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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
 

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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 ?
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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.
 

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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.

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Colin, I have sent you an E-Mail. Cheers Andy
 

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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
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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?
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Hello,

I recently read Ron Walsh's account of his time on Foylebank on the BBC's People's War 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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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Rob
 

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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.
 

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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.
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Ben Masey
 

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Foylebank

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.
 

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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.
 

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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

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Foylebank

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 I’ve only just stumbled across this website.

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Foylebank

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
 
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