The tragic roll-call of Britons lost in Asia's deadly wave

Honeymooners, grandparents and students: the sea claimed them all
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A total of 440 Britons are dead or feared dead. The following have been named.

A total of 440 Britons are dead or feared dead. The following have been named.

June Abeyratne, 48, from Kingswood, Surrey, had travelled to Sri Lanka to investigate opening an orphanage called Little Acorns. The managing director of a south London children's model agency, she died saving her 11-year-old daughter, Alexandra. Her husband, Viraj, also survived. He found her body three days later.

Two-month-old Charlie Smith is the youngest known British victim. The grandson of a former actor in The Bill, Eric Richard (Sgt Bob Cryer), he died in his father Richard's arms after a 20-foot wave crashed into them on a beach near Galle, Sri Lanka.

Julian Ayer, 41, son of the late philosopher AJ Ayer, died in Sri Lanka as he travelled with his wife Harriet Crawley, 46, to see her son Spencer 17, play cricket in Galle on a tour by Harrow School.

Robert Whymant, 60, a former reporter for The Times, was killed while swimming near his hotel in Sri Lanka. He died after he and his Japanese wife, Minako, were separated by a wave. She survived.

Clare Jackson, 25, an Exeter University graduate from Bristol, died after being pulled from her boyfriend Alex Hill, 24, when a wave hit Tangarra, Sri Lanka. He was injured.

Hannah Tugwell, a teacher from Chainhurst, Kent, was swept from her holiday home in Khao Lak, Thailand. Her husband, Matthew, lived but she, a teacher at the Hoo Marlborough Centre, is lost.

Dominic Stephenson, 28, an architect from Edinburgh, died while on holiday on Phi Phi with his girlfriend Eileen Lee, 24, an event organiser also from Edinburgh. She is still missing. The couple, who had bought a flat together in Leith, went on holiday to celebrate. Dominic sent a Christmas Day greeting saying: "This is paradise, mum."

Melanie Clough, 46, Wimbledon, south London, missing, was holidaying in Khao Lak with her husband, Simon, who survived along with their three children.

Barry Lloyd-Jones, 68, a former journalist and father-of-three from Broom, Warwickshire, is missing. He was last seen in Khao Lak. His wife, Kath, was found alive miles away. His son Nigel is still searching.

Kevin Brickell, 32, a sound engineer from Hertford, is missing feared dead on Phi Phi where he was holidaying with his Thai girlfriend. His brother Martin said: "We have not given up hope, but we have to be prepared for the worst."

Lincoln Abraham, 34, a city broker, from Hampstead, north London, died while holidaying on Koh Phi Phi with friends who survived the disaster. He was laid to rest at a ceremony in Bushey, Hertfordshire. His mother, Helen, said of the former Christ's College pupil: "He was an amazing person. I couldn't have had a better son. To me, he was the best."

Taylor Howard , 6, from Hayle, Cornwall. Died in Khao Lak Phang Nga. His brother Mason, 8, and David Page, 44 - his mother Sharon Howard's partner - are also missing feared dead.

Brian Clayton, 58, a grand-father originally from Newcastle upon Tyne but living near Brisbane, Australia, died while saving children from the waves in Phuket, Thailand.

Mike and Carol Hall, both 60, were listed as dead by Patong hospital, Phuket.

James Hurren, 22, Caister, Norfolk died on the Thai island of Phi Phi. His travelling companion, Bin Tyler, survived. His father, Dale Hurren, 46, flew out to search for him and found his body.

Justin Ledingham, 29, died on Phi Phi. His Liverpool-born mother, Val, and father, Hamish, learnt the news after she went through the faces of the dead at a morgue in Krabi. His body was identified by his pendant. His Turkish fiancée, Seda Tekoz, is still missing.

Lisa May, 25, a former chef from Cheltenham, Gloucest-ershire, who had been backpacking, died on Phi Phi island. She was on holiday after being a bridesmaid at her sister's wedding.

Piers Simon, 33, a garden designer from Yeovil, Somerset, died on Phi Phi island. He was having breakfast in the Koh Phi café when a wave struck. He helped people on to the roof before being swept away. His family had a glimmer of hope when dental records did not appear to match a body with his passport. But his brother Luke, 30, identified the body.

Ron Brown, from Reading, a West Ham football fan, is missing in Phuket.

Simon Atlee, 33, a fashion photographer from London, was swept away while on holiday at Khao Lak,. His girlfriend, the Czech model Petra Nemcova, 25, survived by hanging on to a tree.

Jez Stephens, 29, a father of one who was back-packing, from Norwich, died on Phi Phi. His body was found in a temple by his friends Craig Cardwell and Gareth Marks. His mother, Linda Lilley, 48, from Hythe, Kent, described her son as a lively, happy character who was always full of energy.

Holly Riddle, 21, Nutbourne, West Sussex, died in Krabi. She was on holiday with father Nicholas, mother Sally, 43, and six-year-old sister Mazie, who survived. Mrs Riddle described how her "beautiful" daughter clung to the rooftop but was swept away. She later found her body.

Sarah Bent, 19, a student from York, and her boyfriend Robert Rowbottom, were in Phi Phi when the wave hit. Both are missing.

John Hunting, 25, of Forres, Moray, is missing, thought to have been in Kerala, the state next to Tamil Nadu. Had been on holiday in south India for three weeks with his girlfriend.

Louise Willgrass, 43, from Colney near Norwich, died on Phuket island after going into a shop to buy sunscreen. Her husband and four children all survived.

Stuart Shields, 37, a keen amateur footballer from Ridgewell, Essex, died in the Maldives while swimming with his wife Tania, 34. She has survived and contacted relatives.

Peter Weston, 47, a father of two, from Owslebury, Hamp-shire, died while staying at the White Sands Resort on the Ari Atoll in the Maldives.

Colleen MacDonald and Paul Clarke are missing after going diving in Khao Lak.

Amanda Britton, 40, a radiographer, her brother Adrian Lester, 41, and father Keith Lester, 71, are missing, feared dead, in southern Thailand. Her daughter Francesca, 14, stayed at home in Singleton, Lancashire, with her father David, a dentist.

Leanne Cox, 23, from Hartlepool, who was backpacking, was staying in a beach hostel with some friends on Phi Phi island. Her father, Alan, has spoken to her companions, all of whom survived, but she is still missing.

John Hofton, 62, and wife Annie, 57, of Worcester, are missing, feared dead, in Khao Lak, Thailand. Mr Hofton was a former Moseley and Coventry rugby player.

Samantha Fayet, 32, and her six-month-old daughter, Ruby, were on holiday in Thailand. Both have been missing since Samantha's French husband, Patrice, was separated from the pair by the force of the water.

Jon Hughes, 33, from Kirkstall, Leeds, was holidaying with his girlfriend, Sally Shearing, on Phi Phi when their beach hut was engulfed. She was rescued by locals but he died. Mr Hughes's brother Mark said the family had identified his body at Krabi hospital.

Charlotte Jones, 23, a Bristol University graduate from Petersfield, Hampshire, was on the beach on the island or Racha Yai, south of Phuket. The rest of her group survived. Ms Jones's mother, Liz, held a Buddhist ceremony in her memory on the island while her father, Alan, said: "Charlotte loved adventure. She climbed Kilimanjaro at 16, bungee jumped, ran half-marathons, scuba dived. She was an incredibly bright, confident, resourceful girl who seized life with both hands."

Conor Keightley, from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, is missing, feared dead, on Phi Phi. It was his 31st birthday on New Year's Day.

Steven Leung Sai Wai, 39, a British man who had been living in Hong Kong, disappeared in southern Thailand.

Natalie and Andrew McLeish, 28 and 31, from Sheffield, who were on honeymoon on Phi Phi island, are missing.

Stephen Magson, 54, a father of three from York and director of a property removal firm, disappeared on Phuket. His wife, Denise, who runs a self-catering cottage business, and daughter India are safe. They have two other children, Richard and William, who are believed to be staying with relatives in the UK.

Catherine Mullan, 53, and Leonard Barratt, 49, from near Truro, Cornwall disappeared on Phuket. Their children Louis, 16, and Theo, 12, survived.

Pippa Rea, 40, from Nutbourne, West Sussex, was on Phuket with her husband, Bill, 42. She was swept from her balcony and remains missing. He survived.

Joy Sunderland, 77, from Stamford, Lincoln-shire, was on holiday with her husband, Arthur, on Phuket when she was swept away by the wave. Her two daughters are helping their father search.

Benjamin Watts, 29, and Nova Mills, 28, childhood friends from Holme upon Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, were holidaying in Krabi and have not been seen since Boxing Day. Miss Mills had just started a round-the-world trip with her boyfriend, Andrew Chaggar. Mr Watts, accompanied by his partner, Paula Bateman, had joined the couple. While Mr Chaggar is recovering from his injuries in Bangkok and Ms Bateman is being treated in Germany, no one has heard from the other two since Mr Watts sent a text message to his parents on Boxing Day, telling them he was enjoying a party on the beach.

Phensiri Tricket, 40, the wife of a British hotelier, Michael Trickett, 58, is missing, presumed dead, in Khao Lak along with the couple's four-year-old son, Michael. The family became separated when the wave crashed into the resort.

David Bailey, 41, of Cornwall, an Army soldier, was on holiday in Thailand when the tsunami struck and is still missing. His family said they were remaining positive.

Craig Stanley, 30, a garden designer from Nottingham, and his girlfriend, Barbara McTaggart, 29, are missing in Thailand.

Sue Kennedy, mother of the television gardener Charlie Dimmock, and her husband, Rob, are feared to have been swept away by the waves which struck the Thai resort of Phuket. Sue, 59, a PR executive, and Rob, 60, of West Wellow, Hampshire, had spent a week in Cambodia before arriving in Phuket. They were staying in one of Phuket's worst-hit hotels and nothing has been heard from them since.

A former aluminium factory worker, Matthew McComish, 29, who had lived in Birming-ham, was found dead by his friends on 28 December, close to where he worked on Phi Phi island.

Kevin McCarthy, 33, a letting agent originally from Penarth, Wales, and his girlfriend, Debbie Evans, 31, from Camberley in Surrey, were on a day trip to Koh Phi Phi. His sister, Clare Sellick, has contacted the BBC's website looking for information on her brother.

Valerie Awcock, 59, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, had been on holiday in Khao Lak and is among the missing.

Nicholas Brewster, 31, an IT consultant, is missing in Thailand with his German fiancée. He is thought to live in Switzerland.

Lucy Coyle, 29, originally from Dublin but living in London, and her English boyfriend, Sean Sweetman, 31, of London, are missing from the Phi Phi Princess resort. Mr Sweetman's brother has arrived in Thailand to search for the couple.

Michael Bowen, 60, and his wife Teresa, 54, from Norwich, are missing in Khao Lak, Thailand.

Shaw and Val Lingham, from east Lancashire, are missing in Sri Lanka.

The classroom assistant Heather Gill, 42, who worked at Neville Lovett Community School in Fareham, Hampshire, died after being swept away from her husband Steve, 51, and daughter Charlotte Daniels, 17, when the wave hit Phuket. Father and daughter survived. Her headteacher, Neil Dewhurst, described Mrs Gill as a woman who made a massive difference to her pupils, particularly those with learning difficulties.

Professor Sally Macgill, 53, of Burley-in-Wharfedale, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, and her daughter, Alice, 23, are missing after going kayaking off Krabi, Thailand. Her other daughter, Edith, 25, survived. Professor Macgill pioneered research into cancer cases near nuclear power stations.

Kevin Forkan, 54, and his wife Sandra, 40, from Bashley, near New Milton, Hampshire, are missing. They had been on holiday in India, where Mr Forkan was considering setting up a web-design business. They had then taken four of their children to Weligama, Sri Lanka. They managed to get their children Robert, 17, Paul, 15, Matty, 12, and Rosie, 8, out of the hotel room. The children have returned to stay with their relatives in Hampshire.

Susan Ford, a 55-year-old teacher from Blackburn, as well as her husband, Terence, are missing. Mrs Ford, who was head of modern languages at Withins School near Bolton, was due to retire this year.

Jennifer Solomons, from Alderley Edge, Cheshire, is reported missing in the Khao Lak area of Thailand. Her husband, Alan, and sons Ben, 15, and Richard, 12, survived.

Mark Doogue, from Worsley, Salford, who was working as a chef on Phuket island, is reported missing.

Colin Seymour, from Radcliffe, Bury, is also reported missing on Phuket.

Joan Elias, 75, from the Wirral, was swept away at the Thai resort of Khao Lak. The family have paid thousands of pounds to get her body flown home because they claim that consulate staff refused to help.

Stephen Stubbs, 58, from Partington, Greater Manchester, died in hospital in Sri Lanka of a heart attack after he was injured when the giant wave struck a safari park south of Colombo. His wife, Pat, was also injured when the tsunami hit their car.

Roger Hankinson, 67, from Warrington, has been confirmed dead.

Michael David Long, 49, from London, has been confirmed dead.

Winston Allen, 47, a Cardiff-born boxer who fought Joe Bugner and Frank Bruno before his career ended in 1987, is feared dead after disappearing while on holiday with his girlfriend on Phuket island.

Hannah Victoria Pyatt, 32, of London has been confirmed dead.

Rachel Quinn, 34, is missing, feared dead. She was last seen in Khao Lak with her husband, Kevin, who is recovering in hospital.

Pauline Marjorie Pyke, 50, from Southampton, has been confirmed dead.

Robin Needham, a 52-year-old country director for the aid organisation Care Nepal, has been found dead. He was on a diving holiday on Phuket with his wife and children, who were rescued.

Isabella Peatfield, five, of Mappleton, Derbyshire, died on holiday with her parents in Sri Lanka. She was swept away from her parents Kim and Tristan, who spent two days searching for each other. They said they had returned to the island where they had honeymooned because their daughter, who was known as Bellie, wanted to see elephants and they wanted "to bring her dreams alive".

Alice Claypoole and Luke Paddy, both 31, who shared a house in Tufnell Park, north London, are missing in Khoa Lak, Thailand

Lisa Jones, 31, a conservationist from Windsor, Berkshire, was at the Golden Buddha Beach resort on Koh Phra Thong. She had spent three years on turtle conservation for the charity Naucrates. Her brother, Chris, said: "She had dedicated her short life to helping wildlife and the environment. She will leave a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew and loved her. We miss her terribly already."

British diplomat John Hoy, 46, is missing, with his eldest son Robert, 12. The bodies of his two younger children, Kate, seven, and nine-year-old David, have been found. His wife of 15 years, Thai-born Nim Hoy, survived after they were all caught by the tsunami in Khao Lak. The London-born economics adviser had been working for the Department for International Development in Bangkok.

Ross Baker, 26, an actor in Fame: The Musical, from South Brent, Devon, was holidaying with friends on Koh Phi Phi. He has not been in contact since the disaster and his family has flown out to continue the search.

Lucy Holland, 14, granddaughter of Lord Attenborough, died in Phuket. Her mother Jane, 49, and mother-in-law, also Jane, are missing. Lucy's sister Alice, 17, was badly hurt, and her brother Sam, and father, Michael, survived.