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Roll of Honour World War II

No.

Surname

Forenames

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1313

 

Scrutton

Harold

Francis

Royal Navy Lieutenant HMS Assegai. Lost while on passage in the Shaw Savill liner Ceramic torpedoed and sunk by U-515 on 6th December 1942. Of the 655 passengers and crew there was only one survivor. Harold’s name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

1472

 

Hunter

William

Henry

Royal Navy Able Seaman in battleship HMS Barham, torpedoed by U-331 and blew up off Alexandria 25th November 1941. Of her compliment of 1260, 862 perished. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1507

 

Berryman-Edwards

Roy

Royal Navy Lt. Commander DSO and Kings Commendation for Brave Conduct. Mine Disposal Officer attached HMS Watchful. Lost his life trying to dismantle a mine on Corton Sands near Great Yarmouth 11th June 1942. Buried at Sea off Great Yarmouth. He is commemorated in the Parish Church of St Nicholas in Great Yarmouth and on a memorial at Corton Sands. His name is also on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1533

 

Walker

Herbert

Rowley

RNVR Lt. Commander in HM Minesweeping Trawler Pelton. Sunk by E-Boat S-28 off Great Yarmouth 23rd December 1940. His name is on the Naval Patrol Service Memorial at Lowestoft.

1580

Pilditch

Arthur
John

Merchant Navy, Master, MBE. In  command of the Furness Withy managed ship Empire Stanley torpedoed and sunk by U-197 while on unescorted passage  SSE of Cap Sainte Marie, Madagascar. 17 other crew members, six gunners and a passenger were also lost. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

1631

 

Jones

Paul

Went to sea in 1920 as an Apprentice with Furness Withy Co. and is known to have served with the Prince Line and Court Line. However, records suggest he left the Merchant Navy in 1929 and though his name is on the Mercury WW2 Memorial there is no documentary evidence relating to his death during WW2.  Research is ongoing.

1636

 

Tomes

Noel

Eugene

Royal Navy Commissioned Gunner in destroyer HMS Martin, torpedoed and sunk by U-431 off Algeria on 10th November 1942 while covering the Allied landings in North Africa. Noel was not among the 63 survivors. His name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

1638

 

Tompkins

Alexander

George
Edward

Royal Navy Acting Commander serving in the light cruiser HMS Newfoundland.  He was killed in an air raid (probably a V1 rocket attack) on 28th July 1944 while on a course in London. He is buried at St Bartholomew's Churchyard, Yealmpton, Devon.

1726

 

Creasey

George

Edward

Royal Navy Gunner in destroyer HMS Intrepid sunk by German JU88 bombers in Leros Harbour, Dodecanese on the 26th September 1943. Buried in Leros War Cemetery, Greece.

1800

 

Porter

John

Leslie

Royal Navy Warrant Supply Officer in aircraft carrier HMS Glorious, sunk by surface fire from German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau west of the Lofoten Islands 8th June 1940. Over 1200 of her crew went down with their ship. His name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

1961

 

Mather

Henry

Malbon

Army Bandsman 6th Bn. Irish Guards 20th April 1941. Buried in the Guard's Plot, Brompton Cemetery, London.

2019

Denny

Barry
Collingwood

Merchant Navy Chief Officer in Nitrate Producers Steamship Company ss Anglo Saxon sunk by German raider Widder 800 miles west of the Canary Islands 28th August 1940. Some of the crew including Denny got away an 18-foot jolly boat. It was washed up on the Bahamas 72 days later but he was not one of the two survivors having died on the 5th September. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill. The jolly boat in which he died was placed in the Imperial War Museum collection in 1998.

2099

Wright

Wilfred

Merchant Navy 2nd Officer in British Tanker Company vessel British Emperor sunk by German Auxiliary Cruiser Pinguin 350 miles south of Socotra Island on 7th May 1941.  The British ship managed to send out a 'raider' warning before she was sunk. This was picked up by the cruiser HMS Cornwall that intercepted and sank the Pinguin by shell fire the following day. Unfortunately a number of prisoners on board Pinguin lost their lives or were injured during the action and it seems likely that, after being rescued, Wright died of wounds on board HMS Cornwall. He is buried in the Mont-Fleur Cemetery at Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles.

2186

 

Everett

William

Stanley

RAF Sergeant Observer with 88 Squadron, killed on 20th September 1939 during the first action in World War Two in which an enemy aircraft was shot down. In the course of the action with Messerschmitt Df109s over Saarbrucken, two Fairy Battle Bombers were also lost including K9245 in which Everett was a crewmember. His pilot, Flying Officer Reginald Cubit Gravely, was awarded the George Cross for his attempts to rescue his crew from the burning aircraft. William is buried in the Choloy War Cemetery in France.

2316

 

Clarke

John

French

Royal Navy Leading Seaman lost in the battle-cruiser HMS Hood sunk 24th May 1941 in Denmark Strait during encounter with German Battleship Bismark and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Only three survived from a compliment of 1415. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2317

 

Wood

Frederick

Norman

Royal Navy Leading Writer in the destroyer HMS Somali sank Denmark Strait 24th September 1942. Wood was one of the crew who volunteered to stay on board after Somali suffered torpedo damage while escorting Arctic convoy PQ18. The vessel was lost in heavy weather while being towed to Iceland by the destroyer Ashanti and 45 men went down with her. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and in the Law Society Memorial Book.

2328

Brockbank

John
William

Bombardier with the 144th Battery Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery captured by Japanese forces at the fall of Singapore in February 1942.  Later with about 500 other POWs, mostly from the Royal Artillery, he was shipped to Ballale Island in the Solomon Group to  work as a slave labourer building a new air strip. In March 1943 with a threat of attack by Allied forces the Japanese decided to massacre all the POWs who had not already died of illness or as a result of Allied bombing, none survived. After the war John and his companions in death were reburied on Bougainville Island before being transferred to a resting place at Port Moresby. His name is on the Singapore Memorial in Kanji War Cemetery.

2364

Bailey

Allan

Denham

Merchant Navy Chief Officer in the Common Brothers vessel Holystone, a straggler from convoy OB-284, torpedoed in the North Atlantic west of Ireland by U-101 on 15th February 1941. There were no survivors. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

2372

 

Klipsch

Paul

Henry

RAF Sergeant Pilot 92 Squadron. His Spitfire was shot down over northern France on his first combat mission on 23rd May 1940 while covering the retreat of British troops. Despite the presence of German troops in the area local people recovered Klipsch’s body from the wrecked aircraft and buried it secretly in the churchyard of the village of Wierre-Effroy near Boulogne-sur-Mer where it remains to this day, the only British serviceman buried there.

2398

 

Bratley

John

Wesley

Royal Navy Gunner (T) and was twice Mentioned in Despatches, the first for mine disposal operations and the second posthumously, for devotion to duty in clearing Messina harbour of enemy demolition charges while attached to HMS Elissa the Naval base at Messina. He was killed at Messina on 23rd August 1943 together with other members of a bomb disposal unit when an enemy demolition charge device exploded. His name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

2399

Turner

Jack

Wiltshire

Merchant Navy Fourth Engineer of the Stanhope Steamship Company cargo ship Stangarth torpedoed by U-504 in the Western Atlantic north east of San Juan, Puerto Rico on 16th March 1942 while on unescorted passage from New York to Bombay. The ship was carrying military stores including ammunition and suffered a massive explosion. From the crew of 46 there were no survivors. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

2413

Langham

Maurice
Richard

RAF Flight Sergeant Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner killed on 12th April 1942 in an air crash near Glenmakeeran in Northern Ireland. He is buried at Philips Park Cemetery in Manchester.

2416

 

Brown

Sidney

William

Royal Navy Able Seaman serving at HMS Drake. the Naval Barracks at Devonport. Died of an illness 28th January 1940 and is buried at St Peter’s Churchyard, Great Cheverell near Devizes.

2459

 

Lane

Norman

Burgess

Merchant Navy Third Officer in Manchester Liner’s ss Manchester Brigade lost 27th September 1940 when the vessel, acting as Commodore ship of convoy OB-218, was  torpedoed by U-137 in the North Atlantic west of Malin Head while on passage from Manchester to Montreal. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

2470

Prothero

Reginald
Eric

Royal Navy Petty Officer in the Special Operations vessel ('Q' Ship) HMS Cape Howe, a former merchant ship operating under the cover name of RFA Prunella, torpedoed in the Western Approaches by U-28 on 21st June 1940. Reg was among 57 of the crew who were lost. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2489

Gottschalk

Ian
Eglington

Merchant Navy Chief Steward in the Watts, Watts Co., cargo ship Ascot. On 29th February 1944 while on independent passage from Calcutta to Madagascar the vessel was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-37. After the sinking the crew were subjected to atrocities when  their lifeboats were machine gunned and rammed by the submarine. Of the crew of 54 only seven survived, Ian was not among them and his name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

2496

Walford

Lyndon

RNR Lieutenant in HM Submarine Pandora when it was bombed and sunk by Italian aircraft while unloading supplies from Gibraltar at Veletta Dockyard, Malta  on the 1st April 1942. Lyndon was one of 27 of the crew who were lost. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2504

 

Hoyes

Eric

Royal Navy Lieutenant in destroyer HMS Boadicea sunk by aerial torpedo 16 miles southwest of Portland Bill while escorting a convoy to France on 13th June 1944. Only 12 of the crew of 182 survived, Eric was not one of them. His name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

2530

 

Skinner

Arnold

George

Bandsman 1st Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment killed in action in Burma  during the British retreat to India 29th June 1942. Buried in the Imphal War Cemetery, North East India.

2556

Jones

Ivor
Bentley

Royal Navy Leading Seaman in the light cruiser HMS Dunedin torpedoed and sunk by U-124 in the Central Atlantic NE of Recife on 24th November 1941. Ivor was one of the 419 crew who lost their lives. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2576

McWhirter

Victor
Julian

Merchant Navy Third Officer in the Kaye, Son & Co., vessel ss Marcella, part of convoy OS-44 when it was torpedoed and sunk 190 miles west of Cape Finnisterre on 13th March 1943 by U-107. After the torpedo strike the ship exploded and there were no survivors. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

2586

 

Thrippleton

Samuel

William

Royal Navy Lt. in the cruiser HMS Uganda, one of 16 of the crew who were killed when the vessel took a direct hit by a glider bomb during the Salerno landings on 13th/14th September 1943. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2670

Leigh

Thomas
Barker

RAF Flight Lieutenant. A crew member of a 76 Squadron Halifax bomber shot down over Belgium on 5/6 August 1941. He was taken prisoner and in 1942 sent to Stalag Luft III.  There in 24/25  March 1944  he took part in the 'Great Escape' of allied officers. Unfortunately Tom was one of the 73 who were recaptured and among the 50 who were executed as a reprisal on the orders of Hitler. He was shot by the Gestapo around 6th April and was cremated at Görlitz.. After the war his ashes were removed to the Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery. He is commemorated on a memorial to the 'Fifty'  erected at the site of the camp near Sagan by his fellow prisoners and his name is in a stained glass memorial window at St George's Church RAF Halton along with the names of two other former Halton trainees who were executed after the Great Escape.

2706

 

Finch

John

Louis

Royal Navy Boy 1st Class lost in the battle-cruiser HMS Hood sunk 24th May 1941 in Denmark Strait during encounter with German Battleship Bismark and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Only three survived from a compliment of 1415. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2714

Mawson

Clarence
Lancaster

Merchant Navy Able Seaman in the John Holt ship Robert L Holt sunk with all hands 4th July 1941 during a gun battle with U-69 north west of the Canary Islands. The vessel had been the commodore ship from the dispersed convoy OB-337 bound from Liverpool to West Africa. Clarence's name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

2725

 

Wooltorton

William

Royal Navy Ordinary Signalman lost his life in the fleet minesweeper HMS Sphinx when it was bombed by enemy aircraft off North East Scotland 3rd February 1940. He is buried in Wick Cemetery, Caithnesshire.

2780

 

Davey

Reginald

James

Royal Navy Able Seaman lost in the battle-cruiser HMS Hood sunk 24th May 1941 in Denmark Strait during encounter with German Battleship Bismark and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Only three survived from a compliment of 1415. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2784

Ebbage

Geoffrey
George

Royal Navy Able Seaman lost his life on 1st June 1941 when the light cruiser HMS Calcutta  was bombed and sunk by two Luftwaffe Junkers-88 bombers 100 miles WNW of Alexandria. He was not among the 255 survivors. His name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

2796

 

Macdonald

David Alistair

Royal Navy Boy 1st Class in Tribal Class destroyer HMS Mohawk. One of 41 of the crew lost when she was sunk after being torpedoed by the Italian destroyer Tarigo during battle with Italian craft off Cape Bon 16th April 1941. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2841

 

Warden

Kenneth

Guy

RNR Midshipman lost in the battle-cruiser HMS Hood sunk 24th May 1941 in Denmark Strait during encounter with German Battleship Bismark and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Only three survived from a compliment of 1415. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

2849

Luffman

David
Edwin

Private with the 7th Battalion Hampshire Regiment which landed in France on 22nd June 1944. He died of wounds on 9th August 1944 following the heavy fighting during the Battle for Mount Pincon in the Calvados region of Normandy. He is buried in the Bayeux War Cemetery and his name is on the Romsey War Memorial.

2858

 

Heywood

Peter

Royal Navy Boy 1st Class in Arethusa class light cruiser HMS Galatea, part of the 15th Cruiser Squadron, torpedoed by U-557 off Alexandria 15th December 1941. He was 16 years old. His name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

2864

 

Maidment

John

Royal Navy Ordinary Seaman lost in Dido Class light cruiser HMS Charybdis sunk by German torpedo boats off North Coast of Brittany during Operation Tunnel, 21st October 1943. 462 members of the crew were lost. He is buried in the Le Foulon Cemetery at St. Peter Port, Guernsey, one of 22 bodies that were washed ashore on the island.

2898

 

Barnes

Lewis

Henry
Baker

Royal Navy Boy 1st Class lost in Mountbatten's ship, the destroyer HMS Kelly, which was bombed and sunk during the battle for Crete, 23rd May 1941. His name is on the Chatham War Memorial.

2909

 

Willing

Jack

Royal Navy Boy 1st Class in the cruiser HMS Neptune, mined off Tripoli, 19th December 1941. There was only one survivor from her compliment of 765. Willing's name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

2939

 

Tinkler

William

Dennis

Royal Navy Able Seaman killed in the destroyer HMS Escapade while escorting Convoy ON-18 in the North Atlantic 16th/17th September 1943. Whilst attacking submarines a ‘hedgehog’ mine exploded on deck killing 19 crew members including Tinkler. His name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

2958

 

Miatt

Geoffrey

William

Royal Navy Boy 1st Class in Dido Class light cruiser HMS Pheobe damaged by torpedoes from U-161 off the Congo Estuary West Africa 23rd October 1942. 43 of the crew were killed including 17 year old Boy Miatt. He is buried in the Pointe Noire Cemetery in the Congo Republic and his name is on the HMS Pheobe Association Memorial in Bournemouth's Central Gardens.

3004

 

Reekes

John

Michael

Merchant Navy 16 year old Apprentice lost in the Hain Steam Ship Company ss Trevarrack,  dispersed from Convoy OB-329 and torpedoed and sunk by U-101 in the North Atlantic southwest of Cape Clear on l8th June 1941. Vessel lost with all hands. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

3025

 

Iliffe

Peter

Wells

Royal Navy Ordinary Seaman in cruiser HMS Uganda, one of 16 of the crew killed when the vessel took a direct hit by a glider bomb during the Salerno landings on 13th/14th September 1943. His name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial and he is also remembered on his wife's gravestone in St Andrew's Churchyard, Cromhall, Gloucestershire.

3028

 

Gibbs

Peter

John

Merchant Navy. Believed to have served as an Apprentice with the Liverpool shipowner Lawther, Latta & Co., and to have died in Liverpool in March 1943. Further research required.

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Verdon

Antony

RAFVR  Flight Sergeant - Was at Mercury with his brother Colin in the mid 1920s. A son of the Vicar of Hamble and nephew of the aircraft builder, Sir Alliot Verdon Roe, he was a day boy whose name did not appear in the ship’s roll. He  was killed in action over the Bay of Biscay on the 18th March 1944 while serving in the crew of a Wellington bomber of Coastal Command 612 Squadron. His name is on the Runnymede Memorial.

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The Mercury Magazine of April 1948 (the first post-war issue) reported that an unnamed former Mercury boy was killed in action in 1944 at Salzburg while serving with the French Foreign Legion. To date he remains unidentified.