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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
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Those known to have sailed in
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Benton Albert Frederick.
- Breeze Cyril. Able.Sea.
- Bygrave John Cecil. PO
- Fairrie James Geoffrey. SL(E)
- Fowler Albert James.
- Fry Bobbie.
- Harrison Thomas Arthur.
- Hepburn Andrew Ferguson. CPO.
- Houtlby Donald.
- Nash Francis William.
- Norris David Edward. Wt E Electrical
- Rodger William. Surgeon Lt (D)
- Rowe George.
- Rundle C. P.. P.O.
- Walker Leslie. Ldg.Swrd.
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Albert Frederick Benton Turret Gunner HMS Mauritius/HMS LondonI 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 MauritiusMy 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 MauritiusMy 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 MauritiusI 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 MauritiusI 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 MauritiusI 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 MauritiusMy 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 MauritiusMy grandad, George Rowe served on board the HMS Mauritius. He helped with the engines.
Ldg.Swrd. Leslie Walker HMS MauritiusMy 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 MauritiusJames 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 MauritiusMy 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 FrobisherMy 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 MauritiusMy 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 MauritiusMy father Francis Nash served on HMS Mauritius.Mike Nash
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A Sailor at War 1939-1945
Ken WelshOne 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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