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HMS Woolwich

   HMS Woolwich was a destroyer depot ship, a floating maintenance and repair ship. She had been stationed in the Mediterranean since 1936; between 1939 and 1942 she was in the eastern Med. In June 1942 she moved into the Red Sea for service in the Indian Ocean including time at Cape Town. She remained India-based until returning to the Med in 1945.


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Woolwich

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Harold Chippendale HMS Woolwich

Looking for information on my granddad, Harold Chippendale and the ships he was on. Specifically, information on HMS Woolwich and what role the ship had in the Mediterranean war. Harold was on the ship from 1st August 1939 to 15th January 1943, then went to HMS Canopus.

Jonathan Raine

William Kelly HMS Woolwich

I am looking for information or anyone who knew my grandad William (Bill) Kelly who was on board HMS Woolwich.

Simon Hoad

CPO Arthur Reid HMS Woolwich

My brother, Arthur Reid, was a CPO Ordnance Artificier on board HMS Woolwich at Trincomalee during the later part of WWII.

Alan Reid

Willie Jackson HMS Woolwich

My grandfather served and was injured on HMS Woolwich. It would be good to hear from anyone with information.


Robert Nicklin HMS Woolwich

I joined HMS Woolwich when she was stationed in Alexandria on 13th May 1942. Her main role was as a Destroyer Depot ship and her job was to look after a destroyer's needs, such as some minor repair jobs or supplies, but on top of all that she was the Eastern Med Fleet's signal base. The only time that the Woolwich left her place in Alexandria harbour was on 2nd July 1942 when she, the Resource, the Reliance and the Medway were escorted by a destroyer that I was on and a few more escorts to Port Said. She probably did go into the Indian Ocean from there, but returned to Alex sometime in October 1942, where she remained till 17th December 1943, when we sailed out of Alexandria at 13 knots, she was a very old ship. She sailed for Ceylon and the port of Trincomalee at which we arrived on 10th January 1944. I was drafted off her on 19th March 1944.

Robert Nicklin

John "Pongo" Waring HMS Woolwich

Does anyone remember my father, John Waring (Pongo), who served on HMS Woolwich from April 1944 to March 1945?

Lee Waring

Gunner Alfred Taylor HMS Woolwich

Alfred Taylor served on HMS Woolwich from 1939 to 1945.

Dee Taylor

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