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HMS Caroline




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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Caroline

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Cole George Cyril. SBA
  • Collis George Robert. Able.Sea.
  • Linsey Percy Raymond. Stwd. (d.7th Nov 1944)

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Stwd. Percy Raymond Linsey LST.420 (d.7th Nov 1944)

I have been researching my uncle Percy Linsey who died in active service on the 7th of November 1944. He was travelling to the Walcheren Islands on LST420. As they were trying to land in heavy seas it became impossible. So they were instructed to return to England. As they were leaving Walcheren, unfortunately, they hit a mine and the craft broke up.

I have had quite a good response over the last few years. However I have come to a standstill. I was just looking on this website and spotted all the Royal Arthur pictures. I don't know if my uncle is on any of the pictures. I would be gratefull for any copies of any group photos.

My uncle was Percy Raymond Linsey, he served on: HMS Royal Arthur from 4th of May 1943, HMS DrakeII from 8th June 1943, HMS LakerII from 20th August 1943, HMS Caroline, HMS Domett from 20 September 1943 and LST 420 until 7th of November 1944.

Any other information would also be helpful and appreciated.

Christopher Raymond Antcliffe



Able.Sea. George Robert "Bob" Collis HMS Havelock

My father, George Robert Collis, served in the Royal Navy from 19 February 1942 to 29 May 1946
  • HMS Collingwood - Ordinary Seaman - 19/2/1942 - 12/5/1942
  • HMS Victory - Ordinary Seaman - 13/5/1942 - 22/8/1942
  • HMS Havelock H88 Ordinary & Able Seaman - 7/9/1942 - 8/3/1945
  • HMS Victory - Able Seaman - 9/3/1945 - 19/4/1945
  • HMS Nimrod - Able Seaman - 20/4/1945 - 6/7/1945
  • HMS Osprey - Able Seaman - 7/7/1945 - 27/7/1945
  • HMS Hastings - Able Seaman - 28/7/1945 - 28/10/1945
  • HMS Osprey - Able Seaman - 29/10/1945 - 31/10/1945
  • HMS Caroline - Able Seaman - 1/11/1945 - 31/12/1945
  • HMS Victory - Able Seaman - 1/1/1946 - 29/5/1946

Whilst his naval record does not show him having served on HMS Renown in the photograph I have of him in naval uniform he is wearing the cap from Renown, I can only assume he was on loan to the ship at the time.

Yvonne Waterson



SBA George Cyril Cole HMS Pembroke RN Hospital

George Cole was born in Woking, Surrey, UK on 17th June 1924. He enlisted in the Royal Navy on 27th October 1942 as a probationary Sick Berth Attendant with service No MX 111110. He underwent initial training at HMS Glendower in North Wales, a newly built Butlin's holiday camp taken over by the RN.

George was drafted to RN Hospital Pembroke on 10th December 1942 and advanced to SBA on 28th April 1942 and remained there until 19th August 1943. He was sent to HMS Saker in the USA which was a holding station while waiting for HMS Gardiner which was transferred to the RN as a 'Lend-Lease' vessel on 28th September 43. George returned to the UK and to RN Hospital at Pembroke. He was then drafted to HMS Copra on 20th April 1944 which appears to have been at Largs, Scotland at the time.

He went back to Pembroke on 21st February 1945 and, on 25th July 1945 to HMS Derby Haven, a Loch-class anti-submarine frigate which had been converted to a depot ship. He then sailed for Singapore and after a call at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) arrived there in November. The vessel was used as a depot ship for Harbour Defence Launches and US built BYMS wooden built minesweepers.

On 1st January 1946 George was drafted to Mull of Galloway a RN heavy repair ship in Singapore and returned to Britain in her and went back to Pembroke. He was discharged from the Royal Navy on 2nd October 1946.

George became a male nurse. Enlisted in the RNZN at HMNZS Maori, London as SBA on 6th June 1949. Then was drafted to HMNZS Lachlan on 29th July 1949 and was a crew mwmber who brought that vessel to NZ. George was at Philomel and Tamaki until drafted to HMNZS Kanieri on 30th January 1951. He was at RNZN hospital Philomel 11 Apr 51 and advanced to LSBA on 16 February 1952. Drafted to Kanieri pn 16th June 1954 and advanced to SBPO on 1st July 1954 and served in Korean waters during the period November 1954 to March 1955 and again from 1st April 1956 to 8th May 1957.

In January 1958 HMS Cardigan Bay, a RN Bay-class anti-aircraft frigate visited NZ, and George Cole spent some six weeks in that vessel while it was in NZ. At Philomel 4th March 1958. Advanced to A/SBCPO 14th July 1960, SBCPO 12th April 1961. Served in Royalist 14th January 1963 - 11th February 1964 then back to RNZN Hospital. Discharged to Retiring Allowance 29th June 1965. WW2 Medals not ascertained. Later entitled to NZOSM, NZGSM(K), NZDefSM.

These notes have been gained from my researches into those men who served in NZ Armed Forces in Korea during the period June 1950 - December 1957.

Howard Chamberlain







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