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This page contains all the names of crew members that have been found so far. If you can add to the information please contact me.

COMMANDING OFFICERS FROM TO
     
Lt.Cdr. N.R. Courthope-Munroe, RN 4 May 1938 7 March 1940
Lt.Cdr. Harold Unwin, RN
DSC awarded on 7 June 1940
7 March 1940 October 1940
Cdr. Richard Cyril Vesey Ross, DSO, RN October 1940 22 July 1941
Cdr. Alan David Hastings Jay, RN
DSC awarded on 24 March 1942
22 July 1941 15 May 1942
A/Cdr. Arthur Hugh Wynne-Edwards, RN (retired) 15 May 1942 20 September 1942

HMS Leda Admiralty regrets

Crew Members who lost their lives while serving on HMS Leda
LAST NAME FIRST NAMES RANK

SERVICE NUMBER

DATE OF DEATH AGE FAMILY DETAILS COMMEMORATION DETAILS
ADAMS  Albert Sidney  Able Seaman  C/J 87487 20th September 1942 41  Son of Albert Swinton Adams and Florence Adams, of Homsey, Middlesex CHATHAM Panel 52, Column 3
BEARD  William Henry  Telegraphist  C/JX232227 27th September 1942 25  Son of Jane Beard, of Chelsea, London LYNESS CEMETERY, Orkney Plot P, Row 4, Grave 15
BLAKE  Alfred  Petty Officer Stoker  C/K 61527 20th September 1942 42  Son of Robert and Edith Blake; husband of Hilda Mary Blake, of Norwich CHATHAM Panel 60, Column 3
BRYDON  William George  Able Seaman  C/J 81919 20th September 1942 40  Son of William George and Jessie Gertrude Brydon; husband of Saverina Brydon of Valetta, Malta GC CHATHAM Panel 53, Column 1
BURRELL  Cyril John  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 20942 20th September 1942 23  Son of Mr and Mrs Frederick J Burrell, of Boreham, Essex CHATHAM Panel 52, Column 1
CHRISTISON  Alexander  Leading Steward  C/LX 24621 20th September 1942 21  Son of Norman and Mary Ann Birse Christison, of Carmyllie, Angus CHATHAM Panel 64, Column 3
COOK  Herbert Thomas  Petty Officer Stoker  C/K 60248 20th September 1942 42  Son of William and Agnes Cook; husband of Kitty Louise Cook, of Gillingham, Kent CHATHAM Panel 60, Column 3
COVER  Harold  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 129155 20th September 1942 29  Son of Reginald and Theresa Cover, of Blackley, Manchester CHATHAM Panel 62, Column 1
COYLE  Bernard  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 129152 20th September 1942 -

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CHATHAM Panel 62, Column 1
CROFT  Alfred Ernest  Petty Officer  C/JX 135839 20th September 1942 33  Husband of Violet Grace Croft, of Gillingham, Kent CHATHAM Panel 51, Column 3
DAVIES  William  Petty Officer Stoker  C/K 63125 20th September 1942 -

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CHATHAM  Panel 60, Column 3
EYDEN  Walter James  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 130357 20th September 1942 ?  Son of George and Ada Eyden, of Northampton CHATHAM Panel 62, Column 1
FULLER  Albert Samuel  Cook (S)  C/MX 65890 20th September 1942 25  Son of Samuel George and Ethel Lilian Fuller; husband of Doris Ethel Fuller, of Gillingham, Kent CHATHAM Panel 64, Column 2
FURNISS  Cyril George  Leading Steward  C/LX 26520 20th September 1942 26  Son of Charles Matthew and Caroline Alice Furniss, of Watford, Hertfordshire CHATHAM Panel 64, Column 3
GERMANY  William John  Able Seaman  C/J 111937 20th September 1942 39  Son of Mr and Mrs William J Germany; husband of Gladys H Germany, of Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk CHATHAM Panel 54, Column 1
GOSLING  Henry Frank  Petty Officer Steward  C/L 15164 20th September 1942 37  Son of Henry Charles and Alice Mary Gosling; husband of Louisa May Gosling, of Hendon, Middlesex CHATHAM Panel 64, Column 3
HEAD  Leslie John  Able Seaman  C/SSX 34027 20th September 1942 21

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CHATHAM Panel 54, Column 2
HIGGS  Edward William  Petty Officer DSM  C/JX 133416 20th September 1942 28  Son of Edward William and Marion Sabina Higgs; husband of Daphne Joan Higgs, of Cosham, Hampshire CHATHAM Panel 51, Column 3
HOBSON  John Alfred  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 123510 20th September 1942 26  Son of Charles William and Alice Wilson Hobson; husband of Mrs W L Hobson of Grimsby, Lincolnshire CHATHAM Panel 62, Column 1
HOPPER  William George  Chief Engine Room Artificer Mentioned in Despatches  C/M 37917 20th September 1942 34  Son of James Stephen and Maud Mary Hopper; husband of Edith Mabell Hopper, of Bapchild, Kent
www.royalnavaldivision.co.uk
CHATHAM Panel 60, Column 1
HOWELL  George Edward  Petty Officer Stoker  C/KX 85369 20th September 1942 28  Son of Albert Edward and Alice Howell; husband of Jessie Howell, of Torry, Aberdeenshire CHATHAM Panel 61, Column 1
JAGO  Frederick  Shipwright 2nd Class  C/M 34875 20th September 1942 45  Son of William and Lavinia Jago; husband of Ivy May Jago, of Cowes, Isle of Wight CHATHAM Panel 63, Column 2
LAHEE  Bernard William  Able Seaman  P/J 94396 2nd July 1940 38  Son of Bernard William and Rosina Mary Lahee, of Pimlico, London GRIMSBY (SCARTHO ROAD) CEMETERY Section 116, Row G, Grave 2
LEARMOND  Adam Clarkson  Steward  C/LX 24931 20th September 1942 29  Son of Walter and Annie Learmond, of Edinburgh CHATHAM Panel 64, Column 3
MAIR  James  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 122442 20th September 1942 28  Son of Francis and Georgina Mair CHATHAM Panel 62, Column 2
MARSH  Albert Charles  Petty Officer Stoker  C/K 66776 20th September 1942 36  Son of Mrs S L Marsh, of Folkestone, Kent CHATHAM Panel 61, Column 1
McHATTIE  Neil  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 17227 20th September 1942 -

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CHATHAM Panel 52, Column 2
McLEISH  Robert  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 62565 20th September 1942 25  Son of John G and Elizabeth Ann McLeish, of Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland CHATHAM Panel 60, Column 2
MIDDLETON  Harry William Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 105320 20th September 1942 21  Son of Richard and Susan Fanny Middleton; husband of Christina Margaret Middleton, of Birmingham CHATHAM Panel 62, Column 2
MUIR  George Goldie  Able Seaman  C/JX 259806 20th September 1942 28  Son of David and Mary Muir; husband of Annie Young Muir, of Glasgow CHATHAM Panel 55, Column 2
O'BRIEN  John  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 30067 20th September 1942 22  Husband of Florrie O'Brien, of Radcliffe, Lancashire CHATHAM Panel 52, Column 2
RICHARDS  David Ivor  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 117129 20th September 1942 32  Son of David and Nellie Richards, of Tonmawr, Glamorgan; husband of Irene Richards, of Tonmawr PLYMOUTH Panel 70, Column 2
RIVERS  Albert Francis  Stoker 1st Class  C/K 63850 20th September 1942 41  Son of George and Emily Rivers; husband of Eleanor Amelia Rivers, of Shepherd's Bush, London CHATHAM Panel 62, Column 3
ROBERTSON  Harry  Ordinary Seaman  C/JX 319164 20th September 1942 19  Son of William and Gertrude Ellen Robertson, of Sharnford, Leicestershire CHATHAM Panel 58, Column 1
ROSEBLADE  Eric  Able Seaman  C/JX 317785 20th September 1942 20  Son of Joseph, Claridge Roseblade and Mary Ellen Roseblade, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire CHATHAM Panel 56, Column 1
SCULLION  John  Stoker 1st Class  C/SKX 1604 20th September 1942 -

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CHATHAM Panel 62, Column 3
SKINNER Hugh Canteen Manager C/NX 2166 20th September 1942   Son of Mr & Mrs H Skinner, of 10 Acre Rd, March. Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
www.roll-of-honour.com
 
SMITH  Henry Laurence  Leading Seaman  C/JX 235199 20th September 1942 27  Son of Henry Percy and Lillie Smith, of Brighton, Sussex CHATHAM Panel 52, Column 2

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.'

Source: Reading School Magazine Vol. XVII, No 1 (December 1942.

John Oakes
Hon. Archivist for Reading SchooL

SOLE  Horace Douglas Lancelot  Able Seaman  C/JX 317799 20th September 1942 20  Son of Sarah Sole, of Ingatestone, Essex CHATHAM Panel 56, Column 2
SPENCE  George Craigie  Ordinary Seaman  C/JX 317869 20th September 1942 18  Son of Thomas and Jessie Spence, of Glasgow CHATHAM Panel 58, Column 1
STEVENS  Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 65044 21st January 1940 -  Son of Mr and Mrs F Stevens, of Reading READING CEMETERY, Berks. Division 10,  Grave 12293
STOKES  John Finlay  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 66756 20th September 1942 25  Son of John and Mary Stokes, of Little Easton, Essex CHATHAM Panel 60, Column 2
TENNANT  William Wilson  Surgeon Lieutenant - 20th September 1942 -  M.B., Ch.B. CHATHAM Panel 66, Column 2
WRIGHT  Wilfred Cecil  Leading Seaman  C/JX 165493 20th September 1942 23  Son of William James and Mabel Elizabeth Wright, of Norwich, Norfolk CHATHAM Panel 52, Column 3
YOUNG  James  Petty Officer Stoker  C/K 60995 20th September 1942 39  Son of James and Emma Langtry Young; husband of Mildred Doris Young, of Wickhambreaux, Kent CHATHAM Panel 61, Column 1
YOUNG  Kenneth Stanley  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 260381 20th September 1942 31  Son of Joseph and Annie Young; husband of Muriel Grey Young, of Hoylake, Cheshire PORTSMOUTH  Panel 66, Column 2

HMS Leda. John Deal (second from left) HMS Leda. John Deal (first in second row) HMS Leda. John Deal (third from left)

HMS Leda. John Deal, June 1940 (first from left in third row from end) Probably taken at HMS Royal Arthur (Butlin's Skegness) HMS Leda. John Deal

PHOTO'S OF JOHN ROBERT DEAL

I am attaching six photographs of my grandfather in uniform, which he gave me and which I treasure. In photo No. 1 (below) you can just about distinguish the name LEDA on the ribbon of his hat and in photo No.2 my grandfather is first in the second row. In photo No.3 he is third from the left. In photo No.4, which is dated June 1940, he is first from the left in the third row from the end. In photo No.5 he is second from the left and in photo No.6 I think, but Im not sure, he is on the left side in the second row from the rear part of the boat.
Nomicos Roussos, Grandson. Dec 2008


 

Other Members of the Crew of HMS Leda

LAST NAME FIRST NAMES RANK SERVICE NUMBER DATE AGE

SOURCE

Aall

 Hans Cato

 Lieutenant

 

Seniority 24.4.41
Appointed 17.11.41 

36  PQ17 by Godfrey Winn (Later died on Bramble)
Boyce Reginald George        
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 (Son) July 2008
Bradley Frederick T/Lt   12.12.39 - 4.40   http://www.unithistories.com/officers/RNVR_officersB.html
Champion H J
Warrant Engineer
  Seniority 14.5.41
Appointed 2.6.41
  List of officers in 1st and 6th Minesweeping Flotillas 18th May 1942 IWM 92/50/1
Collins John PO P/J90457 1940   Dunkirk - Orde Awarded DSM - Supp to London Gazette 16th Aug 1940, No.34925
Courthorpe-Munroe N R Lt Cdr   4.5.38 -7.3.40    Navy List for Dec 1939
Deal John Robert     14.5.40 - 13.12.40  

John Deal HMS LedaMy 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 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

Dinwoodey W C Cd Eng   17.4.39    Navy List for Dec 1939
Foster George Campbell PO P/JX153809 1940   ADM 116/5233
See 'Gossamer Crew' for more details
Head George Bertram CERA P/M 34498 1940   Dunkirk - Orde Awarded DSM - Supp to London Gazette 16th Aug 1940, No.34925
Jay Alan David Hastings Cdr   22.7.41 - 15.5.42    
Jones
 
Peter Morgan Lt   21.5.41 - 14.12.41   Lt Peter Morgan Jones www.unithistories.com
Lambrick N R Lt   Seniority 1.12.41
Appointed 1.12.41
  List of officers in 1st and 6th Minesweeping Flotillas 18th May 1942 IWM 92/50/1
Mather D B Tempy Sub Lt   Seniority 17.7.41
Appointed 11.2.41
  List of officers in 1st and 6th Minesweeping Flotillas 18th May 1942 IWM 92/50/1
McKee William Lt   1940   Dunkirk - Orde. Mention in Despatches: Supp to London Gazette 16th Aug 1940, No.34925
Milward R H Sub Lt   26.4.39    Navy List for Dec 1939
Mosley Ernest Stoker/
Chief Stoker PO
      My late father, Ernest Mosley 1915 - 1995 was a stoker on board HMS Leda when she was torpedoed. He said he was fortunate to be off watch when she was hit. He was picked up by HMS Seagull. It was when she came to Grimsby in 1940 that he met my mother Laura Haddock and I was born in 1941 so it could be said that HMS Leda is be reason for being.
Dad signed on for twelve years in 1938 after watching HMS Ramilles exercising off Shoeburyness one Sunday afternoon. He said the crew were wearing whites so they were probably recruiting. At that time he was working for Fords of Dagenham. Other ships which I know he served on are HMS Sussex, HMS Belfast, HMS Carron and finally HMS Anson in the Far East. I don't know, there may be others. When his 12 years were up he was kept in because of the Korean War and was finally discharged in 1952 as a Chief Stoker Petty Officer.
Gladys Haddock wearing HMS Leda cap
The attached photograph of my Aunt Gladys Haddock age 13 wearing dad's HMS Leda cap alongside her is my grandmother Isabella haddock holding me in her arms. the photograph was taken in the garden at no 35 Cooper Road in Grimsby.

Graham Mosley Feb 2009

Pengelly B Lt (Gunnery Officer)   1942
Seniority 4.1.42
Appointed 10.2.42
   PQ17 by Godfrey Winn
List of officers in 1st and 6th Minesweeping Flotillas 18th May 1942 IWM 92/50/1
Pilkinton Alfred Edward Chief Stoker C/K61728    
Alf was fortunate to survive the Leda's sinking and was able to help save the lives of several of his fellow crew members, he was mentioned in dispatches for his efforts and reported in the London Gazette.
 
Alf was born and died in Gravesend; 1905 to 1949.  
He was survived by his wife Cissie and four children, Cissie died in 1997, again in Gravesend.
Source: Paul Crowhurst, Grandson
Pratt N R Tempy Lt   Seniority 24.8.41
Appointed 2.3.42
  List of officers in 1st and 6th Minesweeping Flotillas 18th May 1942 IWM 92/50/1
Ross Richard Cyril Vesey Cdr 10.40 - 22.7.41      
Unwin Harold Lt Cdr   7.3.40 - 10.40   Dunkirk - Orde. Awarded DSC - London Gazette Issue 34867 published on the 7 June 1940
Watson F A L H Lt   9.3.38    Navy List for Dec 1939
Wynne-Edwards Arthur Hugh Commander   15.5.42 - 20.9.42    
     

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