Halcyon Class Minesweepers HMS Leda
Family & Friends
H C Aall
Wynne Edwards
Family & Friends



Since the launch of this website in April 2006 there has been a steady number of e-mails from relatives of crew members and, indeed, former members of the crews of the Halcyons themselves. Details have been included here of those contacts relating to HMS Leda, although e-mail addresses are excluded for privacy and to avoid spam messages. Please contact me if you would like to contact anyone listed here.


Crew Member Contact Relationship Information
H T Cook Roger Cook Son
I'm son of Herbert Thomas Cook, Petty Officer Stoker on HMS Leda when she was torpedoed and sunk 20 September 1942.
I'm going today to a reception at the Council House in Nottingham. It's been organised by Graham Alan MP for veterans and relatives.
H L Smith John Oakes  
Just an interesting footnote to your Leda crew page. The following appeared in the Reading School Magazine Vol. XVII, No 1 (December 1942):
H.L. Smith (Leading Seaman, H.M.S. Leda), who was reported lost with his ship, a minesweeper, was at School from 1929 to 1931, the elder of two brothers at the School. He gained his School Certificate in 1930, and left from viSc.B. He was a member of East House. We extend our sincere sympathy to his relatives.'
We are researching the stories of all those past pupils of Reading School whose names are on the WW II War Memorial in the School Chapel and we, are and would be, grateful for any information on H.L. Smith.
Best wishes,
John Oakes
Hon. Archivist for Reading School
Reg Boyce Reg Boyce Son
I believed my Father  Reginald George  Boyce  served on the HMS LEDA  in 1942 , when it was torpedoed  in September 1942. He survived  was injured  and picked up. Have been trying to find out any information on him as a survivor  but have not come across any so far.
Reg Boyce July 2008
John Deal Nomicos Roussos Grandson

My grandfather, John Robert Deal, was born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, on 1st February 1913, enrolled in the Royal Navy on 14th of May 1940 and served on HMS ‘’LEDA’’ as able seaman until the 13th of December 1940. On that particular date he was admitted to Londonderry Emergency Hospital with early symptoms of pneumonia, after he and many other fellow crew members were washed overboard due to bad weather conditions while sailing in the North Sea. Eventually he was diagnosed with right chronic emphysema, which resulted in a complete collapse of the right lung. He was discharged from the Royal Naval Hospital in Barrow Gurney, Bristol, on 30th September 1942, that is after over 2 ½ years. Most of his life he lived in Southend-on-sea, Essex, with his wife Doris their two daughters, Jacqueline (my mother) and Carol and their son, Malcolm. He survived his wife and on the 14th of December 2000 he sadly passed away, at the age of 87. He always told me how very proud he was to have served his country and I would very much appreciate it if you would be kind enough to add his name alongside the names of his fellow crew members.

Source: Nomicos Roussos (grandson) Sept 2008



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