HMS Foylebank

STRAWBERRY
25th February 2006, 18:58
I have been writing a short story about the demise of HMS Foylebank in Portland Harbour in 1940, and Foylebanks Leading Seaman, Jack Foreman Mantle, as part of the Island Voices writing workshops (part of "Artsreach" UK) If anyone would like a copy I will be happy to Post it to you by E-Mail. I have researched the events of that day, but would also welcome anyone's information, or stories of relatives who served on her. Thanks...Andy

Peter4447
25th February 2006, 22:41
Hi Strawberry
The ex-Missioner in Charge of 'Aggie Westons' Portland chatting again. I am sure you that you are very aware of this but Jack Mantle's grave is in the old RN cemetery on Portland.
There was also some paintings and other items on display in the RN Wardroom and I wonder what happened to them when they closed the base down ?
Regards
Peter4447

STRAWBERRY
26th February 2006, 12:23
Hi Peter, There is a painting In the old Fleet club, which is now the Brittania Passenger terminal, I see on occasions, and I have visited Jack's Grave, along with a few more of the crew's Gravestones. There is a living Crew member who lives near Dorchester called Ernie, I was thinking about asking him for a chat.

Slim Whitman
14th January 2007, 13:21
Hi,

Would love a copy please. My uncle was one of the unfortunates who were KIA on board her.

Tom

Visje
14th January 2007, 17:08
In case anyone's interested, "Conversion for War" has a photo of Foylebank sinking in Portland harbour. There's also a chapter on Auxiliary AA-ships.

Colin McCadden
15th January 2008, 13:07
Hi Andy,
Delighted to find this site as my father was on Foylebank when it was attacked on 4th July 1940. He survived and went on to join the RAF but that is another story. I attach a page from his scrap book which will interest you and I would love a copy of your book please.

Regards,

Colin

STRAWBERRY
16th January 2008, 19:00
Colin, I have sent you an E-Mail. Cheers Andy

SmudgeMJ
30th April 2008, 08:32
Strawberry,
Would also like a copy please. My uncle was a survivor from Foylebank and was a member of the Foylebank Association until his death. Have no interesting stories but do have a couple of photo's circa 1990 of Foylebank reunion and the 1986 reunion booklet.
yours aye
SmudgeMJ(==D)

Peter4447
30th April 2008, 09:10
Hi Andy
You have probably finished your history by now but when I attended the Loch Class Reunion as their Chaplain a few weeks ago, I was very kindly given a copy of published biography by ex-CPO Ron Walsh (the book's author) entitled 'In the Company of Heroes'. Ron was actually serving in the 'Foylebank, when she was lost and the book contains a full chapter of his experiences on that fateful day.
Ron is still happily active, albeit very elderly, so would you like me to arrange for you to contact him?
Regards
Peter

SteveLock
12th June 2008, 23:59
Hello,

I recently read Ron Walsh's account of his time on Foylebank on the BBC's People's War (http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/categories/c55384/) site. I was intrigued when I read of his experiences with the ship's Master At Arms. My Grandfather was one of the unlucky ones on the ship and I had always understood that his rank was MAA but I am not sure whether this was his exact rank at the time of his death. I would be interested if someone could confirm his name so I can determine whether it was him. I remember visiting the Foylebank reunion as a young boy a couple of times in the 80s with my parents and Grandmother. I was sadly too young to appreciate the event at the time.

I would appreciate any info you can offer.

Regards

Steve Lock

stephen Johnson
6th October 2008, 19:51
I am intrested in this particular ship due to my late father who was a member of the crew according to his record he joined it on the 30th may 1940 and left it when it was sunk on the 4 th july.He was obviously very lucky having read the accounts of the attack on the ship, any information I can get in relation to him or the ship would be appreciated.

Stephen Johnson

HReynolds
6th July 2009, 21:14
My Dad Ginger Reynolds goes every year to the site where the Foylebank sank and lays a wreath, we then claim the wreath from the sea and take it to the RN cemetary in Portland. We have just arrived back after laying the wreath yesterday the 5th July. Dad was a gunner on the Foylebank and was on her when she sank. He is a very spritely 90 and attended the Foylebank reunions for very many years until they closed HMS Osprey, where they held the reunioin. They then moved to Portland Heights, but as the years have passed the survivors decided to call it a day BUT Dad decided no until he could not go anymore he would lay the wreath at the site of the Foylebank. Yesterday was an emotional day for him as it is every 4th of July. I have only just found this site and will show it to dad he will be so happy that others remember the Foylebank.

Noctes Diesque
2nd August 2009, 01:58
Hi Andy.

I would be very interested to receive a copy, please.

My late father, John 'Jack' Stacey was a member of the crew and was wounded during the attack. On 5th July the Captain visited the hospital ward where some of the Foylebank survivors were being treated and asked if anyone knew Jack Mantle. My Dad replied that Mantle had been his Gun Captain whereupon he was taken by stretcher to the mortuary where he identified his body.

He attended the early re-unions up until his death in 1981. I have several photographs of the ship - before and immediately after the attack - and Luftwaffe aerial intelligence photographs - also a copy of the inaccurate Victor comic account. If anyone is interested I would be happy to e-mail copies.

Kind regards

Rob

mungomason
21st October 2009, 20:56
My Dad Ginger Reynolds goes every year to the site where the Foylebank sank and lays a wreath, we then claim the wreath from the sea and take it to the RN cemetary in Portland. We have just arrived back after laying the wreath yesterday the 5th July. Dad was a gunner on the Foylebank and was on her when she sank. He is a very spritely 90 and attended the Foylebank reunions for very many years until they closed HMS Osprey, where they held the reunioin. They then moved to Portland Heights, but as the years have passed the survivors decided to call it a day BUT Dad decided no until he could not go anymore he would lay the wreath at the site of the Foylebank. Yesterday was an emotional day for him as it is every 4th of July. I have only just found this site and will show it to dad he will be so happy that others remember the Foylebank.

Hi! My Grandad served on the Foylebank. His name was James Piggott. Sadly, he died a couple of years ago. He attended the reunions regularly, and he was very proud of serving on the Foylebank. I'm sure my Grandad and your Dad must have been friends.

Ben Masey
19th March 2010, 11:39
I have been writing a short story about the demise of HMS Foylebank in Portland Harbour in 1940, and Foylebanks Leading Seaman, Jack Foreman Mantle, as part of the Island Voices writing workshops (part of "Artsreach" UK) If anyone would like a copy I will be happy to Post it to you by E-Mail. I have researched the events of that day, but would also welcome anyone's information, or stories of relatives who served on her. Thanks...Andy

Years ago I knew a man in Brighton,can't remember his name,he became a wholesale greengrocer..
He always went to a memorial service at Portland,I being in Bank Line kept him up to date with anything from the company magazine.I also knew his daughter.
But this was about 40 years ago!
I would like to know more about it.
Regards,
Ben Masey

Ben Masey
20th March 2010, 16:44
Years ago I knew a man in Brighton,can't remember his name,he became a wholesale greengrocer..
He always went to a memorial service at Portland,I being in Bank Line kept him up to date with anything from the company magazine.I also knew his daughter.
But this was about 40 years ago!
I would like to know more about it.
Regards,
Ben Masey

Hi all,
Just remembered the mans name was Ted Novis.

OLD STRAWBERRY
20th March 2010, 19:27
I don't know if anyone has seen the grave of "Jack mantle" at the RN cemetery at Portland so find it attached below. If anyone knows anybody from HMS Foylebank that is buried at the cemetry I would be pleased to take a picture of the headstone for You.

dunmytime
21st March 2010, 21:18
Hello Strawberry

Have you any idea of the exact time of the Foylebank engagement on the 4th of July, and did the bombers jettison their remaining bombs on Rodney Block, His Majesty's Borstal Institution on the way home.

Thanks

Dunmytime

TCoward
3rd April 2010, 17:18
Hello all

I just thought I'd make myself known as my Grandad was unfortunately killed when the Foylebank went down that day. His name was Thomas Coward who was originally from Heysham Lancashire. Apologies for the delayed posting as Iíve only just stumbled across this website.

Colin

freddiefungus
22nd April 2010, 15:07
Hi Andy,

I have just come upon this site and would be interested in a copy of your article.

My grandfather Frederick James Palmer had just finished loading ammunition,from his boat, on to the Foyle bank when it was bombed. He took the first 8 injured from the ship to shore where he said that he had to go an search for some one to help him get the injured off, before returning to get more survivors.

My grandfather was coxswain of the Weymouth Life boat until 1962. He died in 1985.

All the best

Mike

HReynolds
5th June 2010, 21:29
Hi! My Grandad served on the Foylebank. His name was James Piggott. Sadly, he died a couple of years ago. He attended the reunions regularly, and he was very proud of serving on the Foylebank. I'm sure my Grandad and your Dad must have been friends.

Hiya Dad and Jimmy were very close friends and we are very sorry to hear of his passing. We often talk of Jimmy as he was an absolutely lovely lovely man. I have had many a dance with him at the reunions, always the gentleman. I will let dad know his grandson has been in touch. Thank you so much for letting us know.

HReynolds
28th June 2010, 20:54
Hi! My Grandad served on the Foylebank. His name was James Piggott. Sadly, he died a couple of years ago. He attended the reunions regularly, and he was very proud of serving on the Foylebank. I'm sure my Grandad and your Dad must have been friends.

You would be very welcome to join us this 4th July 2010 we meet at the end of the Harbour at 10.30

Ben Masey
29th June 2010, 11:17
I have been writing a short story about the demise of HMS Foylebank in Portland Harbour in 1940, and Foylebanks Leading Seaman, Jack Foreman Mantle, as part of the Island Voices writing workshops (part of "Artsreach" UK) If anyone would like a copy I will be happy to Post it to you by E-Mail. I have researched the events of that day, but would also welcome anyone's information, or stories of relatives who served on her. Thanks...Andy

Hi Andy,
I would very much like a copy of your book.
Regards,
Ben Masey

curry25
31st August 2011, 10:38
hi my great uncles name was oswold burns (bob) and i met your father a few times , at portland , and also at my g/uncles golden wedding do. he died some years ago but still remember listerning to all the stories of the foylebank and other ships he was on . funny i seem to remember your father ginger had no hair ? look forward to hering from you

Jhayhurst
17th December 2011, 05:57
I have been writing a short story about the demise of HMS Foylebank in Portland Harbour in 1940, and Foylebanks Leading Seaman, Jack Foreman Mantle, as part of the Island Voices writing workshops (part of "Artsreach" UK) If anyone would like a copy I will be happy to Post it to you by E-Mail. I have researched the events of that day, but would also welcome anyone's information, or stories of relatives who served on her. Thanks...Andy
Hi,

I would love a copy of your book. My grandfather was serving on Foylebank when it sank.


Jamie.

eddie palmer
28th December 2011, 11:46
I have been working on this page ?

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/e.j.palmer/edward%20sidney%20notes.htm

BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL at Portland Harbour

NavyBrat41
17th January 2012, 13:07
My father, Ernest Pettiford, believed to be the LAST surviving crew member of HMS Foylebank, and who was burned in the 4th July attack on the ship by Stukas in Portland Harbor, died on 7th January 2012, at age of 97. Cremation is in Weymouth on Thursday, 19th January 2012 at 1045 hrs.

Dave Hardy
14th December 2012, 16:17
I have been writing a short story about the demise of HMS Foylebank in Portland Harbour in 1940, and Foylebanks Leading Seaman, Jack Foreman Mantle, as part of the Island Voices writing workshops (part of "Artsreach" UK) If anyone would like a copy I will be happy to Post it to you by E-Mail. I have researched the events of that day, but would also welcome anyone's information, or stories of relatives who served on her. Thanks...Andy

hi Andy i am a new member to the forum so hello to all.
while looking at a book about the Battle of Britain I came across a ref about the sinking of foylebank and wondered if the offer of the article is still on offer
yours Dave

OLD STRAWBERRY
15th December 2012, 09:20
Hi Dave,
Might be better if you send him a Private Message.

Dave Hardy
15th December 2012, 09:50
Hi Tony
I will try a private message thanks for your response.
Don't know if l should start a fresh thread or not but in the book l was reading that talked about the attack on Portland and saw the sinking of HMS Foylebank it says that other craft were damaged and sunk does anyone know the names and outcome of this action.
My interest is the Battle of Britain period all aspects land ,sea and air
Dave

July 4th. 1940
9th July 2013, 10:39
My husband Harry (Henry) Winward is a survivor of HMS Foylebank and wants to know how many more survivors are still around. He is 93 yrs of age and every 4th July he recalls all the reunions we went to. Where are you all now.
Irene Winward (Salford)

hawkey01
9th July 2013, 15:37
Irene, Henry,

on behalf of the Moderating team welcome to SN. I hope that someone can give you some information.
Always a pleasure to welcome our veterans from WW2.

Hawkey01

OLD STRAWBERRY
9th July 2013, 18:05
My husband Harry (Henry) Winward is a survivor of HMS Foylebank and wants to know how many more survivors are still around. He is 93 yrs of age and every 4th July he recalls all the reunions we went to. Where are you all now.
Irene Winward (Salford)

Please try sending My Son Andy "Strawberry (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/member.php?u=4835)" a PM He is the man for HMS Foylebank.

Andy
9th July 2013, 18:39
Please try sending My Son Andy "Strawberry (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/member.php?u=4835)" a PM He is the man for HMS Foylebank.

Given Irene and Harry's unfamiliarity with the workings of SN, maybe your son could pm or email them via their profile page?... it may be the easiest solution.
cheers,
Andy

STRAWBERRY
12th July 2013, 08:28
Hello Strawberry

Have you any idea of the exact time of the Foylebank engagement on the 4th of July, and did the bombers jettison their remaining bombs on Rodney Block, His Majesty's Borstal Institution on the way home.

Thanks

Dunmytime

Hi there, The attack started on or around 0840 that morning. It was a sunny morning with Light Airs. Other vessels were attacked also, as well as AA battery's. Not sure about the Borstal being bombed at that time, however the Verne Citadel (Now a Prison) was attacked. Hope this helps. Andy

STRAWBERRY
12th July 2013, 08:39
My husband Harry (Henry) Winward is a survivor of HMS Foylebank and wants to know how many more survivors are still around. He is 93 yrs of age and every 4th July he recalls all the reunions we went to. Where are you all now.
Irene Winward (Salford)

Hello Irene, Sadly, survivors of the Foylebank are few, including Harry, I think you can count them on one hand. The last hero to have passed away locally was Ernie Petterford who lived in the outskirts of Weymouth. A local boat used to go out every year on the anniversary of the attack to the part of Portland Harbour where Foylebank was lying during the attack, to lay a reef. Survivors gathered for this event to honour their brave fallen shipmates. But the boat's compliment of ex crewmen and their families were dwindling and no longer runs. (As far as I am aware). Please send my regards to Harry, and please thank him for me for his part in keeping our country safe! Yours sincerely. Andy Straw (Portlander)

Portland42
16th July 2013, 00:06
Hello Andy, I thought I'd find you on here too!
I hope someone can solve the mystery about the actual number of Foylebank casualties. I understand that there was never a complete list of those aboard at the time.
Here's me in 1981 with some of the survivors laying wreathes on Jack Mantle's grave.
PS. Sorry about your hurdling accident Andy. I wondered what that was hanging on the fence,

STRAWBERRY
27th July 2013, 07:51
Hello Andy, I thought I'd find you on here too!
I hope someone can solve the mystery about the actual number of Foylebank casualties. I understand that there was never a complete list of those aboard at the time.
Here's me in 1981 with some of the survivors laying wreathes on Jack Mantle's grave.
PS. Sorry about your hurdling accident Andy. I wondered what that was hanging on the fence,

Hi Stuart, You are quite right, I too have had varying reports of the total number of survivors. In fact it was the most time consuming part of research that I had done for my short story. 'Of the 300 crew, 13 officers and 144 men survived' I have my doubts whether there were actually 300 crew aboard, which would definitely
have made these figures inaccurate.

On another issue, if you recall. The Dorset Echo reported the sad death of 'The last Survivor of HMS Foylebank' Who was supposed to have been the great ERNIE PETTIFORD of Dorchester Road. I was quite moved when had heard of his sad departure, but then, out of the blue came a nice lady named Irene who used ShipsNostalgia to see if she could find any more survivors as her husband Harry is interested in finding some of his shipmate survivors. I could not quite believe it! Ernie was not the last, and Poor Harry clearly had been forgotten. I have been in communication with Irene and I have apologised to Harry for the quite disgraceful way that he has been forgotten. So said I would try and see if there are in fact more Survivors left so that Harry could meet up...Sadly, my search was fruitless (I am so gutted!) Harry IS the last remaining hero from the Foylebank. I feel so lucky that Irene had the courage to sign up to shipsnostalgia and that I could have that contact with herself and Harry. See you on the 30th Stuart! Andy(Wave)

hawkey01
27th July 2013, 12:00
Andy,

thanks you so much for your efforts for Irene and Harry. Much appreciated.

Hawkey01

STRAWBERRY
7th August 2013, 18:23
Andy,

thanks you so much for your efforts for Irene and Harry. Much appreciated.

Hawkey01

Absolute Pleasure mate. It was the very least I could do. Just saddened that Harry had been forgotten. Andy(Sad)