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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Spartan

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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James Adams HMS Manchester

Jim Adams joined the Royal Navy aged 16 in 1938, he served on HMS Tetcott and HMS Whitshed, HMS Manchester and HMS Spartan. He survived the sinking of both the Manchester which was torpedoed in 1942 and the Spartan in 1944.

The cruiser HMS Spartan off the coast of Italy providing support for the Anzio landings as part of Operation Shingle. While at anchor on the 29th of January 1944, Spartan was bombed at sunset by 18 enemy aircraft. A bomb blew a large hole in the upper deck, collapsing the mast and flooding the boiler room. The ship was set alight and keeled over to port. The crew abandoned ship and within just 10 minutes, the Spartan was on the seabed. Five officers and 41 ratings lost their lives.




Ronnie Strike Aurora Penelope Spartan

I believe my father, Ronnie Strike, who was a Radio Office "sparkie" sailed and was sunk on Aurora. Unfortunately he now has Alzheimer's. I can't be sure, but I believe he once told me that he sailed on: Aurora, Penelope, Spartan and (I think) one of the "Tonipandy Class." Does anyone know of anyway I can confirm this? Sometimes he can talk quite lucidly of his Royal Navy days.

Ron Strike



Norman George Ryder Halfacre HMS Dorsetshire

My dad, Norman Halfacre was a survivor of the Dorsetshire, he never talked about it. He also survived the sinking of HMS Spartan, it's amazing to read these accounts from the brave men & see the photos, I can't imagine what they went through.

Lesley Leworthy







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