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I have been researching the career of a Stoker who served in HMS Manly, 1915-1918.

According to the Pink Lists, by January 1917 Manly had been detached from the 10th Destroyer Flotilla, Harwich Force, to Dover, and by the end of June 1917 she was shown as a member of the 6th Destroyer Flotilla, at Dover.

Meanwhile, in April 1917, Manly’s commanding officer, LtCmdr E.W. Kirkby, was appointed in command of the new Destroyer, HMS Torrid, in the Tenth Destroyer Flotilla. The Stoker I am researching went with Kirkby. He served in the Torrid for 18 days, from 20 April - 7 May 1917.

He then returned to the Manly. And to my question.

On his service record he is drafted into Attentive II [depot ship], for duty in Manly F7 on 8 May 1917.

I don’t understand the F7. I can find no reference that Manly’s pennant number was ever F7. Also, pennant numbers are not normally included in the list of ships in a rating’s service record.

Can anyone suggest what this F7 was supposed to mean?

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William
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Thanks Dave. I thought I’d start here first, because this is a specialist forum. If I draw a blank here I’ll move on to the Great War Forum, of which I’m also a member
 

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Appreciating that it is not of direct assistance, I see from Wiki that 8 May 17 is the same date on which MANLY transferred to the Dover Patrol, with her ship's company being borne on the books of ATTENTIVE. Rather tantalisingly, there is also a brief reference to F7 and the Dover Patrol at https://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/do***ents/Naval-Staff-Monographs-Vol.III_2_opt.pdf but I have not succeeded in bringing that up online, either directly or via navy.gov.au

As I suspect that you are well aware, there are several books about the Dover Patrol, most notably Admiral Bacon - Dover Patrol" , which might just yield a clue.....

Good hunting!

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Thanks Jack!

It is proving an elusive will o' the wisp. But... Your clues are most helpful.

[As luck would have it, notification of your reply went into my junk folder, hence the delay in replying!]
 
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