Crew Notes: D - G

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

Graham Dench

Graham Dench served a Royal Marine Bandsman on HMS Gambia for the 1957/58 commission. His service number was RMB/X 3236 and he served from 1954 to 1963. Other ships Graham served on were HMS Ocean (1957 - 1957), HMS Gambia (1957 - 1958), and HMS St. Vincent (1958 - 1962).

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.

P. Douglas

The obituary page of the December 2001 issue of Navy News lists P. Douglas as being a Lieutenant Commander who served on Gambia, Wild Goose, Duke of York, Javelin, Holderness, Dulverton, Derwent, Griffin, and Glasgow.

William "Bill" G. Dungate

Lt Cdr William "Bill" G Dungate SD (G) (Gdagger) Gunnery Royal Victorian Medal (RVM). Bill served in the navy from 1943 to 1983. He served on HMS Gambia as a Chief Petty Officer on the 1958 - 1960 commission. He also served on HMS Anson, Sussex, Belfast, Superb, Theseus, Vanguard, Gambia, Llandaff, Rothesay and Yarmouth, also HMS Excellent (Whale Island), Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (BRNC). He was commanding officer, Fraser Gunnery School, Portsmouth and served as the Director of Surface Weapons Projects at the Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment (ASWE). Bill passed away on January 21, 2017 aged 88.

A. Dunthorn

Mr. Dunthorn served on HMS Gambia's 1952 to 1954 commission as Sick Berth Chief Petty Officer. He passed away on January 3, 2004.

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.

Cyril Fletcher

Cyril served on the Gambia as a Petty Officer (gunner) and was present at the surrender of Japan. He passed away in 2003.

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.