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Casualty Lists of the Royal Navy, 1945-present
Compiled by Don Kindell

 

1953 - in date, ship/unit & name order

 

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

Engine Room Artificer Ronald F May, HMS Cumberland, died Malta, 15 August 1953 (Kathryn Jackson, click to enlarge)

on to 1954

 

Notes:

(1) Casualty information in order - Surname, First name, Initial(s), Rank and part of the Service other than RN (RNR, RNVR, RFR etc), Service Number (ratings only, also if Dominion Navies), (on the books of another ship/shore establishment, O/P – on passage), Fate

(2) Click for abbreviations

(3) More information may be found in the Name Lists

 

 

 

Only some Dominion Navy casualties are included from 1948-on

 

 

1953

 

KOREAN WAR, started 25 June 1950, ceasefire 27 July 1953 (links – Britains Small Wars)

 

 

Monday, 5 January 1953

 

FAA, 801 Squadron, Glory, aircraft carrier, Korean War, air crash

 RAYNER, Brian E, Sub Lieutenant (P), MPK

 SIMONDS, James M, Sub Lieutenant (A), RNVR, MPK

 

 

Tuesday, 6 January 1953

 

Armada, destroyer

 HORTON, Thomas F S, Able Seaman, SSX 869436, died

 

 

Monday, 12 January 1953

 

Pembroke, Chatham shore establishment

 HINE, John F, Engine Room Artificer 3c, MX 93441, died

 

 

Wednesday, 14 January 1953

 

FAA, 807 Squadron, Ocean, aircraft carrier, deck crash

 HICKS, Bryan F, Lieutenant, DOW

 

 

Thursday, 15 January 1953

 

Drake, Devonport, barracks and base

 PACK, Leslie W C, Engine Room Artificer 2c, MX 64359, died

 

 

Friday, 16 January 1953

 

Fulmar, Lossiemouth Royal Naval Air Station

 WADHAM, Nicholas C, Midshipman, died

 

 

Tuesday, 20 January 1953

 

Seahawk, Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station

 BARKER, Frank, Commissioned Pilot, died

 

 

Wednesday, 21 January 1953

 

Fulmar, Lossiemouth Royal Naval Air Station

 EARL, Geoffrey H, Lieutenant, died

 

 

Friday, 23 January 1953

 

Raleigh, Torpoint, Cornwall, training establishment

 PARRY, John R I, Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic (S.M.), KX 80957, died

 

 

Sunday, 25 January 1953

 

Defiance, Devonport, training establishment

 SANDFORD, Michael G, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 875672, died

 

Painswick Hotel, Gloucestershire, carbon monoxide poisoning

 HARDWICK, Francis, Mechanic 3c, KX 770400, Royal Arthur, died

 SALTER, John D, Electrical Artificer (E.A.) 4c, MX 919756, Drake, died

 

 

Monday, 26 January 1953

 

Duchess, destroyer, explosion

 Dockyard Worker killed, no further information

 

 

Tuesday, 27 January 1953

 

Cheviot, destroyer

 BELL, Joseph C S, Senior Commissioned Engineering Officer (President), died

 

 

Wednesday, 28 January 1953

 

Curlew, St Merryn Royal Naval Air Station, ex-Vulture

 EYRES, Cyril, Shipwright 1c, MX 54291, died

 

 

Saturday, 31 January 1953

 

Princess Victoria, MV, Stranraer, Scotland to Larne, Northern Ireland ferry, foundered in storm in North Channel, some 132 lives lost, including:

 BILNEY, Douglas A N, Lieutenant Commander (P), (Victory I, O/P) died

 CHILDS, Leslie G, Electrical Artificer (E.A.) (A) 3c, FX 82457, (Centaur, O/P), died

 DINGLE, Violet M, Ordinary Wren, WRNS, 109727, (Sea Eagle, O/P), died

 PRENTICE, Eileen S, Ordinary Wren, WRNS, 110001, (Dauntless, O/P), died

 SHANKLAND, James G, Aircraft Artificer (A.A.) 3c, FX 607134, (Gannet, O/P), died

 WILTON, John A, Leading Telegraphist, SSX 795623, (Sea Eagle, O/P), died

 WRIGHT, Gordon T, Aircraft Artificer (A.A.) 4c, FX 669155, (Gannet, O/P), died

 

 

Sunday, 1 February 1953

 

Modeste, frigate

 BAIN, Robert J C, Able Seaman, SSX 843458, died

 

Simbang, Sembaswang, Singapore Royal Naval Sir Station

 TAYLOR, Arthur, Lieutenant, died

 

 

Monday, 2 February 1953

 

Terror, Singapore, base

 RHODES, Arnold G, Lieutenant Commander, died

 

 

Tuesday, 3 February 1953

 

 

Indomitable (above - Maritime Quest), aircraft carrier, petrol vapour ignited below the island in hangar deck, followed by explosion. Ten gallantry medals including two George Medals awarded for rescue operations. Six more men and boys died of injuries in succeeding days (eye-witness account follows)

 HARMAN, Derek J T, Petty Officer Telegraphist, JX 184648, killed

 PETCHELL, Ivan, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic, SKX 787826, killed

 SMITH, Terence, Leading Seaman, JX 890493, died

HMS INDOMITABLE. 3rd Feb 1953 by David Hamilton, Commander (F), RN (Rtd) - The ship was carrying out exercises off Malta. I was Deck Landing Control Officer at the time ,and on the flight deck this day, when I heard a rumbling thump and the ship shook. Immediately thick black smoke started pouring out of the starboard side. Cause - an Avgas [aviation petrol] leak had developed in an area below decks. The Damage Control Head Quarters [DCHQ] personnel had shut off that part of the system but not as quickly as possible because, it was discovered later, the builders drawings of the fuel system had an error in them.

Our planeguard destroyer came up abeam and offered assistance but our crew managed to control and extinguish the flames, after what seemed like ages. The situation was not helped by the fact that DCHQ itself was near the seat of the explosion and filled with smoke. The subsequent enquiry determined that the cause was as follows. When the leak was discovered Emergency Damage Control State 1 was broadcast throughout the ship. This meant that every watertight door and hatch in the ship was shut and fully clipped. This was followed by DCHQ shutting down all electrical ventilation fans, to stop vapour being spread. Avgas had flowed though some areas but petrol vapour had drifted down to the deck below the leak. When fans are shut down arcing can occur in the electric motor and this caused the vapour to explode, which then ignited the liquid. On examining the area afterwards I was amazed at the power of the explosion. The site was in a passage with the hangar on one side and armour plate of the ships side on the other. Three fully clipped heavy water tight doors had been blown completely out, one after the other. Royal Navy carriers have sealed aircraft hangars, with double door air locks for access; the nearest withstood the explosion but only just. The outer door went but the inner one held, although damaged. One person was killed in the airlock. If the air lock had failed we could have lost the ship.

Later, we flew off all serviceable aircraft to RNAS Hal Far and we entered Grand Harbour for repairs and nine funerals. Two George Medals and six other awards for bravery were gazetted later. About a year later I found a Readers Digest which listed a series of violent incidents caused by 'world saboteurs' and Indomitable was included. Never bought a copy after that.

 

Wednesday, 4 February 1953

 

Indomitable, aircraft carrier, explosion on 3rd

 PUGH, Brian H C, Engine Room Artificer, MX 909118, DOW

 

 

Thursday, 5 February 1953

 

Blackcap, Warrington, Lancs, Royal Naval Air Station

 COLLINGWOOD, Roy E, Commissioned Pilot, died

 

Mercury, East Meon, near Petersfield, Signal School

 CARTER, Peter W, Leading Signalman, JX 581257, died

 

Seahawk, Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station

 BLAKE, George P, Commander, died

 

 

Saturday, 7 February 1953

 

Indomitable, aircraft carrier, explosion on 3rd

 HUMPHRIES, Kenneth S, Boy 1c, JX 899584, DOW

 

 

Monday, 9 February 1953

 

Indomitable, aircraft carrier, explosion on 3rd

 CANNON, Ronald, Electrician's Mate, SMX 903650, DOW

 

Jupiter, destroyer, lost 1942

 MCFARLANE, William A, Chief Electrician, MX 893067, ex-POW, died

 

 

Tuesday, 10 February 1953

 

Pembroke, Chatham, base

 HOWARD, Andrew E, Lieutenant, died

 

 

Wednesday, 11 February 1953

 

FAA, 801 Squadron, Glory, aircraft carrier, Korean War, air crash

 BRADLEY, Richard D, Sub Lieutenant (P), MPK

 MACPHERSON, Cedric A, Lieutenant (O), MPK

 

Indomitable, aircraft carrier, explosion on 3rd

 ROWLEY, Albert G W, Leading Electrical Mechanic (E.M.), SMX 833584, DOW

 

Siskin, Gosport, Royal Naval air Station

 MAGGS, Alfred W, Chief Airman, FX 882021, died

 

 

Thursday, 12 February 1953

 

Indomitable, aircraft carrier, explosion on 3rd

 LAWSON, John H, Boy 1c, JX 905127, DOW

 

 

Saturday, 14 February 1953

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier

 DRUMMOND, Thomas S, Leading Stoker Mechanic, KX 832331, died

 

 

Wednesday, 18 February 1953

 

Drake, Devonport, barracks and base

 WARRISS, Peter, Able Seaman, SSX 661569, died

 

Indomitable, aircraft carrier, explosion on 3rd

 WALTHAM, John R, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic, SKX 816094, DOW

 

 

Wednesday, 25 February 1953

 

Diamond, destroyer

 MEEKS, Frank F, Midshipman, died

 

 

Thursday, 26 February 1953

 

FAA, 719 Squadron, Gannet, air crash

 TEIRNEY, Edward A S, Aircrewman 1c (O), FX 78433, killed

 WREN, Brian D A, Act/Sub Lieutenant, RAN, killed

 

 

Monday, 2 March 1953

 

Modeste, frigate

 WHITTLE, Robert, Able Seaman, SSX 862122, died

 

Tyne, destroyer depot ship

 STRETTON, Alan E, Leading Stoker Mechanic, SKX 877122, died

 

 

Tuesday, 3 March 1953

 

Curlew, St Merryn Royal Naval Air Station, ex-Vulture

 MILLWARD, Ernest J, Leading Seaman, SSX 839509, died

 

 

Friday, 6 March 1953

 

Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Gunnery School

 BRIDGEMAN, William G, Senior Commissioned Gunner, died

 

Nereide, sloop

 COLDWELL, James C, Lieutenant Commander, died

 

 

Wednesday, 11 March 1953

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier, piloting Attacker, fuel cap panel not replaced, fuel running out, caught fire and aircraft exploded

 REE, Peter G, Lieutenant, died

 

FAA, 809 Squadron, Eagle, aircraft carrier, two Sea Hornets in collision

 Hornet 1 hit by 2

 RANKIN, John W, Lieutenant, pilot, killed (Aircraftsman E J Dingley baled out and was rescued)

 Hornet 2 collided with 1, pilot lost control and crashed in sea

 MARTIN, Dennis, Commissioned Pilot, baled out but parachute tangled with tailplane, killed

 WAYGOOD, Bernard M, Lieutenant, killed

 

Seahawk, Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station, flying Attacker, No.3 in order for take-off, caught in slipstream of plane ahead, flicked to port and hit runway

 BARCLAY, Christopher J M, Lieutenant, died .

 

 

Thursday, 12 March 1953

 

Fulmar, Lossiemouth Royal Naval Air Station

 O'DONNELL, Brian, Midshipman, died

 

Seahawk, Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station, night flight in Meteor over Mount's Bay, Cornwall, flew into the sea off Looe Bar, Porthleven

 LELAND, Anthony J, Lieutenant, killed

 

 

Sunday, 15 March 1953

 

Gamecock, Bramcote, Nuneaton, Royal Naval Air Station

 HALSTEAD, Donald R, Lieutenant, died

 

 

Monday, 16 March 1953

 

Pembroke, Chatham, base

 HOUGH, Henry, Able Seaman (D), JX 176616, died

 

 

Tuesday, 17 March 1953

 

Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Gunnery School

 SCOTT, Geoffrey, Able Seaman, SSX 889057, died

 

 

Tuesday, 24 March 1953

 

Dolphin, Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, Submarine Depot and School

 POTTER, Dennis D, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 870894, died

 

Falcon, Hal Far, Malta, Royal Naval Air Station

 THOMPSON, Edward E, Chief Aircraft Artificer (A.A.), FX 75190, died

 

 

Monday, 2 April 1953

 

Terror, RN Base, Singapore, Malaya campaign

 RHODES, Arthur G, Lieutenant Commander, died

 

 

Saturday, 4 April 1953

 

Ganges, Shotley, Harwich, Boys Training Establishment

 WYNNE, Douglas B, Boy 1c, JX 912033, died

 

 

Sunday, 5 April 1953

 

Royal Australian Navy

 SHARP, Peter J, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

 

Monday, 6 April 1953

 

Dolphin, Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, Submarine Depot and School

 BURRELL, Peter L, Engine Room Artificer 3c, MX 637809, died

 

 

Saturday, 11 April 1953

 

Gambia, light cruiser

 DONEGAN, Charles E, Able Seaman, SSX 865677, died

 

 

Sunday, 12 April 1953

 

Tamar, Hong Kong, base

 KWONG, Cheung S, Cook, O/ 2808, died

 

 

Tuesday, 14 April 1953

 

Skua, aircraft transport vessel

 THOMPSON, Andrew, Petty Officer, JX 147268, died

 

 

Saturday, 18 April 1953

 

Albatross, Nowra, New South Wales, Royal Naval Air Station

 RUSSELL, John M, Radio Electrical Artificer (R.E.A.) 3c, FX 697489, died

 

 

Monday, 20 April 1953

 

FAA, 769 Squadron, Vulture, St Merryn, Royal Naval Air Station, air crash

 ENEVER, David B, Midshipman, killed

 PRICE-OWEN, David R, Lieutenant, killed

 

 

Wednesday, 22 April 1953

 

President, London HQ and Reserve Drill Ship

 LAMPEN, John, Major, RM, died

 

 

Thursday, 23 April 1953

 

Ceylon, light cruiser

 PALMER, William R G F, Leading Radio Electrical Mechanician (R.E.M.) (B), MX 852597, died

 

Indomitable, aircraft carrier

 VERRECCHIA, Anthony M, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

 

Friday, 24 April 1953

 

Alaunia, repair ship

 THOMPSON, Gerald, Stoker Mechanic, KX 902761, died

 

Ranpura, repair ship

 HOWE, Joseph C, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 859541, died

 

 

Saturday, 25 April 1953

 

FAA, 801 Squadron, Glory, aircraft carrier, Korean War, air crash

 KEATES, Walter J B, Sub Lieutenant (P), MPK

 MCGREGOR, John T, Lieutenant (P), MPK

 

 

Monday, 27 April 1953

 

Gambia, light cruiser

 FORSYTH, James A, Leading Seaman, JX 712 611, died

 

 

Friday, 1 May 1953

 

RN Hospital Chatham

 MCBURNEY, John K, Sick Berth Chief Petty Officer, MX 49285, died

 

 

Monday, 4 May 1953

 

Fulmar, Lossiemouth Royal Naval Air Station

 FORRESTER, Vincent J, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

 

Thursday, 7 May 1953

 

Victory, Portsmouth base and barracks

 MANLEY, James B, Petty Officer, JX 371797, died

 

 

Sunday, 10 May 1953

 

Montclare, depot ship

 HAILEY, Robert, Ordinary Seaman, JX 889611, died

 

Unicorn, aircraft carrier, Malaya campaign

 MCTAGGART, Thomas J, Stoker Mechanic, KSX 867554, died

 

 

Monday, 11 May 1953

 

Dolphin, Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, Submarine Depot and School

 JOHNSON, Victor M, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 770331, died

 

Ocean, aircraft carrier

 MILLAR, James, Naval Airman 1c, FX 882356, died

 

 

Wednesday, 13 May 1953

 

Cleopatra, light cruiser

 CHESHIRE, Leonard H, Able Seaman, SSX 839181, died

 

Seahawk, Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station

 RICHARDS, Peter O, Commissioned Pilot, died

 

 

Friday, 15 May 1953

 

Ariel, Worthy Down, Royal Naval Air Station/Air Electrical School

 ERRIDGE, Brian M, Radio Electrical Mechanician (R.E.M.) (A) 1c, SFX 885807, died

 

Victory, Portsmouth base and barracks

 LEARY, Harry, Able Seaman, SSX 864846, died

 

 

Saturday, 16 May 1953

 

Barmond, boom defence vessel

 TSUI, Wing C, Able Seaman, O/ 2914, died

 

 

Sunday, 17 May 1953

 

Royal Marines, 40 Commando, Suez Canal Zone campaign, training in Malta, air crash (second Royal Marine DOI on 23rd)

 BURTENSHAW, Derek E, Marine, PO X/ 6136, killed

 

 

Monday, 18 May 1953

 

Protector, netlayer, Forth, Senior Officer, Reserve Fleet

 CAMERON, Orford G, Captain, died

 

 

Tuesday, 19 May 1953

 

FAA, 803 Squadron, Eagle, aircraft carrier, air crash

 BAILEY, Francis D, Lieutenant, killed

 GLASER, John M, Lieutenant Commander, killed

 

RAF Station Valley, air crash

 STATIUS-MULLER, Hans, Lieutenant, RNethN, killed

 VAN DER OORT, Johan P, Sub Lieutenant, RNethN, killed

 

Sentinel, submarine

 OWENS, Henry T, Leading Stoker Mechanic, SKX 770045, died

 

 

Wednesday, 20 May 1953

 

Victory, Portsmouth base and barracks

 HADDOW, Peter, Petty Officer, JX 646233, died

 

 

Thursday, 21 May 1953

 

Terror, RN Base, Singapore, Malaya campaign

 GALIPEAU, Leon M, Able Seaman, SSX 835744, diedt

 

Victory, Portsmouth, base and barracks

 MURDOCH, Jean M, Leading Wren, 12266, died

 

 

Saturday, 23 May 1953

 

Royal Marines, 40 Commando, Suez Canal Zone campaign, training in Malta, air crash on 17th

 DON, Ronald, Lance Corporal, RM, RM 9835, DOI

 

 

Sunday, 24 May 1953

 

Chevron, destroyer, Suez Canal Zone campaign

 GAISH, Edward R, Electrical Mechanic 1c, SMX 864324, killed

 

 

Thursday, 28 May 1953

 

Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Gunnery School

 MCMAHON, John M H, Ordnance Artificer (O.A.) 4c, MX 855602, died

 

 

Saturday, 30 May 1953

 

Vanguard, battleship

 JAMIESON, Christopher, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 907496, died

 

 

Sunday, 31 May 1953

 

Lochinvar, Port Edgar/Granton, Destroyer and Minesweeping Base

 BERRY, Victor R, Able Seaman, JX 171693, died

 

 

Tuesday, 2 June 1953

 

Victory, Portsmouth, base and barracks

 HOCKEY, Sydney G, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic (S.M.), KX 769781, died

 

 

Thursday, 4 June 1953

 

Illustrious, aircraft carrier

 DOUGLAS, John C, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 903133, died

 

 

Saturday, 6 June 1953

 

Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Gunnery School

 ARNOLD, John F, Ordnance Artificer, MX 919823, died

 

 

Sunday, 7 June 1953

 

Kenya, light cruiser

 STREATFIELD, Richard A, Shipwright 2c, MX 634166, died

 

 

Tuesday, 9 June 1953

 

Ceylon, light cruiser

 BARKER, Michael, Ordinary Seaman, SSX 890115, died

 

 

Wednesday, 10 June 1953

 

Adamant, submarine depot ship

 BRADY, Robert B, Chief Petty Officer, J 39217, died

 

 

Tuesday, 16 June 1953

 

Siskin, Gosport Royal Naval Air Station

 ELWORTHY, George M, Midshipman, died

 

Tamar, Hong Kong, base

 WAI, Wing C, Leading Stores Accountant (S.A.), 0/ 1041, died

 

 

Wednesday, 24 June 1953

 

Newcastle, light cruiser

 LEONARD, Rowland F, Captain, died

 

 

Thursday, 25 June 1953

 

Falcon, Hal Far, Malta, Royal Naval Air Station

 CORNELIUS, Albert E, Cook, MX 766168, died

 

 

Friday, 26 June 1953

 

Indefatigable, aircraft carrier

 SELLERS, Rodger, Able Seaman, JX 904083, died

 

 

Saturday, 27 June 1953

 

Tamar, Hong Kong, base

 LATTEY, Michael C, Lieutenant, died

 

Victory, Portsmouth, base and barracks

 WHITE, Barry J, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 903365, died

 

 

Monday, 29 June 1953

 

Pembroke, Chatham, base

 YATES, Kenneth A R, Chief Petty Officer, JX 143006, died

 

St Angelo, Malta, base

 GILL, Carmel G J M R, Ordinary Seaman, JX 917172, died

 

Victory, Portsmouth, base and barracks

 PAULEY, Anthony W, Assistant Cook, MX 923373, died

 

 

Thursday, 2 July 1953

 

Fulmar, Lossiemouth Royal Naval Air Station

 PFAFF, Peter R G, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

 

Friday, 3 July 1953

 

Curlew, St Merryn Royal Naval Air Station, ex-Vulture

 SHAW, Kenneth, Radio Electrical Mechanician (R.E.M.) 1c, SFX 893301, died

 

Heron, Yeovilton, Royal Naval Air Station

 BOYCE, Richard A, Naval Air Mechanic (N.A.M.) 1c (E), SFX 862838, died

 

Pembroke, Chatham, base

 BROWN, Eric E, Ordnance Artificer (O.A.) 4c, SMX 904751, died

 

 

Sunday, 5 July 1953

 

Sanderling, Abbotsinch, Royal Naval Air Station, air crash at Douglas

 HUNT, Albert C, Radio Electrical Mechanician (R.E.M.) 2c, FX 835450, killed

 STEWART, Ian C, Act/Lieutenant, RNVR, killed

 

 

Monday, 6 July 1953

 

Royal Marines, 45 Commando, Suez Canal Zone campaign, Egypt, road accident

 DAVIS, Donald, Sergeant, RM, PLY/X 5022, killed

 MASTERS, William M, Marine, PO/X 1118, killed

 

Victory, Portsmouth, base and barracks

 MAGEE, Albert S T, Act/Electrician, MX 759055 (Chevron), died

 

 

Tuesday, 7 July 1953

 

Blackcap, Warrington, Lancs, Royal Naval Air Station

 COUCH, Edward F, Aircraft Artificer (A.A.) 3c, FX 100208, died

 

 

Wednesday, 8 July 1953

 

Daedalus, Lee on Solent, Royal Naval Air Station

 TALBOT, Edmund T, Leading Airman (L.A.) (P.M.), SFX 868330, died

 

 

Thursday, 9 July 1953

 

Centaur, aircraft carrier

 BEAN, Thomas E, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 862503, died

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier

 SMITH, Andrew, Naval Airman 1c, FX 906674, died

 

Jupiter, destroyer, lost 1942

 CHURCHILL, Joseph, Able Seaman, SSX 840359, ex-POW, died

 

 

Friday, 10 July 1953

 

Forth, destroyer depot ship, fire in RFA Sea Salvour at Malta

 GAVED, Percy J M, Engine Room Artificer, MX 101601, died

 PRAGNELL, John E, Able Seaman, JX 723215, died

 SLATTER, Edward J D, Leading Seaman, JX 292983, died

 THOMAS, Benjamin J, Ship's Artificer, MX 693891, died

 

 

Tuesday, 14 July 1953

 

Widemouth Bay, frigate

 TURNBULL, Andrew A, Chief Engine Room Artificer, MX 56209, died

 

 

Wednesday, 15 July 1953

 

FAA, 810 Squadron, Ocean, aircraft carrier, Korean War, air crash

 EVANS, Albert J D, Lieutenant (P), MPK

 THOMAS, Kenneth M, Lieutenant (P), MPK

 

Nuthatch, Anthorn, Cumberland, Royal Naval Air Station

 ATKINSON, Howard C, Naval Airman 1c, SFX 877014, died

 

 

Saturday, 18 July 1953

 

Euryalus, light cruiser

 WESTAWAY, Roy T, Ordnance Artificer (O.A.) 1c, MX 48249, died

 

Nuthatch, Anthorn, Cumberland, Royal Naval Air Station

 RUTTER, William J, Lieutenant, died

 

Pembroke, Chatham, base

 YATES, Derrick G, Able Seaman, SSX 771003, died

 

 

Tuesday, 21 July 1953

 

Daedalus, Lee on Solent, Royal Naval Air Station

 SMITH, William T R, Lieutenant Commander, died

 

 

Thursday, 23 July 1953

 

Dunkirk, destroyer

 BURDETT, Robert A, Junior Stoker, KX 914994, died

 

 

Sunday, 26 July 1953

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier

 GORDON, John H, Stoker Mechanic, KX 97588, died

 

Kempenfelt, destroyer

 DOUGHERTY, Kenneth P P, Petty Officer Radio Electrician (R.E.), MX 709137, died

 

 

Saturday, 1 August 1953

 

Siskin, Gosport, Royal Naval Air Station

 BUTLER, Thomas G, Senior Commissioned Engineer, died

 

Swiftsure, light cruiser

 AVILA, John S R, Midshipman, died

 

 

Wednesday, 12 August 1953

 

Tamar, Hong Kong, base

 WATKINS, Charles S, Instructor Lieutenant, died

 

 

Saturday, 15 August 1953

 

 

Cumberland, heavy cruiser 

 MAY, Ronald F, Engine Room Artificer 2c, MX 70546, died Royal Navy Hospital, Malta, aged 29, buried at Kalkara Naval Cemetery, Malta (photographs courtesy Kathryn Jackson, Ronald's daughter)

 

 

Wednesday, 19 August 1953

 

Gambia, light cruiser

 LANE, Derek F W, Engine Room Artificer 2c, MX 93417, died

 

 

Thursday, 20 August 1953

 

Cochrane, Rosyth, base

 MCLACHLAN, Archibald G, Lieutenant Commander, died

 

 

Saturday, 22 August 1953

 

Victory, Portsmouth, base and barracks

 GRAY, Douglas A, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic (S.M.), KX 853886, died

 

 

Sunday, 23 August 1953

 

Devonshire, heavy cruiser, training ship

 WEEKES, Robert R H, Cadet, RN 206897, died

 

Seahawk, Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station

 COSGRAVE, John A, Petty Officer Air Fitter (A.F.) (A), SFX 772131, died

 

 

Thursday, 27 August 1953

 

Triumph, aircraft carrier

 HAMMOND, Mark, Cadet, died

 

 

Friday, 28 August 1953

 

Burghead Bay, frigate, road accident Jamaica

 ELLISON, Thomas J, Able Seaman, SSX 867012, killed

 EWERS, John G, Leading Seaman, SSX 848117 (Drake), killed

 MCNIVEN, John, Petty Officer, JX 155557, killed

 SMITH, Richard O, Able Seaman, SSX 889853, killed

 

Glasgow, light cruiser, Suez Canal Zone campaign

 UNDERWOOD, Gerald L, Marine, PO/X 6234, killed

 

 

Tuesday, 1 September 1953

 

Newfoundland, light cruiser

 HARTLEBURY, Joseph, Able Seaman, JX 904683, died

 

 

Wednesday, 2 September 1953

 

Drake, Devonport, barracks and base

 BROCKBANK, Thomas S, Able Seaman, JX 305586, died

 

 

Thursday, 3 September 1953

 

Diamond, destroyer

 CUSHION, Michael J, Boy 1c, JX 905886, died

 

 

Sunday, 6 September 1953

 

Simbang, RNAS, Singapore, Malaya campaign

 NOAKES, Ronald N, Leading Air Mechanic (A.M.) (E), FX 837113, died

 

 

Monday, 7 September 1953

 

Condor, Arbroath, Royal Naval Air Station

 LADD, John C, Lieutenant, died

 

Glasgow, light cruiser, Suez Canal Zone campaign

 HILL, Frederick A, Leading Seaman, P/JX 292525, killed

 

 

Tuesday, 8 September 1953

 

Falcon, Hal Far, Malta, Royal Naval Air Station

 WILSON, Robert H, Aircraft Artificer (A.A.) 2c, FX 75971, died

 

 

Wednesday, 9 September 1953

 

FAA, 744 Squadron, Gannet, Eglinton, Co Londonderry, Royal Naval air Station, air crash

 CHARLESWORTH, Harry L, Telegraphist (A), JX 581280, killed

 

FAA, 820 Squadron, Theseus, aircraft carrier, air crash

 PARKES, John A, Lieutenant, killed

 WALKER, Joliffe F, Sub Lieutenant, killed

 

Harrier, Kete, Pembrokeshire, RN School of Air Direction

 WRIGHT, Elizabeth J, Wren, died

 

ML.1323, motor launch (Tamar, Hong Kong, base), on patrol in Pearl River off Hong Kong, fired on by Chinese gunboat

 KEYTE, Raymond, Petty Officer, JX 795885, killed

 KNIGHT, Albert C, Able Seaman, SSX 879526, killed

 MERRIMAN, Geoffrey C X, Lieutenant, killed

 MORRIS, Reginald G, Able Seaman, SSX 835915, killed

 PARNELL, Wilfred D, Able Seaman, SSX 836292, killed

 SHEARMAN, Ralph, Able Seaman, JX 842871, killed

 

 

Friday, 11 September 1953

 

Modeste, frigate

 ROOM, Herbert F, Petty Officer, JX 136876, died

 

 

Monday, 14 September 1953

 

Montclare, depot ship

 WILSON, Ronald B J, Able Seaman, JX 857054, died

 

Peregrine, Ford, Sussex, Royal Naval Air Station

 BRIERS, Adrian E, Naval Airman 1c, FX 901953, died

 

Tamar, Hong Kong, base

 TSUI, Kong W, Stoker Mechanic, O/ 2918, died

 

 

Wednesday, 16 September 1953

 

Condor, Arbroath, Royal Naval Air Station

 BEARDSALL, Frederick D, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

 

Monday, 21 September 1953

 

St Angelo, Malta, base

 SHEAD, Leonard S, Able Seaman, JX 390148, died

 

Vernon, Portsmouth, Torpedo School

 BRINKLEY, John C, Able Seaman, JX 889988, died

 

 

Thursday, 22 September 1953

 

Pembroke, Chatham, base

 HEDGES, Harry StG P, Chief Petty Officer, JX 146038, died

 

 

Thursday, 24 September 1953

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier

 KEOGH, Raymond P, Lieutenant Commander, died

 

 

Monday, 28 September 1953

 

Drake, Devonport, barracks and base

 STINTON, John, Leading Seaman, JX 835727, died

 

Peregrine, Ford, Sussex, Royal Naval Air Station

 FARTHING, Desmond S, Lieutenant, died

 

 

Friday, 2 October 1953

 

Drake, Devonport, barracks and base

 VINING, Philip R D, Leading Electrical Mechanic (E.M.), MX 890975, died

 

 

Sunday, 4 October 1953

 

Condor, Arbroath, Royal Naval Air Station

 CLARK, Douglas W, Chief Aircraft Artificer (C.A.A.), FX 75094, died

 

 

Tuesday, 6 October 1953

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier

 BOUGH, Stanley, Lieutenant, died

 

 

Wednesday, 7 October 1953

 

Marvel, minesweeper

 WARD, Leslie A, Able Seaman, SSX 847062, died

 

 

Friday, 9 October 1953

 

Condor, Arbroath, Royal Naval Air Station

 THOMAS, Martin V, Radio Electrical Mechanician (R.E.M.) (A) 1c, FX 878742, died

 

Goldcrest, Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, Royal Naval Air Station

 MACKAY, Norman R, Lieutenant, died

 

 

Saturday, 10 October 1953

 

Merlin, Donibristle, Fife, Royal Naval Air Station

 ESSON, George, Commander, died

 

 

Monday, 12 October 1953

 

Drake, Devonport, barracks and base

 ADAMS, Thomas, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 849646, died

 

Siskin, Gosport, Royal Naval Air Station

 DRAPER, Brian A J, Leading Airman (L.A.) (A), SFX 795879, died

 

 

Sunday, 18 October 1953

 

Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Gunnery School

 PALMER, David F, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

 

Wednesday, 21 October 1953

 

Peregrine, Ford, Sussex, Royal Naval Air Station

 THEOBALD, Alfred W, Lieutenant Commander, died

 

 

Thursday, 22 October 1953

 

Ceylon, light cruiser

 RICHARDSON, Stephen N, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic (S.M.), KX 84336, died

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier, walked into spinning propeller on flight deck

 WAINWRIGHT, Alan A, Leading Air Mechanic (A.M.) (O), SFX 859312, died

 

St Angelo, Malta, base, on board motor fishing vessel MFV.2, sank off Malta

 AZZOPARDI, Joseph M, Stoker Mechanic, KX 117682, drowned

 XERRI, Spiro J R, Stoker Mechanic, KX 95603, drowned

 

 

Friday, 23 October 1953

 

Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Gunnery School

 DEAN, Samuel T, Leading Stoker Mechanic, SKX 852872, died

 

 

Sunday, 25 October 1953

 

Bermuda, light cruiser, accident

 DAVIE, Donald M, Electrical Mechanic (E.M.) 1c, D/SMX 895785, killed

 

 

Thursday, 29 October 1953

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier

 KIRBY, John A, Petty Officer Airman, FX 670703, died

 

 

Friday, 30 October 1953

 

Seahawk, Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station

 YATES, Leslie E, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

 

Saturday, 31 October 1953

 

Ariel, Worthy Down, Royal Naval Air Station/Air Electrical School

 BLOTT, George H, Radio Electrician (R.E.L.) (A), FX 848657, died

 

Forth, destroyer depot ship

 ARCHER, Cyril F, Leading Seaman, JX 646019, died

 

 

Sunday, 1 November 1953

 

Euryalus, light cruiser

 HUGHES, Charles M, Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic (S.M.), KX 82679, died

 

 

Thursday, 5 November 1953

 

Dolphin II, Gosport, accommodation for Dolphin, Submarine School

 WOOD, Ivan C, Engine Room Artificer 3c, MX 667751, died

 

 

Thursday, 12 November 1953

 

Royal Marines, drowned in Plymouth Sound

 GRIBBLE, Norman A, Marine, CH/X 5093, RM Barracks Plymouth, killed

 MORAN, Roy R, Marine, RM 12904, RM Commando School, killed

 

 

Saturday, 14 November 1953

 

Curlew, St Merryn Royal Naval Air Station, ex-Vulture

 THAINE, Jack B, Radio Electrical Artificer (R.E.A.) 4c, FX 803773, died

 

 

Tuesday, 17 November 1953

 

Eagle, aircraft carrier

 ROUTLEDGE, Francis J, Naval Airman 1c, FX 910467, died

 

Glory, aircraft carrier

 WATERS, Albert B, Leading Cook, SMX 869655, died

 

 

Thursday, 19 November 1953

 

RN Hospital Haslar

 NORTH, David B, Sick Berth Petty Officer, MX 111536, died

 

 

Saturday, 21 November 1953

 

Glory, aircraft carrier

 BRADBROOK, Francis G, Commissioned Engineer (A), died

 

 

Wednesday, 25 November 1953

 

Seahawk, Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station, road accident at Falmouth

 GUNNER, Donald G, Naval Airman 1c, FX 901866, killed

 STICKLAND, David F, Naval Airman 1c, FX 910748, killed

 

 

Thursday, 3 December 1953

 

Saintes, destroyer, Suez Canal Zone

 JOHNSON, Terence J, Stoker Mechanic, SKX 867322, killed

 

 

Friday, 4 December 1953

 

Condor, Arbroath, Royal Naval Air Station

 MORETON, Alan P, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

Fulmar, Lossiemouth Royal Naval Air Station

 CRACKNELL, Albert W, Chief Electrician (A), FX 77057, died

 

Morecombe Bay, frigate

 GATES, George C, Signalman, JX 712088, died

 

 

Monday, 7 December 1953

 

Carisbrooke Castle, corvette

 SHANNON, Richard J, Ordinary Seaman, JX 924832, died

 

 

Wednesday, 9 December 1953

 

Neptune, Chatham Reserve Fleet

 JOHNSON, Horace W, Leading Stoker Mechanic, SKX 846639, died

 

 

Thursday, 10 December 1953

 

Drake, Devonport, barracks and base

 AXFORD, Richard W, Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic, K 62739, died

 

 

Friday, 11 December 1953

 

FAA, 815 Squadron, Gannet, Eglinton, Co Londonderry, Royal Naval Air Station, air crash

 CHALLIS, Traiton F J, Chief Radio Electrician (R.E.L.) (A), FX 110395, killed

 COCKS, John, Act/Sub Lieutenant, killed

 NEWSTEAD, Brian W, Act/Sub Lieutenant, killed

 

 

Monday, 14 December 1953

 

Dolphin, Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, Submarine Depot and School

 CORBETT, John, Engine Room Artificer 2c, SMX 476, died

 

 

Thursday, 17 December 1953

 

Fulmar, Lossiemouth Royal Naval Air Station

 ALLATT, Cyril H, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

 

Saturday, 19 December 1953

 

Hartland Point, repair ship

 HUGHES, John F, Leading Stores Accountant (S.A.), SMX 885261, died

 

 

Monday, 21 December 1953

 

Welfare, minesweeper

 SILLS, Graham G, Able Seaman, SSX 865748, died

 

 

Tuesday, 29 December 1953

 

Sydney (RAN), aircraft carrier

 BEARDSALL, Michael J, Sub Lieutenant, died

 

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