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HMS Pembroke




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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Pembroke

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Adams Frederick George. ERA.
  • Ashton William Patrick. Able Sea.
  • Beeching Sydney George. Stoker.
  • Burnley Victor Leopold. SPO. (d.10th Jun 1941)
  • Cant Walter Frederick. Stkr/2.
  • Cooper Robert Fawcett. Sgmn. (d.August 28, 2010)
  • Crawford Robert Sloan. Sig.
  • Ganden Fredrick Charles. CPO.
  • Gould Reginald. Sig.
  • Greenhouse Norman. Ldg.Sea.
  • Ives Sidney James. Stoker.
  • Knowlden Bernard Frank.
  • Lilley Clifford William. Ldg Sea.
  • O'Flaherty John Edward. ERA4
  • Parkes Vernon Charles T..
  • Plater Joseph Edward. ERA4
  • Potten George Edward. Sea.
  • Ridgley Godfrey John. Ord Sigs
  • Sadler Albert. Ord. Sea.
  • Tugwell Ernest William Robert.
  • Wood Bertram. Stoker 1/Cl. (d.1942)
  • Woodley Percy William.

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SPO. Victor Leopold Burnley HMS Pintail (d.10th Jun 1941)

My grandfather was Stoker Petty Officer (SPO) Victor Leopold Burnley, aged 34 years old in 1941. Victor was killed on HMS Pintail on the 10th June 1941. He also served on the following ships in 1939 to 1941, HMS Emerald, HMS Pembroke, HMS Sussex.

I have also been able to establish a little more detail about the events around the sinking of HMS Pintail: On 10th June 1941, the Harwich based patrol vessel HMS Pintail was escorting a convoy near 62-Bouy, some 30 miles off the Humber, when steamship Royal Scott detonated an acoustic mine, blew up and sank. Pintail immediately dashed to the scene to help in the rescue, but she was also caught by an acoustic mine close to the steamship. HMS Pintail blew up and was lost almost immediately, instantly killing her CO Lieutenant McClintoch, six officers and 48 ratings. HMS Quantock a destroyer came to the scene and managed to save 22 crew from the water. The location of the ship is 28 miles East south east off Spurn Point.

Richard Bass



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



Stoker. Sydney George Beeching HMS Kittywake

My father and mother both served in the Second World War. Both enlisting in England. My father Sydney Beeching, enlisted in the Navy and after spending some time at Royal Arthur served at Pembroke and on the Kittywake from 20 December 1940 to 2 July 1943 according to his papers. Then he served on Pembroke 4 Steadfast from 3 July 1943 to January 1946. He also went to America on the Queen Mary when she went over for refitting as a troop carrier.

My mother was a telephonist in the Air Force but I don't know much about her postings or anything other than she was stationed at different airfields around Kent. Her name was Barbara Edna Bayly.

Heather Osborne



ERA. Frederick George Adams HMS Pembroke

Frederick Adams enlisted in the Royal Navy March 1943. He entered service as an Engine Room Artificer as he had already served an aprentiship as a boilermaker. He served on Minesweepers out of Chatham and Sheerness and apart from St Tudno I do not know what other minesweepers he served on.

In 1946 he joined HMS Rajah a lendlease U.S carrier that went out to the far east to collect released POW's. I know this is a long shot but if anyone knows or remembers him please could you get in touch.

Barry Frederick Adams



Ernest William Robert Tugwell

My father Ernest Tugwell was in Class 21. HMS Royal Arthur from 9th of July 1942 until 25the Jan 1943, training for signals before moving to HMS Pembroke which, I believe, was was at Chatham.

In the picture he is in the 2nd row from the front, 5th from left. he was born in October 1923 so he was just 19 years old.

Robert Tugwell



Ldg.Sea. Norman Greenhouse HMS Nigeria

Norman Greenhouse served on HMS Havock at Narvik and then in the Mediterranean and took part in the Battles of Cape Spada and Matapan. Later was on HMS Resource from 25 July 1941 to 16 April 1942. His record shows that he joined HMS Nigeria on 11 June 1944 until 21 May 1945; I believe it was during this time that he earned his Burma Star.

He was stationed back at HMS Pembroke on 22 May 1945 and spent the last months of his naval career on HMS Solebay, which, I believe made goodwill visits around Britain. He was transferred to Reserve service 7 December 1946 and remained on reserve until 1953.

Norman later served more than 20 years with the National Fire Service, and later was Chief Fire Officer at the Royal Festival Hall until his retirement.

Pat Whitter



Vernon Charles T. Parkes

Vernon Parkes was my father and he was based in Pembroke Gillingham from 1939 to 1955. I would like to know if anybody remembers him. I would like to know what ships he went on and where they went. I haven't got any photos as these were passed down to my brother when our dad died and now my brother has died there isn't any information with the family to trace my dad's naval career. I would like to know if anybody knew of anyone who was in the navy with him.

Marianne



Stoker. Sidney James Ives HMS Bedouin

Sidney Ives was born in south London on 10th September 1917. He enlisted in the Royal Navy on 27th May 1940.

He served on HMS Arthur, HMS Pembroke, and HMS Bedouin which was sunk by the Italians and was in the sea for 10 hours before being rescued and taken prisoner. He was later handed over to the Germans and was in a POW camp for almost 3 years, he escaped twice but was recaptured both times. He was also on the long march across Europe.

He lived on his own in Chatham, Kent but needed extra care, so moved to Pembroke House, a care home for ex Navy personnel. He has short term memory loss but can remember lots of stories of his time in the Navy.

William Chesney



Able Sea. William Patrick "Asho" Ashton HMS Nigeria

My dad, William Ashton, (according to his Certificate of Service) joined the Royal Navy on 18th October 1941, when he was 19 years old. The name of the ships he served on were: Raleigh, Pembroke and Nigeria. I believe Raleigh was a training vessel. He served on Pembroke from 16th December 1941 to 10th January 1942, and on Nigeria from 11th January 1942 to 18th July 1944 and then from 19th July 1944 to 10th December 1945. Under the name of ship it states `u/Russia', but I am not sure what that means. It finishes with his being on the Pembroke again from 11th December 1945 to 13th April 1946. He was released, Class A, 30747.

The stories he related were about escorting the Merchant Navy ships on the Malta Convoys and the Russian Convoys in the Atlantic. I am sure he said he was torpedoed, but not on what ship or where. He said the Malta Convoys where scary, but escorting the Russian Convoys was a nightmare, not with just the attacks by submarines, but the planes and the sub-zero conditions with ice and frost on the ships. They had to knock the ice off with picks, hammers and any other available tool they had. The water coming over the ships was sub zero. I have some photos of a ship being fired on and then sunk by enemy fire. It seems like the photos were taken of the ship my dad was on, then two photos of my dad's ship being fired on. Also a photo of the high waves coming over his ship, which look like Atlantic waves. I have a photo of someone, who must be an officer, being saluted and whistled aboard. Another photo is of a crowd of sailors and (in the background) the flags of Britain, Russia and America, so I presume it could be in Russia. I believe he spent some time in Ceylon because I have a photo of him and two friends standing by some lush vegetation, but there is no information about where they are.

My dad had a twin named Ernie, who was also in the Royal Navy, but I don't know which ships he served on.

Paul Ashton



Stoker 1/Cl. Bertram Wood DSM HMS Ark Royal (d.1942)

My grandfather, Bertram Wood DSM, served in the Royal Navy from 1924 until April 1942, when he was killed. He served in HMS Ark Royal, HMS Royal Sovereign, HMS Pembroke, HMS Chatham, HMS Repulse, HMS Renown, HMS Ramillies, HMS Valiant, HMS Pegasus, HMS Ajax and HMS Havock.

Carol Broomfield



Sgmn. Robert Fawcett Cooper (d.August 28, 2010)

My dad joined the Royal Navy as a Boy/2nd Class in 1939 at the age of 16. He trained as a signalman and had been stationed on land bases Pembroke and Rooke. He also served on HMS Royal Sovereign as well as other ships. He left the Royal Navy in 1948 with his last post being at HMS Rooke in Algiers.

Jeanne Phair



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



Percy William Woodley HMS Pembroke

Enlistment Notice

Certicate of service

I came across my great granddad, Percy William Woodley, war enlistment notice letter and service record from when he was in the Royal Navy. My great granddad was enlisted on Monday 30th Nov 1942 and trained at HMS Royal Arthur at Skegness until 7th of January 1943. He later joined HMS Pembroke.

Jennifer Dawson



Ldg Sea. Clifford William Lilley DSM HMS Pembroke

My father, Bill Lilley, served on Pembroke twice in 1943 and prior to being discharged in 1946. He mostly served on landing craft and ops in occupied Holland

Russell Lilley



Sea. George Edward Potten HMS Berkeley Castle

George Potten trained at H.M.S Really in Chatham. His main ship was Berkeley Castle and he finished the war as Cox First Class. I would like to know why my father was at Pembroke and Copra.

George Potten



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



ERA4 John Edward O'Flaherty HMS Pembroke

From my Dad, John O'Flaherty's Service Certificate I can see that he joined the Royal Navy as an Engineer & Turner on 10th of December 1942. He joined the following Ships,

  • HMS Pembroke 2, joined as ERA4 on 10 December 1942 to 22 February 1943
  • HMS Wayland, joined as ERA4 on 23 February 1943 to 9 December 1943
  • HMS Hasdrubal (Ferryville) joined as ERA4 1 April 1944 to 2 December 1944
  • HMS Pembroke joined as ERA4 3 December 1944 to 4 November 1945 when he was discharged, cause given as Physically unfit for Naval Service
.

Upon his discharge he arrived in the Royal Naval Hospital Bristol, then to Warling Park Hospital, close to his family. As a child I don't remember much about him, he spent a lot of time in Hospital not returning home permanently till the late 1950's. Even then he seemed to be absent now and again. He retrained as a Center Lathe Turner, having several jobs before settling down to work for Merryweathers building Engines for Fire Engines at their Deptford London branch. He retired at 65 and enjoyed five years of retirement before surcoming to Cancer. He is remembered by his Children and Grandchildren.

Pauline Adkin



Stkr/2. Walter Frederick "Rick" Cant HMS Pembroke

My dad, Walter Cant, joined the Royal Navy at 17 and served on HMS Pembroke twice. It seems he also served time in detention. Does anyone remember him?

Kate



CPO. Fredrick Charles Ganden HMS Pembroke

My granddad, Fredrick Charles Ganden, was on the HMS Pembroke many times over the years in WW2. He was a cook and worked up to CPO.








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