Royal Navy - H.M.L.C.M. 139

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  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi Everyone,
    Can anyone tell me about the above Royal Navy Vessel please, I am researching :-

    Service Number: C/JX 217109
    Regiment & Unit/Ship - Royal Navy - H.M.L.C.M. 139
    Date of Death - Died 20 November 1942
    Age 21 years old

    Buried or commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
    57, 1.

    United Kingdom
    Country of Service - United Kingdom

    Additional Info - Son of Annie Williams, of Saltney, Flintshire.

    I know that he was lost overboard on the 20th November 1942 from the Registers of of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings Williams N - Z - this tells us that it was in the Vicinity of Kenayis,Mediterranean. I cannot find any newspaper reports of his loss, or anything that would tell us what the ship was doing there.

    Any help to tell his story would be apprciated.
    Many thanks in advance. Mavis Williams.
  2. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    November 20 - Landing craft mechanised (MkI) LCM No.139 (30-37t), lost through heavy weather in Middle East.

    British naval vessels lost at sea in World War 2 - 1942-1943

    LCM.139, lost overboard
    WILLIAMS, William S, Able Seaman, D/JX 217108, MPK

    Royal Navy casualties, killed and died, November 1942

    Around that time, the British Navy was involved in Operation Torch, amphibious landings around Algiers. I’ll see if I can determine if his LCM was off of one of the ships involved during the Landings and in support afterwards
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  3. Steve49

    Steve49 Boycott P&O...

    I don't have LCM139 as being carried onboard any of the initial Torch ships. As the loss was on the 20th it could have arrived in a follow up convoy, but as the loss is given as being the in 'Middle East', rather than 'Algiers' as most of the Torch losses are, I think it more likely that the LCM was lost further east.


  4. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    The location's full name appears to be Ras al Kanais, a cape on the Egyptian coast between El Alamein and Marsa / Mersa Matruh; adjacent to the Gulf of Kenayis. See: Ras al Kanais

    I note another loss the same day of a much larger LCT, with no location though and no trace on CWGC for deaths to a RN vessel that day:
    From: British naval vessels lost at sea in World War 2 - 1942-1943

    During the war there was an airfield in use just inland at Bir Kenayis, Landing Ground LG-43. Could it have been involved in supplying this? From: List of North African airfields during World War II - Wikipedia
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  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

  6. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Wow! Thank you so much everyone, I never expected that! This will be so much help, to make sure William Samuel is not forgotten. Regards, Mavis
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