HMS Jaguar 29th May 1940

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  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi Everyone, I am trying to find out how/why a Sailor was buried in Dover, Kent, (Joint Grave) when he was either killed on the 29th May 1940 on HMS Jaguar. It seems that the ship was taking part in the evacuation of Dunkirk, so perhaps he was brought back during this, but have you any idea what happened please or any links that would help tell his story.

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Able Seaman
    EDWARDS, EMLYN
    Service Number D/JX 130124
    Died 01/06/1940
    H.M.S. Jaguar Royal Navy
    Son of John H. Edwards and Esther Edwards, of Queensferry, Cheshire.
    INSCRIPTION - REST IN PEACE

    Buried at DOVER (ST. JAMES'S) CEMETERY
    Location: Kent, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 733
    Cemetery/memorial reference: Row C. Joint grave 14.

    A
    ny help would be gratefully received, Kindest regards, Mavis Williams
     
  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Best I Can do at the moment.

    From: HMS Jaguar, destroyer
    HMS Jaguar
    29th May 1940. Deployed with HM Destroyers GRENADE and GALLANT to assess the strength of shore
    batteries at La Panne.
    Embarked 370 troops inside harbour at Dunkirk under air attacks and sustained damage when
    HMS GRENADE, berthed alongside, was hit by bomb and sank.
    On return passage to Dover came under further air attack and disabled by near miss.
    Unable to proceed and some troops transferred to another ship which established tow.
    Restored power and arrived at Dover under own steam.

    Tim
    Edited to add: EDWARDS, Emlyn, Able Seaman, D/JX 130124, Jaguar, 29 May 1940, bombing, killed. (From: RN Casualties in WW2 by Name - Ea)
     
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  3. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you Tim, that's helps enormously, bless him. Kindest regards, Mavis
     
  4. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Emlyn Edwards born 13th December 1911 enlisted on his birthday 13th December 1929 ships as document (up until 1939)
    47392_adm_362_24_124_0001.jpg

    Kyle
     
  5. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    awarded the Greek Cross of Valour for work during the Greek earthquake in 1932 ship HMS Resolution (document ADM 171/61)
    award e edwards.jpg
    award e edwards. cross  of valour.jpg

    Kyle
     
  6. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    The grave photo shows a deterioration in its condition. Hopefully it has been/will be soon replaced :(

    Kyle

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  7. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    I rather think he enlisted 24 May 1927 as a Boy Seaman at HMS Impregnable (Training ship) and then served on the battleship HMS Emperor of India before being eligible to sign on for 12 years on his 18th birthday.
    Very many congratulations Kyle on finding these documents.
    Tim
     
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  8. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    OMG, you all amaze me!!!!! Especially you Kyle, thank you so much for all these documents and the photograph of his gravestone. They will add so much to his story. Amazing! Kind regards, Mavis
     
  9. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    On TNA website is his records from 1929-1940

    Regards
     
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  10. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    For info if anyone has access it is ADM 363/545/143.
    Tim
     
  11. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Apologies James but what is the TNA Website please? I suppose when you tell me I should know, but just in case??? Many thanks Mavis
     
  12. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Good morning Mavis,
    Don't kick yourself too hard, we all have to learn.
    TNA = The National Archives. Discovery | The National Archives
    Type the reference I gave previously into the search box and you'll see what James has led you to.

    Tim
     
  13. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    Thanks Tim

    Regards
     
  14. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Told you! I know I should have known it! It was the "T" that fooled me, I wish I had a penny for every time I have been on the website!! Thanks though for being patient! Kind regards, Mavis
     

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