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HMS Mauritius


HMS Mauritius (c80) was a Crown Colony Class Cruiser (also called Figi Light Cruisers). She had a crew of 730 men. She was built by Swan Hunter at Wallsend and was launched on the 19th July 1939.

She saw action in the Atlantic 1941, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, Mediterranean 1943-44, Anzio 1944, Normandy 1944, Biscay 1944, Norway 1945

The Mauritius was transferred to the reserve in 1953 and was broken up by Wards at Inverkeithing in 1965.


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Mauritius

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Albert Frederick Benton Turret Gunner HMS Mauritius/HMS London

I learned recently that my wife's uncle - Albert Frederick Benton - served in the Royal Marines (turret gunner) on HMS Mauritius and on HMS London. I would love to know more, as would his son who never managed to talk to Bert about his war service.

Mark Bale

Albert James Fowler HMS Mauritius

My father served on HMS Mauritius, until he was transferred to the Dutch Cruiser Java which was sunk in Feb.1942. His name was Albert James Fowler and he was a leading telegraphist.

Anne Hill

Bobbie Fry Y Turret HMS Mauritius

My dad, Bobbie Fry, was on Mauritius from just before D-Day until the crew were paid off. He was a Royal Marine and served in Y Turret.

Colin Fry

Thomas Arthur Harrison HMS Mauritius

I am trying to find information about my late father's wartime experiences on HMS Mauritius. I know he spent time listening for Submarines. He told us he had to listen for the "ping ping". It would be lovely to hear from anyone who remembered him.

Ann Heyhoe

P.O. C. P. "Jerry" Rundle HMS Mauritius

I am trying to trace my father's war service history. His name was Jerry Rundle, he died in 1984 and rarely said anything about his naval career. I know he served on HMS Mauritius and HMS Milne and have some photographs that he took. I think he joined up in 1940 and was recalled for Korea. At some point he made Petty Officer.

Angela Stevens

Able.Sea. Cyril "Windy" Breeze HMS Mauritius

I served on the Mauritius as a boy and Able Seaman from 1939 to 1953 alias 'Windy'. We saw plenty of action in the war years and I have lots of memories of the ship, shipmates and places.

John Breeze

CPO. Andrew Ferguson Hepburn HMS Mauritius

My daughter is learning about the Second World War. I remembered that my grandad, Andrew Ferguson Hepburn, made me a wooden jewellery box with a hidden compartment in which he put a photo of himself in it. He has written on the back HMS Mauritius 1943 to 1945 (28years old). This has prompted me to find out as much as I can about my grandad and wish I'd done this years ago!

Jane Hepburn

George Rowe HMS Mauritius

My grandad, George Rowe served on board the HMS Mauritius. He helped with the engines.

Ldg.Swrd. Leslie Walker HMS Mauritius

My grandfather, Leslie Walker, served as a Leading Steward on HMS Mauritius during the 2nd World War. I've included a few photos, including one of a copy of the book I think Jack Wilde is talking about and looking for, but have plenty more if anyone is interested.

Stuart Croft

SL(E) James Geoffrey Fairrie HMS Mauritius

James Geoffrey Fairrie served in an engineering capacity on board HMS Mauritius, a Royal Navy Light Cruiser during WW2.

Nick Fairrie

Surgeon Lt (D) William Rodger HMS Mauritius

My father William Rodger served as a dentist in the RNVR in WW2. His first ship posting was to HMS Mauritius in December 1940 when it was initially commissioned. She was deployed on Atlantic Convoy Defence, Indian Ocean Trade Defence and finally to Singapore. My father left this ship when it returned to Devonport in February 1942.

John Rodger

PO John Cecil Bygrave HMS Frobisher

My father, Petty Officer John Bygrave, served for 12 years in the Royal Navy until September 1952. He served, amongst others, in HMS Frobisher, HMS Mauritius and HMS Glory. Does anyone remember him?

Pamela Bygrave

Wt E Electrical David Edward Norris Mauritius

My Grandfather Ted Norris served on the Mauritius during WWII, transferring in after they came back from the East I think. He was an electrical engineer, getting his Warrant while aboard.

Andrew Norris

Francis William "Wack" Nash HMS Mauritius

My father Francis Nash served on HMS Mauritius.

Mike Nash

George Stanley Hughes HMS Mauritius

George Hughes served on HMS Mauritius 1939-1945 in the Signals department.

George Hughes

Sto1 Georgie "Spike" Donovan HMS Pembroke

Dad was in the Royal Navy from 22 Nov 1938-8 June 1949 list of ships he served on in order of service:
  • HMSPembroke
  • HMS Foxhound (H69)
  • HMS Mauritius(80)
  • HMS Caledonia (D53)
  • HMS Volunteer(D71)
  • HMS Lanka
  • HMS Waldegrave(k579)
  • HMS Dido
  • HMS Triumph

He served on a few more but I had trouble in deciphering dad's certificate of service records. He never spoke about the war during his lifetime but having received a copy of his war records recently and reading about his dangerous engagements makes you fill proud.

Anthony Donovan

Able Sea. Ernest Durrant McKenzie HMS Mauritius

My father, Ernest McKenzie, served on loan from the Royal New Zealand Navy on HMS Mauritius. I'm not sure of the dates.

Bruce McKenzie

Recomended Reading.

Available at discounted prices.

A Sailor at War 1939-1945

Ken Welsh

One man's war as seen through the eyes of a volunteer sailor, Albert Welch, who served on the Royal Naval warships HMS Mauritius, HMS Capetown, HMS Widnes and HMS Centurion during World War 2. The book represents the factual history of the ships that Albert served on during this period in the context of his detailed eye witness accounts of major battles, some of which were to become momentous events in world history. Albertís vividly described, eye witness account is fully illustrated with over 100 photographs, many of which are taken from Albertís wartime photo albums. This book provides a broad perspective on the war at sea, the home front and visits to exotic foreign ports, contrasting periods of humour, tragedy, danger, boring routine, and the full horror of warfare up close. Above all, it shows the risks these young men took for King and Country and the sacrifices so many of them ultimately made to preserve our freedom today.
More information on:

A Sailor at War 1939-1945


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