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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Europa

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Geoffrey Norman Cox HMS Europa

My 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 Pembroke

I 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
  • Fox
  • Europa
  • Oystermouth Castle
  • Prophet
  • Pembroke

Clare Gould-smith



PO. Russell Simpson HMS Europa

Russell Simpson

Sadly 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 Europa

My 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



Ord Sigs Godfrey John Ridgley HMS Royal Arthur

My dad, Godfrey John Ridgley, served aboard HMS Royal Arthur from May 15th 1941 until 24th September 1941. He was a Ordinary Signalman.

I came across his Navy history whilst sorting out my mother's house and found he went on to serve on Pembroke, Badger, Paris, Europa, Laulia and Mayina, finishing in May 1946 aboard Europa.

Jonathan Ridgley



Sig. Robert Sloan Crawford HMS Royal Arthur

My father, Robert Crawford, joined the Royal Navy in August 1940. He started his Navy life at Royal Arthur and was there until Jan 1941. We have a list of ships or shore-based establishments which include HMS Pembroke, HMS Antrim and HMS Europa.

We know that he left the Navy in February 1946 and that he was a signaller but he never spoke about anything to do with his time in the war. Sadly, Dad died in 1986. I have been in touch with Navy Command Secretariat 4 and they have very helpful in getting Dad's war record for me. I would like to honour his life.

Robert Crawford



Able.Sea. James Woods HMS Europa

My dad, James Woods, passed away in January 1973 - a mighty man. He served on HMS Europa on three occasions: February 1941, March 1945, December 1945- to February 1946. He would have been 100 this year. He had three children: Brenda, Veronica and myself. I was named after my dad.

James Woods







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