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MV Hopetarn

29th May 1943 MV Hopetarn lost  MV Hopetarn was a British Cargo Motor vessel of 5,231 tons built in 1939. On the 29th May 1943 when on route from Calcutta & Colombo for Durban, Table Bay & UK carrying 9,000 tons of General Cargo she was torpedoed by U-198 and sunk. 1 crew POW, 7 crew lost from a total crew of 44

29th May 1943 MV Hopetarn lost

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Those known to have sailed in

MV Hopetarn

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Aspel Thomas. (d.29th May 1943)
  • Wilson John George. App.

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Thomas Aspel M.V. Hopetarn (d.29th May 1943)

Thomas Aspell was a Junior Engineer Officer on the M.V. Hopetarn (Newcastle-on-Tyne) serving with the Merchant Navy. He was aged 21 when he died 29th May 1943. Thomas is Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.

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App. John George Wilson MV Hopetarn

George Wilson was an Apprentice serving aboard the M.V. Hopetarn on 29th May 1943 when the vessel was torpedoed by German U Boat U-198. As the vessel sank and the crew manned the lifeboats, George ran back on board to gather radio equipment that was later used to enable their rescue. As a result of his actions, George's name was published in the London Gazette: "By the King's Order the name of John George Wilson was published in the London Gazette on 8th February, 1944, as commended for brave conduct in the Merchant Navy. I am charged to record His Majesty's high appreciation of the service rendered. Signed Winston Churchill, Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury."

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