The Hecla Scrapbook
Can you provide more information?
Have you items for the Scrapbook?
fragments have been sent to me over the years and I thought it worth
creating a space for them on the web site about HMS Hecla in case
anybody recognises a face or name and can provide further details. Get
in touch if you can.
A Debt Repaid - as told by the Daily Mirror
Harry Langley and James Gow shared a Carley float - one died and the other lived.
James Gow was 42 when he died and his name is recorded on the Chatham
Naval Memorial. He and the four canteen assistants were civilians and
consequently their dates of service were not recorded in the Pay and
Victualing records from which the crew list for HMS Hecla on the 12 November 1942 was compiled:
George Hardingham, Canteen Assistant
Raymond L Lilley, 1st Canteen Assistant
Ronald R Holile, 2nd Canteen Assistant
Frank A. Smith, 3rd Canteen Assistant
James Gow would have been known to most ratings on Hecla and non
of his four assistants are listed as "Missing Presumed Killed" and if
still alive might be able to add something more to this story. I
would like to hear from them and the families of AB William H. ("Harry") Langley
(JX219770) and James Alexander Gow (CN/X2722), the Canteen Manager on HMS Hecla. This cutting from the Daily Mirror was sent to by David Holmes Golby, the son of Electrical Mechanic, Norman Holmes, one of those who died that night.
Survivors with USN men on USS Augusta at Casablanca after rescue
Does anybody know their stories? And whether they are alive today? Harry Cliffe identified some of the survivors in this photograph taken on USS Augusta at Casablanca on the 13 November 1942 The key: (1) Harry Cliffe AB; (2) Charlie Brierley Sto; (3) T J
Chambers Sto; (4) R Hoile; (5) Harold Howells Sto; (6) G W
Vaughan Sto; (7) Harry Wareing AB (Waring) Courtesy of Marie Cliffe
The hero who helped save his shipmates but died hours later
Did the Daily Mirror get it wrong?
The survivors were picked up by HMS Venomous and kitted out with new clothes aboard USS Augusta in Casablanca the following day.
Is Bob White still alive? Do you know the "story behind the story" as reported here in the Daily Mirror?
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