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THE NAMSEN FJORD

 

In Memory Of
Those Who Died

 
When the Nazis made an unprovoked invasion of Norway in April 1940, the British and French sent an expeditionary force in an attempt to stem its consolidation. For a variety of reasons, the most significant of which was the Luftwaffe’s practically unchallenged command of the skies, the Allied bid failed; the evacuation from central Norway having been completed by the middle of June. Many died in the campaign, some 12,000 British and French troops embarking from Aandalsnes and Namsos on the nights of the 1st – 3rd May 1940.

Sixty years later, a British memorial was unveiled in Namsos by the British Ambassador to Norway who declared “an anomaly has been repaired at last”; the anomaly being that our French allies had erected a memorial 43 years earlier, but there had been nothing here to record even British participation in the campaign. Now, this historic site of the first ‘Dunkirk’ of the war is marked by three memorials: British, French and Norwegian, the last for those in the Namsos district who were killed during the courageous resistance to 5 years of Nazi occupation and in the blitz on the town.

These few pages are dedicated to those killed and wounded.

 
 

The British War memorial in Namsos, unveiled by the
British Ambassador to Norway on 17th May 2000 in
memory of the casualties suffered in H.M. Ships Afridi,
Bittern, Maori, Grenade, Arab, Gaul, Aston Villa,
Rutlandshire and St. Goran

 

 

In Memory of

HAROLD EDWIN PARSONS

Ordinary Signalman
P/LD/X 3555
H.M. Trawler St. Goran., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
who died on


Tuesday, 30th April 1940. Age 26.

 

Additional Information

Son of Edwin H. and Elsie M. Parsons, of Wallington, Surrey

Commemorative Information

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom

 

 

In Memory of

FREDERICK NAYLOR RICHARDSON MARLOW

Seaman
LT/JX 170590
H.M. Trawler St. Goran., Royal Naval Patrol Service
who died on


Tuesday, 30th April 1940. Age 39.

Commemorative Information

LOWESTOFT NAVAL MEMORIAL, Suffolk, United Kingdom

 

 

In Memory of

THOMAS ARTHUR GLENTON

Second Hand
LT/JX 170718
H.M. Trawler St. Goran., Royal Naval Patrol Service
who died on


Tuesday, 30th April 1940. Age 41.

 

Additional Information

Son of Joseph and Kate Glenton, of Hull, husband of Ethel Rose Glenton, of Gipsyville, Hull

Commemorative Information

LOWESTOFT NAVAL MEMORIAL, Suffolk, United Kingdom

 

In Memory of

WILLIAM CLARKE McGUIGAN

Lieut-Commander
H.M. Trawler St. Goran., Royal Naval Reserve

who died on

Tuesday, 30th April 1940. Age 36.

 

Additional Information

Son of John and Isabel McGuigan, of Belfast, husband of Lucy McGuigan of Belfast

Commemorative Information

LOWESTOFT NAVAL MEMORIAL, Suffolk, United Kingdom

In Memory of

LIONEL EDWARD SWALLOW

Colour Sergeant
CH/22269
H.M.S. Carlisle., Royal Marines
who died on

Tuesday, 30th April 1940.

Commemorative Information

CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom

 

Details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission of those crewmen who died during the attack on the St. Goran on the 30th April 1940. Colour Sergeant Swallow later died on board H.M.S. Carlisle from wounds received during the attack


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