Re: Navy Record
Date: February 03, 2004 01:45PM

<HTML> Hi my name is sharon just been reading your email, i have been trying to find out about my Grandads navy life, have found out a lot about him, he was on alot of shore establishments,like hms duke 1942, hms drake 1942, hms drakeiv 1942, hms raleigh 1943, hms victory 1943, hms eaglet 1943. he also was on the hms magpie during the d-day landings. his name was Gerard freeman withinshaw jones, nick name we think was gerry, But there is one thing we cannot find out is that on the back of a photo of him in a group it says senior J class do you know what this means,
thnk you
sharon brockhouse.David H wrote:
> Janet
> You do not give any dates, but I presume it is World War 2
> and it would help if I knew which branch your father was in,
> but . . .
> 'Janet' makes no sense, I can find no trace of any ship or
> establishment by that name.
> Ness was a River class frigate, built in 1942; scrapped 1956.
> Brilliant was a 'B' class destroyer, built 1930 scrapped 1947.
> 'Philoctelas' probably means Philoctetes (nicknamed by the
> crew 'flock of fleas') she was a merchant ship purchased in
> 1940 for use as a depot and repair ship for destroyers and
> frigates, and was based at Freetown, west Africa in 1942. She
> paid off in 1946
> Cormorant was the name of an old sloop (1889) which served as
> the base ship at Gibraltar.
> Pembroke was Chatham naval base, the 'IV' part indicates the
> accounting section that held the accounts and books for
> destroyers.
> Victory was Portsmouth naval base, the 'II' part was again
> the section that held accounts and books for ships.
> Forth was a depot and repair ship. She was based in the Clyde
> 1942 - 47 and the Mediterranean 1948 - 60.
> To summarise, I would suggest that your father was trained at
> Collingwood and Victory, then served on the frigate 'Ness'
> and then the destroyer 'Brilliant'. The accounts and books
> for ships were held at various shore establishments,
> dependant on the ships whereabouts - Philoctetes, Cormorant,
> Pembroke, Victory and Forth.
> I hope this helps
> regards
> David</HTML>

Subject Written By Posted
Navy Record Janet Warburton 01/17/2004 04:14PM
Re: Navy Record David H 01/18/2004 09:30AM
Re: Navy Record Sharon Brockhouse 02/03/2004 01:45PM