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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Cormorant

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Braggins John George Sydney. Able Seaman
  • Davies Alfred Roderick. ERA 5cl
  • Mitchell Frank. Ldg.Photo(A)(Ty)
  • Ward Herbert Edward. Yeoman Sigs.

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

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Able Seaman John George Sydney "Joe" Braggins Asdic Submarine Dect HMS Sirius

My father,John G S Braggins volunteered on Feb 4th 1942 and served at several shore bases including Collingwood Nimrod and Osprey while training as an asdic operator(Submarine Detection). He joined HMS Cormorant(Wishart)on 29th July 1942 and served aboard her, until 31st March 1944,when he was ashore at Osprey for training update. He then joined HMS Sirius and served aboard her from 24th July 1944 until 25th Feb 1946 mainly on Maltese convoys. He was shipped home aboard Hms Blenheim a submarine supply ship which was based in Malta,and was discharged at Hms Victory Portsmouth on 8th July 1946.

During his time in the Navy he detected many enemy submarines and the ships he served aboard sank two for definite. He remembers one brought to the surface and picking up a few survivors but some deliberately went down with the sub because they had been told they would be tortured and killed. It gives some insight into the minds of the german command propaganda machine.

Lynda Busby



Yeoman Sigs. Herbert Edward "Sharkey" Ward HMS Cormorant

During or after WW2

My father, Herbert Ward joined the RNVR in early 1939, as he said he knew a war was coming, and he did not want to end up in the trenches as his father-in-law had done in WW1. He was a telegraphist in the GPO in the days leading up to war. He got married on 2nd December 1939 in his uniform in South London. I know his cap badge read HMS Cormorant on his wedding day. He lived in Chatham for a while.

I am not clear about where he served in WW2, but he did say he took passage to Gibraltar on HMS Queen Elizabeth the WWI dreadnought. He was in Gibraltar for a while and eventually turned up in Malta. He met his brother-in-law George Hopkins in Malta, I believe sometime in 1942. George Hopkins was serving on HMS London, and later served on the Russian convoys on this ship.

From Malta my father was involved in the Sicily landings, serving alongside army staff from their Signals Regiment. After that, all is not clear, my father was reluctant to talk about it and when I asked him he said it was nothing to brag about!

He remained in the RNVR after the war and was a Yeoman Petty Officer attached to HMS President moored along the Thames, which I believe was the London headquarters of the Navy Reserve. I well remember the Christmas parties on board and running around the guns which were on the lower deck. I believe he had five medals - Indian Star, African Star, Service Medal, Defence Medal and the Post Office medal. That is all I remember.

Alan Ward



Ldg.Photo(A)(Ty) Frank "Snaps" Mitchell

Howard Mitchell







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