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Date:
5/26/00

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I hope I got here first ! Awaiting further pages, it looks really smart.


Date:
5/26/00

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I got here first ! It looks really smart.Jules. Can`t wait to see it all and show my friends !! Love Lindsey x x


Date:
6/7/00

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I've just downloaded your site for off-line viewing and have to say that it is coming along in leaps and bounds. A fine effort on your part Forbes and a terrific tribute to your Grandfather.

Ray (SideWinder).


Date:
6/16/00

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Great web site, well laid out with lots of detail, well done.


Date:
6/16/00

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Nice one ,a tribute to a Fighting Fisherman and the thousands of other Trawler and Drifter crewmen employed in the 1939-45 conflict. Fred Rowe.


Date:
6/22/00

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This contains some very useful information, comprehensively researched. Best wishes in the development of this very interesting web site. Albert Duthie


Date:
8/1/00

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Congratulations Forbes! Your site is a fitting tribute to the memory of your grandfather and to all the men of the RNR who gave so much for the freedom of this Country. This site should be an inspiration to us all, and through it we may remember the brave efforts of the little armed trawlers which in many men's hearts are both large and proud. I wish you the best of luck with this excellent website. Nick Clark (Harry Tate's website)


Date:
8/2/00

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uncle forbes

am on holiday in Cheshire with our friends have read your web site re my g-grandad

keep in touch

Ross William Wilson


Date:
8/3/00

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An Excellent site and very interesting. Its nice to find more information about Harry Tate's Navy, and its a fine tribute to all who served in the Trawlers including my grandad who served on Northern Rover and was torpedoed by U-Boat 59 at 2335 on the 30th Oct 1939 with all hands lost. God bless them and all who lost their lives in the Service. CPO(S) DODD ROYAL NAVY.


Date:
8/22/00

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My father served on Dance Class trawlers during the war. I am forwarding this to him in South Africa. Someone needs to put together the complete WW2 small ships history and with your obvious expertees, why not you. Well done, Tim Maddison


Date:
8/25/00

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A very good site. Well designed.

I was in the RNR in Glasgow for a while.

Thanks for putting the great story and other info on the site.

john


Date:
8/26/00

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Well presented, informative site - Well Done!

Darren Dypevåg @ www.dypevag.freeserve.co.uk


Date:
9/8/00

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Personally, I think that youre website is very interesting, only one comment I think that you should include a few pictures of the ships mentioned. Of cuorse I shouldnt tell you how to construct a website with some pictures that may not exist at all buy, a few pics would make the site a little bit more interesting. (Not that it isnt interesting bacause as ive already said it is very interesting). thank you.


Date:
9/10/00

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When I was young I was told my uncle was killed on a minesweeper in WWII, and recently I checked his name in the books of casualties in the memorial in Edinburgh Castle. He was sunk on the Alouette off portugal, 19th Sept 1942. I did a bit of research on this and found out what RNPS meant, and that the Alouette was a trawler (torpedoed by a U-Boat). Anyone know anything about the Alouette, or that particular engagement? Reading up about all this makes me really proud of a man I never met. Did anyone serve on her, or have any more info or even a picture?


Date:
9/11/00

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An interesting site. It was good to actually see what a DSC looks like. My gt-grandfather (E.E.Lowe) was the first recipient of the CSC a esult of service with the Naval Brigade in the Boer War. This site is a nice tribute 'for those in peril on the sea' Geoff Lowe


Date:
9/22/00

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I'm a comms sea rating at HMS Wildfire, so it's good to see a web site dedicated to the RNR


Date:
10/8/00

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A most interesting site and a fine tribute to your grandfather I am in Brisbane, Australia and have been here for almost fifty years now. However my home town is Hull a friendly rival of Grimsby's in the good old fishing days. I am ex Royal Navy and also ex Royal Fleet Reserve. My family were all trawlermen and I served on minesweepers. Enjoyed your site and best wishes from 'Down Under'


Date:
10/27/00

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Thank you. I was looking to identify medals awarded to my father and ensure that the correct ribbon was on the right medal. Your page was the best pictures I found.


Date:
10/27/00

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A very interesting and elightening article. Had me up until gone one in the morning reading it all. congraduations on your hard work. David Skardon. Ex fisherman.


Date:
10/31/00

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I just downloaded the section relating to trawlers lost in WWII. Another section that would fit in perfectly would be ship tonnage, total ships crew, and crew survived (wounded) and crew killed. Is this section possible?


Date:
11/5/00

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05-11-00 Excellent site Forbes, My late father {Dick 'Darkie' Allison} was a Hull fisherman and like many others during the '39-'45 conflict was in the RNPS. He was Cox'n of the "Lord Hailsham", torpedoed by E-boats in the channel, and luckily was one of the survivors, and returned to trawling after the war. Keep up the good work your site can only get even better. Best regards, Mike Allison - Radio Operator - Hull.


Date:
11/10/00

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Thank you for a valuable input. (My father served in the Royal Indian Navy, Great Grandad in The Sikh Pioneer Regiment 1858 - 1899). Yours is an excellent idea. Maybe we should all get around to putting father's / grandfather's service records on a site. Details on my Dad can be had on typing in SATYINDRA on a search engine.

Premendra Singh, A - 8 / 29 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi,India . ikan@ieee.org


Date:
12/7/00

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Dear ForbesThe comments below have been posted from http://www.royal-naval-reserve.co.uk Very interesting web site. My grandfather was killed on the Northern Rover early on in the war. I have various information on this- newspaper cuttings, letters written by him, medals and photos. Contact me if you had a relative on the NOrthern Rover. Roger Barlow The users email address is: barlow@shifnal64.freeserve.co.uk


Date:
12/7/00

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting web site. My grandfather was killed on the Northern Rover early on in the war. I have various information on this- newspaper cuttings, letters written by him, medals and photos. Contact me if you had a relative on the NOrthern Rover. Roger Barlow The users email address is: barlow@shifnal64.freeserve.co.uk


Date:
12/7/00

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Iv'e enjoyed your website very much.

If it is of any use, I have various bits of information on my grandfather Tempy Leuit. Albert Edward White RNVR who served on the Northern Rover. This includes letters written by him, call up papers, the 'bad news' from the Admiralty, newspaper cluttings my nan kept and various pieces linked with the opening of the monument at Lowestoft.

To update your records, the Northern Rover was sank by Uboat 59, by torpedo.

Hoping this might be of use and thanks for your efforts to all that were lost.

Roger Barlow


Date:
1/11/01

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Dear Forbes

The comments below have been posted from http://www.royal-naval-reserve.co.uk

As an "ex Sparrow",I find this site very interesting indeed.Not having a photo of any of the ships I served in,I found the photos on my PC very interesting.I would most grateful,if anyone could get in touch with me with the idea of offering me a photo of any Admiralty Class Trawler.My phone number is 01792 415944.

Yours Aye,Sig Williams.

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Date:
1/11/01

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Dear Forbes

The comments below have been posted from http://www.royal-naval-reserve.co.uk

Bloody good Forbes, your Dad told me about it and I had a quick look at his folder this morning, and since reading the web site very impressed. Hope that you get a lot of response.

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Date:
1/18/01

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting reading, my grandfather served on board HMS Cairo and he often still tells me tails of what they used to get up to ( he's in his 80's now ),he was a radar operator. He was rescued from the water during the "pedestal" convoy when it was sunk.

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Date:
1/20/01

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Just surfed your most excellent website and located the name of R.V. Ravenhill,Commander,1939, HMS Nubian.I served under Ravenhill when he was skipper of HMS Newfoundland,1944-5.I am anxious to obtain further information about him for publication in our Association journal or where I might obtain career history.Thank you for your help,Tom Roxby.


Date:
2/2/01

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Dear Forbes

The first CONGRATULATION,FORBES, from Norway ,from Namsos and the place where RUTLANDSHIRE came to her end! We look forward meeting You and Your father in May.We shall show You the Namsen fjord, the places and some of the people who still remember the days in april 1940 when NAMSOS became THE FIRST DUNKERQUE.

But"THE NAVY WAS HERE" and saved in a heroic way ,more than 5.000 french and british men from a totally destroyed town in the middle of Norway Your friend Jens-Anton Sndersen

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Date:
2/8/01

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Dear Forbes

Thanks for all your hard work, you've made my family history research a lot more complete. If I come across any info that I think might be of interest contact you.

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Date:
20/03/01

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Dear Forbes

I am seeking information on Skipper William C. Boyle who probably sailed from the Tyne and I believe he was awarded the D.S.C.in WW2. Can you help

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Date:
20/03/01

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Dear Forbes

great web site, I have just started investigating my great uncle who was lost at sea on HM Trawler Juniper. The ship was sunk by Admiral Gripper and Hans Lody off Norway on 8th June 1940. The reports say that 4 survived. I would like to find the survivors or their relatives. I have visited the commonwealth war graves commission and they give my great uncles death as 18th June 1940 which is 10 days after his ship was sunk. I am trying to find out why there is a 10 day difference in events. If anyone has connections with the Juniper I will be pleased to hear from you.

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Date:
24/03/01

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Dear Forbes

For masses of clear, concise data presented in a very readable manner, CORRECTLY SPELLED (!) this is an ideal tool for the serious researcher of the RNPS, effectively bypassing the BS and slow-grinding wheels of official government sources. This got an instant bookmark in my computer! You just can't buy stuff like this!

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Date:
28/03/01

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dear sir, i am researching the naval career of my great uncle J.Sinclair who was wounded during the sinking of the HMS CAIRO. Residing in Tasmania, the internet seems my only reference. If you could forward me any sites where i could get info it would be most appreciated. yours sincerely G.Quinlan

glennquinlan@start.com.au


Date:
01/04/01

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Dear Forbes

Very Interesting site. My Grandfather was Gunnery Officer J THUNDERCLIFFE, listed in your CAIRO roll call, badly wounded at NARVIK. From Portsmouth but hospitalised in Basingstoke for two years. Passed away 4 years ago at 88 years old. A last nagging piece of shrapnel being removed just two or three years before that during a routine hip operation!!

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Date:
06/04/01

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Dear Forbes

I think it was my GGF who served on HMS Cairo. I have a letter of recomendation drafted for him when he left ship at Trimcomali ( in Sri Lanka) Sept 1923. He was on the Torpedo and Electric Light Staff and the letter was signed by TC Hodges RN Torpedo Officer. Thanks for your efforts in making this site. Very interesting and informative. Keith Edwards

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Date:
14/04/01

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Dear Forbes

VERY pleased to see your site - I need a hand with mine. Can you give me a list of admiralty trawlers sunk with loss of life? Visit www.fowm-maritime.co.uk

Yours aye

Rev Andrew Phillips

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Date:
22/04/01

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Dear Forbes

My mother aked me to study your page. Very interesting. And I found some pictures from my "home-sweet-home". The first taken from "Tempelhaugen", the second my partents home. She told me that you'll be there in the middle of may. Bring them my best wishes!

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Date:
28/04/01

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Date:
28/04/01

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Dear Forbes

You kindly informed me of your website many moons ago and I have only now managed to have a scout around.

My father was on Le Tiger and I have a number of photographs that he took while on board. Let me know if you want copies.

Well done on the site - looks impressive and is a fitting memorial.

Dave Robbins, Cape Town, South Africa

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Date:
01/05/01

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Dear Forbes

I really enjoyed your site. It is one of the rare sites, that deal with the underestimated smaller ves- sels, especially auxiliaries. I have a question: Do you have any information about the five trawlers, that were on patrol south of Iceland during the Bismarck-action. If you have any in- formation please let me know.

With regards from Germany, Klaus-J. Rathjens Hamburg

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Date:
03/05/01

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Hi, great site, enjoyed it and will be a future 'sit hound', I lost a friend at Narvik, well,! he,s not lost really, he,s buried there, died of wounds from the first battle, April 10th- HMS "Hunter" (he died April 23rd) Being a trawlerite I could,nt help but read the trawler lost column, and if you'll excuse my interference regarding one of your listings, regarding the Northern Princess and your "Unknown" as to her loss.She was claimed as sunk by U-587, position; 45-22N---55-59W on the 8th March 1942.U-587 was herself sunk 21 days later by HmShips "Grove,Aldenham, Volunteer and Leamington"- no survivors. All The Best.Fred Hobbs.Ca. USA


Date:
05/05/01

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Dear Forbes

Excellent research Forbes I've enjoyed your web site I think it's a great testimony to your Grandfather who was a remarkable and brave man Well done Laurence Crawford

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Date:
05/05/01

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Dear Forbes

Excellent research and coverage of the Norwegian campaign and trawlers involved,Eric Littler I sailed with out of Fleetwood after the war,my dad was a Lowestoft Engineman PO.in the drifter "Mar'e" at Dunkirk.

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Date:
07/05/01

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Dear sir

I am PO (SCC) B Jenkins of Milford Haven Sea Cadets, I have been reaserching my late uncles death on RN Patrol Boat Trawler sunk on 13 Feb 1944 the Cap D'Antifer, I find that there is also a connection with F Wilson and HMS Nubian in the 1940's Milford Sea Cadets were called T.S. Nubian and to this day HMS Nubians ships bell hangs in the unit after several moves around the town when the unit has moved.

We are now called T.S. Harrier after the base at Kete, Dale

I thought that you would like to know the ship still lives on, all be it aliitle part of it.

Yours Bev Jenkins


Date:
12/05/01

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Dear Forbes

great side. greetings from Iceland.

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Date:
12/05/01

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Dear Forbes

A Great Site.My interest due to late father William Herbert Blow ex Grimsby trawlerman and RNPS 1940-45 RNPS ships included Revello,Blackthorn,Sobkra,Inchgower, Daniel Clowden, I have crew photographs of Sobkra serving out of Mombasa and in Persian Gulf Regards Bill Blow

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Date:
13/05/01

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Dear Forbes

A very interesting site, subject is close to my heart. II shall visit again......Brenda Kennedy.Hull.

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Date:
21/05/01

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Dear Forbes

Great site, my uncle Andrew Hughes was lost on HMT Refundo i would welcome any info on it if you have any

Sandy Hughes

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Date:
26/05/01

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Dear Forbes

Hi Forbes An excellent site I enjoyed my visit very much, well done.A fitting tribute to all those brave fishermen lost during the two world wars. Neville Beavers ex Hull trawler skipper.


Date:
29/05/01

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Dear Forbes

Interesting , informative ; enjoyed looking through your site whilst looking for records of the Sabreuer and Crystal steam trawlers , will visit again soon jon..

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Date:
01/06/01

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Dear Forbes

My Grandfather served as a Stoker aboard Mastiff,which alas hit a mine off the coast of Kent in 1939. Fortunately he survived and I'm lucky enough to still have some paper clippings and photos. Reading your site has given me the push to investigate his service record as I know he had been in the Navy at least 20yrs upto his time on the Mastiff. Great site, it must have taken a long time to put together. Thank you for doing so.

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Date:
17/06/01

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Dear Forbes

A great site. I'm a descendent of a fishing family and I'm researching my family history, but didn't think of looking closely at the more recent history. My grandfather was away on war service for most of the 39-45 period, but I know little of what he did or suffered. Your site has given me food for thought. Thanks

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Date:
25/06/01

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Dear Forbes

My name is Kate Murray Brown. I believe my grandfather to be lost at sea in December 1939 aboard a Granton trawler the SS Trinity NB. I can however find no archive material related to the sinking. Do you have any suggestions where I might look please? Thank you.

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Date:
25/06/01

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Dear Forbes

Hi Forbes Nick here from the RNPS web site at www.harry-tates.org.uk. As a regular visitor to your excellent web site I always read your guest book comments. However, I couldn't help noticing something that I feel was incorrect regarding the loss of the Hull trawler Northern Princess. Fred Hobbs states in his comments (03/05/01), that U-587 sunk the trawler on 8th March 1942 when in fact U-94 sunk her on 7th March of that year. HM Northern Princess, under the command of Lt. Dryden-Phillipson RNR, was first believed lost with no trace. You will find that many naval history books still state this but it is incorrect. Oberleutnant Otto Ites of U-94 claimed her after the war and states that at 0350 on the morning of 7.3.42, he fired his torpedoes at HM Northern Princess and saw them strike home and the vessel sink quickly. Later in the war, Otto Ites was taken prisoner when his u-boat was sunk in a running battle with the loss of 19 of his crew. HM Northern Princess and 23 other AS trawlers had been sent out as a group to protect the East Coast of the USA. On 6th March 1941 the convoy of ships reached Newfoundland in thick fog. However, it wasn’t until the morning that it became evident that the Northern Princess was missing from the group. Perhaps you or I should set up a discussion forum for our web sites? It would certainly help and it could get interesting! Keep up the good work Forbes! Nick Clark

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Date:
26/06/01

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Dear Forbes

Excellent web site I am currently researching the fate of The Northern Princess. An uncle of mine perished on this vessel. His name was James Laverack. He also served on Northern Pride prior to joining Northern Princess. I'm getting some very useful information from some very helpful people I'd be grateful for any further info. many thanks

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Date:
28/06/01

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Dear Forbes

A splendid and proud tribute to your grandfather. Well Done Alec Gill in Hull

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Date:
28/06/01

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Date:
28/06/01

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Dear Forbes

excellent memorabilia.... from an exskipper and veteran of the Cod wars keep it up

Eddie Collins

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Date:
10/07/01

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Dear Forbes

Absolutely wonderful site I have just started looking into the maritime careers of members of my family including trawlers and the Royal Naval Reserve and find this site inspiring. The research page will be a wonderful source of information - I am sure I will revisit many times. Thanks so much for the time and effort to put it all together for others to share - a fitting tribute to your grandfather.

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Date:
17/07/01

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Dear Forbes

I am Master Seaman Patrick Brunet of the Canadian Navy. My trade is called NESOP, which in long term stands for Naval Electronic Sensor Operator. Basically its a combination of two trades, the first being passive and active Electronic warfare and the second part is Above Water Weapons Fire Control. The NESOPs work out of the operations room and besides the above, we do other assorted tasks such as intelligence briefs, Intelligence gathering and basic shipboard photography. I have been in the Canadian Navy for 15 years, and all but 3 of those years were spent on Frigates and Destroyers. Presently I am employed as an Instructor at the Canadian Forces Naval School in Halifax teaching trade related courses. I reside in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The place I call home though is a small Island located in the Bay of Fundy called Campobello Island, which is in the province of New Brunswick. This is the reason why I am writing to you. I am trying to locate information pertaining to the British World War II trawler called Campobello. The specific information that interests me is the history of the trawler ( from birth to destruction ), pictures of the ship and the names of the men who sailed her and if any are still alive. I am trying to get all this information to gether so I can present a surprise presentation to the Campobello Island Branch 83 Legion on Remembrance Day. This search is a personal task and in no way does it involve the Canadian Navy. I have searched several sites but they have yielded only a few paragraphs of information. I was hoping that maybe you could direct my search to other sites that would provide some or all of the information that I am looking for.

Many Thanks

Patrick G. Brunet (email: pbrunet@hfx.eastlink.ca)


Date:
21/07/01

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Dear Forbes

Wow what a great site. My grandfather was lost on the Remillo in 1941 and this site has given me some options to try and find out more about the Royal Naval Reserve Service etc.

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Date:
28/07/01

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Dear Forbes

Can anyone help?

A close friend of mine lost her dad on HMS Hunter at Narvik in 1940. Her Dad's name was George Brickle.

Can anyone sent me any details of the ship, its crew etc.

Regards,

Alan Colley

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Date:
29/07/01

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Dear Forbes

From a casual reader who has stumbled on to this by accident:

A very fine website and tribute to your grandfather and the men who served with him. Gives an interesting personal perspective on the ill-fated counterinvasion of Norway.

Tyler Pierce Harwell, New London, NH USA

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Date:
04/08/01

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Dear Forbes

date 03 08 01 Dear Forbes Hill class Trawler Buster 1942-44 appreciate contact with other surviving crew members and information regarding the loss of sister ships BIRDLIP and BRECON operating the same A/S duties and area at the time. Radio contact informed us that ordinary seaman and watch officer only survivors on BIRDLIP from REG COOKE

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Date:
05/08/01

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Dear Mr Wilson, I have been trying to find some information regarding HMT Ormonde which was aerial torpedeod on 16th February, 1941 off the North East coast of Scotland and wonder if you can help me in this matter. My Father William George Mckay was an Able Seaman on the trawler and was killed aged 28 years leaving my Mother a widow with 2 young children. He was due to be decorated at Buckingham Palace and was killed the week before his presentation, which my Mother later attended in June 1941. As this is my Father's last resting place I have often wondered about the history of HMT Ormonde and would welcome any information regarding the trawler. I see pictures of the trawlers on your web site (so many lost) and wonder if the Ormonde resembled these? Perhaps if you can answer some of my questions I would be very grateful. Yours faithfully, Margaret Paterson.


Date:
17/08/01

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Dear Forbes I want to thank you again for sharing your journey with me and making me a part of it through this past year, it's appreciated more than you can imagine.

The amount of time and work spent on putting this story together can only be imagined, and is, and will continue to be, of help to those who don't know where to start on their own research, or who don't have access to records. Your updates resulting from your recent trip to Namsos are wonderful. I'll follow your quest to find out whether Ruthlandshire is still 'on location', or whether she was raised way back when, with great interest.

Thanks to you and others like you, and of course the Internet, these stories can now finally be made widely known and thereby kept alive. This is such important work, I know you'll keep it up.

In appreciation Siri

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Date:
17/08/01

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Dear Forbes

Sorry to clog up your guest book like this but I have some interesting developments about the loss of HMS NORTHERN PRINCESS. With regard to my previous comments 25/06/01 I stand corrected! Today I received a letter from the author Harry Hutson and he explained to me that U-587 did in fact sink the NORTHERN PRINCESS. I now have a full explanation as to why it was U-587 and not as so many books state, U-94 that sank her. The evidence I now have clearly shows why so many books are incorrect. I intend to write something about this on my web site www.harry-tates.org.uk, but if people would like to find out more then feel free to contact me at the email address below. Best regards Forbes and thanks for such an excellent web site! Nick Clark

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Date:
24/08/01

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Dear Forbes

Thank you very much. I was trying to find my granddads medals. you hade two of them..

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Date:
31/08/01

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Dear Forbes

I would just like to say how enjoyable I found you website.The history and info was wonderful. Please can you help as I am trying to find info on my late grand father, Albert Arthur Hills (JX173141RN) He served between 1939-1945 as a seaman at HMS Pembroke 15/12/1939 he was also on ships and bases:HMS Europa,HMS Lynx,HMS Bacchante,HMS Badger,HMS Caroline,HMS Osprey and HMS Fortitude.when he was released on 2nd January 1946 as a Class A. I would be greatful if you could help in any way. Many Thanks Dawn. (email dawn.vriesema@btinternet.com


Date:
31/08/01

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Dear Forbes

I'm wondering if you do have any information or do know where I can find some, about two british trawlers who sunk in the Solbergfjord in northern Norway, probably between 1930 and 1940.

The reason that I write to you, is because my grandfather once told me about two british trawlers who (not at the same time, two independent incidents) had run into a rock outside his farm and went down. This rock is situated in "the Solbergfjord", between the island "Senja" and the island "Dyrøya" in northern Norway.

I also wonder if you have any further information about the trawlers Cape Pessaro and Melbourne, who were bombed in the Narvik area in 1940.

Thanks in advance.

Regards

Ole Kristian Valvåg (email olev@stud.nfh.uit.no)


Date:
02/09/01

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Dear Forbes

I stumbled across your site while doing some research into the Service career of my late Grandfather during WW1. It really is a very interseting site and has given me some ideas concerning the next direction I should take. My Grandfather served in the armed trawlers Kirklinton, Itonian, ANZAC and William Rivers carrying out convoy escort duty to Norway Murmansk and Archangel. If anyone can shed any light on these vessels or the type of operations carried out I would be most grateful to hear from you.

regards

S M Kemp

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Date:
07/09/01

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Dear Forbes

Great web site. You,Nick Clark, Leo Whisstock, and Geoff Lancashire of the HMS Pearl Association have inspired me to find out more about "Harry Tate's Navy". I have just started! My Dad served in several minesweepers - Jasper, Nimrod,Osprey, Lord Stanhope,Coriolanus and Pearl. Most of his time was spent in Coreolanus and Pearl. By chance, I searched the web for both ships and found a recreational diving site (http:dive.kingston.net/coriolge.htm)that has explored to remains of Coreolanus in the Adriatic. I know have pictures of my dad's ship both above and below the waves.

Thanks again for a truly great web site. Ain't the web wonderful!

Alan Holbrook unionjak@earthlink.net Los Angeles, CA


Date:
08/09/01

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Dear Forbes

Forbes, I have at last had a few hours free to look through your site. It is excellent! It really brings to life what people had to go through during those dark years. Best regards Steve Flint

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Date:
16/09/01

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Dear Forbes

My late father served on Isled Class A/S M/S trawler HMS Shiant in WW II and and am trying to loate any photos of ship in HMS rig before transfer to Norwegian Navy

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Date:
22/09/01

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Dear Forbes

I wonder if you could shed some light about my Grandfather who died on the Hickory on the 21/10/40. I would like to know any thing at all ie how many of a crew survived, what medels he was entitled to etc. or who I should write to for information Thank you Fred Robb

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Date:
06/10/01

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Dear Mr Wilson,

Firstly, congratulations on your fine site.

I run http://www.naval-history.net but until recently only had short accounts of the service records of my grandfather (sunk twice in WW1) and father (KIA in HMS Charybdis in 1943). However I have now added some pages on my grandfathers experiences and photographs from N Russia in 1919, and the Baltic in 1921.

My current project is to update the RN's losses in both world wars. Trawler information is a particular problem and your site has filled in most, if not all the gaps for your grandfather's ships as well as the other three lost around Namsos. Many thanks, and I will acknowledge the source of this info when I publish on the Internet and hopefully with a publisher sometime in the future.

Should you have any more detailed trawler/drifter loss information - locations, cause of loss, casualties, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know. In the meantime I intend to contact the main trawler ports - museums etc. - to see what the y may have on their own vessels.

Best wishes,

Gordon Smith, Penarth, Wales

Naval History & Research - http://www.naval-history.net


Date:
07/10/01

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> Dear Mr Wilson > I would like to know if you will check that the loss of the "PERIDOT" was on 15th February 1940, or 15th March 1940. > > Also do you know if it is possible to get a listing on the men who were lost on the Dover Patrol, which shows which vessel they were on at the time? If so from where? > > yours sincerely > > > Christopher Conn >Users email: sea_conn@lycos.com >


Date:
12/10/01

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Dear Forbes

Thank you. A most interesting and well researched site.

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Date:
19/10/01

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Dear Forbes

Just to say I'm fascinated by your page and grandfathers story, well done!

Mo

CPO RNR

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Date:
02/11/01

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Dear Forbes

I was researching the fate of my fathers cousin who was lost on the trawler Northern Princess in 1942. The information we had was patchy, thanks to your website we found out where and why it was lost. Many thanks, Louise Nicol.

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Date:
02/11/01

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Dear Forbes

It is a great site. I am looking for details about the sinking of HMT CORIOLANUS, sunk by mine in the Adriatic on 5th may 1945. Any details would help, photos of the ship would be wellcome. Danijel Frka

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Date:
10/11/01

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Dear Forbes

This research gets into your blood.

I just wanted you to know that I am following your lead and have already heard from two of my father's shipmates from HMS Pearl. These were not just people who happened to be on the same ship at some time - these were dad's friends who described circumstances that I recall him talking about.

Thanks again for the example.

Alan Holbrook

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Date:
11/30/2001

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Dear Forbes

A very interesting wed site! I have been researching my grandfathers naval service, as for 60 years my mum never knew how her father died during ww2. We still have a few facts to find out. He was killed along with 5 other crew aboard HMS Volunteer in April 1941,when his ship was rammed by HMS Newark 80 miles off the coast of Ireland in the western approaches. We are trying to establish the correct date and we believe he was a royal naval reserve stoker. We have applied for his service record but no joy as yet. He was from Kent and his service number was ck64609. Any ideas?

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Date:
12/30/2001

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Dear Forbes

As a fishermen myself,and searching for any information on my fathers Royal Navy career it is very good. Serving in the Belgian section he was on the small MM191 George-Lecointe as petty officer,doing coastal minesweeping during WW2,if you can tell me a link for further research I will appreciate that very much.Merry christmas and a happy New-year to you and your family.

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Date:
1/8/2002

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Dear Forbes

As a serving Chief Petty Officer (Communications)RNR, I found this a very interesting site. Well done!!

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Date:
1/8/2002

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Dear Forbes

The HMS Cayton Wyke was sunk on the goodwin sands off deal, and still lies there today, not off dover as have said. I have found your info very useful in my resaerch, thank you.

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Date:
1/8/2002

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Dear Forbes

Excellent, factual research. Best seen yet. Congratulations

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Date:
1/9/2002

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Dear Mr Wilson

My name is Laura Davies and I am currently researching my great-grandfather's trawler, Gairsay. My great-grandfather was called Lt William Allan Devonald and he was an Engineman for the R.N.R patrol service. His trawler was sunk by a human torpedo near Normandy August 3rd 1944. I was wondering if you possibly had any information on this trawler. I would be extremely grateful if you could pass any information on or if you could point me in the right direction. Thank you. Yours faithfully Laura Davies.

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Date:
1/13/2002

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Dear Forbes

Nice site - am seeking information on HMT Northern Pride

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Date:
1/13/2002

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Dear Forbes

A most excellent web site. I am in the process of tracing one of my wifes ancestors who was a trawlerman and then during WW2 his ship was converted to a mine sweeper. His name was William Inman who attained the rank of Lt Cmdr RNVR. Any pointers on tracing him?

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Date:
1/15/2002

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Dear Forbes

Excellent, my granfather was aboard mv Northern Rover when it was sunk

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Date:
1/18/2002

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Dear Forbes

> I have been looking at your site - mainly I am researching > HMT Northern Pride which my father served on 1939/40. > He was awarded the DSM during this service (LG Jan 40) > During WW11 - LO 104 then tfr'd to Grimsby under GY169. > Having difficulty tracing its history - Any pointers please. > > Many thanks, it is nice to see a good informative site.

> Trevor Cressey

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Date:
1/19/2002

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Dear Forbes

My wife and I came across this site after hearing reference to HMT Aston Villa on our local radio station and searching for information. It is good that the significance of the valour and effort those that served this country can be remembered and appreciated by such an excellent website. Best of luck with any further research that you undertake.

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Date:
1/21/2002

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Hi Mr Wilson

My father served in Minesweepers (Trawlers) during the war. I have been told one of them was called The STELLA CANOPUS. My father, Alfred W Stimpson, was a PO or CPO Stoker/Engineroom, not necessarily in this ship and was also stationed in Malta but I don't know when. He was also Mentioned in Dispatches which is what I am trying to find out I know your site is about A/S trawlers but if you have info or can point me in the right direction would be most appreciated

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Date:
2/1/2002

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Date:
2/1/2002

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Dear Forbes

My father has written an account of the sinking of the S.T. CRESWELL ( out of Fleetwood) by a German U-boat on 14 November 1939. He was an eighteen year old 'deck boy when the 'CRESWELL' went down off the north west coast of Ireland. My father was the youngest member of the crew at that time, any contacts would be gratefully received

The users email address is: dave@glassback.freeserve.co.uk


Date:
2/1/2002

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Dear Forbes

Thank you for erecting this tribute to the doggedly determined fighting spirit of the officers and men that served in those small ships, and truly faced the dangers of the sea and the violence of the enemy in our defence.

As a Grimbarian by birth, and having served in the the Royal Navy, I am both proud and humbled by the record of service you have revealed.

Very many thanks for your efforts in this work.

Irvin Draycott

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Date:
2/9/2002

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting. My grandfather W.E.Bunce was a Skipper sailing out of Hull before and after WW2. He was on the Artic Convoys and was awarded the OBE in Jan 1946. I would like to here from anyone who knew or sailed with him.

Steve Langdale

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Date:
2/16/2002

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Dear Forbes

Hill class trawler A.S.219 BUTSER 1942-44 Wish to contact any surviving crew members, alo any news at all on the sinking of sister ship BREDON, Understand only two survivors

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Date:
2/23/2002

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Dear Forbes

My father served from 1939-1954 his name was James Cecil Ballantyne. He was killed in a mining accident in 1963. I have his papers, but not much more Your website has started the search to find my fathers past. Thank you and good luck.

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Date:
2/23/2002

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Dear Forbes

I found your website while searching for information about HMS ROMOLA. I have come across a bell that I believe is from the ship or shore installation and would like to know if you can help sort out it’s orgin.

The information on your site indicates that HMS ROMOLA was a minesweeping base located in Lowestoft in 1939. I have also found some information that “Romola” was also the name of a Royal Navy Fisheries Protection Patrol Boat that operated off northern Norway in the early 1950s with the designation M-449. It was apparently involved in some alleged espionage activities (so say the Russians in 1952). I don’t know if such vessels carried bells of 50 lbs., so my suspicion is that the bell in question is from the shore installation at Lowestoft, but I’m not certain. Perhaps you can help. I also ran across some information that a Dr. Evans did his National service “in” HMS ROMOLA involved in fisheries protection off northern Norway, sometime in the late 1940s…I suspect that this was the base rather than the ship, giving more weight to the idea that it was the base..given that the ships were likely small, and would not have had a physician on board.

Anyway, if you can help I would be most grateful,

Regards,

Tom O’Neil (shipyard@neaccess.net)

Duxbury, MA. USA


Date:
2/28/2002

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Dear Forbes

Informative site - well presented

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Date:
3/11/2002

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Dear Forbes

I am Curator of the Henry Blogg Museum RNLI CROMER, Norfolk. I think this is an excellent site and a wealth of info is there for researchers. We need more sites like these. May I take this opportunity to ask if there are any survivors of wrecks off the Norfolk coast that are still alive or their relatives who would to contact me. The info will be included into the archives of the Museum and be available for others. Good luck to the site.

Frank H Muirhead

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Date:
4/13/2002

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Dear Forbes

EXCELLANT SITE,VERY WELL DONE.MY FATHER SERVED ON BOARD HMS CAIRO FROM 1943 UNTIL SHE WAS SUNK IN THE MED.MYSELF AND MY FATHER WHO IS NOW 82 YEARS OLD WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM ANYONE THAT SERVED ONBOARD HMS CAIRO.MY FATHER WAS A CHEF ONBOARD,HIS NAME IS HORACE (HARRY) CHAMPION ORIGINALLY FROM YEOVIL,NOW LIVING IN NORTHERN IRELAND.

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Date:
4/13/2002

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Dear Forbes

My name is Denis Byrne and I have been looking through your excellent site, well done, it is very moving. I was wondering if you might be able to help me. My grandfather William Sharp served with the RNPS in WW2 and was killed in 1940. However, I can find no information on his ship H.M. Trawler Forward. I would be so grateful if you were able to offer any tips on where to go for more information on the ship and its service history.

Many thanks for your time

Best wishes

Denis Byrne

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Date:
4/17/2002

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Dear Forbes

I write in the hope that you may be able to help me.

I am trying to find any information on either of the two vessels named above as I am interested in building a working model of 'Oku', after meeting a gent who served on her. Unfortunatley his memory is in his words 'not as sharp as it could be' and so although he has helped a lot , I still have a long way to go.

Your website has helped in my search tremendously and I would like to congratulate you on an exellent site.

Thanking you for your time in reading this and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Vic Nixon

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Date:
06/05/2002

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Dear Forbes

Well done on your excellent web site. My fathers uncle (George Whichello) was the Lieutenant Skipper on H.M Trawler Orfasy which was sunk on 22nd Oct 1943. He was awarded the DSC and I'm trying to find out exactly what he did to earn this medal. Any help is gratefully recieved. Again well done on your site.

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Date:
20/05/2002

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Dear Forbes

Enjoyed your site hope you have a good trip to Norway.

Robb Scott

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Date:
20/05/2002

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Dear Forbes

Living close to the place where the HMT Rutlandshire sank (my house is situated at the little bay to the east of the big letter B on your map - to the east of the little island Guldholmen) - I find these pages very interesting. From my window I have an excellent view across the fjord towards Andsneset.

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Date:
22/05/2002

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Dear Forbes


Date:
22/05/2002

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Dear Forbes

Just a little information, reading your piece in the patrol service news letter. Trawlers Bradman, Hammond, Larwood and Jardine were asdic sweepers stationed out here my home port of Gt. Yarmouth. Also Ebor Wyke and Nogi I believe was lost out side the harbour. The skippers name was Kerrison. The Charles Boyes was lost of Caister skipper Reynolds who was a relief skipper, the mate was Pivvy King a relation of mine. The Gullfoss a friend of mine now deceased Harry Cockrill saved himself by hanging onto the Sunk buoy, off Sizewell area. All the information I have given you is second hand because I was not born till 1946.

Yours sincerely David Colman

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Date:
26/05/2002

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Dear Forbes

An excellent and interesting website , also very helpful when I e-mailed for information.(Will email later with progress) Once again thanks a lot.

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Date:
26/05/2002

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Dear Forbes

Very Good site to see. I Am From A Fishing Town Called Grimsby And I Am Allways Looking For Info On Trawlers Keep Up The Good Work

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Date:
08/06/2002

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Dear Forbes

My Father was also a member of Harry Tates Navy, God bless him and it is always good to find sites such as yours that gives me further information. Thank you. Tony Kennedy

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Date:
02/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

Browsing on the internet, I came across your fascinating account of the sad fate of HMT Rutlandshire. The pilot mentioned in the text, Yngvar Ottesen, is my father(d. 1989). He was quite reluctant to tell about his experience in April 1940. As a matter of fact, I was not told anything about what had happened until his 70th birthday!. Later, however, he wrote me a letter, telling about what had taken place, including the fact that his trousers had been filled with sand when he had been dragged back into the waves from the beach. I am very much impressed by the quality of your account/research, and it has, indeed, been extremely interesting to read the wartime story of your grandfather and my father. Yours, Nils Ottesen


Date:
02/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

Wonderful Site. I am trying to trace anyone who knew my fatherJack Charke who sailed out of Lowestoft during WW11 in a Lowestoft trawler. Anyone who can help in any? I would be very grateful.

Regards Steve Clarke.

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Date:
09/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

This is the only site I have found (as yet)which mentions the loss of trawlers during WW2. My father was on the Fort Royal. Thankyou

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Date:
11/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

Interesting Website. I lost my uncle on HMT 'Kerryado' in March 41. My cousin (his son)and I been researching the sinking, because until recently we did not know its location. We sailed out and laid flowers on the site (approx. 8KN south of Newhaven.) I now live in Norway and was visiting Namsos in 1999 and was surprised there was no memorial there. But I see from your website that has now been redressed. I live in Alesund and the exploites of the RNPS in Ramsdal Fjord are still remembered. I have also visited the memorial at Kvam where many of the retreating soldiers killed in action are buried. Any information on surviors or kin of 'Kerryado' Please make contact

Regards and good wishes

Frank Cromer Alesund Norway

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Date:
18/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

Your website is great and a wonderful tribute to your grandfather and all the other men who served in the RNPS, survivors or not . My Father Reginald Brearey served on Trawlers and M.M.S all through the war and was on board the Calverton when she was hit (29 November 1940). They had just borrowed him from a sweeper to run the generators and were in a lock when attacked. He wrote that the skipper was blowing the whistle but the gates didn't open so the command was given to abandon ship. The crew climbed on to the gates and ran like Hell. Do you know where I might get a similar list of the M.M.S. Dad was also on a Sweeper that was sunk in the Scheldt Estuary. Doug Brearey Peterborough Ontario Canada.

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Date:
18/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

Very nicely done, Forbes. Your site looks like it has been a help to a great many people.

Cary Cusumano

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Date:
20/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

What an awesome website. My brother sent it to me as we have been researching out fathers wartime service. My fathers name was Reginald Brearey and he was a wireman on minesweepers in the war.

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Date:
20/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

Excellent research. Most valueable reference for Royal Navy lovers.

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Date:
23/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

My late father (Archie Neave)was on the Trawlers from Granton & Leith, bombed & machinegunned in the Pentland Firth also with Home Gaurd at 9 Pierse Place Newhaven. Documents with Newhaven Heratage Museum. A fine tribute to your G/Father and all seamen.

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Date:
23/07/2002

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Dear Forbes

It is good to see someone taking pride in their family. The photo's are nice and I shall print them out and hang them beside the rest... well done splice the main brace....

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Date:
08/08/2002

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Dear Forbes

My Father,Signalman Norman Coupe was lost on HMS Gairsay in 1944. This is the first time I have known the cause of the loss of his ship. Thank you. David Coupe

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Date:
11/08/2002

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Dear Forbes

I think it is a wonderul site. It has made me realise once more just how brave our fishermen were during the war. My father was a deepsea trawlerman who gained his Skipper's Ticket at the age of 21 and sailed for the same company for the whole of his working life. He served as a Skipper Lieutenant RNR in minesweepers working down the coast of West Africa. I only wish I'd asked him a lot more questions when I had the opportunity. But your site has filled in a lot of gaps for me. Keep up the good work.

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Date:
01/09/2002

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Dear Forbes

My Father, Lt R.M. Jackson was Lt.-in-Command of the Northern Dawn, one of twenty or so A/S Trawlers assigned to the bucket brigade convoys on the East coast of the USA. I am interested in any information regarding these 20 trawlers or any of the Northern trawlers. Great job with the website. The best by far on this subject.

Thomas Jackson

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Date:
11/09/2002

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Dear Forbes

My father was Signalman Norman Coupe and was lost at sea on 3rd Aug 1944 aboard H.M. Gairsay his family are from Mossley Greater Manchester I understand that Ms. Laura Davies is interested in this vessel, on which her relative served. Perhaps she would like to contact me.

Roger Coupe

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Date:
11/09/2002

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Dear Forbes

A thoughtful, well set-out web site. Communicates a great deal of the feeling of personal sacrifice that must have occured in this often overlooked corner of WW2. Of great help to me as a researcher of the small 250 ton class 2C costal water U-boats, particularly U59, Kapitanleutnant Rosing (officer commanding).

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Date:
14/09/2002

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Dear Forbes

Thank you, I have used details from this excellant historical document for research into a book about a Grimsby trawlerman during the second world war, thanks again

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Date:
03/10/2002

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Dear Forbes

I would like to do something similar to your well thought out website, for my father - Harry Preston who was on, and survived the sinking of the HMS Cornwall. Also for my grandfather J E G Chubb who was at Battle of Jutland on (I believe) HMS Cordelia. I find these sites very interesting.

The users email address is: john@barntgreen.demon.co.uk


Date:
03/10/2002

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Dear Forbes

Thank you for your interesting account. My father was on the Rutlandshire at this time and obviously would have known your grandfather. If my memory serves me right, my father said the aircraft came over the stern of the ship and the bombs went under the stern which could be true since a direct hit would probably have done untold damage. I do know that my father was exposed to some sub zero temperatures following this incident.

Anyway your account is very informative and it's nice to know there are other folks like me who are interested in this incident.

Graham Swift (son of the wireless operator of HMS Rutlanshire - I think he was also involved in asdic)

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Date:
09/10/2002

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Dear Forbes

My Grandfather Edward Griffin was on the Milford Earl sunk off Scotland in 1941. It is great to see that they are now getting the recognition they all deserve.

God Bless them all.

Mrs Lynda Oliver

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Date:
26/10/2002

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Dear Forbes

I found your site very interesting as my grandfather was 2nd Hand on HMT Angle, along with the Aston Villa, Gaul and Arab they formed the 15th A/S Submarine Striking Force at Namsos. My grandfather was awarded the Distinguishe Service Medal, he was a deep sea trawler man out of Lowestoft, Suffolk and his name is recorded on the wooden panels at the Maritime Museum at Lowestoft.

You have given me some useful web sites to look at in the future.

Mrs Pat Marshall.

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Date:
26/10/2002

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Dear Forbes

I am surfing the web and searching for new web sites for our Anzac Database...and now I am here...Your web site is fantastic, well done !!! if you like, have a look at our database also: many greetings gamze http://www.anzacday.info

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Date:
26/10/2002

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Dear Forbes

I am surfing the web and searching for new web sites for our Anzac Database...and now I am here...Your web site is fantastic, well done !!! if you like, have a look at our database also: many greetings gamze http://www.anzacday.info

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Date:
26/10/2002

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Dear Forbes

Could you help me please? I am trying to research about my great uncles ship the H.M Bredon. He was called Jack Leslie Garner Have you (or anyone else)got any more pictures or infomation about it. It would mean so much to me and my family thank you very much Wez Garner

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Date:
11/11/2002

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Dear Forbes

My uncle Garfield Memery was lost on the Pyrope, but I did not know the date even though It was on his 21st birthday, Many Thanks

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Date:
14/11/2002

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Dear Forbes

Enjoyed the site very much. Also in memory of my Great Grandfather Percy Alfred Osmond Born Hastings 27th May 1897 Died 28th May 1940 on H.M.T Thomas Bartlett

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Date:
18/11/2002

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Dear Forbes

Your site of the service record of your grandfather interests me greatly, as my late uncle Lt Thomas William Church Prentice was on HMT Gaul when it was sunk in Norway. Tom was seconded by the Royal Navy as he had done some anti-submarine work in Australia.

I would appreciate any information about Tom that you may have, or suggestions to find same. My mother had often spoken about uncle Tom's medals, but I do not know with which he had been decorated.

Also any further info, photos of HMT Gaul would also be appreciated. My cousin had mentioned that she had seen a photo of the vessel in a museum in Norway.

If you wish I could send you a photo of Tom, as well as a exerpt of a report of his naval history published in his small country town's newspaper.

Regards

Laurie Jacobs Melbourne, AU lauriej@colfarm.com.au


Date:
20/11/2002

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Dear Forbes

Really nice site you have, congratulations, it`s a good memory. Could you help me with some tips on naval records. I have just started some research on a friend of mine`s grandfather (3 days ago). He knew nothing much except "he was a stoker in the navy and died around 1945/6". One of the first things I found was on the CWG site that he died in 1947 "of HMS Pembroke" aged 51. I am a bit confused as HMS Pembroke seems to be training centre. I suppose it was named after the "real" Pembroke. Where do I look for either the ship or his naval records. Thanks for your time

Dave Honey (Cornwall)

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Date:
29/11/2002

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Dear Forbes

My father William Edward Caesar Ostler was killed when the trawler HMS CAMBRIAN was sunk in 1940.I have just started researching his life and was very pleased to find his ship mentioned and all the information to get me started. Thank you.

The users email address is: colin@wymer19. fsnet.co.uk


Date:
06/12/2002

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Dear Forbes

I have perused with interest the website regarding the RNR Service Record of John Wilson. I am researching the history of my late father James Miller MBE a Grimsby Skipper who sailed aboard trawlers attached to Admiralty Service. My father was the skipper of Grimsby trawler 76 Aquarius official number 122704 when it came under enemy aircraft attack off the coast of Aberdeen at 1830/4.2.1942. The trawler was badly damaged but managed to sail to Aberdeen. My father and several crew members were commended and my father was awarded the MBE (Civil Division) in the King's Birthday Honours in June 1942. My father subsequently left this trawler which was mined on 25.2.1945 with the loss of all hands. I understand the trawler Aquarius was on Admiralty Service and that it was armed with a Lewis gun mounted at the stern but I have been unable to confirm this information. Are you able assist me in this matter please but, if not, do you know who may be able to help me. I was also trying to establish how trawlers were lost due to enemy action in WW11 but that information is fully catalogued in the John Wilson website. I look forward to hearing from you. With thanks.

Tony Miller

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Date:
10/12/2002

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Dear Forbes

I have just looked at your website, very good it is too. I have been looking for info about HMS Lord Austin. My father was on the Lord Austin when she sank on June 24 1944 in the Seine Bay Normandy, after being struck by mine. My fathers name is John frederick Arnold he served as cook on the Lord Austin, he survived and came out of the navy in May 1946. I have a book called Trawlers go to war, Book no 450011755 by Paul lund and Harry Ludlam that has story about the Lord Austin but this is the only account I have have ever found of the HMS Lord Austin. If any one has any more info give me a call please. Anthony C Arnold. (Son)

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Date:
10/12/2002

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Dear Forbes

Anybody serve on the LT22? My dad served on it as engineman/stoker he might of been CPO. His name is Alfred Stimpson cheers Brian

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Date:
10/12/2002

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting site. Can anybody help. I am trying to trace the Mill O'Buckie; a trawler used for harbour duties at Milford Haven in WW2. My grandfather was a crew member

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Date:
17/12/2002

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Dear Forbes > > > I am just embarking in researching my grandfather's naval service, David > George Spindler CGM (HMT Arab). I have found your site very interesting > and also helpful, as I can only remember vague stories my grandfather told > me as a child and I wish to find out more of his exploits and that of his > comrades. > Thank you, Carl Spindler. > > The users email address is: spindlercs@aol.com


Date:
24/12/2002

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Dear Forbes

An excellent site. I have researched the loss in November 1940 of the minesweeper (Drifter) HMD Reed woulod be interested to hear from anyone who lost a relative on this vessel. Particularly would like to hear from relatives of Chief Engineman Boynton.

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Date:
30/12/2002

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Dear Forbes

I found your site while searching for information about my father's war service in the Norwegian campaign. He (Leslie Lucas) was at this stage a signalman on board Man of War in the 21st group. My father told me a little about his experiences in Norway, but I have found out a lot more from your fascinating site. If possible I would like to get more info on Man of War. I know the ship survived the campaign and my father went on to be a lieutenant on MLs minesweeping in the English Channel, including the D-day invasion of France.

Thanks for all the research. A lot of work I think

John Lucas

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Date:
03/01/2003

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Dear Forbes

Thankyou, I enjoyed your site tremendously I gained so much information on the RNPS. My father Peter Blackstock was aboard ML1227 when she was sunk off Piraeus, Greece on 5th oct,1944. I know he was taken prisoner. Would anyone know where he might have spent the time between then and the end of the war.

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Date:
18/01/2003

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Dear Forbes

Ref Mill 0 Buckie comment posted to this guestbook on 10/12/2002. This drifter/Trawler was built in Aberdeen 1914 of steel 98.53 G.T. / 41.41 N.T. Dimns 86 x 18.5 x 9.0 ft registered in Ramsgate 1920 as R129 BY 1939 working out of Milford Haven requistioned by the Admiralty in 1939 for minesweeping and Harbour service duties. Returned to owners 45/46. Broken up Dec 1957.

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Date:
19/01/2003

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Dear Forbes

Fascinated with this website especially with its reference to HMS Cairo. My Godfather (Phillip Dorer) was washed overboard the Cairo on, above all days, my second Birthday 7 October 1939). This latter point was only realised by myself fairly recently when we visited his grave in the village church at Holpton in Yorkshire. He was originally a Reservist with the London Division on HMS President. This also was ironic as, when I completed my National Service with the RAF I also joined the RNR to carry on my signals interest and was for most of the time with the reservists in the SW Tower of the old Admiralty Building in the early sixties. The current family knowledge of Phillips Naval career and also his demise are fairly sketchy. It's always been my intention to both obtain his naval records and also visit the Records Office at Kew to look up the Ships Records which, may shed some light on the matter. Hope you find of interest.

Regards

Brian Dorer

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Date:
19/01/2003

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Dear Forbes

May I congratulate you on a magnificent site, very well laid out and very informative. I'm doing research for my brother in law on the Kingston Beryl which his Uncle served on during World War Two. Do you know if any photos of the Trawler are available as he is going to have his Uncles medals mounted and put in a frame with a photo of his uncle and he thought if a photo of the ship was in frame it would set it off nicely. Also is there a Roll of Honour available for the Kingston Beryl as Malcolm is interested in the ship as a whole and not just the ship his Uncle died on. His Uncles name was Granville George Elson. I thank you in advance for any help you can give Malcolm and me on this.

Gary Packer

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Date:
16/02/2003

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Dear Forbes

I am looking for details of the sinking of steam trawler Lord St Vincent LT79 mined and sunk in the Thames estuary on the 07.07.1941

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Date:
26/02/2003

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Dear Forbes

A well thought out site, congratulations.My interest was in the trawler Lowdock out of Fleetwood, sunk in a collision with the HMS Lady Philomena on the east coast. One surviver, one of my uncles lost his life on the Lowdock. Five of his brothers served in the navy at the same time during the war years. They were all from the Fleetwood fishing industry.Jack:Bill:George(judder)Fred:and Harold(chopper)Harrison sadly all have slipped there moorings now, a lot of Fleetwood history gone but not forgotten.

Regards Pete Harrison

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Date:
01/03/2003

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Dear Forbes

I have been reading with great interest the web site concerning the service record of your grandfather. I have been researching Plymouth during the second world war for the last 20 years or so and was fascinated to see in the list of trawlers lost in the war an entry for a trawler names 'Dox', lost at Plymouth by enemy action on 20 March 1941. This is the first reference to this trawler I have come across and would be extremely interested if you could possibly give me any further information regarding its loss. If not, would it be possible for you to tell me just where you obtained the information so that I might approach the same source with my query.

Once again, an excellent web-site dedicated to one of a very brave group of men. Tony Dean

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Date:
07/03/2003

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Dear Forbes

My girlfriend's father served on the Revello. His surname was Burden and he was born on the Island. DOes anyone have any info on the Revello please?

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Date:
07/03/2003

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Dear Forbes

Hi could you please point me in the right direction for the trawler ETRUSCAN. I know that she served with the RN in the second world war and when she was returned to the fishing fleet in 1945 that she hit a mine in river humber and was lost with all hands. My Grandfather James William Willett was aboard.Any Information would be very welcome. Thank You Tony Fleet Grimsby UK

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Date:
07/03/2003

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Dear Forbes

I haved just logged on to this site, and would like some further information on The Sea King which went down on 9th October 1940. My father Wilfred Skeaf Lancaster was lost as were, I think, about 7 others. Margaret Baker (nee Lancaster)

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Date:
07/03/2003

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Dear Forbes

My wifes father Skipper J T Brown died on the Ebor Wyke. I would like as much info as possible for his Great Grand children. I would be eternally grateful for more info. I have visited thye Crows nest. I am from Grimsby and from a fishing family and have so much respect for the Patrol Service.

Pete Croft

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Date:
21/03/2003

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Dear Forbes

An excellent tribute to your grandfather. A work well done.

Adrian Villanueva Lt Malayan RNVR (Singapore Division - early 1960s)

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Date:
30/03/2003

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Dear Forbes

A very informative site adding knowledge and understanding to many who do not appreciate the true contribution the fishing fleet played during both world wars. Is there a similar site for WW1? My grandfather and his father were both skippers thoughout this period. Having just retired from the Royal Navy after 32 years, I now find myself having the time to research my families naval connetions. Regards Buck Taylor Yeovil Somerset.

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Date:
21/04/2003

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Dear Forbes

A very intresting site. My father served in the RNPS on HMT Regal and HMS Hazel. I am looking for any information on these ships. His name is Jim Mackie and was a leading seaman and served in the RNPS from 1939-43 and also from 1944-Dec 45

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Date:
03/05/2003

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Dear Forbes

A very well presented and informative site. My wife, our daughter and myself are all Hull born and bred with many years living on Hessle Road. My father in law, who, unfortunately I never met, was a trawlerman all his life with wartime service with the RNPS. If anyone is looking for information about Trawlers in the North and North East, Hull Daily Mail ado a good series of papers and magazines with thousands of pictures of the men and trawlers from the early 1900's. They are called The Fishing Years & The Best of the Fishing Years.

Try contacting on the following link;

http://www.thisishull.co.uk

Nice to see so many people with an interest in such an honourable trade.

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Date:
11/05/2003

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Dear Forbes

To an ex matelot very interesting, a well presented and exiting site. Little ships, big men!

Best rgards Dave c

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Date:
21/05/2003

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Dear Forbes

I want to thank you for the very interesting story you told the students of Namsos secondary School today. All the students loved to hear about Your Grandfathers atchievments in Namsos during the second world war.

Best wishes Anders from Namsos

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Date:
21/05/2003

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Dear Forbes

Fascinating and very well presented.

Nick Messinger Commander RD RNR retd

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Date:
23/05/2003

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Dear Forbes

A great site that has inspired me to look further and stick at it

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Date:
23/05/2003

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Dear Forbes

Interesting site as I am from a Maritime family (Merchant). My Grandfather, a fisherman, sailed on the trawler Eileen Duncan before the war, out of Liverpool. Sad to see she was lost in 1941. God bless all who toil at sea.

Deborah Lysaght (nee Sherlock)

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Date:
23/05/2003

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Dear Forbes

I just want to thank you for the facinating and very interesting lecture you gave the students of Namsos secondary school.

They enjoyed every minute hearing about your grandfathers experiences in Namsos during the second world war.

It's obvious that you have spent a great deal of time, gathering info and planning your presentation.

Best wishes

Anders from Namsos

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Date:
01/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

Looking at your grandfather's Service Record aboard HMS Gunner,i thought that you would be interested to know that my Grandfather also served on the Gunner as a PO,it seems that they served together at the same time,1919. My Grandfather joined the RN in 1895 and left in 1921,he saw service on many ships from sloops to cruisers ,battleships,the list is endless. Enjoyed very much reading of your grandfathers time in RN. PS my grandfathers name was Frederick William Seaman. Regards Fred Seaman.

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Date:
01/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

I've been researching my husband's family history and his grandfather was lost a sea when the Grimsby trawler, Etruscan, hit a mine on it's first sailing out on Wednesday 28th November 1945. It had just been returned to the owners from Admiralty service - or so I was told. I have a photograph of the trawler which I obtained from Grimsby Central Library, where I work. Anyone interested in Grimsby trawlers should visit the library, they have a lot of info and the staff are very helpful - I'm not biased of course!

Cheers Janet Hall

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Date:
03/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

A terrific site, I am trying to find out about my grandfather who was a trawler skipper during WW2 and I found my way to your site.

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Date:
03/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

A terrific site, I am trying to find out about my grandfather who was a trawler skipper during WW2 and I found my way to your site.

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Date:
07/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

Found by accident while searching info of Grimsby trawlers at war. An excellent site. Will spread word among my many ex trawler men friends..Dave Lord

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Date:
09/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

It makes excellent reading for an ex-member of Harry Tate's navy who had researched the loss of HMT Aston Villa for the Midlands Branch of the R.N.P.S.Association.

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Date:
09/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

Well done shipmate from another sparrow J Gribbin (IOM)

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Date:
14/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

A great tribute to all fisherman like my grandfather who served at sea most gratefull to you thanks Mr F.J.Heyburn.

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Date:
25/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

My great uncle served in the Tyne side black watch and went missing in action. I hope he and others rest in pease.

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Date:
25/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

R.I.P. Richard Husdwell GILL, Sub-Lieutenant of HM Trawler Fort Royal sunk off of Aberdeen 09/02/1940. This officer was an Old Boy of Kingsmead School, Seaford and is commemorated on the chapel windows which are about to be demolished.

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Date:
26/06/2003

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Dear Forbes

The comments below have been posted from http://www.royal-naval-reserve.co.uk

Hi my name is John. I have just been given my grandfathers medals and was looking through the net to see what I could find out about him. I have come across this very interesting site and like it very much. My grandfather was on the Northan Rover sunk by U-59 on 30-10-1939. with the loss of all hands, if anybody has any info they could share with me I would love to hear from you.

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Date:
03/07/2003

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Dear Forbes

The father of a friend of mine was on HMS Cairo and was the gunner. He was badly injured and later died of his injuries and my friend is desperate for a picture of his father. Can any one help?

His name was Samuel Wallace.

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Date:
11/07/2003

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Dear Forbes

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Thanks for all your work without it and others like you there will be no remembrance of those who gave so much. I hope in finding your site it can help put me in touch with like minded people and allow me to know some thing of what my father gave thanks

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Date:
13/07/2003

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Dear Forbes

Looking for information about the Dance Class Trawler Sarabande; war records and subsequent history.

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Date:
13/07/2003

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Dear Forbes

Could you please let me know if there is any information on the trawlers HMT Falk, HMT Southern Wave and HMT Grenadier that served during the WW11. I believe there is a book with information regarding these. Hoping for a favourable reply Patricia Thomis

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Date:
13/07/2003

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Dear Forbes

I am looking for any photographs or information at all on HMS Peridot. My father was on her at the time of sinking and the crew were introduced to Mr MrsBurlison at Deal. They became my god parents and the crew presented them with a silver Plate which was pased to me many years ago. My father was G Crawford and as time ticks away for me now I am desperate for any information on how he and his crew mates suffered that I may be at this computer today.

Regards R Crawford

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Date:
13/07/2003

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Dear Forbes

My father was the skipper of HMT Prodigal during the latter part the war. He died when I was 18 months old (1948).

I have a model of the Prodigal (2 feet long) plus his visitors book but I have been unable to find any reference to the boat in the library or on the internet.

Do you have any suggestions as to where I might look?

Rgds

Mike Askew

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Date:
13/07/2003

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Dear Forbes

Thank you! As a land-lubber, I found the detail I needed for a short-story I am writing. John Coombe, South Africa

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Date:
06/08/2003

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Dear Forbes

Wonderful piece of research, I am attempting to find details of Cedar or Ceddar, described as an ex Icelandic Trawler put into service with RNPS. In was on this ship that Arthur Butler, my partners Father, served in 1942, out of Portsmouth and was wounded, invalided out and now at 85 is rather frail but would like some details. Do you have any easy routes in to this research, I doubt if I have too long to present Arthur with any information.

Many thanks David Gregory

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Date:
13/09/2003

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Dear Forbes

Searching for minsweeper my Uncle served on doing Family tree he was taken Prisoner by the Italailns Cheif Petty Officer Rudd

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Date:
13/09/2003

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting and touching. I lost my father on the ROBERT BOWEN in February 1940

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Date:
15/09/2003

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Dear Forbes

Great page. My father was on the M/S Pearl. From his conversations it seems that most of his mates were like himself (from the east end of London) or actual trawler men from the North East. Dad always says that when the going got bad the officers left the navigation to the ex-trawler guys rather the officers. Seems (from conversations with Dad) that the trawlers came from Boston and were copper bottomed, but they did have the first De-Gaussing coils for detonating magnetic mines. Well done mate, long may your sort of pages exist!

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Date:
07/10/2003

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Dear Forbes

HI IVE JUST ACQUIRED MY GDANDAD DENTS MEDALS FROM THE YEARS 1939 1945 I AM SO PROUD AND AM TRYING TO GATHER AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE IF ANYONE CAN OFFER ME INFORMATION I'D LOVE TO HEAR OF IT (KENNETH DENT)CAME FROM MIDDLESBROUGH

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Date:
07/10/2003

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Dear Forbes

Greetings from Canada. My dad was a deep sea trawlerman from Ramsgate. I did enjoy your website and so nice that people still remember those that gave their lives for us. Gladys Gamey.

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Date:
22/10/2003

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Dear Forbes

Great tribute to your grandfathers naval service. Slight error on the H.M.S. Nubian photo , is post evacuation of Crete and after major alterations in Bombay. My father was on her when the stern was blown away.

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Date:
28/10/2003

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Dear Forbes

Brillant web site. My grand Father was also on your grandfathers ship his name was Freddie Mullard he was a medic he lost his leg during the bombing he was abord HMS Nubian

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Date:
28/10/2003

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Dear Forbes

A very good site found by luck. I was trying to find any info about my grandfather Harry Osborne from Grimsby. He served in minesweepers. I think he sailed out of Dundee. I know he was wounded and spent time in a hospital outside Dundee. Sadly he died a few years ago and he never spoke about his time in sweepers , hope somebody might be able to help me with any info .cheers Steve Osborne. Gy

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Date:
01/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Fascinating website - my father Lieutenant D S McKenzie RNVR was 1st Officer, I believe, at the time of the sinking. He survived by some degree of luck but was eventually invalided out of the Navy, as a result of his wounds. Do you have any information on crew listings, as I remember several of them by name, circumstances of the sinking, and losses among crew members. For further information, I with my family, was on board the Lady Lilian in Greenock at the time of the first German air raid attack on the town.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours

Malcolm L McKenzie

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Date:
01/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

What a wonderful tribute to your grandfather. My father in law served in navy during ww2 and I'll show him your site tomorrow.

Thankyou

Katrina Treacy

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Date:
05/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

I found your web site very interesting. My dad served on HMS Rosemonde 1941 1st class stocker. I was hopeing to find may be a picture, are a write up of when it was sunk I dont no much about my dad in the war because my dad died in 1974 and i was only 14 at the time. After reading some of your material on the war it gave me a small insight of what my own dad went through and god bless them all for there bravery.

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Date:
06/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Hi, I am searching for details of my uncle Arthur J Payne who served in Wildfire from 01/03/1939 till 11/09/1939. Any details of this person would be gratefully received. Regards Ted

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Date:
06/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Hi, my uncle Arthur J Payne served at HMS Pembroke 12/09/1939 till 28/09/1939. Any information gratefully received. Regards Ted

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Date:
17/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Excellent site. My grandfather was also in the war and left me his medals. I am trying to get as much info as I can. Is there a website where I can search his name? Thank you for any insight you may have.

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Date:
17/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Great site. I am researching HMS 'Jasper'. T.14. A/S sunk by torpedo 01/12/42. My uncle, stoker Matt Dempsey was one of the 11 casualties. Anyone know/remember my uncle or what became of Engineman. Herbert Frederick Toovey. DSM / Engineman. Joe Breden / Stokers. George Johnston and C.C. Snook or Coxswain. George Harvey Lynn.RNR. Regards TONY COLLINS

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Date:
22/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Great web site. I wonder if anyone can help me. My grandfather George William Smith of Barking Essex also was awarded the DSM for protecting his ship during battle in WW2. I am told that it was on the front page of the daily mirror but thats all I now about him. I have tried to find out more information but I have had no luck. If you can be of help I would be most greatful.

Thanks Mark Smith

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Date:
22/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Briliant site. I was looking for info on HMT Macolite based at Harwich 1939.

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Date:
22/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Your grandfather must be proud of you to dedicate a site for him.

Thank you for allowing me to find my Grandfathers medals on your site.

Regards Tara

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Date:
23/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Thoroughly interesting site which is well presented and researched. Well Done

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Date:
26/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

Nice Job. Your work has inspired me to continue my search regarding my grandfather. James W. Hubbard. Royal Naval Reserve 1918-1940's who rec'd the MBE as a civilian in 1936. Looking for records etc. Thank you.

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Date:
26/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

I'm currently researching the history of my grandfather, Joseph Henry Wootton who died on 25 September 1940 upon HM Trawler Stella Sirius in Gibralter.

I have found your website and can only guess that you too felt the urge to find out what happened, why, when, etc. I have never been interested in history (apologies in advance) but now have an overwhelming desire to ask lots and lots of questions. I find it so annoying that I keep coming up against brick walls ... or perhaps I expect too much after so many years. I'm finding it impossible to find a photo of the ship that my grandfather died on - lots of information about other 'more important' trawlers but not a lot about the trawler on which my grandfather lost his life.

I just wanted to say thank you in advance for posting your site. I intend to go through every nook and cranny of it to ensure that I've contacted everyone that may be able to help. I've sent off the £25 requested for my grandfather's service history so that may shed some light on previously unknown territory. I've also contacted the MOD, IWM, etc., but intend to carry on regardless. I've also been lucky enough to find a diver who located the trawler at the beginning of this year and who has provided me with lots of valuable information.

However, for now, many thanks for (potentially) providing me with other avenues to explore.

Best wishes

Denise Beachill

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Date:
30/11/2003

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Dear Forbes

A very good website. In the Royal Navy myself and researching family history. I like it.

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Date:
03/12/2003

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Dear Forbes

A unique web site that gives great detail of events in Norway when so many not only on the Rutlandshire, but others on seconded trawlers, boats and ships, were in so many similar difficult situations. Thank you for writing this special account that describes in such detail an account of events that must have been so traumatic for them all. Yet I grew up with a person who like so many of his generation seemed to accept it - possibly as he was able to come home and was able to tell us all as much as he could about it, unlike so many others who were not so fortunate. Thank you.

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Date:
15/12/2003

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Dear Forbes

My Dad has posted way down below me on your guestbook. I just wondered if any info on the Ebor Wyke had been found for him or me for that matter. Great Site, keep it up !

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Date:
03/01/2004

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Dear Forbes

My Grandfather CPO/Stoker Henry Popkin, served as an RNR on HMT Robert Bowen which I believe got caught off Aberdeen by a Stuka in February 1940.

This excellant website has filled some missing holes in my knowledge of his life and it's sad, end at the beginning of WW2 after he had completed his full service and survived already WW1

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Date:
09/01/2004

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting website. It appears that my father served on the same ship (stone frigate) as your grandfather, HMS Europa at the same time. I am at present researching my family history so this is all very exciting.

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Date:
23/01/2004

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Dear Forbes

An excellent site, filled with useful and interesting info. Hopefully, it will enable me to track down details of my grandfather John Fletcher, lost at sea in 1918. Well done. Simon Fletcher

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Date:
02/02/2004

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Dear Forbes

Ive just discovered your excellent web site. My father sailed on the trawler 'AQUARIUS' which was mined on 25 Feb 1945. I was only 6 years old at the time so I only have vague but happy memories of him.

I would love to have a photograph of the AQUARIUS, would you know if such a thing exists ?

Many Thanks

Byron Walker

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Date:
02/02/2004

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Dear Forbes

Have just started researching our family history have photos of HMS Auckland - only recollect framents of info from my grandfather who was reluctant to talk - but he did mention being injured when a ship was sunk & I wondered whether this may have been the Auckland - have you any idea how I could go about tracing his service record - I assume he was a reserve - his name wasRobert Hill - have photos dating from when he was about 15 - til his twenties - with the following ribbons HMS Pembroke, HMS Curacoa, HMS Iron Duke, HMS London & and a photo of HMS Implacable I realise you are probably swamped with requests for info but would appreciate some basic guidance Obviously your web site has only increased my curiosity.

Many Thanks Kerry Smith

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Date:
04/02/2004

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Dear Forbes

My uncle was on the HMS Auckland when it was sunk 24th June 1941. His name is George Clements now 83 years. Is there anyone who was also aboard this ship at this time who can share any information with us.

Thank you

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Date:
04/02/2004

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Dear Forbes

Congratulations Forbes, a fitting tribute to your grandfather. My own grandfather Arthur George Edwards was Skipper Lieutenant RNR and had the Darthema and the Radnor Castle during that conflict. Never was so much given by those exceptional men who knew the seas so well. Keep up the good work will call again to see the updates.

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Date:
21/02/2004

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Dear Forbes

Thank you very much for your informative maps and story regarding the trawlers lost in the Namsen Fjord. Living right across the fjord at Nord-Statland I visit these places every summer when I am out fishing. I know people that were at the sight during the sinking and have told one of them about your web. Best regards. Terje Dukl

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Date:
05/03/2004

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Dear Forbes

What a brilliant website, I am well impressed.If only----there was a website similar for information on the WW2 Search and Rescue tugs.I am interested in any info on the HMS Saucy. She was mined in the Firth of Forth on the 04-09-1940 with the loss of at least 24 lives and of these 17 of them were from my home town of Brixham in Devon. I am hoping to place a plaque on the harbour wall at Brixham to the sad event, any help would be appreciated, especially a photo of the HMS Saucy. Keep up the good work on this brilliant site, regards Gordon Thomas.

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Date:
07/03/2004

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Dear Forbes

Thanks for the information. My father was aboard the Ormonde when she sunk in February '41 with the loss of all hands

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Date:
26/03/2004

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Dear Forbes

Hey dad hehe! on kierans computer and we thought we would have a look on your site! it looks very good and im proud of you!! hehe! love your bestest daughter ever! xoxoxoxox

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Date:
26/03/2004

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Dear Forbes

My Father served initilly on a minesweeping trawler FY660 (known as the Oku) before converting to BYMS's (my father cannot quite remember its number). I understand that there were three boats in the flotilla one of which was called the Renfrew. It will be gratefully appreciated if anyone has any info. regarding the Oku or Renfrew.

Thie website is full of interesting bits of info. and having only just discovered it will take time to digest.

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Date:
26/03/2004

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Dear Forbes

Excellent site. Congrats on your hard work

I list below details of my wife's grandfather who was lost when his trawler netted a mine off Grimsby. I don't know if the ship was classified as 'Lost' but most of the crew were killed as it came back to port. Name: WINK, JAMES HENRY Initials: J H Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Skipper Regiment: Fishing Fleet Unit Text: Steam Trawler Wolseley. Age: 58 Date of Death: 23/09/1944 Additional information: Husband of Helen Emma Wink, of Scartho. His son Skipper Henry James Wink, D.S.M., R.N.R., also died on service. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 60. Row G. Grave 26. Cemetery: GRIMSBY (SCARTHO ROAD) CEMETERY

Regards

Richard Nussey

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Date:
26/03/2004

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Dear Forbes

Fantastic site lot of research has certainly been done thats for sure. Have you visited the u-boat net? they have just started a section on allied trawlers and are seeking info.

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Date:
30/04/2004

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Dear Forbes

Thank you for a great site. Am currently tracing my father's wartime service. He was a trawler skipper who became Lt Cmdr RNR and was awarded a DSC at Dunkirk. His drifter the Lord Cavan was there for 10 days and 10 nights before being sunk. James Henry Mugridge was his name. Yr site will help with my research. Beverly Walton, Australia

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Date:
30/04/2004

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Dear Forbes

A very informative document indeed. Well done Forbes.

David Wilson

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Date:
20/05/2004

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Dear Forbes

This site is a great site. I am wondering if anyone has information on the HMS Kingston Galena (skipper S. Jackson R.N.R) sunk by aircraft off Dover on 24 July 1940. My grandfather was on it and I would like to learn more about it.

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Date:
31/05/2004

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Dear Forbes

I found this site to be highly informative. I have increased my own knowledge and therefore am able to increase the knowledge I pass on to our Sea Cadet Unit cadets at Wisbech. Thank you very much. CPO (SCC) C Symonds

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Date:
31/05/2004

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Dear Forbes

I would like to thank you for sharing your grandfathers medals. I have some of these medals that were my grandfather missing their ribbons. Now I can try to replace the ribbons so my grandfather (who has passed on) can have his medals back to their original state. Thanks again. Jackie Piancastelli- Now living in Georiga USA;

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Date:
04/06/2004

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Dear Forbes

Thanks for the information. I've been learning much about my own Grandfather, Frank Smith, who was a stoker on many convoys during WWII. His final trip was a convoy on the Murmansk run.

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Date:
11/06/2004

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Dear Forbes

What a fascinating website and a fine tribute to those who went down to the sea in ships to keep our ports and sealanes clear.

I hope someone out there can answer a question please. What was the significance of the prefix FY for the pennant numbers of some wartime naval trawlers and minesweepers? And no, I don't think it stood for 'Fowey'.

I am particularly intrigued by a photo I have of a 105 ft 'short boat' MMS (Motor Minesweeper otherwise known as a Micky Mouse) with FY 1758 painted on the hull. A boom-mounted SA Mk II acoustic hammer on the bow seems to have been air-brushed out by the wartime censor. This photo also appears in; Minewarfare Vessels of the Royal Navy - 1908 to Datet by Maurice Cocker where the vessel is described as HMS Emberley (HMCS MMS 119), a requisitioned ex-Canadian MMS completed at Stone, St Johns in 1941 and converted into a danlayer in 1942.

According toMinesweeper - The Role of the Motor Minesweeper in WW II by Michael Melvin, MMS 119 was completed by H Stone of St Johns, Newfoundland in 1941 and joined the 144th MS Flotilla at Grimsby in 1942.

According to British Warships Since 1945 - Minesweepers by Jack Worth, MMS 119 was built 1941-42 and renamed HMS Emberley as one of four Canadian MMS requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted into danlayers in 1942.

If this photo is of HMS Emberley (MMS 119), why does she show pennant number FY 1758? I can find no reference to this number anywhere. Even if the photo were taken after 1947 when 1500 was added to the pennant numbers of surviving 'short boat' MMS, it should show the pennant number as 1619. However, the obvious censorship casts doubt on the photograph being post-war.

I would also be grateful for any further information on the following ships because I am producing a book of photos of mine countermeasures vessels for the Maritime Books 'Royal Navy in Focus' series.

Ex-Russian whalers used for minesweeping.

The following HM Trawlers:

Cypress (T09) Birch (T93) Mastiff (T10) Sir Geraint (T240) Coverley (T106) Portsdown (T221) Ensay (T216) Bream (T306) Blackbird (ex-Sheppey) (T292) Ailsa Craig (T377)

MMS 8, MMS 181, MMS 217, MMS 1017, MMS 1044 BYMS 21, BYMS 58, BYMS 2029,

I was a post-war late-comer to minewarfare based mainly at HMS VERNON but some may find the information on my website (www.mcdoa.org.uk) of interest.

Yours aye,

Rob Hoole Vice Chairman & Webmaster RN Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officers' Association www.mcdoa.org.uk

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Date:
25/06/2004

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Dear Forbes

I just want to say it is a great site, some info that I never knew. I am trying to find some photo's of the crew before they set sail for Norway as it would be good to have a pic of my uncle before his horrible death that was coming before him. So if you have any ideas of where to look it would be much appreciated. thank you for your time looking forward to hearing of you.

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Date:
25/06/2004

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Dear Forbes

Very well done! So Interesting. Where can I go to find out about about Minesweepers from 1940 - 1942. My dad served on the Europa, Fortitude, Lucifer (MMS 167) Beaver, Torch & Baldur. Second Hand CPO - hoping you can help, I'm stuck!

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Date:
02/07/2004

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Dear Forbes

I just looked up H.M.S. Cairo on Google and found this site. My father served on Cairo during the 2nd world war, and was a signalman on it. He did convoys to Narvik and Murmansk on it, I believe and was involved in lots of action that he didn't much like to talk about. Your website is very interesting. Thanks for taking the time to do it!

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Date:
02/07/2004

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Dear Forbes

Excellent I found it most interesting and useful. Thank you. Derek Brsitow Merchant Mariners

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Date:
09/07/2004

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Dear Forbes

Excellent. Wish more plans of these old ladies for model boat builders like myself were available

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Date:
09/07/2004

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Dear Forbes

Thank you for your web site. It has been very helpful. My wifes grandad got blown up in the river Humber. Thats how your web site helped me cheers george

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Date:
16/07/2004

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Dear Forbes

Very good site makes - you proud to read all the comments

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Date:
23/07/2004

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Dear Forbes

Does anyone know anything about a WW2 trawler named Constant Hope? Any information would be gratefully received. Please email me.

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Date:
23/07/2004

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Dear Forbes

I am looking for info on which ships my grandfather served on during ww2. He was on a minesweeper and he died in the 60's. His name was James(jimmy) Broome and he came from Manchester. He had a brother named Clifford and his partners name was Annie. If you served with or think you may have served with him please contact me as you may be able to unravel a 60 year old mystery. Sorry if this has been posted by me before. Many thanks Liza Broome

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Date:
01/08/2004

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Dear Forbes

A good site. I'm looking for any information regarding my grandfather, Harold Harrison of Grimsby and skipper of HMT Drumtochty. She struck a mine off of Dover in January 1918 with all hands lost.

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Date:
05/08/2004

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Dear Forbes

I enjoyed reading your research about your grandfather. I am trying to piece together my fathers time in RNPS and found info required on your site - keep up the good work

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Date:
13/08/2004

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Dear Forbes

Thank You for an excellent site,I wish I had found you years ago! I have researched WW11 Convoy OB217 1940. I am still trying to find out what happened to the 5 month old baby girl that was rescued from a lifeboat. She had been found lying face down in the bottom of the boat by one of the ships company of HMCS OTTAWA. Both of her parents were rescued. They had been passengers in s.s. EURYMEDON she was part of OB217 she was sunk on 27 September 1940. My reason for researching OB217 is that my Uncle 2nd Officer Norman Elliott was lost when his ship s.s. DARCOILA was lost with all hands from this convoy. I wonder if you or any one else may have heard of the Baby she will be 64 years old. Good Luck and thanks again for an excellent site George May

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Date:
13/08/2004

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Dear Forbes

I've just downloaded your site for off-line viewing and have to say that it is coming along in leaps and bounds. A fine effort on your part Forbes and a terrific tribute to your Grandfather.

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Date:
18/08/2004

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Dear Forbes

My grandfather was aboard MV Norther Rover, we know very little about him, his name was Barton

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Date:
10/09/2004

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Dear Forbes

Has anyone any information on HMS Utvaer a Norwegian drifter and her crew, she was requisitioned by the Navy in 1940 and taken into the service of the Royal Naval Patrol Service.

Thanks.

Pat Stancombe

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Date:
27/09/2004

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Dear Forbes

The web site is great and hope it helps me find some of my shipmates.

Seaman Harry Gibb LT/JX 640795. Served on 'Southern Gem' 1944/45 -Freetown/ Capetown/Dakar. Also MMS 304 & BYMS 2161 1945/46- Colombo/ Singapore/ Penang/ Bangkok - Passage to UK ON HMLST 3505 Sept. 1946. Demobbed at Chatham March 1947.

Live in OBAN Argyll.

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Date:
28/09/2004

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Dear Forbes

Sept 27, 2004

Dear Forbes

My grandfather was a mate on the Steam Trawler Aster out of Glasgow when it was sunk on October 13, 1917. I have enjoyed reading through the many contacts, and wanted to ad mine. Keep up the fine job on this web site.

David Watson Santa Rosa, California

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Date:
28/09/2004

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Dear Forbes

My Uncle Jackie Crabbe Was Killed in action on The Minesweeper NORTHERN PRINCESS IN WW2 Any info please.

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Date:
28/09/2004

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Dear Forbes

I was interested to discover your web site and the information regarding your grandfather when I did a Google search 'HMS Carlisle April 1940' My uncle, Acting Sub Lieutenant Peter Collingwood RNVR died from a shrapnel wound suffered onboard HMS Carlisle on Sunday 28th April 1940. When my Aunt died I inherited his letters, sword. notification of death and the position of his burial at sea. After reading through your research I now have more background of events at that time - thank you. Although his name is recorded on the Chatham Memorial, I have also just entered his name in the book recording those buried at sea situated in the Church of All Hallows by the Tower. Best Wishes > Jane de Halpert (Mrs)

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Date:
08/10/2004

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Dear Forbes

MY UNCLE ALEXANDER WATSON WAS LOST ON THE FIFESHIRE WHEN SHE WAS BOMBED AND SUNK EAST OF COPINSAY ON THE 20TH OF FEB. 1940. ONLY SURVIVOR WAS SEAMAN ALBERT BLOWERS. SHE WAS IN THE COMPANY OF THE AYRSHIRE AT THE TIME AND SHE WAS ALSO HEAVILY ATTACKED BY THE PLANES BUT SURVIVED.THE FIFESHIRE WAS COMMANDED BY ACTING SUB-LIEUTENANT J.V.SEARLES WOOD.MY FATHER WAS ALSO IN THE RNVR AND SERVED IN THE ARMED MERCHANT CRUISER RAMPURA

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Date:
24/10/2004

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Dear Forbes

Nice to see a PRE 1941 RD

The ribbon seems to be the same as the Volunteer Decoration and the Volunteer Force LSGC

An interesting site.

G M Davison TD

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Date:
29/10/2004

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Dear Forbes

An excellent web site, very informative, interesting, and a great tribute to the men of the 'little ships' Fred Hall ex RNPS

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Date:
31/10/2004

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Dear Forbes

Looking for the backgrounds of my dad Reg Wilson in the royal navy year approx 1944

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Date:
31/10/2004

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Dear Forbes

I stumbled on your excellent site by accident and paged through the lists of armed merchant trawlers lost in WW2. I was looking for the fate of a vessel called the Northern Rover. She was posed "missing" quite early on in the war. I had an uncle Able Seaman W Cargill Lost aboard her and I am curious to know if you have any record of her demise. I've also been looking for a picture, or any information at all, of a Norweigian Whale Catcher renamed Mastiff which patrolled in the Indian Ocean and was based (I think) in Mombasa. Can you shed light into that corner at all?

I'll look forward to your reply with interest.

Regards Des Flannagan

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Date:
07/11/2004

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Dear Forbes

Not bad at all, I would be very greatful if someone could help me. My great grandfather served on HMS Pembroke the Ship I cannot find alot of data on this ship. He was in the Royal Fleet Reserve and his name was John Hazell

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Date:
19/11/2004

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Dear Forbes

An excellent site. My father served on an armed French trawler out of the Lowestoft area 'Monique Camille'; his name was Thomas George May. I would really appreciate any information concerning him or the ship.

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Date:
20/11/2004

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Dear Forbes

Excellent site for ex-naval servicemen and their relatives keep it up. H. Gibb ex Patrol Service.

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Date:
20/12/2004

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Dear Forbes

Great site. My dad served on the Orfasy which was sunk on the 22 october 1943 with the loss of all hands onboard. Only two men survived one had been transferred of the ship as a punishment and my dad was in hospital with blood poisoning from malaria. My dad was only told when he was well enough. He would like a crew list to remember old friends.

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Date:
08/01/2005

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Dear Forbes

Sites such as this bring home to us the sacfrices they made for the good of us all. Shaun MGuire, nephew of leading seaman John McGuire lost with Kingston Cornelian 5/1/1940

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Date:
08/01/2005

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Dear Forbes

My grandfather was in the 1st world war His job was a Gun Layer. I would like to find what ships he served on and his sevice records. Good web page

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Date:
15/01/2005

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Dear Forbes

The Trawlers are in many ways the 'unsung heroes' of caompaigns such as Norway. This is an excellent site and well worth expanding as information appears.

Daniel Kane

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Date:
15/01/2005

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Dear Forbes

Hello all. Can anyone supply information on HMT Northern Gift, history, drawings/plans and especially looking for picture of her. Have a little info but not much many thanks

George

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Date:
23/01/2005

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Dear Forbes

I wish this web site had been active when my father was alive. It would have been of immense interest to him. He served in the RNPS as a rating (signalman) and commissioned officer on Coriolanus and other minesweepers. I don't believe he ever knew that the Coriolanus was lost some months after he left her. I have photographs of the crew of the sweeper taken on the deck of the OHIO in Grand Harbour, Valetta just after she was brought in and her cargo transferred.

Captain Ron Miller. North Sea Pilot.

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Date:
23/01/2005

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Dear Forbes

Hunting a picture of the Lord Austin - steam trawler who kept station on our port quarter in 1943 through hell all the way from Loch Ewe to the Kola inlet convoy jw 53

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Date:
29/01/2005

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Dear Forbes

I read the January 23 entry with great interest. My father served in Coriolanus during the North Africa, Sicily and Italy landings. He rturned to the UK in 1943 and spent the remainder of the war in HMS Pearl.

I have had contact with one crew member and the son of another. I have several pictures of both ship and crew. I also have her plans.

I would love to chat with Captain Ron Miller.

Alan R Holbrook Los Angeles, CA

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Date:
29/01/2005

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Dear Forbes

Great Site. Has anyone any info on or Photos of HMT Northern Dawn. Thanks

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Date:
05/02/2005

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Dear Forbes

Just come across this site. My father served on HMT Prodigal but I can't find any info about her on the net. Has anyone out there any photo's or info please.

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Date:
13/02/2005

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Dear Forbes

Its a really nice website, historical and understandable. Better for a researchers.

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Date:
17/02/2005

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Dear Forbes

Hi, I am search for photos and details of 2 vessels my grandfather Harold Midgley served on. Firstly is HMS Lady Sharazad and the Kingston Beryl which was sunk on Christmas day 1943. He was not on the Beryl when it sunk due to being on leave at the time and he is still searching for any photos available. I hope someone can help. Great informative site!!!!!

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Date:
17/02/2005

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Dear Forbes

Hi Forbes a very good site. Just thought I would let you know about a new book I have just had published called Trawlers Of Humberside. It will be of interest to you and anyone using your web site. Plenty of photos in it from my collection.

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Date:
17/02/2005

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Dear Forbes

My late grandfather PO Stoker Drake served on Topaze before transferring to minelayer HMS Linnet and later, HMS Swale. Inevitable question: do you have any pictures of Topaze I could purchase to complete my record of his WW2 service?

Yours sincerelyAndrew Brookes [Mr]

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Date:
19/02/2005

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting to read. Being a true Grimberian now living away,it reminds one of ones youth. I was looking for my Grandfather, he was lost when his trawler was sunk during the war. His name was Miller.I do not know his ship.

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Date:
03/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

A really first class site. Without sites like yours our future generations would never know about the trawlers and coastal war. Regaeds Pat Collins, Lincolnshire coastguard,

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Date:
07/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

Hello Forbes! Great site you have. It has been very helpful in our search in the Namsen fjord. Maybe we will meet sometime? Best regards Marius(crew on Namsos Diving Company`s boat)

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Date:
10/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

Great site. Looking for further information researching my Grandfather Captain Duncan Cameron Kennedy on www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2 BBC WW2 Peoples war under Scotlands Kennedy Brothers saved 12 men on the 21 Jun 1940 when the HMS Cape Howe was sunk by Torpedo. Mentioned in Despatchs Oct 4 1940

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Date:
10/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

Great site. Looking for further information researching my Grandfather Captain Duncan Cameron Kennedy on www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2 BBC WW2 Peoples war under Scotlands Kennedy Brothers saved 12 men on the 21 Jun 1940 when the HMS Cape Howe was sunk by Torpedo. Mentioned in Despatchs Oct 4 1940

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Date:
12/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

Great web site. Its the first site I've seen on the H.M.T Aston Villa on which my grandfather served and its given me a great insight on what realy happend before it was sunk. Hope to see more photo's in the future

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Date:
19/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

I am trying to find out the location of a sunken mine sweeper called the Euston. It was oridinally known as FD67 and built by Scott, R and sons, Bowling in 1906. The Admiralty hired her in 1915 and fiited a 3 pounder. She was sunk by mine off Hartlepool. Lenght 35.78m x 6.55m x 3.5m. Many thanks in advance. Brian

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Date:
20/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

Does any one have an original photograph of HMS Northern Rover LO164? If so could they please contact myself, who is researching on behalf of a friend. Regards. Mrs Ann Oliff

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Date:
20/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

Having a pint down the pub and chatting with old Albert and gradually, visit by visit, chat by chat, you realise that you are in the company of a(reluctant)Hero who chuckled his way through torpedoes and adversity. Your RNR site is tremendous and puts Albert's brief anecdotes into context. Thanks, Charlie W., Notts..

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Date:
20/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

I HAVE FOUND OUT THAT MY FAMILY MEMBER JAMES BLUNT AGED 19 WAS A CREW MAN (AS A COOK) ON THE HM TRAWLER KINGSTON BERYL AND I AM TRYING TO COLLATE A CREW LIST CAN U HELP

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Date:
26/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

I am amazed by the number of trawlers lost in WW2. I mtrying to find a Grimsby trawler called the BERINGA or BERINGER. My dad was a crewman pre war.

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Date:
26/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

What an excellant website for information. Just in case anyone is interested in the crew of the tug HMS Saucy which was mined and sank on Sept 4th in 1940, go to the roll of honour site below. The 26 crew who lost their lives were fisherman from Brixham and Hull. Please keep up the good work on this website.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Ships/HMSSaucy.html

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Date:
27/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

Hi my name is Danny Beckford. My grandad was a stoker on H.M.S Hunter when it went down in Narvik. I would like to here of any one who knows anything about this. My nan is still alive and is 87 years old and still very much in love with him and misses him greatly. She always lived with the hope that he would just turn up one day. If any one can help find out more what happend on that day I would be very graetful Daniel Beckford

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Date:
31/03/2005

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Dear Forbes

The site looks great and is a real tribute to John Wilson. Came across your site whilst searching for info on my great, great uncle who was a Boy 2nd Class on HMS Boscawen in 1901. Good luck, Ian Edgeler

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Date:
03/04/2005

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Dear Forbes

Very useful site. My grandfather's brother was lost on the Tamarisk on 12th August 1940. I have some photographs if anybody is interested. David Towson

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Date:
05/04/2005

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Dear Forbes

Most intresting page. I am currently trying to find details of my Grandfaters service on the HMT Ina William that was lost on May 30 1917. Prior to being lost he was awarded the DSM along with other crew members, possibly on another HMT. Unfortunetly all these details have been lost. Possibly you could steer me in some direction. Vic Garioch.

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Date:
05/04/2005

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Dear Forbes

I came across your site via Harry Tates Navy site, the presentation and the vast ammount of information is excellent. I am trying to consolidate some info I already have on my fathers' service records. He served in Harry Tates from 10.10.39 Drake to 21.11.45 Europa, discharged class A, having been in the RNR since 1929.

Best Wishes James Patience

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Date:
10/04/2005

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Dear Forbes

Very good website. I am looking for information on the HMS Rosemonde, for a novel I am writing. It is a love story set in WWII and I would like it to have as much factual information as possible. I need to know as many details about the sinking of the Rosemonde as quickly as they become available. Please could you email me with any futher details? Yours faithfully Miss S.E.A Bushby

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Date:
14/04/2005

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Dear Forbes

Sadly my father slipped his moorings way back in 1982 after a lifetime of seafaring. He would have loved to had access to such detailed information and possibly even have learned something of his many RNPS shipmates from September 1939 through to October 1945.

During his RNR service by father, James(Jimmy) Jack who was born and raised in Avoch, on the Black Isle served on the armed merchant cruiser HMS Letitia (12/10/39 to 21/12/40), and the following HMTs: Beaver, Colonsay, Fortitude, Stag, Sheba, and finally finishing up as a Wartime PO(PS) on Martello (MMS1017).

I would be delighted to hear from anyone who may have information of anyone who may know or remember my father.

Lewis Jack

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Date:
14/04/2005

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Thank you very much for your web site. My Grandfather, William Alexander Geddes died on the Thuringia 28/5/40. I have had no success in finding any details of the sinking. Can you point me in the right direction. Thank you again.

David Geddes

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Date:
14/04/2005

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Dear Forbes

I am the 7th and youngest son of skipper George Reynolds who was killed by a mine on the HMS Charles Boyes on 25/5/1940. I am writing a book on his life. Any information on him

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Date:
30/04/2005

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Dear Forbes

I have just being looking at some of the ships your grandfather served on and I noticed that he was on HMS Caroline. I have just found out my grandfather also served on the same ship for a short time and I am also trying to find out any imforamtion about mfv 109 and what type of ship it was. My grandfather also served on that ship towards the end of the war in Alexandria and I have run out of ideas on the web to try and find what i can, and also HMS Angle and HMS Mazurka, and thanks again for the photo you sent me of the crew of the Aston Villa. Keep up the good work on this site

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Date:
27/05/2005

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Dear Forbes

I think your site great - its been such a help to me. My uncle died in world war two his name was William Sealey. He was killed on 13 June 1944 aged 19 on HMS Birdlip off the west coast of Africa. Is it possible that you might have some pictures of the trawler and its crew. This whould mean so much to my dad his brother. Thank you all for your help. Tommy Sealey

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Date:
10/06/2005

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Dear Forbes

I wondered what this service was. My grandfather was in WW1 and was in R N R. He received medals and this is how I found out about this part of his life. In 1900 he was a Ships engine driver on the census. I assumed he was in the trawler business engaged in fishing from Grimsby. I can now find out more about him thanks to your web site.

Regards from Maud Snowdon

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Date:
13/06/2005

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Dear Forbes

I have enjoyed my visit to the site. My uncle Matt Jefferson died as a result of the sinking of HMT Thuringia during the evacuation of Dunkirk. He was apparantly rescued, along with his skipper but both died of their wounds in Dover. He is buried there. I had always understood that his ship was attacked by aircraft. I did not know that the Thuringia was mined. I have inherited some papers relating to his service including his discharge certificate which shows him discharged dead. Other documents include letters to his family, and letters from my grandfather to my mother after his death. He was very much missed by them. I believe that he sailed from Harwich or Lowestoft. Family members have visted his grave. Prior to the war he was an inshore fisherman with his own boat at Barrow in Furness (then in Lancashire): fishing near Walney Island and in Morecambe Bay. Owen Davey

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Date:
19/06/2005

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Dear Forbes,

Through the good offices of your website I have begun corresponding with David Geddes in Scotland. I saw his message in your guest book respecting the death of his grandfather W. Geddes when the Thuringia was lost. It transpires that my uncle Matt Jefferson was Mr Geddes shipmate. My uncle died as well when the ship was lost. They and three other Thuringia sailors are buried in Section I.Q. 20 at St. James Cemetary in Dover. According to the register of the Comonwealth War Graves Commision all five men were died on the same day, 28 May 1940. David and I are interested in pursuing the circumstances of the loss of the Thuringia more closely and would appreciate any help you can provide. For example, where in Navy archives could we find an official report on the loss of this ship, supposing that such a document exists. Have you any idea where the records of the Patrol Service Central Depot, then at Lowestoft, are archived? Do you, or your Navy webring colleagues, happen to personaly know any information about the Thuringia, particularly whether the five men brought ashore were the only survivors? Do you have any idea of the location of the ship when she was mined, where she was heading(for Dunkirk or for home) and which ship pulled these five from the water? Is it likely that the ships manifest still exists? I realize that this is a lot to ask but we would be very grateful for your help. I have a number of papers relating to my late uncles service including his service record, pay and prize money records. Thank you. Owen Davey

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Date:
22/06/2005

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Dear Forbes

Am currently trying to piece together my father's war as he worked on minesweepers in the RNR from 1941-1946 - mostly in the Med and around Italy. Found your website tremendously helpful and am very grateful that you have shared all your research experience in this way. Your website is very user friendly and the information is all so clearly written and set out. Many thanks indeed from Maggie in Edinburgh.

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Date:
01/07/2005

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Dear Forbes

I very much enjoyed reading about your grandfathers service record, and found the site easy to navigate.

I was completing some research for my wife, who`s father Jack Watson is 90 in July 05, and who served on HMS Cairo from 1939 through to its sinking. He rarely mentions any of his war experiences, so I was trying to find out just what he got up to, and your site filled in all the gaps Thank you.

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Date:
03/07/2005

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Dear Forbes

Thank you for this site. My uncle, George Pavey, was one of the RNR men lost with the Northern Rover in 1939

Regards Joan

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Date:
12/07/2005

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Dear Forbes

I am trying - as yet unsuccessfully - to trace any information concerning a ship called H.M.D.PERILIA as I have a photo of my grandfather standing under the bridge of the ship but cannot find any mention of it. My grandfathers full name was Charles William Hallifax. I have documents stating that he was skipper of the ship.

It must have either been from Grimsby as this is where we lived. Thank you for your time

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Date:
12/07/2005

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Dear Forbes

I was delighted to come across the website! I am the son of Lt Alan Reid RNVR who as 1st Lt of HMT St Goran took command following the death of Lt Commander McGuigan. My father died in 1993, but myself and my 3 brothers and sister would be delighted to learn more of the search for St Goran. Has any progress been made in the search for her? Kind regards

Andrew Reid

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Date:
12/07/2005

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Dear Forbes

I am a fisherman and I live in Hull your page is very good.

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Date:
19/07/2005

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Dear Forbes

Am trying to find any extra details re my husbands father James Alexander Kay who was on board Orfasy that was sunk 22.10.43. i.e. number of men on trawler etc. Any further details would be helpful. Thank you.

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Date:
25/07/2005

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Dear Forbes

My father served on the Armed Trawler "Waffwater" on or about 1939-41. His name was R.S. Trivett and was a subLt. He was an electrcian and ended the war as a Commander in 1946. Have you any record of this vessal or my father.

The site is very good.

Michael J Trivett.

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Date:
05/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

This is a really good site. I am trying to obtain information about my grandfather, Arthur Smith, who was on the HMS Lord Selborne, which was lost on 31st March 1941. My mother was 4 years old at the time, and has little information about him. If anyone has any more info, I would love to hear from you.

A. Guest

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Date:
08/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

Just an enquiry, Regarding the loss of the trawler "Myrtle" Thames estuary June 1940, Any information regarding this vessel and/or it's crew, My wife's Grandfather Engineman William Quayle, was lost on this vessel, I would like to know as much as you can tell me of this incident if that is at all possible, Being Ex Royal Navy myself (Seventies) serving on the Destroyer Hms Antrim (D18) now with the Chilean Navy, (Almirante Cochrane ) I am finding this a very interesting subject, Regards Steve Viner

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Date:
14/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

Great website. I served in the Royal Navy during the 1960's and 70's then the Royal Fleet Reserve during the 1980's then the Royal Navy Reserve during the 1990's. This must be a record since I have had 3 naval official numbers??? Surprisingly I found the the Royal Naval Reserve the most efficient of all 3. As part time sailors, they never dripped about anything and got on with the job. Another surprising thing was I was in the land locked Birmingham unit HMS Forward and we did more sea time than most other units. Also won most trophies etc.

Vic Hocking

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Date:
26/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting war history and excellent presentation!

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Date:
27/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

Would you happen to know where I could find a photo of a mine explosion causing the water to rise high into the air? A contact of mine lost an original photo taken aboard a minsweeper.

Regards

Colin C. Meagher

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Date:
27/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

Excellent site. A relative was lost off Crammond Island in 1941, Lieutenant Engineer KX115986 James Bruce. I don't know if these additional details will be of use to you?

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Date:
27/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

It was good to find out where my father died. He was serving on HMT CAMBRIAN

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Date:
27/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

Interesting story. It was a hard job and a hard life but they were a a good team and the job was hard.

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Date:
27/08/2005

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Dear Forbes

Your website is an inspiration Forbes, well done and thank you.

Three questions to put to other readers:

1. Any survivors (or descendants of survivors) from HMT Daneman out there? It was abandoned on 9 May 1943 during an Atlantic Convoy.

2. Any surviving 1941 to 1943 RNPS ex-colleagues of S/M Felix Walker, a 36-year-old Fifer nicknamed 'Syd Walker' who was lost when the Daneman went down?

3. Anyone who served on HMD Pilot Us at Lerwick, or who knows of its role?

Thank you

Donald Walker

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Date:
11/09/2005

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Dear Forbes

The trawler LOWDOCK was my grandfathers ship and the Lady Philomena was sailing for the Royal Navy when she sank her. I will have to ask my mum for exact date in March but I do know my grandad was turned in at the time and the mate was on watch. He was the only survivor. Cheers Dave

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Date:
12/09/2005

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Dear Forbes

A very interesting website. My father served on converted trawler Norwich City - CPO/Radio Operator, Joe Connor. Does anyone know where I can find any further information on this ship, please?

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Date:
19/09/2005

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Dear Forbes

I found the pictures of the medals to be a great help. My grandad wanted to know how his ribbon should be on his medal. Thanks to your site I have been able to help him. Many thanks. Tony from Essex

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Date:
30/09/2005

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Dear Forbes Hi

The web site... Great! Just to let you know that I keep an eye on your web site waiting for an update re the new developments in Norway.

See you in Namsos!

Best

Ola The users email address is: ola.flyum@nrk.no


Date:
05/10/2005

Comments

Hello Forbes!!

The program was great and interesting.

Big hug from Mathilde

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Hello Forbes!!

I found your program about your grandfather very interesting and I hope I can meet you next time you are visiting Namsos.

Love from Benedikte

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Hi Forbes!!!

You have done a marvellous job with these pages about you grandfather and Rutlandshire!!! We are lucky to get the chance to know you in person and your grandfathers story, and we are looking forward to meet you and your family next time you visit Namsos. Best wishes from Agnes

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From 3 special friends in Namsos, Norway.


Date:
05/10/2005

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting. Trying to find info on my dads ship HMT Agravaine, Hall Russell round table class trawler. 1942-1946 Dads still around-are any of his crewmates still out there?

Andy Wilson

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Date:
09/10/2005

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Dear Forbes

Could you please give me any information, or a source of information regarding H.M.S notts county. My mum has just passed away, and her brother John Joseph Burdett was killed in action. I think he was a crew member a board this ship. I would like any information of the above. I know he is on the memorial at Lowestoft, with all the other brave souls. I took my mum to visit every year since 1994, but sadly not this year. Regards Paul

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Date:
14/10/2005

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Dear Forbes

As a Lowestofian who now understands fully what happened to some very brave
men. Well done
John

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Date:
14/10/2005

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Dear Forbes



My late father, Stoker John Stanley Callow, served on HMS Cairo. He and some
of his shipmates were transferred to other vessels shortly before she was
torpedoed. I am trying to research his navy career and any information or
suggested leads you can give me would be much appreciated.



Thank you in anticipation.



Ian Callow


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Date:
30/10/2005

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Dear Forbes


Please could you supply any information John Murray (my grand father ) who was killed on HMS Myrtle, mined Thames Esturay 14th June 1940 . Photos, certificate, news paper article of him and HMS Myrtle would be really appreciated or could you advise on obtaining this information.


Thank You In anticipation


Scott Murray


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Date:
26/11/2005

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Dear Forbes


I checked out your site looking for info. I am the grandson of Edmund Chilton who was skipper on HMT Ohm. I only have photos of him at the grave of an
unknown soldier in Paris. I noticed his name under your grandfather.
Derek McConnell


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Date:
03/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


Thank you. This web page has given my family the first imformation about
the death of my uncle on the Kingston Beryl.


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Date:
03/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


My uncle was 18 years old when lost on HMS Manor in 1942. Nice to find
there are still records of these Trawlers, where these men lost their
lives.


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Date:
03/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


Thankyou. We have just discovered a long lost and forgotton cousin of my
Fathers, who served on HMS Cairo and was one of the poor souls lost on
12/09/42 when it was hit. To find this picture was amazing. His name was
Samuel Wallace. If any one should know anything please contact me.
Thankyou, Mark Hall.


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Date:
03/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


Excellent site. My Grandfather, George Ratcliffe was also a member of the
RNR who served in the RN during the Second World War. He too died when I
was ten (in 1984) and I am trying to piece together some of his story from
a few anecdotes and service records. I really enjoyed looking at what
you've created on your site. Good luck with your further research. Bob
Ratcliffe.


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Date:
07/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


I am inquiring about HMT Lady Shirley as my father was on board this vessel and I was hoping you could give me any information about him. His name was Alexander John Keys. He was one of the very few survivers of the wreckage in 1941 in the Gibraltar Straits. The trawler originated from Lverpool.


Thanks


Mr D Keys


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Date:
07/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


I have just found your website, which is good reading and a great tribute to your grandfather.


I am researching my Grandad, Gordon Llilico Clark, who passed his own name to my father who passed it on to me.


The only info I have is his medals, which inspired me to find out more.


One is an OBE which was for “valuable service aboard HM TRAWLER AQUAMARINE employes in the Auxiliary patrol” (quoted from London gazette 8 April 1919.)


Do you have any more info on the Aquamarine or possibly on my grandfather, who went on to be MID for work on Arctic Convoys.


Many thanks


Best Regards


Gordon Clark


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Date:
07/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


I am trying to correlate information given to me by my Mother and info gained from the internet on the sinking of HMT Lord Austin. I am undertaking this not only for myself as my Grandfather died on the ship but for my Mother also, as she really does not know how the sinking came about. I believe that the Lord Austin is lying in Seine Bay , Normandy. Can you forward any further information.


Yours Sincerely


Mr Alan .B. Rogers


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Date:
07/01/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


Albert Simms served onboard HMS Butser and passed away 21st December 2005.
RIP


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Date:
07/01/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


Ref. H.M.S. Kingston ( 1942 )
P.O. Torpedoman Leonard Finch was a crew member on H.M.S. Kingston during
her time at Malta, and is still alive today , December 2005 at the age of
94. Living at Devonport Plymouth. Are there any other survivors from the
crew of the time ? Len was a previous crew member of H.M.Submarine
Templar.


As a long standing friend of Len, I can be contacted if you have any
further information. Many thanks


John Pease
Head of Plymouth Unit
Maritime Volunteer Service.



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Date:
07/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


My father was in active service from 1939-45, I am really keen to get
pictures of his ships and or badges.


Regards John Marsh



My fathers Particulars
Henry Charles James Marsh
NO. LX31905. Royal Naval Patrol Service
DOB 12/2/1922. Portsmouth
HMS Glendower 25 May/9 July 42
Europa 10th July/ 16 November 42
Lynx 17 August/15 November, 16 Nov 42/27
September 43
Europa 28 September 43/2 December
Colonsay (BYMS 2055) 3December 43/31 December 44
Pembroke 1 April 45/30 April 45
Lynx (2055) 1 May 45/ 1 March 46
Lynx (2021) 2 May 46/3 June 46



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Date:
27/01/2006

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Dear Forbes


Thank you for your site. My grandfather, Christopher Elijah Collings, was
on board HMS Canna. He was on leave when it exploded in Logos in 1942.


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Date:
27/01/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


Your fine site enabled me to find out some facts about the loss of HM
Trawler Bredon lost in 1943. Leading Seaman George James Jawson was my
Grandfathers son, he was on board when she was lost. I will now be able to
pass this information to his surviving brother and sister. Thank you


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Date:
05/02/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


Whilst researching information regarding the loss of the trawler Myrtle,
Thames Estuary June 14 1940 struck by mine. My wifes (of 10yrs) grandfather
Engineman William (Bill) Quayle was lost, Bills wife, is still with
us at 90yrs young Louisa, would love any information on the loss of this
particular Trawler, I am Ex Royal Navy Myself 70s Look forward to any
information that can be forwarded


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Date:
12/02/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


Very interesting site. Can you advise how I would get any information on
ex RNR Skipper of Crestflower which was bombed and sank off IOW July 1940.
Same is me ex Father in Law


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Date:
12/02/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


I have a glass float which I am told was decoratred to comemorate the
death of my great grandfather, and fellow crew members. It is inscripted
with the following Dover) Drifter Patrol
In memory of Drifters sunk in raid in channel Feb 14 1918. My grandfather's name was David Cargill, who came from Arbroath in
Scotland.


I would be very grateful for any information which would allow me to
understand the story surrounding the float.
There is a belief he was afloat the Endeavour or Margaret Rose, although I am unaware of the accuracy of this information.
Thank you
Richard


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Date:
07/03/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


Thank you. My Dad was on the Franc Tireur torpedoed in September 1943.
I'm having difficulty finding any official site which remembers him.


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Date:
08/03/2006

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Dear Forbes


I wonder if you can help me? I have an old friend who’s father (Lt Joseph Fairbairn RNR) was the captain of HMT Southern Wave during the war. I am desperately trying to find a photograph of the Southern Wave but it seems to be elusive. Do you know of anyone who may be able to help?


Best Regards


Sam Morrow


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Date:
08/03/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


I would like to know if there's anyone who might know how to get a
photogragh of the HMS FIFESHIRE and any other imformation that I would be
very grateful for. My grandfather was called Charles Henry Buxton, he served on HMS FIFESHIRE
and went down with her in 1940. Has anyone any more imformation please, my
father was 11 at the time it happened.


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Date:
17/03/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


I was attracted to this site because I served on the Northern Princess,
out of Grimsby, for a few years. I've lived in Australia since 1969 and
work as a Management Consultant, quite a change from the engineroom of the
Princess!!!


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Date:
17/03/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


I was wondering how to go about finding more information about the trawler Cayton Wyke. My Grandfather John Cook lost his life in July 1940 when it was sank. I can't find much information about it. Any pointers in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.


Regards James Cook


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Date:
19/05/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


I read in todays local newspaper (Namdalsavisa) a large article on your receipt of the
Namsos kulture prize for your work which has resulted in this very
impressive website. Congratulations, it has been well earned.
Having spoken to many different people living here in Namsos, it is
obvious how important such work is to the town. This website will serve
as a unique source of information about this distinctly important period
in the towns history. It not only commemorates your grandfather but also
allows the poeple of Namsos a clearer understanding and therefor a greater
respect and appreciation for the people of the town at that time. I am
sure Namsos cannot thank you enough.
It was great to meet you and Larry and hope to see you here again next
year.


Tom Wright


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Date:
02/06/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


I just found out from my family tree that Authur Martin was a relative of my
family. He was a patrol man on the ship when sunk... HMT Notts County
G Scothern


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Date:
02/06/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes,


Thanks for your email.


I have now read your Guest Book comments and found one from a relative I did not know existed, a Glynn Laverack, who is the nephew of my cousin. I have written to him to exchange information not only about James Laverack, but also of two other of my cousins who were killed in action, James' brother, George Richard Laverack, Royal Navy, and our cousin Harold Wride, Royal Air Force.


Thank you again for this additional information I have gained from your site.


Regards, Harry.


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Date:
02/06/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes


My name is Neil Sutherland. I am trying to find any thing out about my
father William Sutherland who was in the RNPS 1939/46. He was only surviver on
the James Ludford sunk off the Tyne 14/12/39


The users email address is: neil.sutherland4@ntlworld.com



Date:
04/06/2006

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Dear Forbes


Very nice site! I am trying to find out more of my grandfather who also
entered sevice Feb 15th 1917 apparently serving on the HMS Blake could
anyone help me out.


Thank You
Glenn Madden
U.S.A.


The users email address is: Glenmed@aol.com



Date:
18/06/2006

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Dear Forbes


Can you tell me any more about the sinking of the trawler HMT Pelton on the 24th December 1940 off Great Yarmouth.


Ray Fisk


The users email address is: arfisk@hotmail.com



Date:
18/06/2006

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Dear Forbes


My grandfather (Ben Buchan) was skipper of this trawler when it was sunk at Dunkirk and I was trying to find out how I could find a photo of her. I was also interested to find out which vessels he went on to skipper after that.


Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Regards,


Scott Milne


The users email address is: SMilne@gtfsl.co.uk



Date:
20/06/2006

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Dear Forbes


I'm helping an aquaintance in the UK, and his friend in Australia, in the search for more information about a trawler listed on your site, HMT Pelton. It seems the vessel was built in 1925 and commissioned in 1939, although I'm not certain if the vessel was christened Pelton.


The man in Australia is looking for a crew list, and a photograph, as apparently his uncle was lost on the trawler when it was sunk by E-boat S 28 on 24 Dec 1940. It appears Pelton was not a specific class of RN trawlers, just one of miscellaneous design.


I found that in early 1940, a certain Skipper John Alexander Sutherland was in command. I am not sure if that was the case in December of that year. I understand the Pelton was made of wood and used as a minesweeper. Were these commonly built in specific yards in Britain? I live in the Great Lakes region of the US and we had several ship builders that specialized in similar wood-built craft for the war effort, PT boats most notably, but also minesweepers and the like. Thus I found the inquiry into Pelton of special interest.


Thanks for any assistance you can offer. You have a fine site!


Best regards,


Peter Starck
Wisconsin USA


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Date:
20/06/2006

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Dear Forbes


Fantastic site. My grandfather had his 90th birthday this last weekend and
thought it would be nice to put together a book of information on HMS
PEARL which he served on. The only picture he had was of him with his crew
mates. Since browsing the net I have come across several pictures and a
bit of information on the ship and it's activities. If any of you have any
info or pictures it would be greatly appreciated. My grandfathers name is
GEORGE RIGDEN from Whitstable in Kent. Any e-mails appreciated.
Thanks again.
Tim



The users email address is: tim@dyprint.co.uk



Date:
30/06/2006

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Dear Forbes

I found your site most informative. I don't know if you can help at all but I am trying to research a vessel which I beloved served with the RNPS called HMT Milford Princess. I have found a bit on the net saying her port nos was M228 and pennant FY 616 and that she served from September 1939 to September 1945 and she survived the war. If you can assist at all that would be great.

Kind Regards
Geoff Pringle

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Date:
04/07/2006

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting site. You have done a fine job of piecing the story
together, recording the debt that we in the free world owe today. The
armed trawler HELIOPOLIS rescued survivors from my grandfather's ship, BAY
FISHER on the 7th. Feb. 1941, sadly he was killed. This side of the
services never got the recognition they deserved, the same as the Merchant
Navy. Your site helps to put the record straight.

The users email address is: brianpritchard41@aol.com



Date:
08/07/2006

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Dear Forbes


My Uncle was killed whilst serving on the Kingston Beryl - His name was
George Hopewell - he was 20 years of age

The users email address is: mulhol@aol.com



Date:
24/07/2006

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Dear Forbes

I have relentlessly searched for about 2 years now for information on the Royal Navy Special Reserve and my father's involvement during WWII as a Merchant Navy Radio Officer aboard an Admiralty Requisitioned Oil Tanker - any ideas where to go? Messages on Forums, books, written to Stephen Howarth the Author - you name it.

I would be particularly interested in his personnel records for this Reserve, if its possible any specific ones exist, as he was selected for a 'commitment' through this Reserve.

Thought I had them at the PRO but all I received was the papers I already had re. his Dis A information.

Thank you in anticipation of any help you can give.

Helen

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Date:
24/07/2006

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Dear Forbes

Just wonder if you can help as I am tracing my fathers war record. He did service as a rating during 1941 as I have a photo he took of her in scapa flow. The records I have are only from when he joined HMS King Alfred 1942 as a sub lt RNVR. How can I find out about his join date as a rating and how long he was on HMS Gurka

Any help would be great

see attached regarding my dad

http://www.unithistories.com/officers/RNVR_officersV.html

Thanks again


Rob Vaughan



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Date:
27/07/2006

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Dear Forbes

You have made lots and lots of progress with this site since I last
looked. It is obviously a labour of love for you - keep up the good work -
you are obviously serving a need for many people.

Yours, Alec Gill

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Date:
29/07/2006

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Dear Forbes

This is a great site. Thank you for all your hard work. I hope you do not
mind that I have downloaded the photo of the Lady Shirley, torpedoed on 11
December 1941 in Straits of Giraltar. My mother's first cousin Leading
Seaman RNHO John MacAulay 27 New Shawbost Isle of Lewis died aged 20 on
the Lady Shirley. Thank you. Donald John Munro

The users email address is: djm-rayner-iol@hetnet.nl



Date:
07/08/2006

Comments

Dear Forbes
> I am looking for information regarding the sinking of HMT Kennymore. My father J W Greene was skipper of her when she was mined in the Thames. They were, I presume picked up by HMT Conquistador,as she was the only other
ship to sink in the Thames Estuary on the same day 25 nov 1940. On the way into port the Conquistador was in collision with another ship and also sank.
I would like to know, who she was in collision with and who got them of the Conquistador, also the list of casuaties off the Kennymore,and Conqistador. My father did survive and spent several months in hospital in Sheerness. Any
help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Captian Jim Greene

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Date:
13/08/2006

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Dear Forbes

I am keen to try and find my late father's war records and found your site
very impressive and helpful. Many thanks.

The users email address is: carol.weston@btinternet.com



Date:
28/08/2006

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Dear Forbes

My father Ray Bakewell served as a stoker on HMS BUTSER and other ships
during ww2. He died in 2000. I know very little of his wartime
experiences. Your website is a wealth of information, a history that
should not be forgotten for all the brave men who served.

The users email address is: bobbakewell@tiscali.co.uk



Date:
11/09/2006

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Dear Forbes

A wonderful site. My great uncle, Harold Wareing, was lost on the LOWDOCK
when it was rammed by Lady off Todhead Point, near Stonehaven, during WW11
in 1940. The LOWDOCK, a Fleetwood trawler, was mine-sweeping at the time.
All hands, with the exception of the mate, were lost. I believe there is
a memorial with the names of those lost at Todhead Point Lighthouse, and
that the wreck was recently discovered by divers. Apparently these divers
contacted Harold's daugther, Marjorie a couple of months ago, but sadly,
Marjorie (my mother's cousin) passed away soon after. I would be
interested to hear from anyone who has any information on the loss of the
LOWDOCK or her discovery. My grandfather, the late Robert Charles Mewse, was a skipper most of his life and sailed out
of Fleetwood and Grimsby. He too, underwent many trips during the War.
His wife, my late grandmother, was once a part owner of the trawler
Harriet FD111, now sitting awaiting restoration in Fleetwood Museum.

From
Lesley Howlett, Sydney, Australia

The users email address is: lhowlett@hotkey.net.au



Date:
29/09/2006

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Dear Forbes

Great site. My grandad was in the RNR (Olley Turrell) and was lost on the
Robert Bowen 09.02.1940. Would love any infomation or photo on ship if
anyone can help
s d turrell

The users email address is: tubbs72@btinternet.com



Date:
22/10/2006

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Dear Forbes

My Sister-in-Law Elizabeth Morrison is the Widow of Boyce Morrison who was serving on The MS Trawler Benvolio when it hit a mine off Spurnhead, England on 23 February 1940. Do you have any information / pictures of this ship, how many survived/ were lost and any other information you would care to share with her?
Betty would appreciate any information you could share with her on this episode in her late husband’s life.

Thank you very much

Donald G Slane


The users email address is: dgslane@tls.net



Date:
22/10/2006

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Dear Forbes

I must thank you for helping me greatly for my quest to discover more about my family.

I recently began to actively find out more about my grandfather, George Ernest Atkinson. Not an easy task as he seems to be someone who appeared from the mist of time and then his life ended abruptly during the second world war. I recently applied to the Hull registrar of births deaths and marriages seeking George's death certificate. I had no exact date but making a calculation using the fact that my father was fourteen when his father died I assumed the year to be 1941. The registrar's office was good enough to search around this period with the scant information that I supplied them with but with no results.

As a long shot, I put Humber 1941 into Google and came up with your excellent website. With my grandfather being something of a historical blank I was stunned to find his boat The Sea King listed on your site.

I can clarify that the boat was hit by a mine according to a single survivor.

Could you tell me if there would be any naval records in existence regarding the boat, it's crew, operations (i.e. the orders that it was given) and the incident which led to it sinking? I have tried the phone number given on your site for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Registry of Shipping & Seaman but this number is unobtainable.


Once again, many thanks,

Gary Atkinson.

The users email address is: gary.document@btinternet.com



Date:
30/10/2006

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Dear Forbes

I am trying to establish whether my late father Skipper Tom Neve RNR who served on HMS Sarabande was involved with the Russian convoys. I have to confess that I am trying to glean some information on his war experiences, and whether he would be eligible for the Artic Emblem, which I gather has just been issued.
I have my father's medals including the Atlantic Star, and I am sure that as a boy I remember he was stationed in Iceland.
Dad needless to say was a trawl fisherman before and after the war, fishing out of Aberdeen.
Any assistance would be greatfully received.

Tom Neve.
Wellington. NZ

The users email address is: tomarg@paradise.net.nz



Date:
30/10/2006

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Dear Forbes

My Mother's Fiance Sub Lt Donald Baker was lost at sea aboard HMT Wallasea on 6th Jan 1944 to German E Boots off St Mounts Bay. I would be very keen on her behlaf to find out anything more about this action. Can you direct me where to look.

Your sincerely.
Chanel Stevens

The users email address is: uk_cags@hotmail.com



Date:
09/11/2006

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Dear Forbes

My Grandfather was a fisherman in Grimsby and was in
the RNR during the two World Wars. Researching his
history, we learned that he took a fishing vessel to Dunkirk
but can find no record of this. His name was John William
Handford and he died in 1946. His wife and son are buried
in Grimsby Churchyard. Do you know where we can go
to get more information?
Thank you.

Jean Ralph

The users email address is: jearal@freeuk.com



Date:
03/12/2006

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Dear Forbes

My grandfather held a Skipper's Certificate (for Liners & Drifters up to and above 50 Tons) dated 4th January 1912 when he did his RNR Service during WW1.
This certificate is mentioned by number on the copy of his recently obtained RNR service record, but his rating of Second Hand (2HD) definately doesn't reflect this.
Do you or any others know of any reason why a Certified Skipper would have
been rated 2HD for his complete RNR WW1 service?
The family history handed down was that grandfather was one of the many fishing boat Skippers to be commandeered by the WW1 Admiralty, but recent MOD & Service Record correspondence does not support the fishing boat that grandfather was supposed to have skippered.
All rather puzzling, any help or guide lines to go on?

Regards John.

P.S. Your Grandfather would have been proud of the site.

The users email address is: mugglewump@hotmail.com



Date:
20/03/2007

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Dear Forbes

My great uncle, Arthur Davies, was in the Royal Navy (Portsmouth Division - P/JX 176189)and died on HMS Auckland on 24 June 1941. I would be very grateful if you could let me know where I can obtain a copy of the Roll of Honour? Am I correct in saying that the Roll of Honour is the article
printed in the newspaper confirming the deaths? I would like to know roughly when it was published in the newspaper so as to narrow down my search amongst the archives for the local newspapers. Arthur's mother (next of kin) was living in Manchester at this time, so would this information have been printed in a Manchester newspaper?

I already have Arthur's service records from the Navy archives and have managed to get a copy of the memorial from the CWGC website.

I would be very grateful if you could help me or guide me in the right direction.

Kind regards,

Michelle Luck

The users email address is: mrstiggywinkle@blueyonder.co.uk



Date:
29/03/2007

Comments


Dear Forbes

Congratulations on a great site, most interested in reading through.

I was wondering whether you would have any information on Thomas Henry Graham?

I have his medals, which include a DSM & MiD for work on board the Rutlandshire.

Thanks in advance.

Mick

The users email address is: mickryan@bigpond.com



Date:
03/07/2007

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Dear Forbes


While surfing on the internet history about Nord-Statland I found your intresting story of Yngvar Ottesen. It is nice that we can still read and learn from that time and war.

Best regards
Irina Kargaltseva
Nord-Statland, Norway

The users email address is: arvaha@online.no



Date:
18/07/2007

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Dear Forbes

I am doing a search, for HMT Recoil, that was sunk on the 28 September 1940, for my last surviving uncle, who had a brother on the HMT Recoil. His name is Mr. George Inwood, and his brothers name was Alfred Inwood. Have you any information or a picture of the ship or any photos of serving mariners. I believe that he was a stoker on the above vessel. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours
Mr. Gordon Inwood, [Northampton]

The users email address is: gord50@btinternet.com



Date:
18/07/2007

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Dear Forbes

My brother Fredrick Bunting was killed in action aboard the trawler Manor on July 9th 1942. I have just discovered he was in the English channel at the time. I would love a photo of the Manor if it is at all possible.

Respectfully yours Mrs Elizabeth Jones

The users email address is: dcurrie@aandr.com.au



Date:
11/08/2007

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Dear Forbes

I just want to congratulate you on a brilliant web site.

I am researching the history of a financial company and found that one of the directors, Geoffrey Grenfell (Lt Cdr RN) had died in HMT Juniper during the war. With my own naval background, it was wonderful to get chapter and verse from your archives.

Regards, John Newlands

(Lt Cdr R.N., retired 1994)

The users email address is: jn@newlandsfr.co.uk

Newlands Fund Research

www.newlandsfr.co.uk
0131 334 5003



Date:
19/08/2007

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Dear Forbes

Trying to find information on my uncle who was killed in action 1941? I know he was buried in Algeria.

His wife, now deceased, told me that she went to Buckingham Palace to receive a medal but did not know what it was/ or where it was.

Can you point me to any search areas to investigate further.

Thank you John Goodwin Grimsby

The users email address is: Avonrolls@aol.com



Date:
01/09/2007

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Dear Forbes

Do you have (or know where to get them) pictures of HMT Sisapon (or sister type) sunk off Harwich
12th June 1940.

My uncle, an engineman, was lost in that sinking and is buried at Orford church Suffolk.

Regards

Dave Barnby

The users email address is: Davebarnby@aol.com



Date:
23/09/2007

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Dear Forbes

I was wondering if you would know were I would be able to obtain a picture of the Thomas Bartlett Trawler as my grand father was one of the eight killed on this trawler

Many thanks

Anna Davey

The users email address is: anna.davey@hytraclifts.co.uk



Date:
15/11/2007

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Dear Forbes

My father Edward Mogey was a Stoker Petty Officer on this ship and my young life was filled with its exploits.

I only wish I could have documented it all as now that my father is deceased and I am approaching 63 the memories are beginning to fade.

Nevertheless I am determined to search my memory and try and leave something for my descendents to appreciate the extraordinary story and exploits of the very distinguished service record of HMS NUBIAN

Edward Mogey ( junior )

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Date:
06/12/2007

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Dear Forbes

My brother-in -law, George Staley served on the Nubian, amogst other ships
as a WIRELESS TELEGRAPHIST during the 39/45 conflicts.

The users email address is: ringbolt@btinternet.com



Date:
06/12/2007

Comments

Dear Forbes

I would like to know if there is any information regarding the
minesweeper ship GY908 (HMT Carieda). This was a grimsby minesweeper and I want to
know about it and its crew, my great grandad died on this.

Any information will be appreciated!!!

The users email address is: tom_nicholson05@hotmail.co.uk



Date:
12/01/2008

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Dear Forbes

Hi I'm looking for any information regarding what vessels a George
Grainger (a Grimsby fisherman) was on around 1898- 1903 as he was
registered deaf and blind in 1901 and think it might have been an accident
at sea? If anyone can help much appreciated.


The users email address is: naomilarge100@hotmail.com



Date:
12/01/2008

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Dear Forbes

Does anybody have any information or pictures of the HMT Lady Shirley and
its survivors?

Thank you

The users email address is: david@keys53.wanadoo.co.uk



Date:
20/01/2008

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Dear Forbes

Please can you tell me if the Astros was an armed trawler, my cousin and I are trying to piece together our Grandfather's wartime naval history and it appears that he served on this ship somewhere between Nov 1941 and Oct 1944. The family history has him going to Norway on a trawler but Granddad never spoke about many of his wartime escapes, except to our Uncle and he has passed away.

I apologise for the scanty story but we don't have much to go on, I suppose it would help if I told you my Grandfather's name was John (Jack or Snowy) Attwaters No. K1834

Yours sincerely


Jane Suggitt (Miss)

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Date:
22/01/2008

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Dear Forbes

Thanks for the advice given on your site.

My Grandfather served on the trawler, HMS John Anderson during the Great War at Penzance, Cornwall and my research just hit a wall…hopefully you have helped take it down

Best regards

Everett Sharp
Oxford University

The users email address is: everett.sharp@oucs.ox.ac.uk



Date:
10/02/2008

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Dear Forbes

I'm searching for relatives of the crew of HMT Aston Villa on the photo I sent you some time ago. There are 8 sailors one of which is my grandfather, so I'm hoping there is someone out there who might see this on your site Forbes and hopefully contact me. I'm trying to find a copy of the photo of the crew which was in the Hull Daily Mail in 1965 and any other information or photos which the sailors relatives may have of the crew before the sinking.

Kind regards
ANDY

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Date:
12/02/2008

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Dear Forbes

I have in my possession a somewhat battered watch, with the inscription of "Skipper E Syrett R.N.R xmas 1943". I understand he was in a hospital/Sanatorium with my father inlaw, who was a prisoner in Stalag 4b WW2. Have tried tracing family Syrett, hoping to return watch to his family, but to no avail. Have you any thoughts on this matter. Thankyou.

Regards Rita

The users email address is: rita2002@rita2002.karoo.co.uk



Date:
12/02/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

How do I search for my father and what he did during WW11? He was based at
least some of the time out of Aberdeen and was a Skipper in the RNR, had
been a captain of north atlantic trawlers from Hull prior to the war, he
was Norwegian and I have been told that he did ferry civilians back and
forth to Norway. His name is Sigurd Hesleberg Sorensen and he died I
believe in early February 1945 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Please help me,
thanks for your web page - Elizabeth

The users email address is: olsenek@gmail.com



Date:
15/02/2008

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Dear Forbes

My grandfarther died on HMS Cairo on the May 28th 1940. His name is John Preston, Gunner during
the Siege of Narvik. My grandmother, John's wife only died last year 07/10/07 aged 95. Does anyone have any recollections of him.

David Roberts,grandson.

The users email address is: davidroberts07@ntlworld.co



Date:
16/02/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Thank you for your research. I have found out from your site and other
sources that my father, John Hadfield, was actually on s/t Commander
Horton which was torpedoed off Iceland on 26 April 1941. I was only 23
months old so did not know my father but would like to know more about
him. Maybe someone's relatives were friends of his. He lived in Division
Road off Hessle Road.

The users email address is: tonyhad14@yahoo.com



Date:
16/02/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

I have the original brass bell from the REVELLO 1901 grimsby looking for
more info can you help

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Date:
17/03/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

My cousin W.A.Kerr was lost at sea 10 march 1945. All I have been able to find out is H.M.M.L. 1394 ROYAL NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE who died age 19 on 10 March 1945. I would like to find out where he drowned and which waters he lies in. Can you please help me. Thank you.

Yours E . Steven

The users email address is: ellensteven@tiscali.co.uk



Date:
19/03/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Thank you it was fascinating reading . It helped me in understanding a
little of the daily hardships and horrors faced by these men. I checked
your site as I was looking for information on my own father's service and
some of the things he may have faced.


The users email address is: Jralmblad@aol.com



Date:
27/03/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Very interesting site and I hope I have more time to visit. My uncle was
lost on the HMT Kingston Beryl 1943.

The users email address is: andy_phix@hotmail.com



Date:
11/05/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Jim Edwards grandson of Engineman Robert Edwards Northern Princess.
Excellent site which has corrected the sinking of my grandfather's ship,
the RNPS have U94, but your research has shown it to be U587, which would
be correct, as there is no notes for it on U94's list. This sinking is
shown on U587's list and the Uboat was sunk on 27th march 1942. Thanks
again Jim Edwards Belfast and family in Edinburgh.

The users email address is: jimedw2003@yahoo.co.uk



Date:
19/05/2008

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Dear Forbes

I am trying to obtain my granfathers service records for ww2. He was a skipper from the Grimsby area and served as commanding officer on two ships to my knowledge, first the H.M. drifter Glow and then the HMT Montano. He died in 1943. Both these ships were converted to minesweeping duties. Can you tell me were I would apply for his records for ww2.

Thankyou, any help appriciated.

Regards
John Baxter

The users email address is: grayson400@ntlworld.com



Date:
09/06/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

I came to this web site as I did a search for my first name
(Remillo). My full name is Remillo Tenus DuBose. I was named after my
dad's commanding officer during WWII who was an Italian-American.

I was surprised to see my name mentioned in the Royal Naval Reserve.

The users email address is: RTDuBose@aol.com



Date:
16/06/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

My grandfather Lieutenant Alec C Litster was awarded the D.S.C as commander of H.M.T Angle during the evacuation of Namsos . The little information I have is a newspaper cutting stating the Angle was bombed and destroyed after saving S/S Saumur.

Regards

Adrian Litster

The users email address is: atlitster@blueyonder.co.uk



Date:
28/06/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Very interested to see my father's name (Philip Mugford)listed as being
awarded the DSC on 11 July 1940. I will have to do some more research
tosee what more I can find out about his war record.

The users email address is: richard.mugford@mugford.co.uk



Date:
28/06/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Great website. My Great Uncle was killed on H.M. Trawler Northern Rover
on 30 October 1939. His death is listed with The Commonwealth War Graves
Commission as 5 November 1939. I would be interested to hear from anyone
who had a relative who served with him. For Roger Barlow - I read that
your grandad was on board, and that you have photos and information
regarding the Northern Rover. I would be interested in finding out more
but your email address doesn't work. Please conatct me if you see this
karen.orawe@virgin.net.
Karen

The users email address is: karen.orawe@virgin.net



Date:
03/07/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

My grandfather served on HMT Angle at Namsos if Mr Litster contacts me I
may be able to help him with more information. The e-mail address he gave keeps bouncing back.

P. Stancombe


The users email address is: bmarshall1@sky.com



Date:
03/07/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

My late father Dickie West was a Trawlerman fishing out of North Shields
and during the war was Leading Seaman on the trawler minesweeper HMT Ohm
amongst others. I would be grateful for any information I can get
especially a photograph of the Ohm.

The users email address is: dave.west@portoftyne.co.uk



Date:
19/07/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

A very informative site. My late father served on HMT Pentland Firth, sunk in Sept.1942 in the Hudson River after colliding with a US Coastguard ship, both searching for a u-boat reported in the area. Both ships had nav.lights out. I have an old photo of HMT Pentland Firth taken in 1941, if you would like a copy for your records. Albert Duthie

The users email address is: albert.duthie@blueyonder.co.uk



Date:
19/07/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Wonderful! My admiration for your meticulous research and your grandfather's admirable war record. My two uncles, one aunt and my mother served in the Royal Navy during WW2; my father and I were wartime and post war Gurkhas. Tim Underhill

The users email address is: timunderhill6gr@yahoo.co.uk



Date:
28/07/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Some interesting information on your website. My grandfather skipper Ceceil Gordon Chudley Coombe was skipper in charge of the minesweeper Rifnes on 20 May 1940. He was also on the 251. Do you have any information on my grandfather or any of these minesweepers.

Many thanks Graham Evans

The users email address is: graham.c.evans@hotmail.co.uk



Date:
28/07/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

I arrived at your website after a search looking for information on my uncle, Rupert John Richens, one of the survivors of the sinking of the Auckland.

Do you have any resources that could direct me to more information on the sinking of this ship.

Sincerely,
Peter Wakeham

The users email address is: peter.wakeham3@btinternet.com



Date:
04/08/2008

Comments

Dear Forbes

Such an informatiove (and moving!) website. My grandfather was lost off Iceland (Strathlyon trawler)on September 1st, 1943. His name was Harry Holtby.

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Date:
04/08/2008

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Dear Forbes

I was having a look at your list of lost trawlers on your website, seeking a mined vessel in Cardigan Bay on 23 December 1942. I was unable to find it on your list, which has no further entries in December 1942, after the 5th of the month, and was therefore wondering if you possibly have any record of this vessel offline?

I am researching 41 Squadron RAF, based in Llanbedr, Wales, between August 1942 and February 1943, and it appears they took part in a search for a mined vessel in Cardigan Bay on 23 December 1942. I am trying to establish this vessel’s identity. The following from my manuscript:

23 December 1942 – At 09:45, four aircraft participated in an interception exercise and, at 12:20, three sections of two aircraft were sent on a search patrol, to locate a raft reported to have contained eight survivors of a mined vessel, around nine miles southeast of Bardsey Island. Extensive searches were made of the area in cooperation with 275 (ASR) and 456 (RAAF) Squadrons between 10:15 and 15:45. Only some debris and a floating mine were sighted by various pilots until 15:10 when 41 Squadron’s Blue Section, consisting of Flt. Lt. Hone and Sgt. Plt. Davidson, sighted an empty raft off the Lleyn Peninsula, and radioed its location to Valley Control. It later transpired that the seamen, 15 in total, had already been picked up by a Coaster and landed at Holyhead.

Do you have any idea which vessel this may have been, please? Alternatively, can you suggest where I might be able to find out?

With thanks for your help and kind regards
Steve

Steve Brew
London, UK
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The Pilots of 41 Squadron RAF, 1939-1945
Web: http://brew.clients.ch/RAF41Sqdn.htm



Date:
04/08/2008

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Dear Forbes

Interesting !
My Grandfather (Frederick Lee)was a deckhand on S.T.Creswell which was sunk by U41 in 1939, Unfortunately he passed away last week at 85. Reading his written reccollection of this event has made me curious as to getting in touch with family members of the crew who sailed on that fateful day.
He made special mension of George Bull (skipper), Tom Gatley (ships fireman), Stan Lazenby (ships fireman), Jim Larter (deckhand)and Jim Tucker who I'm not sure of his position but loved a sing song whilst playing his old battered squeeze box! any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Date:
04/08/2008

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Dear Forbes

Firstly congratulations on an excellent site. My father thoroughly enjoyed looking through your pages, but he noticed something on the war losses he says is incorrect. You listed the COLSAY as sunk by a human torpedo, on the 2nd November 1944 off Ostend, my father served on H.M.S. ACACIA and was close to the COLSAY, at the time of her sinking, he has said the COLSAY was sunk by R.A.F. TYPHOON aircraft and that the fleet sweeper SALAMANDER was also damaged during the same attack and had to be towed back to PORTSMOUTH, also that the attack took place of Le Havre and not Ostend.

I am aware that this is only an old mans recollections but he is adament on this, wether the Admiralty made a mistake or not i don't know, but the attack is also mentioned in a book called 'OUT SWEEPS' which is available from the R.N.P.S. headquarters at the SPARROWS NEST, which vindicates my fathers memories.

He also has a photo of one of his old ships H.M.S. TANGO, the photo was taked as she was leaving Valetta in 1946 to go on mine clearance duties off greece and italy, if you would like me to scan the photo and send it to you i would be more than happy to oblige, just e mail me what format you would like it in and roughly the file size.

Yours sincerely,

B.Roberts

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Date:
04/08/2008

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Dear Forbes

I am starting to research my family tree. My late father William John Thomas Godbold was born in Mutford Lowestoft on 27/01/1914 and was a crew member of the Aston Villa. He was Mentioned in Despatches. He then went on to serve on HMT Angle. I recently found a photo of the crew of HMT Aston Villa and I believe I know which is my father ( he was 26 at the time & I wasn't born until 1957 ). If you have any more information or photos I would be really pleased to receive them. My father passed away on 04/01/1998.

My father's younger brother Joseph Walter Godbold was killed aged 22 when HMT Canna exploded in Lagos Harbour on 5th December 1942 after a petrol spillage. Also if you have any information or photos I would really appreciate it. I have visited The RNPS Memorial while visiting family in Lowestoft and seen his name.

Kind Regards

Trish Dunford

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Date:
04/08/2008

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Dear Forbes

My Father In Law was skipper of HMT Calvi which was sunk by German dive bombers on May 28th 1940 as she lay alongside the east mole at Dunkirk. His name was Bertie Spindler and he was based at Dover during that period,his home town being Milford Haven in West Wales.
His friend Herbie was skipper of the HMT Polly Johnson,which was also sunk in the same attack.
Bertie survived the bombing and managed to climb onto another ship which was also sunk,then rescued by another ship which brought him back to Dover.
Have in my possession a cutting from the Picture Post magazine at that time, which showed a photograph of the Calvi siinking alongside the jetty with a destroyer taking off troops in the background(moored alongside the jetty.
If anybody has any photos of the Calvi,I would appreciate any copies---Thanks.
Have a paperback book entitled The Sands Of Dunkirk which gives an account of the sinking of the Calvi and the Polly Johnson.
Thank you for a very interesting site.

G.W.Kent

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Date:
01/09/2008

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Dear Forbes

It was only by chance that I came across this site, it is nice to find that the little ships of the R N Reserve are commemorated. My dear uncle Victor Maurice Read died aboard HMT Relonzo in January 1941 and is buried at Birkenhead. Judging by the graves there wasn't much to be buried.
Those trawlers were so small but did highly dangerous work, as evidenced by the losses shown on this web-site. HMT Relonzo is not even recorded in Jane's Fighting ships of World War Two.
Barry Haves

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Date:
01/09/2008

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Dear Forbes

I have just watched a very interesting programme on BBC 2 about the reservists who were posted to Lowestoft during the war.
My father was stationed in Lowestoft, He was a fisherman from Winterton on Sea, Norfolk who was in the RNR in the thirties.
He subsequently joined HMS Lincolnshire. He died in 1940 when I was 8 weeks old and my brother was aged 4 years.
I have been trying to find out more about HMS Lincolnshire, without much success. Would there be a record of my father
in Lowestoft?
I would be grateful for any information you may have. My fathers' name was Charles Edward King.

Many thanks
Mrs Josephine Dix (nee King)

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Date:
06/09/2008

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Dear Forbes

I am interested in information about HMT Bredon, My Grandmother who is 91
years old lost a her brother when she was sunk, His name was Leonard
Vaughan Stone he was 19 years old. he was an ordinary seaman, he is listed
on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. I would be grateful of any information
you could give me about what happened or photos of the ship and maybe the
crew. I would love to be able to give her some information as she does not
know much about what happened, she knows that the ship was sunk by a U
boat near Africa.


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Date:
07/09/2008

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Dear Forbes

My dads brother was one of the men to lose his life on the daneman in 43, it was part of a convoy and struck ice. Thinking of him and his mates brave men.

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Date:
21/09/2008

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Dear Forbes

A very informative site. My father was lost on the STRATHLION in 1943.

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Date:
09/10/2008

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Dear Forbes

I am trying to find out any information and a picture if one existence of the trawler HMS NOGI that sank off the norfolk coast in WW2. I have only been able to find out that she was sunk by an aircrart and would like to know her type and dimensions. Any help will be appriciated.

Thank you
Regards
Mark Stickland

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Date:
04/11/2008

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Dear Forbes

Hello - found out inforamtion about my grandad on this site. If anyone has any info on James Leppington (HMT Fifeshire) lost Feb 1940 I will appreciate it very much. Regards Christine

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Date:
08/11/2008

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Dear Forbes

My grandmother's brother, Clarence Heaton Austwick, was on HMT Juniper. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site his date of death was 18 June 1940. I have found various sites with reference to HMT Juniper stating she was sunk on 8 June 1940. Are you able to confirm to me if this is an error or was she sunk on 18th June? I am wondering what happened to Clarence for 10 days - was he one of the 4 survivors who subsequently died?

Best regards

Amanda Causer

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Date:
18/11/2008

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Dear Forbes

A very interesting part of the rnps records I was very suprised to see the amount of Hull/Grimsby and Yorkshires involvement in the Norwegian campaign ie Regiments and ships. I work for a Norwegian company out of fosnavag quite a few of them are very knowledgeable on events of WW2 told to them by their grandparents - some of them were involved with the Shetland Bus

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Date:
18/11/2008

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Dear Forbes

An excellent, informative website. My Grandfather F Madin was RNR and served on the minesweeper (formally a drifter) Fisher Boy at Dunkirk.

S Gilbert

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Date:
23/11/2008

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Dear Forbes

Thankyou very much for your information. My grandad is looking at the picture of the Aston Villa crew face on, he's the 2nd from the right,
(the one withthe big toothy smile).

William John Thomas Godbold from Lowestoft (unfortunately, he past away in January 1998), his brother Joseph was also a serving member, but unfortunately I do not know
which trawler he was on, his boat was sunk and has far as we know he
drowned at sea.

Kind Regards
Julia Moffatt



Date:
17/12/2008

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Dear Forbes

My grandfather, John Alfred Littleproud, also sailed out of Lowestoft (I think!) on HMT Milford King. I have been trying to find information on him, but seem to be getting nowhere fast.

Please could you let me know the best way to find his records etc.

Many thanks in anticipation.

Regards,
Susan Pape

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Date:
22/12/2008

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Dear Forbes

I was on the salterella in the Med 1943/4 and also the Neil McKay in 1942.
Does anyone remember these two ships?

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Date:
22/12/2008

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Dear Forbes

With deepest respects to all those who fought and died for our freedom and security, for all those - who, like me - grieve, love and honour them, and especially to you who research for our sakes (and sanity!)- God bless and have a wonderfully happy Christmas and New Year to come - Elizabeth K. Olsen, nee Sorensen

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Date:
27/12/2008

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Dear Forbes


Your Uncle Bill would have been really proud to have read this Forbes.
Well done!
Auntie Ella

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Date:
14/01/2009

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Dear Forbes

I came across your website and was really pleased to see details of the trawler that my uncle served in during the Second World War. The trawler was the HMT Comet that was sunk off Falmouth by a mine on 30th of September 1940.

I was just wondering if you had anymore information or images of this trawler. I am an ex fisherman myself and would love to have a photo or a description of HMT Comet; I haven’t been able to find much online about it.

I do hope you will be able to help me.

Kind regards,

John Robert Wilson

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Date:
31/01/2009

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Dear Forbes

There's some really useful information on here. I'm researching my Dads war record so will probably go through the same process as you have.

He (L/S Dennis Lloyd) served on HMS Belfast from (at least) 1943-1946 and the Asphodel prior to that. Interested if anyone has any other information relating to these that isn't on the usual websites, particularly those who had relatives serving on these.

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Date:
24/02/2009

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Dear Forbes

I browsed the pages here hoping to find some information about my Grandfather Reginald Hall who served on HMS Rutlandshire and I think was aboard when she was sunk in 1940. My father told me about the Namsos sinking so it was my starting point for a web search and further details a little hazy. Any more details about where I can find any information would be very helpful.

This is a wonderful comprehensive record of John Wilson

Thanks

Richard Hall

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Date:
11/03/2009

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Dear Forbes

I've just located your site and to my joy, discover a photograph of The
Lady Shirley, which my grandfather was on as chief engineer....his name
was George Wyatt...and I was writing to ask whether I could obtain a
photograph, or copy, of the one on your site as I would like to get my
magnifying glass out to see if he in one of the people stood on
deck....in hope...Lorraine Johnson.

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Date:
07/04/2009

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Dear Forbes

A needful memorial to so many good oppos and brave companions.

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Date:
07/04/2009

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Dear Forbes

Hello my name is John Thomson and my grandfather was Alexander Thomson who served and died on HMS Northern Princess in 42 He came from Buckie originally and I think had moved to Portgordon at the time. I think he had been decorated in previous actions. There is a photo of my father as a boy collecting a DSM? at Buckingham palace on his fathers behalf after he died He was a trawler engineer originally and his father was a trawlerman operating out of Buckie The boats they were involved with were the Lilt and the Lively (we have the bell from the Lilt) As my wife is german and I frequently visit Germany my interest is also in
U587 and the captains family. I see it is now confirmed as the U boat that sunk the Princess?
Just thought if any anyone is interested do get in touch I am a part time folk musician and wrote a song of course called the 'fightingfisherman'
Fascinating site well done and thanks

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Date:
07/04/2009

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Dear Forbes

A great site for family history fans too! I've recently discovered a significant naval history on my mother's side - A telegraphist aboard the sunk HM Trawler Juniper was William Henry Seabrook of RNVS (Wireless) C/WRX 124, died 8/6/40

Also have connections to Rawalpindi, Willamete Valley, M.V. Rosewood and others

David Elisha

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Date:
12/04/2009

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Dear Forbes

I am the son of George Whichello's brother Harold, there aretwo other brothers and two sisters. Please get in contact with me via email (see 6th May 2002 posting)

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Date:
28/04/2009

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Dear Forbes

Was there any survivors from the sinking of rnps trawler Remillo sunk of the humber 27th Feb 1941 and what happened to it. My grandfather A Begg age 42 was on board

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Date:
20/05/2009

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Dear Forbes

My father served in the royal navy on a coastal vessel 1940/45 called the Marjuare or Marjoy based at Sheernesss dockyard. I cant find it listed anywhere online, can anyone help?. It was a small vessel with a crew of 12/13 hands and patrolled the Thames estuary area. Hope someone can help or advise.

Thanks.

This site seems very good, I will keep fingers crossed.

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Date:
20/05/2009

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Dear Forbes

I believe that my grandfather was a chief stoker on this ship, which i believe was sunk off the coast of Malta...his name was William O'Brien...could you confirm this for me.
Many thanks
miss knight

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Date:
15/06/2009

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Dear Forbes

Wonderful site and fascinating reading! I hope someone can help me with info on Capt. Sigurd Heselberg Sorensen RNR. All I know is that he was Norwegian, had a ship commandeered at the onset of the war and that he died Jan. 31, 1945 on the HMS Europa.
Thanks for any help
Jan

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Date:
11/07/2009

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Dear Forbes

As a tribute to the brave crew of the HMT Grenadier who picked up 30 survivors of the Inger Toft I rebuilt the situation as it was told to me by a survivor. The model as seen on the photo is nos owned by the Roal Navy Museum in Portsmouth Capt MN ret H van der ven

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Date:
19/07/2009

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Dear Forbes

I have been reading the book trawlers go to war and as I live in lowestoft I thought I would look into the history of the sparrows nest and this website backs up what is said in the book. A true account thankyou

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Date:
02/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

My cousin served on the HMS Europa and died either at sea or ashore Jan.
15, 1942 and is buried at Lowestoff Belles Rd. Cemetery so I assume he died ashore. His name is Frederick William Phillips born Apr 2, 1924 in London. His mothers first husband died in WW1 service and I've been told many times that she never recovered from the death of her son. He was
17 and an Ordinary Seaman..so many lives lost. I had hoped to see a photo of the ship to add to his record.

Linda in Canada

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Date:
03/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

My father in law was on H M S Auckland the day she was sunk. I'm glad to say he still alive and well. His name is John Dean, his rank was Leading supply assistant John Dean, nic name Dixie. John would be very happy to hear from any other survivors, he now lives near Exeter in Devon. Do you have any records? He was rescued by H M A S Paramater. John has a wealth of stories he tells all about his time aboard the Auckland and especially about the day she was sunk. If we can be of any help or you have any contacts do please let us know.
Kind Regards
Robert Charles

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Date:
10/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

Really good! very interested as my grandfather was a skipper (and ex R.N.) at Lowestoft. He died in 1933-very young. I am currently trying to trace back our family tree-Oldman/Lockwood.

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Date:
16/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

I have just seen your page and wondered if you had any pictures of the Robert Bowen, I have found out that a relative was on board at the time of the bombing, please help or advise,
yours John.

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Date:
16/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

My name is Shaun Winfield and I am trying to research into my grandfather's military past in WW2.

He served in the RNPS, (we have his medals including the silver dolphin) but I would really like to know what he actually got involved with because he would never talk about it.

A quick potted history - Bert (or sometimes Tim) Winfield - Trawler skipper out of Hull. Was in RNR pre 1939.

Served in Thames estuary in Battle of Britain days - sunk by magmetic mine exploding under freighter alongsidehis sweeper whilst they were sweeping.
Went to US to bring back BYMS onto Anzio and swept Bay of Naples areas in '43.

I know he was the skipper or a minesweeper because many years ago in Blackpool in my formative years we were on a tram and one of his former shipmates was the conductor. He was quite involved with the RNPS people at Sparrows Nest at their reunions until his death having settled back in Lowestoft in 1970. (He returned to trawling in pre1950's but went to merchant marine late 1950's and skippered Crescent Line services from Whistable to Ebjerg on Luminence and Resurgence before moving to Lowestroft to take services with Dangeld. Retired,came ahore learnt to drive and then did assistant Harbour Master duties at Lowsestoft).

Very brief but any info would be brilliant

Thanks in anticipation

Shaun Winfield

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Date:
16/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

My Distant Relative Harold Ernest Moran, was Skipper of the "Chely" when she was lost in the Norwegien fiords by German air planes. He managed to get back safely to the UK without loosing any of his crew.

After the war he wrote his memoirs about his expieriences. Do you by chance have any photos or information on the "Chely" as I believe she was known. There is a copy of his Publication in the Grimsby Public Library I believe.

Would appreciate any feed back
Regards
Alan Wonnacott

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Date:
16/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

I have actually worked with some of those Artur von Casimir-photos while a documantary about him was made. The documentary is called 'Vinger under vann' (wings under water), which set new records when it was broadcasted on 'Fakta på lørdag', a well-respected program on Norwegian tv channel NRK.

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Date:
25/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

A wonderful website. It made me cry when I saw just how many very brave men gave their lives for us. My dad could have been one of them. He always said it was hell on earth but would never tell any stories about it.

Flavia Trewin

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Date:
31/08/2009

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Dear Forbes

Thank you for the web page. My uncle was Fred Marlow (Fred was my dad's step brother, Fred's dad was killed in the First World War), killed in action on the 1st May 1940 whilst serving on HMT St. Goran. I never knew him but my father had constant sorrow at his loss.

Kind Regards
John White
Perth, Western Australia

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Date:
05/11/2009

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Dear Forbes

I am Tony Frderick Danton (nee Holness) the only Son of Victor Frederick Holness (Skipper RNVR) and would be gratefull of any information you can supply me of my late Father of his award of the DSC and of his service during the war.

Unfortunately my Father and I did not get along together, so naturally I did not get informed of his passed service life, although when I did enquire, I got no reponse, and naturally his DSC was passed onto his grandson. As I am into genealogy and forming the family tree for my 3 daughters, I would appreciate any information you can supply of his service particulars.


Faithfully yours

Tony F Danton

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Date:
11/01/2010

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Dear Forbes

Just found this web site. I left a motor trawler in the USA to make my first foreign trip to Liverpool in September 1942. We docked at Huskinsons dock and across the dock was a carrier with a burnt up flight deck. We were given merchant navy lapel pins and I lost mine. I wonder if it is replaceable?

The Lord Austin tied up alongside of ss City of Omaha in Molotovsk Russia
the summer of 1943. Great vessel that saved many lives. She donated us a
ships cat but the cat jumped ship in Glasgow on the way back to the U.S

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Date:
23/01/2010

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Dear Forbes

My grandfather is on the photo of the young skippers and is back row third left. He was the skipper of HMT Lady Philomena. His name was Vincent Nicolini MBE. He served in this group. Not much is known of his service. Any help would be apreciated. Many thanks Tim Nicolini.

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Date:
28/01/2010

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Dear Forbes

Thanks for a brilliant and informative site. Researching my uncle WILLIAM ALEXANDER GRAINGER who was killed in action aged 23 on 1/11/40 whilst serving with RN Patrol Service on HM Trawler Tilbury Ness in Thames Estuary.

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Date:
08/02/2010

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Dear Forbes

Great site. My father went in with the Hallamshires on 'Empress of Australia' and was evacuated on the Tribal Class Destroyer 'Matabele'.

My father was Eric Shelton (private 4747994, Hallamshire Battalion, York & Lancs Regiment 1920-2001). He joined the Territorial Army in 1939, attracted by their annual camp being on the Isle of Man and so was called up immediately war was declared. After loading tropical gear onto the Empress of Australia at Gourock they sailed a little way down the Clyde and exchanged it for arctic gear. Of course they got a very hostile reception in Norway, coming under repeated Stuka dive bombing attack and all they had to point back at them were imitation wooden rifles (my father was clear that this was the case although none of the histories of the Norwegian Campaign mention it). They had watched in dismay as the ships carrying their gear sailed off up another arm of the fiord (this is well covered in the histories). After forced marches and constant air attack they returned to Namsos, by now burned, and were evacuated on Matabele.
The next task was garrisoning Iceland, at Akyureri, where they would wave to the daily German weather plane, then back to train at Creiff and into the battle of Normandy on D+4. After being wounded at Fontenay (from a mortar fired by a Polish SS division) my father was classified as unfit for active service but stayed on in the occupying force in Germany until 1946. Demobbed into unemployment he found work with British Rail and then emigrated to New Zealand in 1956, to a job with New Zealand Railways. He told me of a Sergeant Major arrested and taken away in Norway, having been caught signalling to the enemy (I haven't chased this up), and of the no-prisoners policy after D-day and how the Canadian tanks who were covering the Hallamshires advance deliberately crushed surrendering Germans in their slit trenches. His only comment was that they had left it too late to surrender. The final irony was when he told me that, if he had been a German, he would have done his duty to his country just the same. Changed days.
It is now all so long ago and of course nothing has been learned. My father had no idea of the complexities of WW2, only that King and country called. Of Norway he said that the troops had no knowledge of what they were doing, only that they realised very early on that they wouldn't be winning.

Best wishes with your site.
Eric Shelton

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Date:
18/02/2010

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Dear Forbes

I am researching my cousin several times removed Alfred Burnett. He was lost on the HMS Almond. I would love to know more about this ship
what it looked like and what job the stokers did and I wonder if you can help at all. I am having trouble finding out much about the Royal Navy patrol
service.

Can you help at all?

Best wishes
Kirsten Millinson

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Date:
08/03/2010

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Dear Forbes

Very touching. Let us honour our defenders whose work we must value and - at need - undertake again.

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Date:
09/03/2010

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Dear Forbes

I am trying to find out more information on the above trawler as my granddad was on this vessel and my father has made some enquiries but has not been able to find much. Also I would like to know where I can get a photo or a copy of the vessel.

Yours sincerely
Mr C.F. George

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Date:
15/03/2010

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Dear Forbes

I am researching seamen from the Western Isles, Scotland, who were survivors from ships in WW1 and WW2.

AB Roderick MacNeil from the Isle of Barra was rescued by HMT Northern Dawn after his merchant ship had been sunk.

Does anyone know of HMT Northern Dawn picking up survivors; name of ship; date etc.

Yours sincerely

Donald J. MacLeod

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Date:
30/03/2010

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Dear Forbes

Whilst serving in the RN I found that the trawlers of WW1 and WW11 were far more interesting than the larger ships.

That interest has grown over the years and I have been collecting photo's of these wonderful little ships and now have quite a good collection but there are two that are proving to be very elusive, namely HMT Birdlip and HMT Sphene and I was wondering if you might know where I could get a photo of these two from.

Your site is one of the best for research as to what happened to these often forgotten little ships and their brave crews.

Dave

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Date:
30/03/2010

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Dear Forbes

Found you website while looking for information on the ship that my Grandfather was killed on at Dunkirk in June 1940.

I see that you have found out lots of info about you Grandfather and was wondering if you could steer me in the right direction
as to where I could get some information on his service record and if possible get a copy of the report of the loss of his trawler HMT Stella Dorado and a
photo of the trawler if that’s possible.

Many thanks

Alan Hull

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Date:
23/05/2010

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Dear Forbes

Very interesting, liked this very much indeed. My grandfather was a skipper Lt RNR based at STAG Port Said during WW2. Served at Alemein and Tibruk, sadly died in 1973 so I'm researching at present and found this influential.
Great piece of work.

David Wooldridge

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Date:
25/05/2010

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Dear Forbes

The photograph of the group of commissioned skippers, has my uncle Alexander (Alex) Robb in it. He is 4th from the left in the back row and the tallest person there. He was a trawler skipper in Aberdeen, as was my father Skipper Lieutenant John Main Thomson Brebner RD, RNR. I am happy to answer any queries you have about either if I can.
One interesting? fact is that HMT Trumpeter your grandfather served on is I am reasonably certain the same old trawler that was later (1950's probably) owned by my father and his two brothers who had the Brebner Fishing Co. Ltd. They were also involved in the Bon-accord Fish selling Co. Ltd. which also had some boats. After WW2 the Trumpeter fished out of Aberdeen as A 379.

Best wishes,

John M. T. Brebner (Jr)

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Date:
11/07/2010

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Dear Forbes

Thank you for your extremely informative web site. My father was aboard the Lord Hailsham and the Warkickshire when they were sunk and also another vessel as yet unnamed at Dunkirk.He was mentioned in despatches for his actions during the sinking of the Lord Hailsham. I am so glad that these brave men of the RNR are remembered.
Can you tell me if there is a memorial to them in the UK.

Yours sincerely Delia Locke daughter of AB JR Beatty.

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Date:
17/08/2010

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Dear Forbes

I am currently ersearching HMS Bream. My grandfather was Acting Skipper Lieut Stanley Charles Larner and I would be interested to hear from anyone who has any connection with either my grandfather or HMS Bream.

Great site, Best wishes

Jon Larner

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Date:
06/09/2010

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Dear Forbes

As one who cannot get very far researching her own family history, I wanted to thank you for the effort you put into telling your Grandfather's Rutladnshire story. I was doing research online for a client about trawling boats and came across your article. The article was very intriguing and you should be very proud of your Grandfather, as I am sure he would be very proud of you.

Bless you,

Amanda Hoback
Louisville, Kentucky
USA

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Date:
08/10/2010

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Dear Forbes
Many thanks for your interesting Website and the information on the action Namsen Fjord. I note you refer to CDR Sir Geoffrey Congreve DSO.

I have been researching the Congreve family particularly their War time exploits, you may or may not be aware that his father and brother were
both recipients of the VC in the Boar War and WWI only one of three father and son's to do so. However, I am hoping that you could help me
In my search for what exactly happened to CDR Congreve, I know he was killed in a raid on France in July 1941, but I can find no record or
report with regard to this action and any report of his death in action. I also know that he was the Commander of HMS Locilort which was
a Commando training/Special Executive group in Scotland.

I am ex Royal Navy, CCY, who is researching for a battlefield tour for the current army unit I work for as a civilian.

Thank you for you time, I realise this maybe in vain but any information you may have would be gratefully received.

Rgds Dave Dalton

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Date:
19/11/2010

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Dear Forbes

What a wonderful site of your family history. I have laearned a lot from it. My Grandfather George Henry Gibson was on the mine sweepers and was blown up several times. He was in the signals no L.Z/3607. I dont know very much about his war service but I am very proud of him. Many thanks Jacqueline

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Date:
19/11/2010

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Dear Forbes

I wondered if you have any information regarding the above, sunk by human torpedo off Normandy on the 3rd Aug 1944. I believe she was part of the "Trout Line" protecting the landings. My father Norman Coupe was a signalman aboard her and was a casualty.

I have recently tried to find out from various naval records the position of the sinking but without success. Prehaps you could help in this matter.

Regards Roger Coupe

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Date:
29/12/2010

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Dear Forbes

My grandfather James Watson, Chief Engineer died on the Lord Hailsham.

I would appreciate any information you may have.

Shona Aird

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Date:
26/01/2011

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Dear Forbes

A fascinating and inspirational web site, thank you so much for sharing it. My grandfather, Ordinary Seaman John William Hart was lost in September 1940 whilst serving with the RNPS in HM Trawler Loch Inver. He had "signed up" just 12 days previously. Although official records suggest that the Loch Inver was "probably mined" my own research indicates that it is more likely she was sunk off Harwich in the very early hours of 22nd September 1940 during an engagement with the German E-Boat S13 of the 3rd E-Boat Flotilla. I have been able to obtain a copy of the report of the Board of Enquiry into Loch Inver's loss and delved into German war records. If I can help anybody conducting similar research - my email address is below.

Derek Hart

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Date:
02/02/2011

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Dear Forbes

I have just been looking at your website naval records of John Wilson and see you list HMS Nubian. My grandfather was on HMS Nubian from 1939 until she was damaged. His name was George Alfred Norman Barker. He was a gun layer.

Yours

Dave Adams

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Date:
06/02/2011

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Dear Forbes

My father,served on H.M.T.136 JULIET an anti submarine trawler built by Cook Welton and Gemmel in 1940 545 tons, 40 crew.
he was chief engineer C.P.O Robert Bucknole Chief Engineman LT/KX.100021.
He was Mentioned in Despatches 1 January 1944.

I am finding it extremely difficult to find out anything about the ship or my dads record, can you help?
Some information leads us to believe that his ship helped to sink a U-Boat but I cannot veryfy this, also that she survived the war and
was converted to a cargo ship. being lost off the Irish coast.

My dad never talked about his wartime experiences so I hope you will understand my predicament.
If you can help at all I would be very grateful


kind regards
David Bucknole

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Date:
27/02/2011

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Dear Forbes

Can you verify if my father, second hand Philip (snowy) Robinson served on the Indian Star. I have a cutting from the Grimsby telegraph from that time stating that the DSM he was awarded was for his actions aboard that ship and the Kingston Olivine.

Regards
P.M. Robinson (son)

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Date:
10/05/2011

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Dear Forbes

Just been looking at your site & thought, it wouldn't hurt to ask.

I have:

GARDEN, Alexander McK, Chief Engineman, RNR (PS), LT/ 246 EU, Radnor Castle, 18 November 1940, DOW

This records the death of Alexander Garden.

Can you tell me what the LT/ 246 EU is short for - (was he a Lieutenant?)
He died of wounds, but I can find nothing suggesting the "Radnor Castle" came under attack.
I think the "Radnor Castle" was based at Plymouth as part of the 6th Minesweeper flotilla.
ANY information you may know about the ship or the man would be appreciated.

Thank you for your time

Arthur Jones
NSW Australia

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Date:
23/05/2011

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Dear Forbes

Your web site invites queries, for which thanks.

My interest is in HMT Waterfly, sunk with all hands [bar one] off Dungeness
in September 1942. One of my uncles [buried in Dover] was CO in her. There
are two crew photos [near identical] in IWM. Do you happen to hold, or know
of any photos of the ship herself?

With best wishes.

Anthony Hawes.

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Date:
23/05/2011

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Dear Forbes

Thank you for this link, Forbes. It was interesting to compare the photos with the rocks in the background, then and now.

Astrid Meistad

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Date:
24/11/2011

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Dear Forbes

My father Lt Cm WE Saul RNVR was with HMT Larwood when it was sunk in Norway and escaped with HMS Glasgow which had come to rescue the King of Norway and the country's gold reserves.
Julian Saul, Rugby Warwickshire.

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Date:
20/01/2012

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Dear Forbes

My grandfather served on HMS Cairo as a marine guncrew. He passed away at Christmas. He might have had a DSM but I can't find this at any records. He has ngsm with Palestine 36 39 clasp and five campaign medals. Can any one help he also served on Kenya, Dauntless, Caroline and Indefatigable and 44 cdo Burma where he was badly wounded in the head by a sniper his name sgt thomas maxwell pox4790

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Date:
20/01/2012

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Dear Forbes

It was pleasing to see a picture of my late grandfather who served on HMT Aston Villa, all credit given to all who supplied the information both written and in photo terms about these little known heros of WW2.

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Date:
14/05/2013

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Dear Forbes,

I am contacting you in the hope I may be able to obtain some information regarding my Mothers brother who served on HMS Trawler Galey, Lost just of Utah beach, France on 5th July 1944. His name was Charles Cuthbert Brennan, LT/KX 126780.

All I can find his is name on Lowestoft Naval Memorial.

I was wondering if he would be entitled to a war medal of any kind. My Mother Mary Smith (nee Brenna) has always regretted the fact he got nothing for his service.

Also is it possible to find out what ship my other uncle was on, again believed Trawler, his name was John Brennan, as you can see Charles brother.

Any suggestions you or anyone could give would be gratefully appreciated.

Yours truly


Thomas Charles Smith
Nephew of C.C.Brennan

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