Crew Notes: A - C

This page is about the crew members I do not yet have enough information to create their own page.

John D. Abberley

John was an ordinary seaman on HMS Gambia for the 1955/56 commission. John joined the Police force on demob and spent going on to 33 years in the service before retiring in 1987 reaching the rank of Superintendent.

John Andrews

John served as a Leading Stoker in Gambia from November 1958 until he left her in the reserve fleet in March 1961. He is (July 2017) the acting President and Social Secretary of the HMS Gambia Association.

John Armitage

John was a Stoker 1st Class on HMS Gambia for the 1946/48 commission. He became a founding member of the HMS Gambia Association but passed away in September 2011.

J. Branegan

Branegan was an Electrician Sub Lieutenant on the 1957/8 commission. He was also a keen ornithologist or twitcher, at least he was interested enough to send reports to Royal Naval Birdwatching Society. In the December 1959 issue of The Sea Swallow he reported seeing various species of Cormorants, Frigates, Gulls, Noddies, Petrels, Shearwaters, and Terns on the commssion around the Indiana Ocean includingthe Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Chagos, Mauritius, Reunion, and Sand islands.

Anthony Buhagiar

Anthony joined HMS Sandhurst as a NAAFI Boy in 1934, and finally retired from the RN on September 1, 1957. He spent just six weeks, from February to April 1950 on HMS Gambia, but had an interesting career. He was on HMS Bulldog when Commander A. J. Baker-Cresswell cptured U-110 and the Enigma coding machine it carried. His varied career is online in a Times of Malta, November 13, 2016 article, "Anthony Buhagiar – A Lifetime's Service with the Royal Navy"

Jack Edward Bundock

Jack's service number was JX 316187 and he served on HMS Gambia from February 1942 until November 1943. He then served on HMS Pembroke and HMS Cubitt from November 1943 until January 1946. HMS Pembroke was a shore establishment at Chatham. HMS Cubitt was a frigate. Jack was also at HMS Cochrane, another shore establishment at Rosyth, Scotland.

Thomas Burns

Thomas served on HMS Gambia as Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic on the 1952 to 1954 commission. His service number was D/KX.80366. The London Gazette of 16 February, 1954 reported that "The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for distinguished service in the Greek earthquake relief operations in August, 1953" to him.

Joseph Eric Rea Collicoat BEM KEV

Joseph was born on February 21, 1921 at Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand. He was 17 when he enlisted in the RNZN in 1939 with service number NZDA/1790. He served during WWII on HMS Achilles, HMS Gambia, and HMNZS Ngapona as Chief Yeoman of Signals. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, Pacific Star (Burma clasp), War Medal 1939-1945, New Zealand War Service Medal, Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with bar. After WWII he was a Post and Telegraph Department Employee and then the Warehouse Manager of a shoe factory.

He was married to Jean and the father to two children, Sheryl and Warren. He was a past President and Patron of Eden-Roskill Returned Services Association. He passed away on May 28, 2013 at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia, aged 92.

William Chorlton

In 1943, William Chorlton was aged 38, and a Stoker Petty Officer on HMS Gambia. He was married to Lilian Alexandra Chorlton (36) at All Hallows Church, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire on July 17, 1943. Both had previously been divorced and Lilian lived at 11 Waller Avenue, Bispham, Blackpool. Williams father was Arthur Chorlton, labourer and Lilian's father was John Oliver, a deceased decorator. The marriage was performed by Rector Henry Ward and the witenesses were Alfred Salisbury and Sarah Sherwin.

Stuart Clausen

Stuart served on HMS Gambia during WWII, but I do not know when or in what capacity. Om March 1, 2011 he celebrated his 90th birthday.

John Ian Crawford

John was born in 1936 and was a Royal Marine who served on HMS Gambia for the 1957/58 commission. He passed away on July 10, 2012.