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HMS Hermes

CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassHermes-class Light Carrier
BuilderW. G. Armstrong-Whitworth and Company, High Walker, England, United Kingdom
Laid Down15 Jan 1918
Launched11 Sep 1919
Commissioned1 Jul 1923
Sunk9 Apr 1942
Displacement10850 tons standard; 13208 tons full
Length598 feet
Beam70 feet
Draft19 feet
MachineryTwo Parsons Steam Turbines, six Yarrow small-tube boilers, two shafts
Power Output40000 SHP
Speed25 knots
Range6000 nm at 18 knots
Crew664
Armament6x140mm guns, 3x102mm AA guns
Armor2-3in belt, 1in upper deck, 1in main deck, 1in hangar deck
Aircraft15 Swordfish torpedo bombers
Flight Deck Length570 ft

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

HMS Hermes was the first ship in the world to be designed and built as a dedicated aircraft carrier, although the Japanese carrier Hosho was the first in the world to be commissioned into service. Due to the inexperience with carriers, which type was extremely new at the time of her building, Hermes suffered from some problems such as a small hangar (capacity of only 20 aircraft) and instability at high seas caused by the large starboard island. In late 1934, she received a catapult and a second lift, which further reduced her air complement to 15.

When Hermes entered service, her first task was to conduct flying exercises on the Firth of Forth. In Nov 1924, she joined the Mediterranean Fleet, with which fleet she remained until May 1925. In Aug 1925, she arrived at Hong Kong and joined the China Station and generally remained in the Far East until the end of 1933. She returned to the United Kingdom in May 1937.

When the European War began, Hermes was a part of the Home Fleet and, along with HMS Courageous, operated off the southwestern approaches to search for and attack German submarines. Her complement at the time included 12 Swordfish torpedo bombers of the 814 Naval Air Squadron. She was transferred to the southern Atlantic in Oct 1939, where she would work with the French fleet at Dakar, French West Africa until France surrendered and the Vichy-French government came to power. Hermes then launched strikes against French ships, including launching Swordfish torpedo bombers against the French battleship Richelieu on 8 Jul 1940. During that engagement, one of the torpedoes that her aircraft launched scored a hit against the battleship. In Jul 1940, she collided with the merchant vessel Corfu, and was sent to Simonstown, South Africa for repairs. After which, she was reassigned to the British Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean. The British Eastern Fleet was recently devastated by the Japanese after overwhelming airpower sank battlecruiser HMS Repulse and battleship HMS Prince of Wales. It was hoped that Hermes and other ships assigned to join the fleet would bolster the airpower necessary to prevent a repeat of such a disaster.

On 9 Apr 1942, Admiral Nagumo of the Japanese Navy launched an air raid on the British Royal Navy base at Trincomalee at the island of Ceylon. On that date, Hermes was in port undergoing repairs, but advanced warning due to the successful decryption of Japanese codes allowed her to flee the port. As she returned following the attack, however, she was spotted off Batticaloa by a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft. She was not carrying any aircraft at the time, thus was defenseless against the 70 Japanese aircraft that came to attack her. She sustained 40 hits before she finally sank, killing 307 in the process. 590 survivors were picked up by hospital ship Vita and delivered to Colombo, Ceylon. Her escorts destroyer HMS Vampire and corvette HMS Hollyhock, as well as two oil tankers, were also sunk during the same attack.

Sources: Fleet Air Arm Archive, The Pacific Campaign, Wikipedia.

HMS Hermes Operational Timeline

1 Jul 1923 Hermes was commissioned into service.
19 Feb 1924 HMS Hermes entered service with the Royal Navy.

Photographs

Warships in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, 9-14 Apr 1928; large warships, left to right: Japanese battleship Mutsu, Japanese light cruiser Tenryu, British carrier Hermes, and Japanese battleship FusoHermes sinking off Batticaloa, Ceylon, 9 Apr 1942List of men lost aboard HMS Hermes, printed by J. Abrams and Sons of Plymouth, England, United Kingdom, circa 1942




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Visitor Submitted Comments

  1. Charles Cannan says:
    30 Mar 2006 08:30:33 PM

    My Uncle (Nic Raubenheimer) died this year (Feb 9th). He was a sailor on board the HMS Hermes when sunk by the Japanese. The survivors were strafed by the Japanese in the water. He did live to go to Colombo on a hospital ship. He was the radio or sparks operator. I doubt there are many survivors of this left alive but thought I would let them know.
  2. George Horn says:
    6 Apr 2006 02:27:22 PM

    My father Harry Horn was one of those who lost their lives on 9th April 1942. I was 4 12 years and did not really know him but my brother Mike does.My brother has attended many of the reunions in Devonport. I have attended a couple and enjoyed meeting some of my Dads former shipmates.
  3. Steven Clark says:
    25 Apr 2006 05:21:00 AM

    My father, Tom Clark, served on Hermes up until 1942. He had a fortunate escape from death as he was taken off ship to have an appendix operation shortly before the attack by the Japanese. Unfortunately the shipmate who replaced him lost his life. I remember him telling me that some of the survivors visited him after the disaster. Dad was never keen to talk about the war and so would be interested if there are any of the veterans still alive , and if they remember my Dad.
  4. Anne Conder says:
    25 Apr 2006 04:57:19 PM

    My dad (Charles Waters)was a survivor on the Hermes when it was sunk. He was in the water for a long time before being rescued. He didnt talk about it that much, prefering to remember the comaraderie of the war. He passed away April 2003. Lived a full life, had 8 children, 16 grandchildren and lots of happy memories. He was one of the lucky ones.
  5. carol marshall says:
    30 May 2006 03:21:24 PM

    My father was a Hermes survivor he was in the sea eight hours before a hospital ship took him to Colombo sadly his love of the sea still took his life when he and my brother both drowned while fishing localy in 1986.I love reading the HMS HERMES history and wish i had asked my Dad more these were very brave men.
  6. Robert Crockett says:
    14 Dec 2006 06:26:38 AM

    My Father In Law (Fred Merritt)was a survivor on the Hermes when it was sunk. Still Living In Plymouth UK
  7. Gerald Garth says:
    23 Dec 2006 10:42:09 PM

    My grandfather(Gerald Woodward)was a officer on HMS Hermes. He passed away in 2001. He didnt like to speak about the war. Wish I knew all his stories. He was a brilliant man.
  8. steven vickery says:
    1 Jan 2007 05:05:07 AM

    my father is trying to trace any info on his father able seaman albert james william vickery who lost his life on april 9th 1942 when sunk by the japenese navy
  9. Ann Lindop says:
    1 Jan 2007 10:19:39 AM

    My Dad was also a survivor of the sinking of HMS Hermes. His name is Ron Pitt and he was an engineer. He is 86 now and still in good health. It is only in recent years that he has described in any detail the events of that day to me. He had to make his way up from the engine rooms by clambering up a mangled lift shaft. I find the story profoundly moving, especially because of how young these brave men were. I am so proud of my Dad, and of his courageous generation.
  10. Richard Faughey says:
    1 Jan 2007 03:25:35 PM

    my great grandfather Richard Faughey was on board the hermes,when it sank he was picked up by the vito.Ive got a few photos of the men on board but no names can anyone help?
  11. Paul Watkins says:
    19 Jan 2007 08:57:05 PM

    To Richard Faughey, I have a friend Ian McDougall who was a 18 year old radio operator (I think) when the Hermes sunk. He was standing near Capt Onslow when they went under the water. He survived but the Capt. did not. There is a photo taken from a Japanese plane which shows the 2 of them on the bridge. Would you have it. I would also like to see your photos and pass them onto Ian... Paul
  12. alexander r kallis jnr says:
    2 Feb 2007 03:57:58 PM

    my father alexander r kallis was also a surviver of the hermes.he was a helmsman but he was of duty when the ship was bombed.he died in 1981 in paarl.cape province.south africa
  13. David Hoyle says:
    18 Feb 2007 01:00:49 PM

    My father was serving on HMS Hermes in 1942. He was a RAF Sergeant Air Fitter working on Swordfish. On 9th April 1942, he was sent ashore to pick up some aircraft spares. While ashore, Hermes was ordered to sea and subsequently sunk. Dad took the spares and traveled by train overland to Columbo, where he then spent over six months at the RN aircraft repair depot at Columbo, still working on Fairey Swordfish. Unfortunately Dad passed away in August 1999.
  14. Anonymous says:
    12 Mar 2007 04:42:34 AM

    My husband, known as Jock McCreath was a signalman on the Hermes. He survived the sinking and is now nearly 85 and has written his memoirs. Do get in touch if you rmemmber him.
  15. carol says:
    12 May 2007 01:30:45 PM

    My father was a survivor from Hermes sadly he died 20years ago when the love of the sea took his life along with that of my brother,this year I attended for the first time The HMS Hermes reunion at Devonport and it was a wonderfull experience that i will never forget,history and memories are kept alive I was very proud and deeply honoured to lay a memorial wreath alonside a fellow shipmate of my dad`s.
  16. ALAN RICE says:
    7 Jun 2007 01:35:24 AM

    do anybody no what happend to HORACE DAVIS WHO WAS A SAILOR ON THE HERMES IN 1942
  17. Ryan says:
    13 Jun 2007 05:35:01 PM

    My grandfather was also a survivor of the Hermes, he was a Pettie Officer at the time and remembers seeing chaft fall from allied planes just prior to being sunk Many of the men that survived jumped off ship prior to them even being hit. when they served off africa apparently 2 men where taken by sharks swimming in a near by bay. Later that week they where under heavy bombardment by a German Pilot ship and small battleship Which the Prince of Wales ended up sinking.
  18. David Owen says:
    21 Jun 2007 07:46:36 PM

    My dad, Glyn Owen, survived that awful day and like so many others never liked to talk about his experiences. I have numerous photos of him and his shipmates. If anyone can suggest an organisation that may want them they can contact me david-o@xtra.co.nz
  19. Richard Faughey says:
    23 Jun 2007 11:33:04 AM

    does anybody remember Richard Dick Faughey on the hermes,he died shortly after being picked up by the ship vito,what he did on the ship etc
  20. Tony says:
    14 Jul 2007 02:17:10 PM

    I have what I believe is an old style British Navy hat with HMS Hermes on it. Is there any museum or anyone interasted in it
  21. Anonymous says:
    14 Aug 2007 05:46:32 AM

    For all concerned, Alfred Webb from Plymouth, Devon passed away peacefully on 30th July 2007. One of the survivors of the sinking of HMS Hermes on 9th April 1942. Also involved in the normandy landings on Junno Beach. Please contact me if anyone has info on him or knew him personally. Interested to hear more about my Grandfather.
  22. Duncan Rimmer says:
    29 Aug 2007 03:21:52 AM

    Thank you for the info on HMS Hermes. My great uncle Ronald Peter Richardson of the South African Naval Force died on board the Hermes. It must have been horrendous being attacked by 70 Japanese bombers with little or no defence. His name is on the Naval Memorial in Plymouth. Thanks again
  23. Rob says:
    1 Sep 2007 12:12:14 PM

    Hi, does anyone have a list men that went down with the ship?
  24. Sandy Grantham says:
    15 Sep 2007 02:26:04 AM

    My uncle, Archibald MacRae lost his life on the Hermes.
    I never knew him so know little about him. He was from Inverness Scotland and Id love to hear from anyone who knew him.
  25. Bernard Richardson says:
    20 Sep 2007 01:21:19 AM

    My uncle Ronald Richardson was lost in the attack on HMS Hermes. In the lat 60s or early 70s the newer HMS Hermes was passing around the Cape and sailed into Algoa Bay (Port Elizabeth). As a tribute to those men from PE did a fly past over the bay. It was an emotional experience especially for my aunt who lost a husband.
  26. John Pritchard says:
    12 Oct 2007 10:50:43 AM

    My wife is trying to find any information about her uncle Ronald Barnes who was lost on the Hermes. Can anyone help?
  27. A r kallis says:
    24 Oct 2007 11:28:13 AM

    my father was also picked up by the vito after the hermes sunk.iwould like to see that foto
  28. Andy Stracey says:
    29 Oct 2007 02:00:17 PM

    My fathers brother, who would have been my uncle was a Royal Marine on HMS Hermes, he lost his life on April 9th 1942 with so many of his ship mates. Any information or photos would be greatly appreciated.
  29. Dharshana Jayawardena says:
    11 Nov 2007 08:44:36 PM

    I have dived the H.M.S Hermes many times. The experience has profoundly moved me and ever since I have been researching about this great ship. But until I read this page it had more or less been just a ship. It is only now that I feel empathy towards the sailors & all those who lost loves ones onboard and also feel the magnitude of this event which still connects so many people around the world.
  30. Annie says:
    17 Nov 2007 06:32:14 AM

    My great-uncle, Charles Martin, went down in the Hermes in 1942. I know very little about him. If anyone has any info, I can be contacted via my family research site at www.hibbitt.org.uk
  31. Garry Bachman says:
    22 Dec 2007 03:18:47 PM

    I am Canadian, met Lewis Price in Glasgow while on vacation in Scotland. Had a terrific leave togther. wine women and song. He left before I did. Not long after that the Hermes was sunk, Lewis was lost as well.
    Any info. would be welcomed.
    Garry
  32. Judith Browne says:
    27 Feb 2008 06:06:27 PM

    My father was called Clifford Procter and he was a Chief Petty Officer on the Hermes. He collapsed with a burst appendix just before the Hermes was attacked and he was taken off to a hospital ship. I seem to remember him saying that he saw the Hermes go down from the hospital ship.
    My father died in 1986.
  33. Christine Ross says:
    11 Mar 2008 02:51:39 PM

    My father Fred Warner was a survivor from HMS Hermes he never really spoke about it only to say that he had to swim for his life and lost alot of mates. I do have the origanal newspaper cuttings which I found among his things when he died.My Dad died in 1990.
  34. ROY LOVERING says:
    12 Mar 2008 09:35:15 AM

    Hi Christine,my father was also on the Hermes but he was not so lucky and went down with her.If you happen to have any pictures from the Hermes I would appriciate it if you could send me a copy. Regards Roy
  35. Ted Girtchen says:
    31 Mar 2008 11:38:46 AM

    I am the Vice pres of the Hermes Association. We have had reunions for over 20 years and meet in Plymouth . Our next reunion is April 10 to 13 2008 at the Royal Fleet Club Plymouth. We still have survivors attending. Visit our website hermes.org.com for contact details for our secretary. We welcome new members to our family associaton , my late father Ted Girtchen a stoker survivor founded the association. We may be able to help with far more info and photos as we have actual photos of the sinking of the ship. We now have a growing Hermes 10 membership, wives and partners join us for our packed, eventful reunions every year. Please contact us, Ted
  36. Ted Girtchen says:
    31 Mar 2008 11:46:08 AM

    THe website for the Hermes Association has changed is name so look under
    hmshermes.org.uk Thanks hope to hear from you soon
  37. Ted and Ann Girtchen says:
    6 Apr 2008 11:06:49 AM

    Ted is Vice pres if the Hermes association. for information please contact us at
    hmshermes.org.uk
    We welcome any queries, we are a family organsiation founded over 20 years and have regular reunions
  38. Colin Bestwick says:
    1 Jun 2008 05:04:47 AM

    Perhaps this isnt the place but I have had difficultly finding information about the attack at Trincomalee (china bay). My wifes mothers first husband George Alexander Kyle was an anti aircraft gunner at Trincomalee and sadly died there. If anyone has information I would be so grateful.
  39. Colin Brades says:
    20 Jun 2008 07:59:23 AM

    I have just found out my uncle died when the Hermes sank.
  40. www.DiveSriLanka.com says:
    26 Jun 2008 07:15:36 PM

    I visited the H.M.S Hermes last week (June 18-22, 2008). The ship is very slowly sinking or being covered with sand. We disocvered one propellar, an anti air craft gun, lower deck gun, the bridge. The wreck lies on the deck. Penetration is not possible because of collapsation by bomb damage and being covered by sand. The dept it lies on is 53 Meters (175 feet). If anyone has a schematic diagram of the H.M.S Hermes please send it to support@divesrilanka.com. I would appreciate it very much so that we can understand the current state of the ship given that old photos never show much detail below deck. Which is what is mostly visible right now.
  41. Irene Corbett says:
    29 Aug 2008 01:11:18 PM

    My Uncle,James Knight,aged 20,was an Articifer on HMS.Hermes and was killed 9 April 1942 when Hermes was sunk.He apparently made it from the Engine Room to the upper deck and over the side but was killed in the water swimming away from the ship,which makes his death even more tragic.God Bless.
  42. Andy Russell says:
    2 Sep 2008 04:07:00 AM

    My father, Percy Russell died 12 years ago in 1996 . He was a survivor of the Hermes and I am sure would like to be remembered by other ship mates still living.
  43. jayne frome says:
    28 Sep 2008 11:45:14 AM

    my god father william houghton was on the hermes when it went down,he was something to do with comunications.he talked about it quite often, i wish i had listed as he died in the 1980's.
  44. Len says:
    4 Oct 2008 09:01:53 AM

    My Dad, Leonard John Hunter (a South African serving with the Royal Navy) was fortunate to have left the ship shortly before it was attacked. He spoke about the Hermes often, more so than any other ship he served on. I still have his photo albums of those times. He died in 1984.
  45. Anonymous says:
    12 Nov 2008 02:18:11 PM

    I believe that my great grandad, Edward (Eddy)Clayson, was onboard HMS Hermes - we have a 5-a-side football medal (of all things!) that he won which has HMS Hermes engraved on the back of it.

    Would anybody happen to know anything about these medals or Eddy Clayson??
  46. s vickery says:
    26 Dec 2008 12:48:11 PM

    Im looking for any information possible about albert james william vickery who served on the HMS Hermes, he was my grandfather and any information at all would be greatly appreciated.
  47. David Scadding says:
    27 Dec 2008 01:08:21 PM

    Myfather, then Lt. Adrian G. Scadding, RNVR was a met. officer and on the bridge at the time of the attack and survived the sinking. He died on 31.12.2004 at the age of 93.
  48. Anita Richardson says:
    29 Dec 2008 01:14:36 PM

    My Uncle George Thomas Henry Phillips lost his life with the sinking of the Hermes I long to see a photo of him are there any pictures out there please I am sixty five now and have been haunted by his death since the age of five which is when my mother spoke about him never to mention his name again.
  49. David Bragg says:
    11 Jan 2009 01:01:57 PM

    My Dad is a survivor of the HMS Hermnes sinking, his name is Douglas Bragg. He spent hours in the water before being picked up, and sent to hospital on the mainland. He has actual photos of the boat sinking that were taken by someone onboard, they are quite amazing. They even have oil splatterings on them. I am very very proud of my Dad and cannot imagine the pain and suffering these brave men went through.
  50. janet wood says:
    1 Feb 2009 01:47:15 PM

    My Dad Harry Pardoe was a stoker on board the Hermes when it was sunk & luckily was one of the survivors. He was swimming in the Indian Ocean for over 8 hours, the ships doctor was nearby & told him to make sure he kept swimming in the oil as sharks, that were nearby wouldn't come into oily waters.Dad died at the age of 59 in 1974, but not before writing a piece about his memoirs in a book entitled 'The Hermes Adventure' written by Rex Morgan, whose father was official photographer on board the Hermes. It is a great book with loads of pictures, & memoirs written by numerous survivors. My Dad's picture is on page 138, unfortunately he never lived to see the book in print, as I only managed to get hold of a copy in 1992. Any relations of men who served aboard the Hermes really must get hold of this book as it will give you some idea of the bravery of all who served on her.
  51. jenna critchley says:
    29 Mar 2009 03:53:52 PM

    I,m trying to find information on my great uncle William/Thomas charles kennedy (billy), a stoker on HMS Hermes. He would have only been 18 when it was sunk in 1942. To this day we dont know what happened to him. my nan (his sister) got told he survived and was rescued but she hasn't heard from him since the ship was sank. Please can any surviors or anyone with any information please contact me by email.
    jennacritchely@hotmail.com
    many thanks
  52. Norm King says:
    12 Apr 2009 06:29:19 AM

    My father survived the sinking & died in 1996 aged 76. I have some photos of him with shipmates which I would be happy to be forward if you are looking for relatives-no notations of names, sorry.
  53. Nigel Bell says:
    6 May 2009 10:41:04 AM

    My father , Roy 'Dinger' Bell, was a survivor of the Japanese attack, on the Hermes.
    He never spoke much about it , but I seem to remember him stating , "the **** followed a couple of 'Stringbags', straight back to the ship". I believe, 'Stringbags' to be a nickname for the Fairey Swordfish. He was a very young man at the time , and this may not have been the case. He spent many hours in the water before being picked up, but I dont know by which ship.
    He passed away suddenly, Sept 1978,aged 54.
  54. John Bowering says:
    10 May 2009 09:52:56 AM

    My late father was a Sub Lt on H>M>S> Corfu
    that collided with Hermes off West Africa. He left a sheaf of photographs of the damage sustained by the Corfu and details of her drydocking. Any information very welcome.
  55. Dan Rushton says:
    10 Jun 2009 09:04:02 AM

    My Uncle Bill,William Rushton went down with the rest of the Hermes crew,all i know about him is that he was below deck level.Is there a list of casualties,a memorial to the casualties or any other information i can find on line please?
  56. Anonymous says:
    12 Jun 2009 01:50:49 PM

    My grand-father, James (Jim) Houghton from Manchester survived the sinking of HMS Hermes in 1942. He retired from the Royal Navy aged 30 in 1949 after serving on several ships during WW2. HMS Ganges was one of the ships. He spoke fondly of his ship mates and like so many of those heroes of the 2 world wars, he was coy about his own heroism. A lovely man who, sadly is no longer with us. He passed away in 1980. He is still sorely missed to this day. I hope this information may assist someone out there who may be gathereing or compiling information relating to the crew of HMS Hermes. I have access to some old Naval photos belonging to my Grand-Father. I will look through them and if any of them relate to HMS Hermes I will post them.
  57. Ian Kim McDougall says:
    24 Jun 2009 07:30:01 PM

    I am one of the Survivors of the Hermes. I was a seaman-first-class on the Bridge with Capt. Onslow when she sank. I now live in Corte Madera, CA, USA. I was wondering if there are any types of reunions for survivors of the Hermes.
  58. Maggie says:
    2 Jul 2009 09:02:53 AM

    I am looking for information about Ernest Thomas Miles. Born in 1901 and when he married in 1925 he was a Leading Air Craftsman and was married in the parish of H.M.S. HERMES. He served in WW2 and ended up in Changi Jail a prisioner of the Japanese - he did survive. He is a member of my Family Tree and I would love some information on him,
  59. Hal Clark says:
    28 Jul 2009 07:57:44 AM

    My brother Harry Clark (we all knew him as Chuck)was on HMS Hermes when she sank in 1942. He was picked up and died later. Now buried in the Naval cemetory in Ceylon. Is there anyone who can give me any detals of his service. Thanks Hal Clark
  60. Anonymous says:
    24 Oct 2009 10:01:53 AM

    Any persons wishing any info on Hermes 9 & 10 please contact me.(lyn)Ref Hermes 9/10 Assoc. as yearly reunions are held and various ex crew from Hermes 9 & 10 attend
  61. catherine evans says:
    19 Dec 2009 12:27:37 PM

    hello

    My nans brother was on this ship and lost his life his name was charlie coyte(i not sure of the spelling of the surname)his body was recovered and buried in pakistan
  62. Andy Wilcock says:
    4 Jan 2010 12:37:14 PM

    My father was also one of the survivors. His name was Jack/john Wilcock, died 1977. He was fleet air arm, and the only information i have is that he was picked up from the sea badly burnt and convelesed in Columbo, before being invalided out of the navy. I have no photographs of his time in the navy,
    Is there anyone who new jack wilcock or has any refference to him such as register at the Trincomalee hospital or manifest of the ship Vita.
  63. Robbie Robinson says:
    29 Jan 2010 09:18:58 AM

    I am ex RAF and made a return visit to Trincomalee Cemetary last sept taking photographs of all raf who died in last war if anyone wishes copies.
  64. Chris Walsh says:
    20 Feb 2010 03:01:15 AM

    My grandfather Micheal Walsh was lost on the hermes, he was cheif stoker aged just 42.I would be gratefull to anyone who might of known him, and very keen on going to a reunion in his honour. Any infomtion please email me cgplastering@hotmail.co.uk Thanks
  65. Bob Pearce says:
    6 Mar 2010 07:31:35 PM

    My uncle was lost with the Hermes. His name was Frank Warren of the Electrical Branch. My cousin Sally was born after he died and so didn't know him, but I do remember him as a very jolly person. If anyone out there can remember him I would be delighted to hear from you.
  66. John Goodman says:
    23 Mar 2010 09:52:38 PM

    My father named me after his best friend who was lost on the Hermes. Does any one know of a John from Dagenham? I have a photo if any one is interested.
  67. Iain Shickle says:
    29 Apr 2010 12:28:35 PM

    I am the Vice Chairman for the HMS Hermes Association which will meet in Torquay this year on the 7/8/9 May. We look forward to finding new members from both Hermes 9 and 10 for our association. Contact can be made by calling 07970044251.
  68. patricia says:
    3 May 2010 11:24:54 PM

    am interested to know if there is a list of survivors from the hms hermes as my uncle served on board thanks patricia
  69. Jennifer Hoare says:
    28 Jul 2010 03:19:16 PM

    Does anyone know of James Hoare served on H M S Hermes when it was sunk would be pleased to hear from you
  70. Glynis says:
    9 Aug 2010 03:01:04 PM

    I understand my late fathers half brother died when HMS Hermes was sunk 9 April 1942. I know very little about him and now don't seem to have anyone to ask! His name was Charles Ronald Evans and the surname Riby may have been added in as well. Does anyone have any information on him please? Cheers!
  71. Philip RObin Ian Raphael says:
    23 Aug 2010 05:04:38 AM

    My Grand Father Phillip Reginald Raphael RAPHAEL, Philip R, Able Seaman, 67841 (SANF), MPK, was killed when the Hermes sank. For years my Grandmother reefused to believe he was dead as she had recieved a letter dated the same day it sank posted from Trincomalee saying he was fine and she should not worry! .... Curse of snail mail. Any way for many years I have from time to time searched for survivors who perhaps knew my Grandad, and perhaps how he died. If anyone can help I would be very appreciative.Regards
    Philip
  72. rena bell says:
    29 Sep 2010 04:51:38 PM

    I have just finished writing my dad's war bio which includes his story about swimming to shore from the Hermes after it was bombed. It also contains some interesting pictures. Please email me if you would like to read it.
  73. Andy Wilcock says:
    4 Nov 2010 12:04:47 PM

    Re the message from Rena Bell dated 29sept 2010 asking if anyone would like to read her dads war bio. I would dearly like to read it. Rena says to email her. How do i aquire the address?
    Many thanks
  74. Geoffrey Miller says:
    2 Dec 2010 12:46:15 PM

    Relevant news and topics for the Hermes News would be appreciated.
    Printed 3 times per year to association members.
    News co-ordinator.
  75. robert orr says:
    3 Jan 2011 08:21:04 AM

    I drew a blank looking up Bowering who was sunk by the Japanese and swam for hours in shark-infested waters, keeping two others afloat but eventually having to let one drown before being rescued. The Hermes account seems to fit but is this a likely tale? I met him in about 1950, a huge man who wore a pink sharkskin dinner jacket in a Mudiford hotel in the evenings!
  76. Stephen Leander says:
    24 Jan 2011 08:51:29 AM

    My father, Basil Leander, was also a survivor from the HMS Hermes. He was a South African serving in the Royal Navy. He pased away in Dec 1984. Like a lot of us I wish that I had listened to the little he would tell me. He really didn't want to talk about it. If anybody out there knew him I would love to hear from you.
  77. Denise Brown says:
    21 Feb 2011 03:06:03 AM

    My dad Alexander Richard Kallis (1914-1986) was one of the survivors. He also never ever spoke about it and if theres anybody that has any photo's etc please could you email me at denisebrownsa@gmail.com..any info would be appreciated.
  78. Russ Hemphill says:
    17 Mar 2011 03:01:29 PM

    My dad James Laird Hemphill LT Commander/PEng, was off on Liberty with another officer and someone who was taken off for health reasons, just before the ship was sunk. He spent the next six months in Ceylon and Africa until they shipped him back to England.
  79. Margaret says:
    21 May 2011 05:34:20 PM

    Just started to research the Hermes as my dad William (Bill) Williams was a petty officer on the Hermes at the time of its sinking, he has told me a bit about his time serving on board but not in great detail. Sadley he passed away in Feb 2008.
  80. Paul Young says:
    1 Jun 2011 05:09:39 AM

    My Mother's brother, Albert Westmore, was killed when the Hermes was sunk. His brothers, John and Charlie were also in the RN during the war. Charlie was on Channel minesweepers and still survives. Charlie was one of the first ashore in Guernsey when it was liberated in 1945. He looked for and found his cousin in St Peter Port, who had been stranded there since the Germans invaded. She thought at first that he (Charlie) was Albert, because they had been close before the war and she didn't know of course that he had been killed in 1940 on the Hermes.
    It would be good to find out a bit more about my Uncle Albert, if there is any more information out there.
  81. fitz says:
    11 Jul 2011 02:57:21 AM

    Is there a way of finding a list of survivors of Hermes ? I want to see if my late father was a crew member. Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thank you
  82. Anonymous says:
    24 Jul 2011 05:04:25 AM

    i am trying to trace a crew member on the Hermes in 1931. I have several photos of the places visited and a photo of Colonel and Anne Lindbergh aboard Hermes in 1931. The only clue to his name are his initials HFM. he was engaged at one time to my mother. Is there anywhere I can search for him. Ann Shreeves
  83. Andy Wilcock says:
    27 Oct 2011 12:14:52 PM

    Re my last post on the 4th Nov 2010 requesting rena bells email address to read her fathers bio. I still havnt heard how to go about contacting her. Rena if you are reading this my email is andy131054@yahoo.com. I would dearly love to read his story especially about the survivors swimming from Hermes.
    Many thanks
  84. heather ainsworth says:
    19 Dec 2011 01:39:07 PM

    Ian Kim Daniel Mcdougall living in corte Madeira California. I need you to contact me urgently regarding the posting you made in 2009.
  85. heather ainsworth says:
    19 Dec 2011 01:59:06 PM

    Does any one have contact with Ian Kim Daniel Mcdougall a surviver of Hermes and last living in Corte Madeira California, I am searching for a family member and believe he could help .
  86. Hazel says:
    7 Feb 2012 02:53:17 PM

    Heather Ainsworth did you see Ian McDougall's comment number 57
  87. julie thornburrow says:
    12 Feb 2012 11:50:28 AM

    my father thomas graham gibson was a survivor of the hermes. he would not talk about it. He would not allow us to have oranges in the house because the smell reminded him of kandy for some reason. ?? Any clues why??
  88. Laura Green says:
    10 Apr 2012 05:38:38 AM

    My grandfathers first cousin was killed aboard the HMS Hermes, 9 April 1942. He was called Clarence Arthur Hincks and he was the Boatswain.

    Any information about him would be much appreciated.
  89. Anonymous says:
    19 Jul 2012 04:50:32 AM

    My mother acquired, whilst living in Cornwall, a sailor's hat from the HMS Hermes with the name of
    N A HOWITT inside. She would like to return it to the family.
  90. Anonymous says:
    8 Sep 2012 02:13:32 PM

    My grandfather, Kenneth John Hollingsworth, was one of the survivors of the HMS Hermes sinking. Unfortunately he is no longer with us but I recently acquired his service records and some old photos he took during the war. When I get chance I will make a blog about his service history, include any accompanying photos and provide the link on here...
  91. Charlotte says:
    19 Sep 2012 05:28:30 AM

    My Grandad Frank Davison was also a survivor of the HMS Hermes sinking and didn't like to talk about it but one thing what I remember about what he said was that when he was in the water with one of his friends he turned around for a split second to see who else was around and when he turned back around his friend had gone under. :'( Makes me so sad to think he had to see all his friends die around him. He died last year and I hope they are all reunited now. x
  92. Allen Audas says:
    8 Nov 2012 02:11:44 PM

    my uncle Able Seaman John "Jack Audas lost his life on the Hermes on that fatefull day.We are honoured in our town in Stamford Lincolnshire ,war hero's who lost their lives in the war are being used in a new housing development and Audas Place is the name of one of the streets.Fantastic
    Allen Jack Audas
    Email. algieaudas@live.co.uk
  93. David Lamond says:
    2 Dec 2012 07:23:32 AM

    I am trying to find out any information on William Gilmour Thomson, temporary sub lieutenant RNVR & Pilot Officer Fleet Air Arm who, I understand was with HMS Hermes on 09/04/42 and was killed in action. Can anyone help?
  94. W.A.Levitt says:
    10 Dec 2012 11:41:33 PM

    RE anonemus 14 I was a signalman and messmate of Jock McCreath on the Hermes when She was sunk.we were great friends and I would really like to get in touch with him
  95. Anonymous says:
    24 Dec 2012 12:48:51 AM

    Hello David Lamond,

    My Grandmother married William Gilmour Thomson 3r Jan 1942 and lost him on the Hermes.

    She then re-married August 1943 an Australian airman.

    Send me an email if you would like to know more.
  96. Mary Fox says:
    27 Dec 2012 12:22:24 PM

    My father Patrick James Donovan,was a survivor of HMS HERMES in 1942.He sadly died ages 52 in March 1969.I have just found this site,and would like to know if anyone knew Dad,or worked with him.He was a stoker and became a Chief Petty Officer,but I do not know anymore than that.He only spoke about the day of the sinking,and spent many hours in the water,which eventually led him to have chronic lung problems for the rest of his short life. I lost my Mother in April 2012 aged 86 years.My father came from Skibbereen,Co Cork,Ireland,and joined the Royal Navy at 16 years.He served on HMS Eagle,Ark Royal.Any photo's or survivors who knew Dad are welcome to contact me.I have one photo of him,when he joined up,he is wearing the cap of HMS Eagle. Thank You.
  97. Shannon P. (Black) says:
    18 Feb 2013 07:01:44 AM

    I will speak to my grandad to see if he can share more information as I am asking him as much as I can about his time in the navy during WWII. He was on the HMAS Vampire when it went down April 1942.

    So much to learn from him.

    I hope to be able to pass on some of the stories.

    Regards
    Shannon.
  98. Carol says:
    13 Apr 2013 02:56:37 PM

    I was one of the early writers to this page with reference to my late father a Hermes 9 Survivor over the past six years I have become a member of the Hermes association and am now General Secretary please visit our web site www.hmshermes.org.uk if you have a question please submit the contact form and we will be happy to help you if we can or send on association details as the association is extended to family members.
  99. Pauline Roach says:
    26 Oct 2013 05:20:55 AM

    My dad Billy Baker ( William Stanley Baker ) served on the Hermes from August 1939 to 9 April 1942 He survived the sinking of the Hermes and spent time recovering in Colombo after swallowing oily water . He then served on the Drake and the Woodpecker as a Petty Officer .I have some copies of the " HERMES DAILY MIRROR " from 1939 .He also used to mention his pal Billy Webb .
  100. Angela Sargeant says:
    27 Oct 2013 01:25:25 AM

    My uncle Dennis Kirk survived the 1942 sinking of the Hermes. He is alive and well and has just celebrated his 90th birthday. I would love to help him get in touch with any other survivors and see any photos of the ship and crew of that time.
  101. Mark Gover says:
    12 Nov 2013 06:01:13 AM

    My Grandfather Albert G Taylor was a PO Supply onboard HMS HERMES and survived the sinking in 1942. He lived in Devonport and I am trying to locate any survivors who may have known him.
  102. joan Riby Alexander says:
    27 Feb 2014 09:02:11 AM

    My Dad was the sailor that took the place of Tom Clarke Steven Clarkes father,who was taken off the ship with apendicitus I was never fortunate enoug
    to know my Dad as he died on that fateful day, my Mum was 5 months pregnant and had only been married 7months
    7 months....War is so cruel, I hope that Stephens dad had a good lift
  103. joan Riby Alexander says:
    27 Feb 2014 10:45:33 AM

    I have just found this site, and read that
    Number 70 Glynis, was asking for information about
    Ronald Charles Riby. My name is Joan and I am his
    daughter, born 24th Aug 1942. I would like to get
    in touch with Glynis if she would like to contact
    me.
  104. joan Riby Alexander says:
    1 Mar 2014 10:46:36 AM

    Glynis number 70 here is my email if you wish to get in touch re my Dad Charles Ronald Riby known as Ron
    joan.alexander2442@gmail.com
  105. Carol says:
    4 Mar 2014 01:01:33 PM

    Please can Glynis ( enquiry 70 ) contact me at HMS HERMES Association I have contact details for you. Thank you
  106. Max Whitehead says:
    5 May 2014 11:25:53 AM

    My father recently acquired at a small antique store in South Africa a "bosun's whistle". The owner was apparently killed aboard the Hermes during the Second World War. It's a very nice item and is in quite good condition. Imprinted on the side are the initials "el" or possibly "OL" we are trying to find either the name of the man it belonged to, or the name of the man who bRought it into the antique store, who was apparently a retired naval man. We are also curious about how many people would own something like this aboard a ship such as the Hermes.
  107. Angela Wilson says:
    7 Jun 2014 04:57:25 AM

    I am sitting with my mum looking through the various websites relating to the sinking of the Hermes. My mum's uncle George Page was lost at sea at the sinking of the Hermes - we think he was either Able Seaman of Gunner. If anyone has any information or anyone surviving knew him, we would love to hear from you. Of course any photos of him would be fantastic. It's rather a long shot, but you have to try. Have very much enjoyed reading some of the accounts and hope this email might bring forth some info.
  108. david says:
    8 Jul 2014 06:46:41 AM

    My uncle got killed on the hermes jack Bennett he was 19 years old
  109. Bathiya madusanka says:
    17 Jul 2014 09:36:14 PM

    Pleace follow this link
    http://www.divesrilanka.com/Batticaloa%20Wrecks%20Air%20Craft%20Carrier%20HMS%20Hermes%201942.html
  110. Rob Moss says:
    3 Aug 2014 07:37:47 AM

    My Nana,s brother lost his life on HMS Hermes his name is John Doolan i have a small photo of the aircraft carrier and a colour one of him in his pomp .

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