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HMS Abercrombie

   HMS Abercrombie was launched on 31st March 1942. She was built by Vickers-Armstrong at Newcastle on Tyne She joined the Mediterranean Fleet in May 1943 and was attached to the US Task Force 85 in support of the US landings in Sicily in June and July, returning to Royal Naval service in August to prepare for the British landings in Italy.

In September 1943 she bombarded the coast between Reggio Calabria and Pessaro and provided naval gunfire to support the landings of the British XIII corps near Reggio and Villa San Giovanni. Abercrombie then returned to the US Command and joined the Southern Attack Force (TF81) to support the landings at Salerno. She was seriously damaged by a mine at Paestum. After repair she sailed to join the Eastern Fleet but did not takle part in any further actions before VJ Day. She returned to Chatham in November 1945 and was retained for Gunnery training and as an Accommodation Ship until she was sold for scrap in 1954.


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Abercrombie

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Jones Edison Thomas. Gnr.

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Gnr. Edison Thomas "Taff" Jones HMS Aurora

Eddie Jones served on HMS Abercrombie and HMS Aurora, apparently the late actor Kenneth Moore served on one of these ships, not sure which one. One story I was told was that of a football match between the navy boys and some bare footed Guerkas in which apparently, the navy took a beating on a red hot deck by these bare footed soldiers. My lasting memory of which Eddie told me was how after months on end in the Med he recalled crying for hours on end up on the deck, with not a sight of anything at all during this time, just this vast expanse of water.

Eddie came out of the navy after the war and moved in with my nan and granddad just outside Worcester as a lodger working the local farms before working for the railway up until retirement. Eddie died in 2001 aged 77 but will never be forgotten. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him.

Mark Smith

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