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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Walney

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Herbert Philip Edward Henry. CPO. (d.8th Nov 1942)
  • Peters Frederick Thornton. Capt. (d.13th Nov 1942)

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Capt. Frederick Thornton Peters VC, DSO, DSC. HMS Walney (d.13th Nov 1942)

Frederick Peters was killed in action on the 13th of November 1942, aged 53. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in Portsmouth. He was the son of Frederick and Bertha Hamilton Peters, of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

The citation in the London Gazette of 14th May, 1943, reads : "For valour in taking H.M.S. Walney, in an enterprise of desperate hazard, into the harbour of Oran on 8th November, 1942. Captain Peters led his force through the boom towards the jetty in the face of point-blank fire from the shore batteries, a destroyer and a cruiser. Blinded in one eye, he alone of the seventeen officers and men on the bridge survived. The Walney reached the jetty disabled and ablaze, and went down with her colours flying."

Captain Peters survived this action and was taken prisoner by the French. He was released several days later and, on 13th November 1942, he was returning to England on a Sunderland Flying Boat when it crashed. He did not survive. Mount Peters, near Nelson, British Colombia is named in his honour.

s flynn

CPO. Philip Edward Henry Herbert HMS Walney (d.8th Nov 1942)

HMS Walney

Philip Herbert was born on 23rd of Nov 1899 in Willesden, London. He was the son of Henry James & Annie Elizabeth Herbert and the husband of Dorothy Herbert of Gillingham, Kent. His naval life started in 1915 as Grade 2 Boy on HMS Ganges, in 1917 he signed up for 12 years and served on many ships including HMS Ganges, Pembroke and Weymouth.

The next record I found was his death in 1942. He was serving on the HMS Walney. I think his ship was part of Operation Torch. Sadly HMS Walney was sunk on 8th of November 1942 with a loss of around 200 men. His name is on the Memorial at Chatham Docks where one of his great grand daughters is a Visitor Guide.

Kim Sabberton

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