LST 420

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Chris Raymond Antcliffe, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Gary Helyer

    Gary Helyer Member

    Hi Hattie I am working on this now, I don't know if you got hold of the records but through my Navy source he sent me the statement that your relation made .
    In fact it seems he was the only Army survivor but I am working to confirm this as numbers from the Navy don't tally and the numbers of the RAF can be either/or.
    Just an idle search of the cemetery in Ostend started my research into the RAF loss of 1 BSRU and when I found that members of 111 General Hospital had perished I had too find out more, as I am RAMC myself, later I was onboard HM Ships and have witnessed a fire at sea when 3 shipmates died so I can appreciate how those men died, and I would haveliked to have seen some Memorial, but it has been difficult to even get answers from people on FB (Museums etc)
    Another Navy contact has aBelgian Navy contact who thought there was going to be a 75 anniversary but it did not happen, perhaps we can make it happen
  2. Gary Helyer

    Gary Helyer Member

    Hi Majors Batman
    Not that your father in law could speak of such a terrible experience, but do you know if he was in touch with anyone else from that night, and did he at any time document it?
    It is only from the living that the full story and the real number of survivors found.
    You will gather that there a questions on the full number of casualties so any leads would be appreciated.
    I am ex RAMC but have suffered a fire in HM ships losing shipmates ,so I would like this story told.
  3. Gary Helyer

    Gary Helyer Member

    Hi John
    I only came across the loss of LST earlier this year when doing some CWGC on Ostend Cemetery research and finding that there were so many RAF graves and not aircrew I had to investigate,.
    I am ex RAMC but have been in a fire on HM Ships losing shipmates so I wanted to find out all I could.
    Fortunately my Navy source has come up trumps and found the only(?) account written by an Army survivor. and on here I learn of an RAF survivor. Now you speak of your father.
    I know that your father would have found it as difficult to talk if he had lost one shipmate and not 55, but my Navy friend and I are desperate to know how many were on board?/
    My Navy mate, and I have seen it suggested here says due to overcrowding a smaller crew was onboard(BUT this is not confirmed) it seems only around 20/30 sailors were saved but there should have been 117 in a full crew so it is vital all are accounted for,
    Thank you if you are able to give any idea of your fathers thoughts
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  4. Bill Gill

    Bill Gill Junior Member

    7th November at 3pm. 76 years ago LST420 was lost off Ostend. My thoughts are with my father William Percy Gill and all the other service people who died that day.
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  5. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

    I was just thinking exactly the same as I just drove home from work
  6. pattyallen3

    pattyallen3 New Member

    I've been doing some research on an Arthur John Kendall service no. 1658440 Leading Aircraftsman on board the LST 420 when it hit a mine and his life was lost...... I have found several entries that would corroborate this - but in the list of of lives lost on that ship on that day - his name doesn't appear. Is it possible that his name was just missed out?? His name is listed on the Runnymede memorial.
  7. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

    I’ve always had Kendall who was a Risca boy , as losing his life on LST 420

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