HMS Goatfell 11th May 1941

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  1. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Sunday 11th May 1941

    Auxiliary Anti-Aircraft ship HMS Goatfell has the following casualties listed, but I have not been able to confirm the cause of their loss or whether the ship was damaged.

    TANDY, Noel, Able Seaman, RFR, C/J 94612, killed [ChM]
    BRERETON, Frederick G T, Able Seaman, C/J 109091, DOW 13/5/41 [EASTBOURNE (OCKLYNGE) CEMETERY]
    MELLANBY, Robert W, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 226060, DOW 12/5/41 [THORNABY-ON-TEES CEMETERY]

    Any ideas?

    Regards,

    Steve
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Noel Tandy

    HMS GOATFELL assited the survivors from HMS HELVELLYN which was sunk in an air raid on Surrey Docks 19/March/1941.
    AB Noel Tandy
    Cook John Faulds Snoddy
    Fireman John Hume
    were awarded the BEM
    Lt Charles Davison officer in command of HMS GOATFELL was commended.

    UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960
    Name: Frederick George Thomas Brereton
    Event: Death
    Birth Date: 19 Oct 1907
    Birth Place: Liverpool, Lancs.
    Death Date: 13 May 1941
    Death Age: 33
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    Royal Navy casualties, killed and died, May 1941
    11 May 1941
    Goatfell, bombing
    TANDY, Noel, Able Seaman, RFR, C/J 94612, killed
    13 May 1941
    Goatfell, bombing
    BRERETON, Frederick G T, Able Seaman (Pens), C/J 109091, DOW
    MELLANBY, Robert W, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 226060, DOW

    BBC - WW2 People's War - We Went to War in a Paddle Minesweeper
    HMS. Goatfell another paddle sweeper was later hit by a bomb which killed
    four crew members.


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    Auxiliary Anti-Aircraft vessel armed with four 2pdr guns and six 20mm anti aircraft guns, six 0.5ins guns, sixteen 0.303ins guns and four 3 ins rocket launchers. Built at Denny and launched 1st February 1934, requisitioned by the Royal Navy and returned May 1946.
     
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  3. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

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  4. Tricky Dicky

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    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Robert W Mellanby (W = William)
    Death Age: 23
    Birth Date: abt 1918
    Registration Date: Apr 1941
    [May 1941]
    [Jun 1941]
    Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
    Registration District: Bermondsey
    Inferred County: London
    Volume: 1d
    Page: 170


    UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960
    Name: Robert William Mellenby
    Event: Death
    Birth Date: 1 Jan 1918
    Birth Place: Stokesley, Yorks
    Death Date: 13 May 1941
    Death Age: 23
    44994_adm_104_134-0183 (2).jpg
     
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  5. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that information regarding HMS Goatfell and confirming that the ship was the victim of an air attack.

    I see both articles refer to four crew being killed. I haven't been able to identify a fourth casualty, though I do have the following deaths listed on the 11th with no ship/establishment identified.

    GURNEY, Thomas E, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 194313, killed [HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (HEATH LANE) CEMETERY]
    TREADWELL, Donald V, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 205319, killed [SOUTHEND-ON-SEA (NORTH ROAD) CEMETERY]

    Regards,

    Steve
     
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    They are referenced to Pembroke and Pembroke IV respectively and died in 'London'
     
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  7. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that. I guess the four deaths from HMS Goatfell is possibly in error. I note that the BBC WW2 article is incorrect regarding HMS Foylebank, it says 176 killed, when the actual losses were 73 killed/DOW, so it is possible that the recollection Goatfell in similarly in error.

    Regards,

    Steve
     

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