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Those known to have sailed in
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Daw William John. Cpl. (d.21st July 1944)
- Hill John William. Stkr.
- Love Gilbert. Seaman.
- Potten George Edward. Sea.
- Rowlands William.
- Stevenson Alec.
- Thomas David Glynn. Capt. (d.25th June 1944)
- Venn Henry Albert. Lt. (d.6th June 1944)
- Vowell Maurice Lewis Hemming. Sgt.
- Wilby Leonard. Able Sea.
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Cpl. William John Daw HMS Copra (d.21st July 1944)
William Daw was killed in action 21st July 1944, aged 32. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent.
He was the son of Jubilee John and Alice Clifford Daw, husband of Constance Daw. of Tonbridge, Kent.
Seaman. Gilbert "Gibby" Love HMS Copra
Gilbert Love, known as Gibby served on HMS Victory, HMS Saunders & HMS Copra during WW2.
Stkr. John William "Jack" Hill HMS Royal Arthur
My dad was at HMS Royal Arthur from 12th March 1941 to 17th April 1941. He went on to serve on HMS Victory, HMS Rockingham, HMS Ferret, HMS Quebec and HMS Copra. He was a stoker 1st and 2nd class. He service records only go up to 1943, so I don't know which other ships he was on after that, although I remember him talking about HMS Keppel.
Alec Stevenson HMS Copra
My dad served at HMS Copra between April 1944 and June 1946.
Capt. David Glynn Thomas 602 LCM Flotilla Royal Marines (d.25th June 1944)
My cousin-in-law's dad served in HMS Copra. He was killed in Normandy on 25th June 1944 and is buried at Hermanville War Cemetery.
The CWG site states that he was serving in the Royal Marines, 602 LCM Flotilla.
Lt. Henry Albert Venn HMS Copra (d.6th June 1944)
Lt Venn died on 6th June 1944 is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, X.H.21.
William Rowlands HMS Copra Royal Marines
My father, Marine William (Billy) Rowlands, served on HMS Copra from 31st October 1943 to 24th January 1945.
Sea. George Edward Potten HMS Berkeley Castle
George Potten trained at H.M.S Really in Chatham. His main ship was Berkeley Castle and he finished the war as Cox First Class. I would like to know why my father was at Pembroke and Copra.
Able Sea. Leonard Wilby HMS Ganges
Leonard Wilby was my cherished late grandfather who voluntarily served from the age of 17 in the Royal Navy in WW2. Commissioned on Royal Navy vessels: HMS Ganges, Pembroke, Quebec, Copra and Dundonald at some point during the war. He was one of 10 siblings who, miraculously, all served during the war and who all lived to return home.
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