D-day naval casualties – retrieving bodies?

Discussion in 'War Cemeteries & War Memorial Research' started by Bart150, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. Bart150

    Bart150 Member

    I’ve been looking at the case of HMS Minster, which sank on 8 June 1944 near Utah beach after hitting a mine. 58 men were lost, ie most of the ship’s company. 10 have known graves; the other 48 do not, and their names are recorded on the three naval memorials in the UK.

    I’m wondering what happened to the bodies of the 48. Were they left in the wreck (if so, I haven’t noticed the wreck being called a war grave)? Or were they retrieved and given an appropriate burial at sea (if so, I haven’t noticed any mention of such a ceremony)?
     
  2. John Connell

    John Connell New Member

    Dear Bart150
    My father was a casualty of HMS Minster. According to naval records there was 72 crew lost. The dive sites have listed the wreck as a war grave and warned their members that the French government has banned any interference with the wreck. They may look but not touch.
    Regards
    John Connell
     
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  3. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    According to naval-history.net there were 58 casualties for HMS Minster when she sank after hitting a mine. They are listed here: Royal Navy casualties, killed and died, June 1944 . I think the figure of 72 quoted above includes the survivors but I can find no details.

    Tim
     
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  4. Tricky Dicky

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  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    I had seen that reference, TD, but discounted the figure as there were no details. There were definitely some survivors which included the Captain, A/Lt Cdr W Jackson, RNR. I think the definitive answer lies in ADM 358/4350 - HMS Minster 8June 1944 sunk by enemy action, hit mine off coast of Normandy, Enquiries into Missing Personnel.

    Tim
     
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  6. Tricky Dicky

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    Hi Tim,

    It probably does, but the differences point out that they would have a crew numbering ?? but seem to have collected (possibly) an unknown number of 'extra's', so will a final number ever be known?

    TD
     
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