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HMS Royal Oak



    HMS Royal Oak was built at Devonport Dockyard and was launched on the 17th November 1914 She saw service at the Battle of Jutland during the Great War. HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed and sunk at Scapa Flow by U - 47 on the 14th October 1939 with the loss of 833 lives.

 


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HMS Royal Oak

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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C.P.O. Harry Trowbridge HMS Electra

My Uncle was Acting Stoker, P.O., Harry Trowbridge, he served on board HMS Electra, and I have a small HMS Electra ID. booklet showing his name, rating, part of ship, Mess No. and religion.

Following the sinking of the Electra, my Aunt was extremely concerned for his wellbeing and wrote to the Admiralty requesting information on the 25th of March 1942. A reply was received in April 1942 stating that my Uncle was confirmed as a survivor from HMS Electra and had been landed at Fremantle, Australia.

Following that my Uncle was “loaned” to the Australian Navy and in July 1942 my Aunt wrote to the Admiralty to enquire of the exact position. In September 1942 she received a letter from the Admiralty confirming that my Uncle was “on loan” to the Australian Navy but that his case and the cases of other ratings similarly placed, necessitated enquiries being made of the Australian Naval Authorities.

I have a postcard with a photograph of a ship set in the outline of Australia – it looks like a destroyer and has the number J186 printed on its side. I believe my Uncle stayed with the Australian Navy for approximately 2 years.

I am pleased to say that my Uncle continued to serve the British Navy until the end of the War. I have a photograph of him when he served on HMS Royal Oak and he also served on HMS Foxhound and T.S.S. Athenia sunk by a German submarine on 3rd of September, 1939.

Mrs C Allington



Cadet Anthony Dermuid MacDermott HMS Royal Oak (d.14th Oct 1939)

Antony Dermuid Macdermott, died 14 October 1939 on HMS Royal Oak. He was a Bagshot man and on our War Memorial at St Anne's Church, Bagshot.

Lynne Cowley



PO Thomas William Llewellyn

Thomas William Llewllyn was born in East Stonehouse, Devon on 14th May 1913. He either joined the Royal Navy, or he was seconded from the Merchant Navy at the start of the war. He was in the Merchant Navy at some stage before the war, hence the O.N. at the start of his RN number. He was demobbed in 1946 and died in 1996 in New Zealand.

We know he was in Scapa Flow in 1939 when HMS Royal Oak was sunk by a German U-boat, and he was in Portland in 1943-44, then in Gibraltar in 1945-46. I don't know any of the ships he was on, I think they may have been supply ships. He was also torpedoed and spent 17 days in a life boat and wash up somewhere on the coast of Ireland (probably in 1940-42). Does anyone remember him or have any information?

Warren







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