Crew Notes: D - G

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

Charles Edmund Donegan

Charles Donegan was an Able Seaman on HMS Gambia and who died on April 11, 1953. He is buried at Kalkara Naval Cemetery on Malta.

Allan John Erskine

A/POSM Allan Erskine's service number was NZ11711. He saw service in korea with the New Zealand Navy. He passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, peacefully at home aged 90.

Peter Barry Fell

Barry was Leading Cook on HMS Gambia's 1958 to 1960 commission which he describes as "two of the happiest years of my life." Barry emailed me in July 2017:

I was a leading cook (S) actually running the bakery on HMS Gambia C48 on her commission in 1958 to 1960. I first met Gambia at Rosyth where she was in dry dock having a bit of a refit before setting off on her last commission under our Captain Mr W. J. Munn DSO OBE. And Commander F. W. Watson who being of great bulk was nicknamed Slim.

Some of the countries we visited during this time were Vigo, Gibraltar, Copenhagen, all round Scotland and her Islands, off to Malta, Ajaccio, Leghorn, Trieste, Cyprus, though the Suez Canal, Mombasa, Dar-Es-Salaam, Seychelles, Karachi, Colombo, Trincomalee, The Maldives, Mauritius, (cyclone relief work), Singapore, Hong Kong, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Bathhurst in the Gambia, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Liverpool, then Portsmouth into reserve prior to being made into razor blades.

We steamed 71,000 miles, burned 36,000 tons of fuel oil, had a clean sweep winning every event of a Naval Regatta anchored off Palermo, sailing off the following day with a large broom atop our main mast.

James A. Forsyth

James Forsyth was a Leading Seaman on HMS Gambia and who died April 27, 1953. He is buried at Kalkara Naval Cemetery on Malta.

D. W. B. French

D. W. B. served on HMNZS Gambia from 1943 to 1946. His service number was 1978 and he passed away on March 3, 1998.

Alan Garner

Alan Garner served on HMS Gambia during the 1958 to 1960 commission. He previously served on HMS Ganges from May 1954 to June 1955, and HMS Urania from 1955 to 1957.

J. Goodman

J. Goodman was recorded as being a Paymaster Sub Lieutenant on HMS Gambia in the March 1943 edition of the Devonport High School Magazine.

Kenneth Charles Gordon

I think Ken served on HMS Gambia from 1943 to 1946. At any rate, he was in the Royal New Zealand Navy and his action station was No 2 on the oerlicons. His service number was 9117.

Hubert Cecil George Griffin

Hubert Griffin was a Commander (E) on HMS Gambia in 1943. The Admiralty Fleet Orders for June 10, 1943 lists him as being Mentioned in Despatches.