim

Mohan Dhanji

Dhamji Bhamji

Keshaw Mohan

Mahedi Mohamed Kanji Vadiwalla

Bhoola Chidda

D.R. Dadhaw

Mohamed Abdulla

Dara Kuverjee Tavaria and Child

Mohan Kanji

Shamji Nagji

Bhagwanji Maganlal

Karsam Jairam

Karsandas Matichand

Bhana Lakhoo

Rambhai Mathivibhai

-Survivors-

Parskotam Hansje

Mohamed Arzin

Magenlal Dayabkai Naik

Ratan Singh S/O Hakim Singh

Sheik Mohamed

Ebrahim Moosa

Bhagrandas Nagar

Vashdir S/o Narajandas

Mohamed Bhara Khalpi

Lore Crand Virji

Chana Morar

Jay Shanker Kalanji Joshi

Narsi Naran

Nathalala Ranchand

Parman Nanji

Abdul Rahaman

Morar Jiran

loseph A.R.F. Damillo

Puran Singh

Basant Singh

Gurbaksh Singh s/o Dlaram Singh

Khinji Brinji

Mohamed Issop

Sanji Divraj

Joao Francis Co Daranjo

Timedbhai Laxmidas Patel

Khim Singh S/o Indar Singh

Chanan Kanr C/o B. Singh

Mohamed Shafimia Hafizi

Dedar Singh S/o Maskiram

-Survivors-

Ebrahim Amod

Thapu Pancha

Bhanji Gorindji

Suliamn Abdulla Moossa

Essack Kassam

Omer Hasim

Chunaid Sfiba

Govan Hari

Madhavbhai Mitral

Sheir Abdulla Mowzer

Ismail Kader

Dayal Chita

Chotu Krushal

Kaju Mohamed Ali

Amur Ebrahim Parker

Modhi Mavaji

Mawje Uka

Hassim Arjuba

Ummer Tar Mohamed

Mohamed Hassam Jaigot

Nathoo Naran

Rasiklal Tuledaas

Ambalal Vagjibhai

Jamnadas Jadavji Pabari

Amrital Nagindas

Khosalshai Jogibhai

Nanna Balla

Parbhoo Ranchod

Hansraj Ramje

Chaturbhai Devjibhai Petal

-Survivors-

Poonja Ranja

Vallavbhai Motibhai Amin

Danji Karsan

Balu Bhana

Nathu Meghji

Moosa Suleman

Mawjee Laljee

Shamji Ranji

Moosa Ebrahim Jogi 12 years S/O E. Moosa

Dainshaw M. Curseljie and wife

Sydic Mohamed

Kantanji Dhirajlal

Chonilal Parshotlan

Narshidas Khinjei and Wife

Narshi Dharamai

Makan Karsan

Lala Prima

Manibhai Ambalal Patel

Mohamed Salie.

Fakrndin Mohamed

Kamar Din

Mohamed Asghar

Gurbaksh Singh S/o Mansa Singh

Mohan Singh S/o Praman Singh

Sanji Manji

Naran Arjan

Chutubhai Jinibhai & sister Jemmabin

Ramabhai Morar

Pakhab Singh S/o Ram Singh

Bhag Singh S/o Bhagran Singh

-Survivors-

Dharsan Singh S/o Brahama

Pritam Singh S/o Mehar Singh

Tej Parkash Kaur D/o above

Goolab Nagar

Ebrahim Mohamed Randerce

Moosa Tar Mohamed

Khandubhai Rambrai Disai

Adam Sabah Mohamed

Lalubhai Becharbhai

J.N. Padia

Lilavanti D/o above

Mohamed Kirsin

Hoosein Ismail

Ismaijie Gulam Hussein

Mirali Vili Issa

Khanu Mirali Issa W/o above

Kaju Ismail.

Mohamed Ismail Mohamed Ali.

Khambai M.V. Essa.

-Missing-

H. Farbar

A.H.W. Savage E. G. Meaton

Mrs. N. E. Franklin

Soma Bhulla

Salie Hussain

Hira Gokal

Cader Abdulla

Infant of Mrs. P. M. Kotecha

Kashiben C. Patel, Child & infant

M.J. Maciel

Lalji Kunverji

Jilmaal Singh

Rijumal Harumal

Hassan Mia

M. J, Maciel, Child and 2 infants

Kantaben Icchashanker

B. K. Amin & chill@d

Two Children of Mrs. Chanan Kaur.

G. V. Nagrani. 2 daughters & 3 sons

Gauri M.J.. Padia

Ahmed Ismail Essa

Abdulla Khan Umarkhan

Aboobakher Abdulla

Abdul Cafoor

Son of Ahmed Saleji

Bawa Gulam

Dawood Ebrahim Bhaila

Fakir Essoof

Husein Khan

Ismail Mohidan

-Missing-

Ismail Moosa Kazi

Joosab Hasham

Mohamed Osman

Mohamed Ismail Motlekar

Son of Moosa Tar- Mohamed

Mohamed Husein Saleh

Mohamed Moosa Sidat

Mohamed Hasan

Mohamed Abdulla Abdul Rahimghansay

Omar Ebrahim

Shaikh Abdulla Sk. Mohamed

Shaikh Mohamed

Sayed Husein

Tayab Mohamed

Aisha Abdul Hamid & child

Amina Vali Essap Asmal & 4 children

Emalla Nur Mohamed Hasham

Fakroonissa Mohd Sharif Issa

Huri Ismail Issa

Habiba alias Aislia Mohamedali

and two children

Karambibi Fakir Mohamed

three children and two infants

One infant of Mrs. Latifa Ali Saheb

Three Children and one

infant of Mrs. Hawa Ahmed

Capt. K. S. McLennen

Mr. Ee Go Meaton

Master W. Dykes, 9 Years

Mr H.M. Noorbhai

-Missing-

Mr. Manga Govind

Mr. B. D. Padh

Mr. R. P. Patel

Mr. P. M. Kotecha

Mrs. S. V. Kotecha

Child Of Mrs.S.M. Patel

Mr. Daya Poona

Shamji Manji

Mr. Abddul Latiff Mussa Gira

G. V. Nagrani

V. N. Patel

S. M. Ambubhai

Vadiavati S. L. Sharma & Child

J. M. Vagnela

One son 5 yrs of Mrs. Shirin D. M. Cursetji

Mxs. M. M. Dalal

Abdulla Haji Tayab

Abdul Gafoor

Abdulsatar Desai

Abdulrauf Hasan

Abdul Karim Moti Bhungra

Badardin

Esoof Fakir Rawat

Fazal Mohamed Rahimbax

H asham Ayoob

Ibrahim Nuruddin Parker

Jainudin Osman

Kasim Husein

Mohamed Ibrahim

Moosa Mohamed

-Missing-

Mohamed Nurudin

Mohamed Alli

Mohamed Alli

Mohamed Din

Mohamed Din

Shail Husein Bardey

Shaikh Alli

Shaikh Ismail

Shaikh Abdulla Ahmed

Umar Abdul Rahman

Ayesha Mohamed Nurdin

Azizbibi Fazal Mohamed

Fatma Ahmed

Fatima Esmail Essa and son

Habiba Bardey and infant

Kulsumbibi Sk. Hussein

Kulsum Abdul Gani

One child of Mrs. Jainabibi Mohd. Essof

Rukia Ahmed Essap Bhayat and infant

Amarsingh Gopi

Amal Kersan

Bhana Dhaya

Bhikha Goman

Bak-shi Didarsingh

Bhikha Parbhoo

Chhagan Kalyan

Chhaganbhai Govindji

Dhanji Lakhoo

Dalpatram Mittal

Dayaram Govindji

-Missing-

D’warkanath Atmaram Pradhan

Govind Ranchhod

Gokal Chhiba

Gindaram

Ishwarlal Rama

Jeraj Velji

Jaga Makan

Jetha Thoban

Kanji Ralsi

Kuri Amba

Kabhai Lalubhai Patel

K. G. Mansukhani

Mavji Jeram

Maganlal Naranji

Manibhai Darubhai

Morar Lakhubhai

Nathi Prabhoo

Natha Jima

Parmanand Maji

Popatlal Karsan

Ranchhoddas Samji Damda

Surensingh Metabsingh

Somabhai Dhirubhai

Vrajlal Baboobhai

Vallabh Dewa

Bhani Morar

Dani Bhikha Parbhoo

Ganga Bhana

Jamna Mithal Makan

Kashiben Lakhabhai

-Missing-

Lalita alias Narmada Naran

Manki Parbhoo Keshav

Maniben V. Amin

Ranjit Kaur Pritamsingh

5hantaben R. Patel

Satyawati Joshi

Soni Ranchhod Rama

Vajia Rambhai Sitaram

Miss D’Souza Mary

Arjan Singh

Ambalal Shanker

Bhana D. Ranchhod Chhania

Butasingh, Gurdittaram

Babubbai Jinabhai

Bhajan Singh Ajulla

Chhiba Naran alian Gopan Kuvarji

Chhiba Bhagwan Kalidas

Daya Hansji

Damodar Kalidas Thakar

Devii Bhaya Solanki

Devji Hira

Gowan Nana

Gurdassingb. Partapsingh

Hari Singh s/o Hira Singh

Ishwarlal Gowind

Jiman lakhmidas

Jagdansingh Pritamsing

Kanji Khimji

Kanji Dullabh

Khandubhai Bhulabhai

-Missing-

Keshavji Manji

Morar Makan

Moriram Uka

Nonar Nuna

Mohan Singh Varyama

Madhanbhai Kanjibhai Patel

Nichhabhai Chibabhai

Narottam Bhagwan

Parag Soma

Rambhai Sitaram

Ramji Mavji

Shantilal Lakhmanbhai

Sat Pal

Vasan Keshav

V. M. Daryanani

Bhaniben Lalbhai and child

Dhani Dullabh

Ichhi Chitu

Jiwibai Kalyan Jesam

Kantabai Vasta

Maniben Kanjibhai

Mani Vasan Keshav

Ratan Trikum Bhikha and four Children

Shantaben Khandubhai Desai and three children

Shambai Babubhai Jinabhai

Savita G.,Bhima

Bai Valki w/o Hira Michha Parma

and sons Naran (12 years)

-Survivors-

Captain R. Trimble

Mr. N.E. Franklin

Mr. B.M. Palmer

Mr. G. Brown Douglas

Mrs. G. Brown Doubles

M. Brown Doubles

H. Brown Doublas Children

Gabib Suliman

Mohameddan Solomdur

Uaribal Devshi Vasani

Ahmed Abdul Gafoor

Janen Laxmandas

Uathuradas Lalji

Suka Manga

Ultanchand Souchond

Harribhai Jandabhai

Fuzzle Deen.

Jeram Ell Vagdha

Laljei Deuji

Kahmji Dounger

Ghordan Harji Parmar

Essuf Fabri

Harribhal Darow

Ratansion

Ambald Bakorbhai Patel

Jamandas Nayorondas

Joseph Mossa

Ahmed Essopbhyat

Ratibal Jina

Shangbal Gorindji

-Survivors-

Ismail Haji Ebrahim

Rama Parbhu

Abdul Gaffoor

Parbhu Jana

Shaik Ismail Umar Mowzer

A.E. Bobat

U.G. Patel

R.P. Desai

Ahmed Moosa Seedat

Abdul Latif Said

Ali Mohamed alias Baba Saheb

Mohanbal Naratamdas

Fatima Yusuf and Child

Salivian Sabi Dayer

Moosaji Adam Jesat

Abdul Karim Jusab

Mohamed Valli Essab

Fakir Markkan

Dwaram Singer S/O Kashiram

Mehar Singh S/o Ishar Singh

Sadhu Singh 9/0 Nimala

Dawood Suleman Khavree

Puran Singh S/O Ishar Singh

Ishanti Singh S/O Natha Singh

Surrander Khan, Child 9 years of above

Sub. Lieutenant A.E. Gee, R.N.V.R.

Mr. C.J. Phillips

Mr. W. Dykes

Mrs. W. Dykes

Ismail Ali

-Survivors-

Nangi Lakha

Bana Ramji

Chotabhay Baberbhay

Kontilal Proggi Nathwoni

Manga Suke

Kalyan Baki

Parsoth Lalla

Parbhoo Ukan

Luckssingh

Kassiam Homamed Sema

Ahmed Salaji

Mekji Kashiwaji

Mouji Douse

Kerson Vesta

Uyab Hassain

Ismail Ebrahim

Karrim Chond

Trabvin Bhanji

Hormanbhai Motibhai Patel

Dayabhai Bhulabhai

Manji Davajrah

Natoobhai Pramji

Fahu Abdul Rihamin

Mahomed Sayed

Dawood Mahomed Mullaji

A.F. Nazareth

Makkandbhai Gopal

Abdul Shafoor Fakialli

B.K. Amin

Pusal Naran

-Survivors-

Hassan Kamroodeen

Sayeedan Parker

Abdul Rezak Mohamed Harim

Essapju Moosa Dayer

Hawa Ssabi Dayer

Kisra Ramjee

Yusuf Mohamed Dorad (11 years)

Mohamed Adam

Premje Manji

Simon Dungarisingh Takore

Devji Bhaga

Bhan Singh S/0 Bisham Singh

Rakka Singh S/0 Naran Singh

Ali Mohamed Abdul Latif

Uyab Hassain

Harnam Singh SIO Natha Singh

Jaswant Singh Child 12 years of

Singh Manmohan Child 9 years of above.

Menagauri Popatlal

Harribat Osman (and one child aged 6)

(and one child aged 2i)

Dhanvanti Harnarnsingh (one child aged 11)

(one child aged 8) (one child aged 1)

Tajkoura P.N. Britainsingh

Lalita Manilal

Dolat Mehadi

Bhagu F.N. Chotalal

Jaya P.N. Chotalal

Baby P.N. Vallabhabhai

Shira Dinshiv

-Survivors-

Amina Ebrahim (one son aged 12) (one son aged 10)

Sakina Shransumati

Khatiga Abdul Gafur

Lilavati Jagegiven (child aged 12 years)

Dahi Dagi

Naran P.N. Hiralal

Ganga Dulabha

Kashi Paraga (one child aged 5 years)

Dhani Situ (one son aged 14)

Amina Esmail

Sheran Dinshaw

Sufiya Ebrahim

Rhanulai M.V. Essa

Latifa Ali saheb

One child sick in Woments

Quarters by nine of Mohamed Abbas.

Mohamed Din Solondur

Shanghai Govindji

Devji Bhaga

Ishanti Singh S/o Natha Singh

Vashdir S/o Naranjandas

Mohan Singh S/o Praman Singh

Jemnaben (sister of Chutubhai Jinibhai)

Uribal Devshi Vasani

(presumably Manilal Devshi Vasani)

One Girl (name not known) aged 6 years

One child aged just over 2 years old

Mrs. Lakshimi Bhailabhai

and child 6 years

Mrs. Amina Ebrahim, one son aged 12 years,

-Survivors-

one son aged 10 years

Mrs. Sufiya Ebrahim

(presumably Mrs, Soffia E. Abdulla)

Mrs. Kanji F.N. Dulabha.

Lalita Chuntibhai

Shanta Manilal

Janan Koura Gandesingh

Vraja Kuvar Narsingi

Mani Dayaram

Kartar Konra Nagarsingi

Lakshimi Bhailalbhai (one child aged 6)

Vasanta Labhashakar (one child aged 3)

Jadava Ramsingh (one child aged 20)

(one child aged 18) (one child aged 16)

(one child aged 14)

Amina Esmil

Sakina Ebrahim (one child aged 15)

Latifa Ali Sahib

Zeneb Mahmed

Hawi Ahmedi (one child aged 12) (one child aged 7)

(one child just over 4 years)

Mant Manilal

Ratan Dhanji

Kanji P.N. Dulabha

Fatama Shale (one child aged 13)

(one child aged 10 )(one child aged 4)

Sakina Ebrahim

Abass Fbrahim

Mongi Maraji

Zaneb Mehamed

-Survivors-

Janen Laxmidas (Jivan Laxmidas surviving)

Mrs. Fatma Yusuf and child

Parman Nanji

Sanji Manji

Mrs. Modhi Mavaji

Dedar Singh S/o Maskaram

(presumably Bakashi Didar Singh)

One child aged 6 years

Mrs. Janan Koura Gandasingh

Mrs. Tajkoura F.N. Britainsingh

Mrs. Amina Esmil

Mrs. Naran F.N. Hiralal

Mrs. Ganga Dulabha

Mrs. Mongi Maraji

Mrs. Abass Ebrahim

Mohan Dhanji

Dhamji Bhamji

Keshaw Mohan

Mahedi Mohamed Kanji Vadiwalla

Bhoola Chidda

D.R. Dadhaw

Mohamed Abdulla

Dara Kuverjee Tavaria and Child

Mohan Kanji

Shamji Nagji

Bhagwanji Maganlal

Karsam Jairam

Karsandas Matichand

Bhana Lakhoo

Rambhai Mathivibhai

-Survivors-

Parskotam Hansje

Mohamed Arzin

Magenlal Dayabkai Naik

Ratan Singh S/O Hakim Singh

Sheik Mohamed

Ebrahim Moosa

Bhagrandas Nagar

Vashdir S/o Narajandas

Mohamed Bhara Khalpi

Lore Crand Virji

Chana Morar

Jay Shanker Kalanji Joshi

Narsi Naran

Nathalala Ranchand

Parman Nanji

Abdul Rahaman

Morar Jiran

loseph A.R.F. Damillo

Puran Singh

Basant Singh

Gurbaksh Singh s/o Dlaram Singh

Khinji Brinji

Mohamed Issop

Sanji Divraj

Joao Francis Co Daranjo

Timedbhai Laxmidas Patel

Khim Singh S/o Indar Singh

Chanan Kanr C/o B. Singh

Mohamed Shafimia Hafizi

Dedar Singh S/o Maskiram

-Survivors-

Ebrahim Amod

Thapu Pancha

Bhanji Gorindji

Suliamn Abdulla Moossa

Essack Kassam

Omer Hasim

Chunaid Sfiba

Govan Hari

Madhavbhai Mitral

Sheir Abdulla Mowzer

Ismail Kader

Dayal Chita

Chotu Krushal

Kaju Mohamed Ali

Amur Ebrahim Parker

Modhi Mavaji

Mawje Uka

Hassim Arjuba

Ummer Tar Mohamed

Mohamed Hassam Jaigot

Nathoo Naran

Rasiklal Tuledaas

Ambalal Vagjibhai

Jamnadas Jadavji Pabari

Amrital Nagindas

Khosalshai Jogibhai

Nanna Balla

Parbhoo Ranchod

Hansraj Ramje

Chaturbhai Devjibhai Petal

-Survivors-

Poonja Ranja

Vallavbhai Motibhai Amin

Danji Karsan

Balu Bhana

Nathu Meghji

Moosa Suleman

Mawjee Laljee

Shamji Ranji

Moosa Ebrahim Jogi 12 years S/O E. Moosa

Dainshaw M. Curseljie and wife

Sydic Mohamed

Kantanji Dhirajlal

Chonilal Parshotlan

Narshidas Khinjei and Wife

Narshi Dharamai

Makan Karsan

Lala Prima

Manibhai Ambalal Patel

Mohamed Salie.

Fakrndin Mohamed

Kamar Din

Mohamed Asghar

Gurbaksh Singh S/o Mansa Singh

Mohan Singh S/o Praman Singh

Sanji Manji

Naran Arjan

Chutubhai Jinibhai & sister Jemmabin

Ramabhai Morar

Pakhab Singh S/o Ram Singh

Bhag Singh S/o Bhagran Singh

-Survivors-

Dharsan Singh S/o Brahama

Pritam Singh S/o Mehar Singh

Tej Parkash Kaur D/o above

Goolab Nagar

Ebrahim Mohamed Randerce

Moosa Tar Mohamed

Khandubhai Rambrai Disai

Adam Sabah Mohamed

Lalubhai Becharbhai

J.N. Padia

Lilavanti D/o above

Mohamed Kirsin

Hoosein Ismail

Ismaijie Gulam Hussein

Mirali Vili Issa

Khanu Mirali Issa W/o above

Kaju Ismail.

Mohamed Ismail Mohamed Ali.

Khambai M.V. Essa.

-Missing-

H. Farbar

A.H.W. Savage E. G. Meaton

Mrs. N. E. Franklin

Soma Bhulla

Salie Hussain

Hira Gokal

Cader Abdulla

Infant of Mrs. P. M. Kotecha

Kashiben C. Patel, Child & infant

M.J. Maciel

Lalji Kunverji

Jilmaal Singh

Rijumal Harumal

Hassan Mia

M. J, Maciel, Child and 2 infants

Kantaben Icchashanker

B. K. Amin & chill@d

Two Children of Mrs. Chanan Kaur.

G. V. Nagrani. 2 daughters & 3 sons

Gauri M.J.. Padia

Ahmed Ismail Essa

Abdulla Khan Umarkhan

Aboobakher Abdulla

Abdul Cafoor

Son of Ahmed Saleji

Bawa Gulam

Dawood Ebrahim Bhaila

Fakir Essoof

Husein Khan

Ismail Mohidan

-Missing-

Ismail Moosa Kazi

Joosab Hasham

Mohamed Osman

Mohamed Ismail Motlekar

Son of Moosa Tar- Mohamed

Mohamed Husein Saleh

Mohamed Moosa Sidat

Mohamed Hasan

Mohamed Abdulla Abdul Rahimghansay

Omar Ebrahim

Shaikh Abdulla Sk. Mohamed

Shaikh Mohamed

Sayed Husein

Tayab Mohamed

Aisha Abdul Hamid & child

Amina Vali Essap Asmal & 4 children

Emalla Nur Mohamed Hasham

Fakroonissa Mohd Sharif Issa

Huri Ismail Issa

Habiba alias Aislia Mohamedali

and two children

Karambibi Fakir Mohamed

three children and two infants

One infant of Mrs. Latifa Ali Saheb

Three Children and one

infant of Mrs. Hawa Ahmed

Capt. K. S. McLennen

Mr. Ee Go Meaton

Master W. Dykes, 9 Years

Mr H.M. Noorbhai

-Missing-

Mr. Manga Govind

Mr. B. D. Padh

Mr. R. P. Patel

Mr. P. M. Kotecha

Mrs. S. V. Kotecha

Child Of Mrs.S.M. Patel

Mr. Daya Poona

Shamji Manji

Mr. Abddul Latiff Mussa Gira

G. V. Nagrani

V. N. Patel

S. M. Ambubhai

Vadiavati S. L. Sharma & Child

J. M. Vagnela

One son 5 yrs of Mrs. Shirin D. M. Cursetji

Mxs. M. M. Dalal

Abdulla Haji Tayab

Abdul Gafoor

Abdulsatar Desai

Abdulrauf Hasan

Abdul Karim Moti Bhungra

Badardin

Esoof Fakir Rawat

Fazal Mohamed Rahimbax

H asham Ayoob

Ibrahim Nuruddin Parker

Jainudin Osman

Kasim Husein

Mohamed Ibrahim

Moosa Mohamed

-Missing-

Mohamed Nurudin

Mohamed Alli

Mohamed Alli

Mohamed Din

Mohamed Din

Shail Husein Bardey

Shaikh Alli

Shaikh Ismail

Shaikh Abdulla Ahmed

Umar Abdul Rahman

Ayesha Mohamed Nurdin

Azizbibi Fazal Mohamed

Fatma Ahmed

Fatima Esmail Essa and son

Habiba Bardey and infant

Kulsumbibi Sk. Hussein

Kulsum Abdul Gani

One child of Mrs. Jainabibi Mohd. Essof

Rukia Ahmed Essap Bhayat and infant

Amarsingh Gopi

Amal Kersan

Bhana Dhaya

Bhikha Goman

Bak-shi Didarsingh

Bhikha Parbhoo

Chhagan Kalyan

Chhaganbhai Govindji

Dhanji Lakhoo

Dalpatram Mittal

Dayaram Govindji

-Missing-

D’warkanath Atmaram Pradhan

Govind Ranchhod

Gokal Chhiba

Gindaram

Ishwarlal Rama

Jeraj Velji

Jaga Makan

Jetha Thoban

Kanji Ralsi

Kuri Amba

Kabhai Lalubhai Patel

K. G. Mansukhani

Mavji Jeram

Maganlal Naranji

Manibhai Darubhai

Morar Lakhubhai

Nathi Prabhoo

Natha Jima

Parmanand Maji

Popatlal Karsan

Ranchhoddas Samji Damda

Surensingh Metabsingh

Somabhai Dhirubhai

Vrajlal Baboobhai

Vallabh Dewa

Bhani Morar

Dani Bhikha Parbhoo

Ganga Bhana

Jamna Mithal Makan

Kashiben Lakhabhai

-Missing-

Lalita alias Narmada Naran

Manki Parbhoo Keshav

Maniben V. Amin

Ranjit Kaur Pritamsingh

5hantaben R. Patel

Satyawati Joshi

Soni Ranchhod Rama

Vajia Rambhai Sitaram

Miss D’Souza Mary

Arjan Singh

Ambalal Shanker

Bhana D. Ranchhod Chhania

Butasingh, Gurdittaram

Babubbai Jinabhai

Bhajan Singh Ajulla

Chhiba Naran alian Gopan Kuvarji

Chhiba Bhagwan Kalidas

Daya Hansji

Damodar Kalidas Thakar

Devii Bhaya Solanki

Devji Hira

Gowan Nana

Gurdassingb. Partapsingh

Hari Singh s/o Hira Singh

Ishwarlal Gowind

Jiman lakhmidas

Jagdansingh Pritamsing

Kanji Khimji

Kanji Dullabh

Khandubhai Bhulabhai

-Missing-

Keshavji Manji

Morar Makan

Moriram Uka

Nonar Nuna

Mohan Singh Varyama

Madhanbhai Kanjibhai Patel

Nichhabhai Chibabhai

Narottam Bhagwan

Parag Soma

Rambhai Sitaram

Ramji Mavji

Shantilal Lakhmanbhai

Sat Pal

Vasan Keshav

V. M. Daryanani

Bhaniben Lalbhai and child

Dhani Dullabh

Ichhi Chitu

Jiwibai Kalyan Jesam

Kantabai Vasta

Maniben Kanjibhai

Mani Vasan Keshav

Ratan Trikum Bhikha and four Children

Shantaben Khandubhai Desai and three children

Shambai Babubhai Jinabhai

Savita G.,Bhima

Bai Valki w/o Hira Michha Parma

and sons Naran (12 years)

Passenger list displayed as received from The Transvaal Indian Congress

The Cargo

The SS Tilawa was carrying some sixty tonnes of silver bullion, the subject of which is now an international dispute between salvagers and the South African government. Despite the setting, international waters in a multi-national war; what exactly led to the Japanese submarine I-29 Commander to order not one, but two torpedoes to be launched at the Tilawa? 

Survivor Tales

CHUNILAL NAVSARIA

I was one of the passengers on the board Tilawa that night. It set sail from Bombay on the 20th November 1942, bound for Mombasa, East Coast Ports and Durban. On the night of the 19th November 1942, friends and relatives bid me bon voyage as I left my home in Navsari, India. Early the next morning my mother woke me up to get ready as the appointed taxi would be calling to take us to the station to board the train named, Flying Queen bound for Bombay.

Moulana Cassim Sema

Moulana Cassim Sema qualified successfully in September / October 1942, at the age of twenty two. He then decided to return home to South Africa. A teaching post at Mia`s Farm already awaited him.

Unfortunately it was during the period of the Second World War, and Japanese forces were heading towards India, and as a result of which, no passenger boats were in operation.

Due to strong requests from passengers, a steamboat called the “Tilawa”, was allocated to transport passengers to various parts of Africa, including South Africa.

radio interview

Below is a recording of a radio interview conducted on CII Radio with our main foundation members, Haroon Tarmahomed and Ashraf Roomaney.