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HMS Osprey




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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Osprey

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Braggins John George Sydney. Able Seaman
  • Collis George Robert. Able.Sea.
  • Ettie George. CPO.
  • Warwick William Eldon. SubLt

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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



SubLt William Eldon Warwick HMS Osprey

My father William Eldon Warwick was attached to the shore based anti-submarine base HMS Osprey from 17th June 1940 (after having survived the sinking of the Armed Merchant Cruiser Andania the previous day) until 5th August 1940 when he was appointed to the torpedo school HMS Defiance (for ML137).

David B. Warwick



Able.Sea. George Robert "Bob" Collis HMS Havelock

My father, George Robert Collis, served in the Royal Navy from 19 February 1942 to 29 May 1946
  • HMS Collingwood - Ordinary Seaman - 19/2/1942 - 12/5/1942
  • HMS Victory - Ordinary Seaman - 13/5/1942 - 22/8/1942
  • HMS Havelock H88 Ordinary & Able Seaman - 7/9/1942 - 8/3/1945
  • HMS Victory - Able Seaman - 9/3/1945 - 19/4/1945
  • HMS Nimrod - Able Seaman - 20/4/1945 - 6/7/1945
  • HMS Osprey - Able Seaman - 7/7/1945 - 27/7/1945
  • HMS Hastings - Able Seaman - 28/7/1945 - 28/10/1945
  • HMS Osprey - Able Seaman - 29/10/1945 - 31/10/1945
  • HMS Caroline - Able Seaman - 1/11/1945 - 31/12/1945
  • HMS Victory - Able Seaman - 1/1/1946 - 29/5/1946

Whilst his naval record does not show him having served on HMS Renown in the photograph I have of him in naval uniform he is wearing the cap from Renown, I can only assume he was on loan to the ship at the time.

Yvonne Waterson







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