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HMS Lanka

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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Lanka

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Gibson Ronald. Ord.Sig.
  • Gunning Edward Michael.
  • Malina Arnold. Able.Sea
  • Smith Charles. Seaman (d.7th September 1945)
  • Townshend Harold James. Able Sea.

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Ord.Sig. Ronald Gibson HMS Europa

My dad Ronald Gibson joined the Royal Navy on 1st October 1941 at HMS Drake. He served at Impregnable, Pembroke 1 (7th April 1942), Europa 1 (1st May 1942), Flora (6th May 1942), Europa (20th October 1943), Pembroke IV - Evelyn Rose (30th November 1943), Minos (1st January 1944), Europa 1 (26th June 1944), Lanka (17th July 1944), Tana (18th November 1944), Lanka II - Languard (6th July 1945) and Europa (25th August 1945). He was released from service on 30th May 1946, Class A.

Steven Gibson

Edward Michael Gunning HMS Collingwood

My father Ted Gunning joined the army at the beginning of the war in the Royal Artillery. He was transferred to the Navy as a gunner. He served on HMS Triphibian, Collingwood, Victory (3 times), Lanka and Anderson. He was in Ceylon when the war was over. He never spoke about the war. I have perused the pictures on the website but cannot find him. He had an exemplary record. I would love to find out more.

Doreen Ridgway

Able.Sea Arnold Malina HMS Fishguard

Arnold Malina second from the right in the 2nd Row at HMS Colingwood 30th May 1943

My Father was Able Seaman Arnold Malina who trained at HMS Collingwood from 12 May 1943 August 1943 to 20 July 1943. He served on HMS Fishguard from 1943 to December 1945. Convoy escorts in Indian Ocean from 21/11/1943 to 31/05/1945 out of bases HMS Tana, Kilindini, Kenya and HMS Lanka in Ceylon from 01/06/1945 to 31/10/1945

Mike Malina

Seaman Charles Smith HMS Lanka (d.7th September 1945)

My uncle Charlie Smith was stationed on HMS Lanka, a Naval shore establishment on Flagstaff Street in Colombo, in close proximity to the Colombo Lighthouse.

It was September 1945 and Charlie was awaiting discharge notice. Then news came back home to his wife in England that he had been killed. He was 33 he had a young wife back home in Hull, East Yorkshire and a daughter aged 6.

The death letter from the MoD was short and sweet and that was it. His wife never did find out what actually happened on that fateful September day, only to say he died of oedema and asphyxia - which raised more questions than answers.

I guess this is just another sad story of loss repeated throughout the length of our land where something happens and their loved ones aren't even told what occurred, even when they ask the question. Uncle Charlie's daughter Alwyn is now 77 and still hopes today find the truth. We keep on trying.

He is resting at Liveramentu Cemetery near Colombo.

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