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Geoffrey Norman Cox HMS EuropaMy father, Geoffrey Norman Cox, served during WW2. He volunteered at the age of 19 and joined the Minesweeper Corps. I have his service record which shows him starting his Naval career at HMS Collingwood and HMS Europa. He served on a number of ships including Eland, St Wistan, Leonidas, Forward, Marshall Sault and Beaver. He saw action in the North Sea, the West African Gold Coast and English Channel.
I would love to hear from anyone who has information about any of these ships and anyone who might have served on these ships.Melvyn Cox
Sig. Reginald Gould HMS PembrokeI have recently been given a list of ships my father was on during WW2 and I have been unable to find a lot of them in the records on line. As he passed away 7 years ago I am unable to ask him.
This has always been a great fascination to me and I want to make some record of his times to pass on to future generations .. so I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction where to find more information? The only one I have really found alot about is the Royal Arthur .. the others are
- Scotia Mercury
- Oystermouth Castle
- PembrokeClare Gould-smith
PO. Russell Simpson HMS EuropaSadly My Dad Russell Simpson from Lynemouth, Northumberland passed away in October 2014 aged 95 years. We have just found his RN diary .... no-one knew it was there. He was in the Royal Naval he joined HMS Royal Arthur in Skegness.
He then went onto HMS Europa and HMS Lady Shirley, and HMS Fairy Knowles at Tobermory (Note there was no HMS Fairy Knowles and this may have been a colloquial term for being absent at a hospital.) In 1941, he had a accident at the dock and went to hospital in Killearn and then onto The Cottage hospital in Oban. He was there for a long duration learning to walk again. Dad was the only seaman who was off on leave due to his injury when The Lady Shirley got torpedoed off Gibraltar on the 11th December 1941 and the men on board were captured and some lost at sea. He often said somethings were meant to be! He then joined HMT Helier2, an anti-submarine search vessel, at Milford Haven. Dad describes his job in the diary as in The Atlantic escorting ships and destroyers in rough sea and missing mines. He went to Australia and Tasmania and returned from Australia on The King George.Anne Routledge
Ord.Sig. Ronald Gibson HMS EuropaMy dad Ronald Gibson joined the Royal Navy on 1st October 1941 at HMS Drake. He served at Impregnable, Pembroke 1 (7th April 1942), Europa 1 (1st May 1942), Flora (6th May 1942), Europa (20th October 1943), Pembroke IV - Evelyn Rose (30th November 1943), Minos (1st January 1944), Europa 1 (26th June 1944), Lanka (17th July 1944), Tana (18th November 1944), Lanka II - Languard (6th July 1945) and Europa (25th August 1945). He was released from service on 30th May 1946, Class A.Steven Gibson
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