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HMS Bedouin


HMS Bedouin photo from Jim Bryce

HMS Bedouin was a tribal class destroyer, built by William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton, Scotland she was launched 21 Dec, 1937.

During the operations off Noreway in April 1940 she was patrolling off Baroy when she was attacked by the German submarine U-25, the torpedoes exploded some disance from target.

The ship was lost on the 15th Jun, 1942 south of Pantellaria when the convoy in which she was sailing was intercepted by an Italian cruiser and destroyer force led by the cruisers Eugenio di Savoia and Montecuccoli. HMS Bedouin was completely disabled, but HMS Partridge managed to get under way once more, towing HMS Bedouin. When the Italian squadron later reappeared the tow was cast off as HMS Partridge endeavoured to defend herself. Eventually it was an Italian aircraft which finished off HMS Bedouin with an torpedo while HMS Partridge escaped. The aircraft was hit by one of the destroyer's guns and crashed into the sea. The torpedo hit BEDOUIN'S engine room, blasting a hole clear through the ship. She immediately rolled over to port and sank with the loss of 28 men. At dusk, an Italian floatplane and a little Italian hospital ship picked up 213 survivors who were taken as Prisoners of War.


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There are 1 pages in our library tagged HMS Bedouin  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Terrance Bunyan HMS Bedouin

My grandfather, Terrance Bunyan, served on HMS Bedouin. He was taken as a POW and held until the end of the war.

Mike Sloan

Terence William Doyle HMS Bedouin

I served on HMS Bedouin until sank and was then made a POW in Stalag 7A and 8B, I would be interested to hear from survivors particularly ones from the Bedouin, I have never attended a reunion as they were always in London, but would now like to.

Terence Doyle

Ord. Sea. Alfred George "Alf" Chowles HMS Bedouin (d.15 June 1942)

My Uncle, Alf Chowles, served on HMS Bedouin. His was one of the 28 lives lost when the ship was torpedoed.

Able Sea. Frederick George Harris HMS Bedouin

My grandfather Frederick Harris was on HMS Bedouin when it sank and was a prisoner of war.

Ord.Sea. Alfred George Chowles HMS Bedouin (d.15th June 1942)

I have no details of Alf Chowles war service, unfortunately as a young 19-year-old ordinary seaman he had no real voice.

John Luffrum

Able Sea. John "Pops" Edwards HMS Bedouin

My grandfather Able Seaman John Edwards served on HMS Bedouin and was on her when she was sank in 1942

Robert Willson

Augustus "Mick" Mitchell HMS Bedouin

My father Augustus Mitchell was a Newfoundlander and he came over here to join the Royal Navy. He served aboard HMS Bedouin in the Second World War. I know he was taken prisoner after she was sank. I have a book which I bought when I went over to Newfoundland. It is named ’Under the white ensign’ and written by a gentleman by the name of Webb. He also served aboard the Bedouin and he recalls his and others capture and subsequent march.

Michael Mitchell

Brian Marshall "Bert" Towers HMS Bedouin

My Dad served on the HMS Bedouin, he was one of the survivors when the ship went down, his name was Brian Marshall Towers, known as Bert. I have still the little brass mug that they use to issue the round of rum in, my dad had this in his pocket when the ship went down. I do know that one night when he was on watch, he saved the captains life in rough seas, as the Captain was washed overboard & my dad spotted him & raised the alarm. Years later at a reunion the Captain said he never knew who saved his life & my Dad said it was me sir. Sadly he is no longer with us.

Stoker. Sidney James Ives HMS Bedouin

Sidney Ives was born in south London on 10th September 1917. He enlisted in the Royal Navy on 27th May 1940.

He served on HMS Arthur, HMS Pembroke, and HMS Bedouin which was sunk by the Italians and was in the sea for 10 hours before being rescued and taken prisoner. He was later handed over to the Germans and was in a POW camp for almost 3 years, he escaped twice but was recaptured both times. He was also on the long march across Europe.

He lived on his own in Chatham, Kent but needed extra care, so moved to Pembroke House, a care home for ex Navy personnel. He has short term memory loss but can remember lots of stories of his time in the Navy.

William Chesney

Alexander Chalmers HMS Bedouin

Sandy Chalmers, my grandfather, was posted to the Bedouin on 15th March 1939 (the day it launched) and served as a stoker until sank on 15th June 1942. My grandmother, having been informed by telegram that he was missing in action, learned that he had been captured by the Italians after a Catholic Cardinal visited the prisoners, noted addresses and followed through on his promise of a postcard.

Able Sea. Robert Boyce HMS Bedouin (d.15th June 1942)

My uncle Robert Boyce served on HMS Bedouin and was one of the people killed when she sank. Does anyone remember him?

Walter Baker

George Clarke HMS Bedouin

My dad served as a cook on HMS Bedouin prior to her being sunk. Fortunately, he was in Iceland at the time of her sinking.

Jill Walker

Albert Preston HMS Bedouin

My father, Albert Preston, served on HMS Bedouin from 1939 until she was sunk off Malta in 1942.

Malcolm Preston

Off.Cadet. Robert Jones-Evans HMS Bedouin

Robin Evans was my Uncle. He lived in Southport until his death, aged 69. He was a seventeen year old officer cadet on HMS Bedouin, and was rescued by the Italians and spent the war as a prisoner, but didn't have such a bad time. But he was always a charmer which probably helped.

Gerry Kershaw

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