HMS Charybdis, AA cruiser, sunk 1943 (Navy Photos)

 

 

 

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archived by British Library & Library of Congress
working with National Maritime Museum, London

 

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Books from Naval-History.Net and Bertke Publications
     
  WORLD WAR II SEA WAR: Volume 1, The Nazis Strike First by Donald A Bertke, Don Kindell, Gordon Smith.

Detailed record of world-wide naval actions and activities from August 1939 through March 1940. Based on the original researches of Don Kindell.

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  ROYAL NAVY ROLL of HONOUR, WORLD WAR 1, Part 1 - by Name by Don Kindell. Includes Dominion Navies, Royal Navy Division, Royal Marines; taken from Admiralty Death Ledgers, Admiralty Communiqués, other Official sources.

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  ROYAL NAVY ROLL of HONOUR, WORLD WAR 1, Part 2 - by Date and Ship/Unit by Don Kindell. Part 1 is, in effect, the index to Part 2, which identifies ships sunk and damaged, land battles, how killed or died etc

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  ROYAL NAVY ROLL of HONOUR, Between the Wars 1918-1939 - by Name, by Date/Ship by Don Kindell.

All volumes with a Foreword by Capt Christopher Page RN Rtd, Head, Naval Historical Branch, MOD

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Review by Navy News, September 2009 - excerpts

Of the already lengthy list of essential reference works charting the long, proud history of the Royal Navy, now add the first volumes of a monumental work listing casualties from 1914 to the present.

Don Kindell's Royal Navy Roll of Honour intends to list, for the first time, every sailor or Royal Marine who died while in the Senior Service - in action, in accidents, as a result of illness. The author is a former US Navy sailor and police officer with a passion for the RN over four decades.

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He's researched the details of 120,000 individuals whose records have been scattered around the archives - Kew, Whitehall, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the Naval Historical Branch among others.

The latter in particular has been heavily involved in what its head, Capt Christopher Page calls an "astonishing corpus of work".

And how right he is, Royal Navy Roll of Honour isn't a book you read as such, but it is one, serious naval, social and family historians will no doubt turn to time and again. The first three volumes (of a projected six to eight) deal with casualties of WW1 (two volumes, one by name and the other by date/ship) and the Inter-War period (by name and by date/ship).

We've only caught sight of the 'Between the Wars' volume, but it give an excellent idea of the quality of the research and the incredible usefulness of Mr Kindell's labour of love.

     

     
  BATTLE ATLAS OF THE FALKLANDS WAR 1982, by Land, Sea and Air by Gordon Smith.

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Latest review, in the International Journal of Naval History

     
 
Dedications
 

This site is partly dedicated to my father, Ordnance Artificer George Smith (left, at Gibraltar in 1942, before Malta convoy Operation 'Pedestal'), lost in the sinking of HMS Charybdis off the Brittany coast on 23rd October 1943. Few men survived and just a handful of bodies were washed ashore on Guernsey.  When they were buried by the German authorities, thousand's of Channel Islander's attended, and ever since, Guernsey has commemorated the cruiser's loss, usually with a Royal Navy guardship present - an unusual honour given the thousands of British warships and auxiliaries sunk in two World Wars alone.

 

In 2003, Guernsey Post issued this stamp (©Guernsey Post Limited 2003) bearing a painting of HMS Charybdis as well as Hunt-class escort destroyer HMS Limbourne, torpedoed at the same time (by T-type small destroyers, not E-boats as often described). I am grateful to Guernsey Post for permission to reproduce this rather beautiful stamp.

 

Naval-History.Net is also dedicated to my grandfather, Chief Yeoman of Signals George Smith DSM. He joined the Royal Navy in 1904, and was sunk twice in World War 1 - destroyer HMS Medusa and cruiser HMS Cassandra. Post-war, he served with the North Russian Expeditionary Force 1919, cruised the Baltic in 1921, served on HMS Curlew on the America & West Indies Station 1922-25 and HMS Durban on the China Station in 1926-28. He joined the Royal Naval Shore Signal Service in 1928 and served as a Chief Officer through World War 2 and on to 1948.

 

He was an early and avid photographer, and perhaps because of his experiences as a Signalman, a natural communicator. A lovely man, I am proud to make all his work available on the Internet. He would have appreciated and understood the value of the Web.

 
 
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Background & Comments
 
Naval-History.Net started in 1998 with books written by Gordon Smith:
 
'an invaluable reference book on the war at sea (in World War 2) .... as well as an informative guide to naval strategy', Lloyds List
 
'contributed tremendously to my knowledge of the war', Francois Heisbourg, Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
 

'excellent source for naval history of the First and Second World Wars, campaign summaries and more.' - Imperial War Museum (London)

 

'arguable the best military history site currently online .....' - BBC family history magazine Who Do You Think You Are, June 2008

 


 

Since its early days, Naval-History.Net has been considerably enlarged and enriched by the researches of  Don Kindell from the United States, Lieutenant-Commander Geoff Mason RN (Rtd), and other contributors whose names will be found on the pages they helped make available. Over the last 30 or more years, Don and Geoff have produced an estimated total of 15,000 pages of work, most of which is now online. You can find out more in:

 

Naval History and the Internet - the Story of One Site

 
 
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Conway's "All the World's Fighting Ships"
1865-1905, 1906-21, 1922-46, 1947-95
all highly recommended.

My own copies are falling apart through over-use:

 
     

New Series appearing soon
 

 SHIP HISTORY  INFORMATION PROJECT (SHIP)

a joint project with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

 

Recent additions

 

World War 1

 

British Vessels Lost and Damaged at Sea

 

Royal Navy Despatches, Gallantry Awards and Honours
from the London Gazette - new series now being added

 

Royal Navy - Warships and Auxiliary Crew Numbers and Types

 

World War 2
German account of the Stuka attacks on HMS Panther and HMS Carlisle, 1943
Damage to HM Destroyer Hogue following 1959 collision with INS Mysore

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ROYAL NAVY & DOMINION CASUALTIES, pre-1914-2008
by Name and Date/Ship, including Royal Marines

totalling over 125,000 names
by Don Kindell, US Researcher -
"What it is all about"

 
 

WORLD WAR 1, 1914-18

 

BACKGROUND

  ROAD TO WAR, Franco-Prussian War to Sarajevo, 1871-1914

 

     

MEN

 

CASUALTY LISTS

Royal Navy and Dominion Navies, 1914-1918  by Don Kindell

 

 

Royal Navy - Warships and Auxiliary Crew Numbers and Types
Badges of Rank for Officers, Men and Boys

 

Some of the Men who served:

Thomas Crisp VC, DSC, Skipper RNR, HM Q-ship Nelson & the Hales Naval Family

Samuel R Hitchin, First Mate, SS Highland Brae, POW on German Kronprinz Wilhelm

John R Hunter, Lieutenant RNVR, Canadian Motor Launch skipper, photographic record

William T G Jones, Seaman, lost with collier SS Mersario, 1 October 1917

George W Smith (left) DSM, Chief Yeomen of Signals, 1888-1977, his service record

     

SHIPS

 

New Series appearing soon

 

BRITISH VESSELS LOST and DAMAGED AT SEA
in WORLD WAR 1

by Gordon Smith

 

an enlarged and corrected version of the original

HMSO "British Vessels Lost at Sea 1914-1918"
 


 

TRIBUTE to BRITISH SHIPBUILDING and REPAIR INDUSTRIES 1914-18
including Royal Naval Dockyards and Research Establishments

 

British Vessels Lost at Sea including Naval, Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels, from "British Vessels Lost at Sea, 1914-18", HMSO

 

Elco-built Motor Launches for the Royal Navy

 

British Shipbreaking Industry

     
ROYAL NAVY

Victoria Cross  fishing
smack HMS Nelson
 

New Series now being added

 

ROYAL NAVY DESPATCHES, GALLANTRY AWARDS and HONOURS

 

from the London Gazette - August 1914 to December 1920

 

includes Army Despatches involving Royal Navy forces, and

Ships receiving Naval Salvage & Prize Bounty Money
 


     
EVENTS
  Eastern Front and Baltic Sea 1914-18
Mediterranean
, including Turkish Waters & Black Sea, 1914-18

 

     

MEDALS

  Victoria Cross at Sea, including RN Division 1914-19
Albert Medal at Sea, including Merchant Navy  1915-1919
 
     
CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNTS
 

The Navy Everywhere, by Conrad Gato -  the RN in Africa,  E. Europe, Middle East

 

 

   
     

INTER-WAR, 1918-39

 

MEN

 

CASUALTY LISTS of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies, 1918-1939 by Don Kindell

 

Post-World War 1 service of George W Smith DSM:

North Russian Expeditionary Force 1919

HMS Vanquisher, Baltic Sea Cruise 1921

HMS Curlew, America & West Indies Station 1922-25

HMS Durban, China Station 1926-28

Royal Naval Shore Signal Service 1929-48

     

SHIPS

 

Royal Navy WARSHIP SERVICE Summaries by Lt Cdr G Mason

 

Cox's Navy, Salvaging the German High Seas Fleet by Tony Booth

     

EVENTS

 

Versailles Treaty to Polish Blitzkrieg 1919-39

Russian Civil War 1919
 

     
   
     

WORLD WAR 2, 1939-45

 

MEN

 

CASUALTY LISTS of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies, 1939-1945  by Don Kindell

 

Some of the Men who served:
Horace Carswell DSM, MM, BEM, Chief Steward
, and Russian Convoy PQ.17

Sidney Kerslake RNR, Leading Seaman, 1920-99, Norway and Russian Convoys
Edward Palmer BEM, Coxswain, attack on HMS Foyle Bank July 1940
Harold Siddall, Stoker, 1916-97, from Scapa Flow to Crete, and on to a German Stalag
George Smith (left), Ordnance Artificer, 1916-43, HMS Charybdis

Henry Sutton, Petty Officer, HMS Blackpool, and his Letter from Normandy, June 1944
Frank Taylor, Able Seaman, HMS Scarab, Mediterranean service 1943-44
Roderick Timms, Lt Cdr, RD*, RNR and Coastal Forces, 1941-45 (external site)

Maurice Whiteing, Leading Air Mechanic, HMS Indomitable, Far East, 1944-1945

Basil Woolf, MID, Petty Officer, the Battle for Walcheren, 1st November 1944

     

SHIPS

 

 

SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2
including Class background

by Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Mason, RN (Rtd)


 

Major BRITISH WARSHIP LOSSES  with commanding officers, loss locations and casualties
Capital ships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers & escort destroyers, submarines, including X-craft

British Naval Losses  by Name, Date, Theatre, Type of ship, from "British Vessels Lost at Sea, 1939-45", HMSO

 

HMS Indomitable in the Far East 1944-45, a photographic record

HMS Charybdis:

     All in a Day's Work - Her Career by 'Rocky' Royle

     Her Loss and Commemoration, by the Charybdis Association  

     Account of Her Loss from Captured German Archives

Capture of British Yard Minesweeper BYMS-72, 1943 Aegean Campaign, by Cdr Bruhn USN

HM Harbour Defence Motor Launch No.1001, RN and later career

Thames Lighters at War, off the British & US Normandy beaches

     

ROYAL NAVY

 

Naval Life and Customs by Lt-Cdr John Irving RN, a gem of a book
Ranks, Trades, Pay & Allowances, Badges of Rank 1942


Warrant Officers in the Royal Navy - a history
Officer/Rating Relationships in the Royal Navy 1941-1972

Pennant Numbers - with Addendum on the Pacific 1944-45, all by Lt Cdr G Mason

     

EVENTS

 

NAVAL and MILITARY CAMPAIGN SUMMARIES
by Type of Warfare, Navies, Theatres
by Gordon Smith

 

BRITISH and OTHER NAVIES DAY-BY-DAY 1939-42
Ship Movements, Actions, Losses


by
Don Kindell

 

ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES 1942-45

 

 

ROYAL, DOMINION & ALLIED NAVIES in WORLD WAR 2
 Month-by-Month across all Theatres
 
by Gordon Smith


 

Royal Navy, Royal Marine, Single-Ship Battle Honours 1939-45, with links to Campaigns

 

Naval-related Code Names - Alphabetically - Chronologically

Royal Navy Minelaying Operations both by Lt Cdr G Mason

     

CONVOYS

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of ROYAL and DOMINON NAVY VESSELS by Don Kindell

including Armed Merchant Cruisers, Canadian Corvettes

 

THE SUPPLY OF MALTA 1940-1942, including the Malta Convoys

ROUTE TO THE EAST - the WS (Winston’s Special) Convoys, both by the late Arnold Hague

 

Russian Convoys including Russian Front Summary Maps

Allied Convoy Codes, courtesy HyperWar Foundation

     

MEDALS

 

Victoria Cross at Sea, 1940-45

George Cross & Albert Medal at Sea, 1939-45

     
TECHNICAL
 

Allied Anti-Submarine Weapons - A Note

High Frequency Radio Direction Finding - HF/DF or Huff Duff

New Zealand's Contribution to Radar Development

Hydrographic Survey Work in the RN up to the 1980's, all by Lt Cdr G Mason

The Early Days of Wireless at Sea by Louis C. Kleber

     

MAPS, etc

 

Campaign and Battle Maps, World Wars 1 & 2, Falklands War

Posters of the Royal Navy in World War 2

Service Magazines of the World's Forces

Victory Celebrations in London, June 1946

 

     
   
     

POST-WAR, 1945-present

 

MEN

 

CASUALTY LISTS of the Royal Navy 1945-present  by Don Kindell

 

David Hamilton, Commander [F}, RN, his seagoing and flying career, 1939-1968

James Summerlee, Lieutenant Commander, MID, RN (Rtd), FAA Pilot , Korea and Suez SAR

     

SHIPS

 

Royal Navy WARSHIP SERVICE Summaries

 

Loch-class Frigates in the Dutch East Indies 1945-1946

Salvage Operations by RN Frigates 1950-1964

Modernisation of Town and Colony-class Light Cruisers, all by Lt Cdr G Mason

 

Navy-Mad in the Nineteen Fifties by Gordon Smith

     

EVENTS

 

Royal Navy Chronology - 1946-1950 - 1951-1960 - 1961-1970 by Lt Cdr G Mason

 

BATTLE ATLAS of the FALKLANDS WAR 1982
by Land, Sea and Air

by Gordon Smith



Passing Through Ascension - Photographic record of Ascension Island during the War

 

Missiles in the Malouines/Falklands - the Art of Daniel Bechennec

     
   
     
SHIPS . . . .
 

 

Torpedo Craft Through the Art of Joe Hinds, including the amazing planned German Type 5B

 

Ship and Naval Base Crests, from "Empire to Commonwealth", by Father Anthony Hathaway-Taylor (external site)

     

 
and SEAS
 

Sailing in the Bristol Channel by Gordon Smith

         

revised 6/11/09