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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Vindictive

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Leading Stoker Cyril Douglas Rudd HMS Diane, HMS Ceres, HMS Vindictive

1st ship. HMS Diane - a few months in 1939, I was a Stoker. Shore based for 6 months then tranferred to HMS Ceres - two and half years(1941-43) - Leading Stoker. HMS Vindictive - 18 months (1944-45) Petty Officer.

Cyril Rudd

CPO. Harold Wilkinson HMS. Liverpool

Harold Wilkinson signed up for the Royal Navy on 5th June 1928 for 12 years. He was due to come out in 1940 but as War broke out in 1939 he was kept in service for the duration. He rose from the Rank of Stoker 2nd Class to Petty Officer Stoker at time of de-mob in 1945. He ended up serving 17 years for which he was awarded the Long Service Good Conduct Medal.

My father remembers a story my Grandmother told of how when Harold was aboard HMS Liverpool they were Torpedoed and the bow was badly damaged so had to sail astern (backward) to Alexandra fo repairs, I believe the attack came from Italian Torpedo Planes? Later he was on Atlantic crossing convoy duties and then in Home waters where he ended his time with the Royal Navy.

During the war he served on H.M.S. Liverpool. 1938 - 1941, HMS. Resolution. 1941 - 1941, HMS. Calpe. 1941 - 1942, at shore bases 1942 - 1943, HMS. Goodall. 1945 - 1944 and HMS. Vindictive. 1944 - 1945. He never earned any Bravery or Gallantry Medals but was a hero all the same, as were all who served.

Andy Wilkinson

Able.Sea Leonard Tobin HMS Vindictive

My father, Len Tobin, was part of the Royal Navy crew that sailed the Duchessa from Freetown to Greenock in July 1942. Previously he had served on HMS Vindictive, a repair ship based at Freetown and volunteered to go to Lagos and prepare the ship for the voyage home. They left Freetown as part of a convoy and on the first day out, she broke down. The rest of the convoy carried on leaving the Duchessa alone in waters known to be patrolled by U-boats. Eventually she was repaired and the journey resumed without incident, except the Bay of Biscay was particularly rough and food started to run out and corn beef sandwiches became their mainstay, until docking at Greenock. During unloading the Duchessa caught fire and sank at her moorings. She was eventually re-floated and with modifications became the Empire Yukon, and did sterling service on convoy duty. Then post-war she was re-named Petconnie. Is there anyone out there who can add to the story of the Duchessa? If so, please get in touch.

James Tobin

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