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HMHS Somersetshire

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Those known to have sailed in

HMHS Somersetshire

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Arnold F.. Driver (d.10th May 1942)
  • Gordon G Douglas. Mjr.
  • Graham William. Cpl.
  • Lewis Caradog. Able Sea. (d.24th Apr 1942)

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Able Sea. Caradog Lewis HMHS Somersetshire (d.24th Apr 1942)

My uncle served on this ship before being killed by a direct hit on his home in Plymouth. All family members killed in the shelter

Diana Lewis

Cpl. William Graham HMS Somersetshire

My late father served on the Hospital ship Somersetshire during the war as a Corporal in the RAMC. His name is William Graham, in the photo he is the one with his arm behind his head.I have been trying to find out where she served, is there anyone out there with any information?

Barbara Lamb

Driver F. Arnold Royal Army Service Corps (d.10th May 1942)

I believe my father was on board when HMHS Somersetshire was torpedoed in 1942. He was Driver F. Arnold of the RASC. Any information relating to where this happened, survivors, passenger lists etc would be welcome. All I know is that he was missing at sea and that his name is inscribed on the Alamein memorial.

Update Somersetshire was attacked by U-453 at 0317 hrs on 6th April 1942 in position 32.13N 26.34E (off the Egyptian coast). Seven people were killed by the blast of the torpedo and she settled by the head; there were no patients on board at the time and all the crew and medical staff left the ship, 66 being taken off by an escorting Greek destroyer and another 114 went into the lifeboats. On the arrival of a tug, several of the crew returned on board and she was successfully towed to Alexandria and was later repaired (I note that the Commonwealth War Grave list the date of death of Frank Arnold as 10 May 1942 - i.e. a month after the attack on the Somersetshire.) For a photo and her history see:

D Arnold

Mjr. G Douglas Gordon Royal Army Medical Corps

I am researching my father, Gordon Douglas' RAMC's stay in Malta at the end of the siege. He arrived there on board HMHS Somersetshire on 28th May 1943 and left on HMHS Dorsetshire on 7th March 1944 (which was my 6th birthday - I was a seevacuee in Kamloops, BC Canada). My father kept a very complete diary of his service from 8th September 1939 to May 1945 through France, Belgium, Dunkirk, North Africa, Palestine, Italy and Chepstow(!) and it is inconceivable that he has made an error over the ships' names. Does anybody know if other ships were renamed Dorsetshire and Somersetshire or what other explanation there may be? Any help would be gratefully acknowledged.

During his time in Malta my father was posted to No 39 General Hospital in/near Mellieha and spent time at No 90 GH in Mtarfa and at No 45 GH at St Patricks. Any records of the locations of these hospitals or photographs would also be of great interest to me.

Andy Gordon

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