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Firemn. Sidney Andrew Watkins SS. Fort BrandonLooking for anyone who served with my father, Sidney A. Watkins,in the Merchant Navy.
I have his war payslips from nine vessels he served on whilst in merchant navy; SS Tudor Star,SS Fort Brandon, SS Vimeira, SS Lornaston, SS Calgary, SS Norman Star, SS Port Sydney, SS Ocean Volga, SS Oceanfame, SS Empire Pibroch While serving on SS Tudor Star he got a letter from the Admiralty thanking the crew for shooting down enemy planes on 4th February 1941.
I am trying to build a family tree and fill in missing links through war years, before he came to New Zealand in 1947/8 aboard the SS. Port Maquarie. I am trying to establish, for his children, grand and great grand childern, this part of his history. I would be grateful for any information anyone can provideBarry Watkins
William Whitfield SS Empire PibrochMy father William Whitfield was 1st radio officer on "Ocean Fame" and "Empire Pibroch" towards the end of the war and at wars end. He sailed on "Ocean Fame" from 8th March 1945, the outward convoy was ON 290 and she arrived in Hampton Roads on the 30th. From there she crossed the Atlantic in an American convoy UGS 85. She sailed back to America with convoy GUS 90 arriving in the Delaware on 2nd June 1945. From there she sailed independently back across the Atlantic to Gibraltar and Safi before returning home to Cardiff. William sailed on the Empire Pibroch from 15th November 1945 to 23rd March 1946. His previous ships were City of Florence, Brynmor, Cragpool, Empire Grebe, Domby, Danby, Liberian, and Empire Voice from November 1939.David Whitfield
Able Sea. Sidney Andrew WatkinsSidney Andrew Watkins, service number R164516 Fireman AB/Gunner, British Merchant Navy from 1940 to 1946. He served on vessels Vimiera, Lornaston, Calgary, Norman Star, Port Sydney, Ocean Volga, Ocean Fame, Empire Pibroch, Fort Brandon and SS Tudor Star. It was aboard the Tudor Star that dad and the crew received a letter of congratulations from the Admiralty of the Fleet dated 17th February 1941, about an encounter with an enemy aeroplane they shot down on 4th February 1941.
If anyone can shed light on the movements of any of these vessel it would be very much appreciated. I do have account of wage dockets to my father from all above vessels but not much else, and like others am attempting to piece together war memories that can be passed on to my children and grandchildren.Barry Watkins
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