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HMS Hecla 1942

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Old 28th July 2019, 12:34
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline  
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HMS Hecla 1942

There were 858 men aboard HMS Hecla when she was torpedoed and sunk on Armistice Day 1942.

Only one is alive today.

Reg Bishop, the "last man standing", tells his story here:

You can browse the stories of 60 of Reg's shipmates.

The names of all 858 men aboard HECLA when she sank are on the website:

Contact me if a family member is on this list of the men in HMS HECLA.

The most recent story is that of Ted May, a telegrapher in HECLA.

His daughter helped me tell his story here: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.c...ors-2.html#May

Ted May was on HECLA when Winston Churchill came aboard at Iceland.

New stories and photographs of the men in HECLA are being added all the time.

Reg Bishop and Ted May were both rescued by HMS VENOMOUS.

Bill Forster

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Lt(E) William R Forster RNR
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Old 2nd August 2019, 02:00
brisray brisray is offline  
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A sad story. The men on Hecla were very unlucky. Repairs from a mine she struck on May 15, 1942 had only been completed in September 1942.

Doggerbank, a German minelayer, laid eighty mines off the extreme southern point of South Africa around Cape Agulhas. and it was one of these that Hecla struck on 15 May 1942. The mine exploded beneath her huge workshop and storeroom also damaging her steering gear, killing twenty-four men and injuring another 112.

She was taken in tow by the cruiser HMS Gambia under the command of Maurice James Mansergh CBE with the South African Navy Ship minesweepers, Southern Barrier and Terje, going on ahead. Hecla was towed into Simonstown for repairs. Hecla's dead were buried at sea from HMS Gambia in False Bay, Simonstown.
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