Merchant Navy - One Mans Life Afloat

Created: 4 March 2005 Updated: 10 July 2014

Captain Duncan Cameron Kennedy

The Lyle Shipping Company Cadet Book (from 1904), lists Duncan as joining as a Cadet at Liverpool on 15th March,1932. The page in the book is as follows:

Duncan Cameron Kennedy, 19 South Street, Greenock. Age 16 on 24th Feb.1932. Father - Foreman Baker with Young of Inverkip. Educated at Finnart School, Greenock for 10 years (Award of Merit for Maths) and Navigation School, Greenock for `last` 19 months. Height 5` 7``. Joined S.S. Cape Verde as Cadet at Liverpool on 15th March,1932. Terms: Yearly wages - 1st Year - 9 2nd Year - 12 3rd Year - 15 4th Year - 18 No Indentures and No Premium.

Transferred to Cape Cornwall when at Northfleet on 20th March,1933. Transferred to Cape Horn at Shanghai, Feb.,1934. Left Cape Horn in London 2nd August,1934. Joined Cape Nelson at Cardiff on 8th August,1934. Apprenticeship completed. Left ship at Methil March,1936.

His grand daughter Sheila sent me these images of his life:

25 Year old Duncan gets Mentioned In Despatches - a hero.

The following is a copy of some information emailed to Sheila.

Trying to fathom out which ship your Grandfather received his `Mention` and reckon it has to be S.S. Cape Howe however when the ship was torpedoed it had been renamed.  S.S. Cape Howe was purchased by Lyle Shipping Company on 7th February,1934 (she had been built in 1930 as  S.S. Knight Almoner - Pardoe-Thomas & Co. Ltd). On 15th Sept,1939 she was taken over by the Royal Navy, converted into an anti-submarine `Q` ship and renamed PRUNELLA (pendant X.02). The vessel was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland on 21st June,1940. See below.

Captain Duncan Cameron Kennedy was born on 24/02/1916 in Greenock, Scotland. When Duncan was a first mate in the Merchant Navy he married Isabella Wallace Picken, an Engineer's Machinist. On 22//07/1942 at Orangefield Baptist Church Greenock, Scotland. Isabella (Bunty) was born 20/12/1914 in Greenock, Scotland. Isabella's mother was Martha McCulloch Clothworthy. Isabella's father was Thomas Picken. Born 08/01/1852 Greenock, Scotland. He was a Torpedo factory labourer in the war and lost some of his fingers in an accident. Thomas's father was James Picken. He was a night watchman. Isabella's brother James Picken. (Jimmy) Leading Aircraft man 987468,Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Who died age 33 on 20/19/1945. He is remembered with honour, Kiel War Cemetery. He apparently was walking past the cook house in Germany at the end of the War when it blew up and he was killed. His Wife was Edith Annie, of Largs Ayrshire.


See Athenia


Cape Howe Sinking

Mentioned In Despatches

and the edition of the London Gazette for October 1940

Duncan is mentioned above in the boxed section

 
Supplement to the London Gazette
4th October 1940.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 1

HONOUR FOR TOWNSMAN

Mentioned in Despatches

Sub-Lieutenant Duncan Cameron Kennedy, R.N.R. Greenock, has been mentioned in despatches for "seamanship, bravery and good leadership", and his name appeared in the
"London Gazette" of October 4.

Sub-Lieut, Kennedy is the son of Mr and Mrs Sam, Kennedy, 19 South Street, He is aged 25 years, and before the war he was a first mate with the Lyle Shipping Company.
He is a former pupil of Finnart School and was a popular member of the West-End Baths.

Sub-Lt, Kennedy had charge of one of the lifeboats after his ship had been attacked and sunk by a u-boat in the Atlantic. (He rescued 28 people.)

The ship's boats were scattered by a fierce storm that was raging, but Mr Kennedy managed to keep course. After the occupants of his boat had been exposed to Atlantic weather for 3 days, they were sighted by a British flying-boat which gave their position to a steamer, The steamer (Cassamance) picked them up and landed them in a port in England. The survivors made him a presentation as a token of their gratitude for his bravery and efficiency in navigating the lifeboat.

A year or two before the war, Mr Kennedy was on a ship which rescued 32 Portuguese fisherman off the Azores during a storm.

Duncan Cameron Kennedy was treated for frost bite after the 3 days at sea and it took it's toll on his health.

He did not want to drown at sea like his Grandfather his mother Euphemia Smith Cameron's
Father Duncan Cameron Born 1850 drowned at sea 1886. Greenock Cemetery head stone.

The family had all been told Duncan Cameron (snr) was a Captain and that he went down with his ship in a storm while sailing through the bay of Biscay. It was one of the first steam Vessels.

However the family have since seen
Duncan Cameron's marriage certificate to
Sarah Barbour. marriage 16/03/1886. It states that Duncan Cameron was a Sailmaker. He may have become a Captain?.

Euphemia Smith Cameron was brought up as an only child as her father had tragically drowned.
She named her Grandson Duncan Cameron Kennedy in his memory and was determined that he too should become a Captain

HM King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth in Hamilton Ontario, June 6th 1939

October 30th 1939

 

The following image is that supreme moment of relief when the lifeboat has, at last, been spotted and the people crammed on board know that rescue is finally at hand. The caption accompanying the photo read "On 23rd June 1940, Sunderland I Serial P6200 of 10 (RAAF) Sqn from Mount Batten, with Flt Lt E B Courtney as Captain and Fg Offr H G Havyatt, as First Pilot, was escorting a convoy about 300 miles west of Ushant. In the afternoon, the crew spotted a lifeboat containing about 20 men from a torpedoed ship.

One of the ships in the convoy, the French Merchant vessel Cap Cantin, of 3317 tons, was directed from its position in the convoy to the lifeboat. The Sunderland remained in the area until the men in the lifeboat had been taken off, in very rough seas. The Sunderland then continued to escort the convoy, eventually returning to Mount Batten after a flight of almost eleven hours.

The following images came, collectively, as "Duncan Allows Isabella and the kids on board"


 

Duncan Cameron Kennedy served on these Ships.


* Cape Verde 142423 Glasgow. From 19-3-32 to 19-2-33. As a Cadet.

C.O.D. From L'pool 19-3-32 to Hull 21-7-32. As a Cadet. W.INDIES. VERY GOOD B42.

C.O.D. From NEWCASTLE ON-TYNE. 29-9-1932 to Liverpool 19-2-1933. As a Cadet. FOREIGN.VERY GOOD B37.

* Cape Cornwall 141875 Glasgow From 20-3-33 to 21-2-34. As a Cadet.

C.O.D. From DOCK STREET, E.1. 20-3-1933 to HULL 21-8-1933. As a Cadet. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD B18.

C.O.D. From HULL 9-10-1933 to SHANGHAI 21-2-34. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD.

* M.V.Cape Horn.

C.O.D From SHANGHAI 22-2-34 to DOCK STREET. 27-7-34 as a Cadet.FOREIGN. VERY GOOD B61.

* S.S Cape Nelson 145858 GLASGOW. From 9-8-34 to 24-1-38 as a Cadet and 3rd Mate.

C.O.D. From BARRY 9-8-1934 to GREENOCK. 30-12-1934. FOREIGN.VERY GOOD B46.

C.O.D. From GREENOCK 10-12-1934 to NEWPORT. 1-6-1935. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD 213.

C.O.D. From NEWPORT,MON, 15-6-1935 to MANCHESTER. 16-10-1935. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD B21.

C.O.D. From MANCHESTER 19-10-1935 to METHIL. 7-3-1936. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD A64.

C.O.D. From CARDIFF 22-1-1937 to 12 GRANGE MOUTH. 3rd Mate. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD A9.

C.O.D. From GRANGEMOUTH 22-10-1937 to ANTWERP 19-6-1935 3rd Mate. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD B55.

C.O.D. From ROTTERDAM 11-7-38 to UN-READABLE 24-1-1938 3rd Mate. FOREIGN. B26.

* S.S Cape Howe 145660. From 31-7-39 to 24-6-40.

C.O.D. From Massilles 31-7-39 to SOUTH SHIELDS 29 8-1939 2nd Mate. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD B19.

C.O.D. From Glasgow 29-9-39 to ? 21-6-1940 2nd Officer Admiralty service T.124 Reports not available No Adverse Report Received. 2nd mate and Sub-Lieutenant R.N.R.

Empire Steelhead 168009 London.

C.O.D. From Liverpool 5-8-40 to ETTISANDE PORT?. 13-1-41. 2nd Mate.FOREIGN. VERY GOOD 192.

C.O.D. from LNVWGORDON? 3-3-41 to SUNDERLAND 18-3-1941. 1st Mate. R.A. VERY GOOD.B117.

C.O.D. From SUNDERLAND 20-4-41 to GLASGOW 15-8-41. 2nd Mate. FOREIGN. VERY GOOD B192.

Baron Kinnaird 160121.ARDROSSAN.

C.O.D. From IPSWICH 11-9-1941 to NORTH SHIELDS 18-9-1941. 2nd Mate.R.A.? VERY GOOD B50.

C.O.D. From N SHD? 19-9-41 to SWANSEA 2-1-41 2nd Mate.FGN. VERY GOOD 192.

Ocean Might C.O.D. From Glasgow 30-4-1942 to LIVERPOOL. 13-7-1942. 2nd Mate. ?. VERY GOOD 139.

M.V. Lambrook 168308.London.

C.O.D.From BAMITISTARD?. 29-8-42 to BIRKENHEAD. 11-12-1942 1st Mate. FGN. VERY GOOD 166.

C.O.D. From B'HEAD 12-12-42 to BIRKENHEAD. 19-2-43 1st Mate. FGN. VERY GOOD B81.

C.O.D.BIRKENHEAD 20-7-43 to GLASGOW 8-5-13 1st Mate. FGN. VERY GOOD B152.

C.O.D. From Glasgow 9-5-43 to Middleebo?(Middlesbrough?).17-2-44 1st Mate. FGN. VERY GOOD 152.

C.O.D. From ? 21-4-44 to ? 17-8-44 1st Mate. Speacial Ops. VERY GOOD B81.

C.O.D. From Newcasth? 25-8-44 to Newcasth 25-6-45 1st Mate. FGN.VERY GOOD B152.

Wearwood 160729 C.O.D. From IMMINGHAM 8-4-46 to CARDIFF 12-4-46. Master.FGN./

C.O.D. From Cardiff 16-4-46 to CARDIFF 22-6-46 Master. FGN./

* M.V Constance Bowater 300756 C.O.D. From TILBURY 17-11-58 to ELLESMERE PORT 9-12-58 Master. FGN. VERY GOOD 91.

C.O.D.From TILSBURY? 9-1-59 to ELLESMERE PORT 2-2-59. 1st Mate. FGN.VERY GOOD 90.

* S.S Harrow 26-5-49 as a Master.

* S.S Cape Nelson ? HOEK VAN HOLLAND 8 Jul 1958?

* S.S Constance Bowater from 17-11-58 to 24-2-60 as a 1st Mate and Master.

Snippets

Duncan had to dodge mines laid in the sea he told his family that he did not manage to dodge them all. Duncan was also torpedoed in the war. Duncan was a Cargo Superintendent after the war and later sadly died at home in Barkingside, Ilford, Essex in March 1979. He was a wonderful husband, father and Grandfather.

Apparently when Duncan's niece was at University in Glasgow her flat mate told her. My father was rescued by your Uncle Duncan at Dunkirk.

Duncan's niece also remembers seeing the document that King George VI presented to Duncan in honour of his war service.

Duncan's brother Ferguson Kennedy born 1912 was in the Army. Ferguson was awarded the MBE on 5th November 1980.At Buckingham Palace. Fergie and Margaret went in a limousine and had a police escort arranged by his nephew Duncan Cameron Kennedy Jnr (Cammie) a police man, right to the Palace. The MBE was for Fergie's relentless endeavour to help handicapped people, young and old, plus his unsung war record. After the ceremony the Queen and Prince Phillip spoke to Fergie and his wife Margaret. They knew all about Fergies war exploits.


Ferguson & Margaret at the Palace

Ferguson Kennedy apparently did not keep any of his medals & kindly gave all his swimming & boxing medals to relatives and their children. The only thing Ferguson kept & used to hang above his son's bed was a German Luger & Iron Cross with Oak Leaves which he took off a German Officer. He told his son that he hung it on the wall above his bed to remind him of what would of happened & what they did in starting World War 2.
 

Captain Duncan Kennedy's son. Duncan Cameron Kennedy JNR (Cammie) has since sadly died drowned at sea whilst diving in Oban Bay Scotland on 14/09/1998. He had retired from the police force and moved back to Scotland with his wife. I have a wonderful copy of a photo of him and the Queen mother at the Royal Tournament. His mother Isabella was very proud of the photo of him with the Queen mother. Isabella sent copy's of the photo to all the family. She never got over losing her beloved son.

Isabella Wallace Kennedy nee Picken was like our family Queen mother she sadly died on 01/10/2003.At King George Hospital, Goodmayes. Isabella's Sister Hetty died a short while afterwards they were very close.

Ferguson Kennedy was in the Military Hospital in Gateshead. He would sit at the piano playing and singing entertaining the troops in the ward. His wife Margaret Catherine Marshall and their children on entering the ward full of wounded soldiers, encountered Ferguson sitting at the piano playing & singing for the troops. Margaret did not know he could sing and play. Typical Kennedy trait.

Ferguson's Daughter Euphemia Smith Cameron Kennedy (Fay) was also in a military hospital in Millport with a severely damaged back. She was in hospital for nearly 4 years from when she was 4 till nearly eight years old & did not go to school till she was over eight.

While Duncan and Fergie were away at war a bomb went right through the tenement building at the family home. At South Street Scotland during the Greenock blitz. Every one thought that their mum Euphemia Smith nee Cameron and two sisters Euphemia (Effie) and Christina (Tina) had all been killed they were eventually all dug out. The china cabinet was toppled and their good china, used infrequently, to keep it good, destroyed in a moment. Christina later believed it wasn't worth putting so much store into material possessions. Christina later emigrated to America and married Harry Marfut his parents had emigrated before WW1.They were part of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. Ukranian. Their sister Euphemia's (Effie) was injured when the Grandfather clock had fell on her. Her heart was badly damaged. It was the beginning of health problems for her. Apparently the family would stand in the doorways. On one occasion Christina was concerned for her sooth fox terrier, and.Christina was grateful to bend down in the dark and catch hold of his leash. The units next to them were destroyed.

Duncan, Ferguson, Euphemia, (Effie) Sarah, (Cissie) and Christina's (Tina) father Samuel Kennedy was a Master Baker awarded Twice for the best baked bread UK gold medals. Kennedy & Sons Bakery. He was a kind man and gave bakery away to the poor people at the end of the day. Gradually nobody bought it but just waited for him to give it away. It was clearly a struggle for the family. Samuel spent some time taking the bodies to the mortuary during the Greenock Blitz.

One of the funny stories was that Duncan was Captain of a troop ship transporting soldiers to North Africa (The North Africa Campaign 1943) on board that ship was his brother Ferguson but he did not know until years later on holiday in Devon. (Fergie) mentioned being on a troop ship to N. Africa 1943 Duncan asked the name of the ship. Fergie answered, Duncan looked at Fergie and laughed, Duncan said "I was the Captain of that ship did you not think of enquiring who was the Captain. If you had of you would not of had to sleep on deck in mid-winter." Fergie replied "what about my troops he retorted" another Kennedy trait.

In Duncan and Isabella's (Bunty) family photo album is a picture of Hugh Gillis in uniform. And Archie Taylor in uniform. I am not sure if they are relations? Any information about them would be appreciated.

Thank you to all my family who have helped make this page possible in Memory of our loved ones. Names in (brackets) are family nicknames. If any one has more information please let me know. (Morag's) Daughter. I will be grateful for any help on adding things about them to our family tree.


In Africa

Casualties of H.M.S. CAPE HOWE,  21st June 1940. From the Database of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

 

France

PORNIC WAR CEMETERY - Loire-Atlantique

BARBER, Able Seaman, GERALD, P/SSX 23467. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 20. Son of James and Alice Barber, of Chilwell, Nottinghamshire. 2.F.11.

United Kingdom

LIVERPOOL NAVAL MEMORIAL - Lancashire

BOOTHBY, Chief Steward, HERBERT, 900568. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Age 39. Panel8,Column2.

BURT, Assistant Steward, ARTHUR SYDNEY, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Panel8,Column2.

GLASSON, Second Radio Officer, CHARLES HENRY, 186673. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Age 20. Son of Joseph Henry Glasson and of Annie Glasson, of Peckham Rye, London. Panel8,Column2.

HOWELL, First Radio Officer, THOMAS FRED, 995842. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Age 37. Son of Fied George and Hannah Ann Howell, of Norwich; husband of Ivy Hilda Howell, of Norwich. Panel8,Column2.

JONES, Petty Officer Writer, KENNETH AUBREY, 177587. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Panel8,Column2.

LAMPER, Assistant Cook, ALBERT EDWARD, 98827. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Panel8,Column2.

RAINFORD, Third Radio Officer, HARRY, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Son of Walter and Helena Mary Rainford, of Preston, Lancashire. B.A. Hons. (Bristol). Panel8,Column2.

ROUTLEDGE, Assistant Cook, HAROLD LESLIE, 136247. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Age 23. Son of Arthur Alexander Routledge and Alma Eliza Routledge; husband of Florence Cecilia Routledge. Panel8,Column2.

WILKINSON, Lieutenant (E), JOHN, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 38. Son of John and Sarah Ellen Wilkinson. Panel2,Column2.

PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL - Devon

KANE, Signalman, HENRY, D/JX 165720. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 43. Son of William Henry and Margaret Kane, of Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland; husband of Sarah Kane, of Portadown. Panel39,Column2.

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL - Hampshire

ANDERSON, Seaman, JAMES FRASER, P/X 19860A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Panel44,Column1.

BELL, Sub-Lieutenant, JAMES BLACK, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 21st June 1940. Panel44,Column2.

BENNETT, Ordinary Seaman, SIDNEY WALTER, P/JX 182561. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Percy Harold and Florence Bennett. Panel39.Column3.

BROOKS, Stoker 1st Class, BERT, P/KX 78671. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 33. Husband of Doris Lilian Brooks, of Buckland, Portsmouth. Panel42,Column1.

CAMPBELL, Seaman, ALEXANDER, P/X 20994A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of John and Mary S. Campbell, of Lossiemouth, Morayshire. Panel44,Column1.

COLLINS, Stoker 1st Class, WILLIAM JACOB GEORGE, P/K 66206. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel42,Column1.

CROWHURST, Ordinary Seaman, FREDERICK HUGH, P/JX 180492. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Frederick W. and Sophia Crowhurst; husband of May Winifred Crowhurst, of Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire. Panel39,Column3.

DANIELS, Lieutenant, ALBERT GERALD, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 30. Panel44,Column1.

DAY, Leading Seaman, PERCY WILLIAM, P/JX 142728. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel37,Column3.

ECCOTT, Stoker 1st Class, WILLIAM JAMES, P/K 61265. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 45. Son of Edward and Mary Eccott; husband of Amelia Elizabeth Eccott. Panel42,Column1.

EVANS, Stoker 1st Class, BERNARD HENRY SANDERS, P/KX 93700. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 22. Son of John Percy Saunders Evans and Eleanor Maud Evans; husband of Rita May Evans. Panel42,Column1.

FISHER, Able Seaman, CHARLES FRANK, P/JX 143294. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of George and Margaret Fisher, of Basingstoke, Hampshire. Panel38,Column3.

GALIPEAU, Leading Seaman, ADOLPHIS LOUIS, P/JX 143445. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of Emile Louis Oliver Galipeau and Eva Grace Galipeau, of Cowplain, Hampshire. Panel37,Column3.

GUNN, Seaman, JOHN MOWATT, P/X 20991A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 19. Son of John Mowatt Gunn and Mary Ellen Annal Gunn. Panel44,Column1.

HAYES, Able Seaman, EDWARD, P/SSX 19016. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel38,Column3.

HEAVER, Able Seaman, LESLIE JOHN, P/SSX 21408. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel38,Column3.

JONES, Able Seaman, ERIC WALTER ROBERT, P/SSX 19960. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of Archibald Lovett Jones and Kate Jones, of Leicester. Panel39,Column1.

LAWRENCE, Sub-Lieutenant, WILFRID ALAN, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 24. Son of Wilfrid Greville Lawrence and of Mary Lawrence (nee Arkell). Panel44,Column1.

LAWRENCE, Stoker 1st Class, WALTER GEORGE RICHARD, P/K. 66250. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 34. Son of William and Mary Lawrence, of Southampton. Panel42,Column2.

LILLY, Ordinary Seaman, ROBERT JOSEPH, P/JX 175505. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Marie Lilly, of Congleton, Cheshire. Panel40,Column1.

MacDONALD, Seaman, DONALD, P/X 20885A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald MacDonald, of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Panel44,Column1.

MILNE, Petty Officer, LEONARD WILLIAM, P/JX 128242. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel37,Column3.

MOAR, Able Seaman, VICTOR EUGENE, P/JX 146425. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 20. Son of Adam and Eva Moar. Panel39,Column1.

MORRISON, Seaman, JOHN, P/X 10151B. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 28. Son of John and Christina Morrison, of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Panel44,Column1.

MUSSELWHITE, Seaman, WILLIAM H., P/X 9349B. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Panel44,Column1. (Image below.)

ORMSBY, Lieutenant, EDWARD JOHN, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Panel44,Column1.

PAMPLETT, Stoker 1st Class, HARRY EDWARD, P/K 56325. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 39. Son of Edward and Lily Pamplett; husband of Dorothy May Pamplett, of Cosham, Hampshire. Panel42,Column2.

PARK, Seaman, JAMES WILLIAM, P/X 17864A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 25. Son of William Petrie Park and Jessie Heddle Park; husband of Margaret Ann Park, of Stromness, Orkney. Panel44,Column1.

PARKES, Ordinary Seaman, PERCIVAL ARTHUR WOLLACOTT, P/JX 178967. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of Percival Arthur and Ellen Maud Parkes, of Bournemouth, Hampshire. Panel40,Column1.

PICKERING, Able Seaman, JOHN WILLIAM, P/J 113355. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel39,Column1.

PORTEOUS, Supply Assistant, ANDREW GOLDIE, P/MX 57085. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 23. Son of Thomas and Sarah Millar Porteous, of Edinburgh. Panel43,Column1.

PROTHERO, Petty Officer, REGINALD ERIC, P/JX 136907. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 23. Son of Vice-Admiral Reginald Charles Prothero, C.B., M.V.O., and of Bertha Prothero, of Eastwood, Essex. Panel37,Column3.

RAE, Able Seaman, ALEXANDER, P/SSX 14987. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 26. Son of Alexander and Maggie Finlay Rae. Panel39,Column2.

ROGERS, Stoker 1st Class, CLAUDE VERNON, P/KX 88601. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 24. Son of Edwin and Caroline Ellen Rogers, of Swindon, Wiltshire. Panel42,Column2.

ROWLETT, Seaman, ARTHUR, P/X 10326B. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 27. Panel44,Column2.

STILEMAN, Sub-Lieutenant, IAN REGINALD WINN, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 21st June 1940. Son of Comdr. Arthur M. C. Stileman, R.N., and Evelyn Mary Stileman. Panel44,Column2.

STUBBS, Petty Officer Stoker, FREDERICK, P/K 65846. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 33. Son of Albert Ernest and Florence Ann Stubbs; husband of Valerie Patricia Stubbs, of Eastleigh, Hampshire. Panel41,Column3.

TERRY, Able Seaman, WILLIAM CHARLES, P/JX 159051. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 38. Son of James and Ellen Terry; husband of Lilian Margaret Terry, of Hayling Island, Hampshire. Panel39,Column2.

WAITE, Able Seaman, ALBERT EDWARD, P/JX 137350. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel39,Column2.

WELLS, Stoker 1st Class, CLARENCE, P/K 55716. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 47. Husband of Frances Victoria Wells, of Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. Panel42,Column3.

WELSH, Petty Officer, THOMAS, P/JX 136724. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 28. Son of Edward and Mary Welsh; husband of Bessie Welsh, of Roby, Lancashire. Panel37,Column3.

WILLIAMS, Stoker 1st Class, FRED, P/KX 93942. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 20. Son of Fred and Clara Williams, of Loughborough, Leicestershire. Panel42,Column3.

WILLIAMS, Surgeon Lieutenant, FRANK HANSON, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. L.M.S.S.A., L.A.H. Panel37,Column1.

WOOD, Able Seaman, GEORGE HENRY, P/JX 128985. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Henry and Mary Wood, of Tutts Clump, Berkshire. Panel39,Column3.

WOODHALL, Commander, ERIC LANGTON, D S O, M V O, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Gerald Frederick and Hilda Sabina Fluester Woodhall. Panel36,Column3.


2 images of Duncan, right image Duncan wearing glasses


Duncan. Duncan & Sister Sarah

Firstly, I must let you know how much i have enjoyed looking through your site. I came across it via a posting on the RNA - Camarthen site so thought i would have a mooch around. I am wondering if you may be able to help me? I notice that you have a piece on here regarding Duncan Kennedy and some information passed on to you from his grandaughter Sheila. I have seen this on the RNA site that i have just mentioned and on there she is asking (i'm sure it's the same person as it links back to you) if anyone is aware of any names of survivors of the sinking of the Cape Howe/Prunella. As this is an oldish posting i have no idea whether she is still interested in hearing from such people. I have attempted to send her a mail via the RNA site but am not sure whether she will get it or not as i am not actually a member.

Anyway, to cut a long story short! My Grandad was serving  on the Cape Howe when it was sunk. He was one of the survivors on the raft. I have been able to find a few articles and an excellent book about this. I am hoping that  if you thought this may still be of interest to her then you would pass on my email address so she may get in touch? Julie Hicks January 3rd 2006.


Image from Julie Hicks


The U Boat Commander involved - Kapitan-Leutenant Gunther Kuhnke U-28 died 11/10/90

http://uboat.net/boats/u28.htm

Above image in memory of Arthur Brimfield (2nd left with ciggie) who is in the above image amongst 13 rescued by HMS Versatile

 

Jan 11th 2006. This came from Sheila. She found it on a message board online. My father now aged 86 is Philip Roy Pragnell. He was on HMS Cape Howe when it was torpedoed on the 21st June 1940 and was one of the survivors on the raft. In the picture of the raft alongside HMS Versatile he is the one sitting on the drum, and in the photo on HMS Versatile he is the one about in the middle with the cheesy grin and the dark sweater. We are really excited to find all this information on the site and know that Roy will be too. He speaks very enthusiastically about Cape Howe. He was a stoker, watchkeeper of auxilliary equipment.

Here is an images, added in Feb 07 of John Hawkins, HMS Versatile

Copyright (c) Sheila Dawn - Research & Mike Kemble - 2006

Captain Kennedy's Great Grandson Rob (image left front) right of standard