Crew Notes: L - M

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

Derek Fred William Lane

Derek Lane was an Engineroom Artificer on HMS Gambia. He died on August 19, 1953 and is buried at Kalkara Naval Cemetery on Malta.

W. N. Lattimer

"The Taranakian", the year book of the New Plymouth Boys' High School, New Zealand, of December 1944, reports that "Signalman W. N. Lattimer is on HMS Gambia. His brother, Dick, is a Lieutenant in the Indian Army."

John Alexander Le Sueur

John was a member of the South African Training Ship General Botha Old Boys Association where this information comes from:

September 29, 1939 he joined Royal Navy as Midshipman. Served on HMAMC Carnovan Castle, Eperance Bay, HMS Liverpool, HMS Valient, HMS Duneden, HMS Cloudburst, HMS Gambia. In 9143 he was serving on HMS Gambia as a Sub Lieutenant. In 1945 he transferred to South African Naval Forces but seconded to Royal Navy. Promoted to Lieutenant.

Shore establihsments: Grenwich College, Chatham, English Ports Trincomalee, Alexandra. Theatres in Med E.A. Fleet. Convoy duties W. Africa. Home Fleet Scapa Flow. North Atlantic convoys. Indian Ocean. Released from service 1946.

Joined S.A.P. (South African Police?) in 1958. John passed away on October 10, 2000.

Robert "Gipsy" Lenden NZD 4237

Robert was born in 1926. Gipsy served on HMNZS Achilles and HMNZS Gambia during WWII as Able Seaman. He was the husband of Kathleen and father to Puke, Manu, Kim, Dean, Rangi, Richard and Simon. He passed away on August 4, 2010 aged 86.

Ted Lindop

Ted served as Telegraphist on HMS Gambia for the 1952/54 commssion. I believe he is being presented with the Malaysian Service Medal or Pingat Jasa Malaysia for recognition in the fight against Malaysian communist forces between August 31, 1957 and December 31, 1966 which started to be issued from March 2004.

Ted Lindop

David W. Lister

David served on the 1958/60 commission as Radio Electrical Mechanic 1st Class. He later served as the HMS Gambia Associations's Social Secretary. David passed away in November 2012.

Ian MacDonald

Ian's daughter Marie, wrote on the RNZN Communicators website that her father Ian MacDonald, an Able Seaman (Radar) was aboard HMS Gambia from September 27, 1945 to December 7, 1945. He was at Philomel December 8, 1945 until his discharge on June 12, 1946.

Ronald M. MacKay

Ronald was a Royal Marines Bandsman and served on HMS Gambia for the 1955/56 commission. Ronald passed away in 2003.

Lt. Cdr. D. G. Maitland

In 1947, Maitland was an Acting Lieutenant on HMS Gambia. After HMS Gambia he served on the shore stations HMS Nuthatch, Condor and President. He passed away in 1996.

Kenyon G. Mansfield

Kenyon P/JX 292315 served on the 1958 - 1960 commission as Chief Radio Supervisor. He served in the Royal Navy from 1942 – 1975 on a diversity of ships: HMS St George – HMS Onslaught – HMS Scylla – HMS Fowey – HMS Pepys – HMS Amethyst -HMS Venerable – HMS Implacable – HMS Fierce – HMS Vanguard – HMS Newfoundland – HMS Ceylon – HMS Kenya – HMS Gambia – HMS Birmingham – HMS Burmuda – HMS Mercury – Staff CRS to Nottingham RNR. He was a member of the Norwich Branch of the Royal Naval Association, where this information was obtained. Kenyon passed away on August 9, 2017 aged 92.

Bruce A. Martin NZ4978

Bruce served on HMNZS Gambia during WWII as an Able Seaman.

L. V. M. Martin

L. V. M. Martin served on HMS Gambia under Captain Sir Peter William Gretton, which would have been 1952 - 1954. I do not know his rank. He wrote the article "A Backward Glance to Late Boyhood" about the training of boys in the Royal Navy, in the October 1987 issue of The Naval Review.

John Walter McCallion RNZN 10056

John was born in 1925. He married Mary Agnes Campbell in 1948, at age 22 and had one child. John passed away on March 6, 2011, aged 85, at Whakatane, New Zealand. He is buried at Opotiki Public Cemetery, New Zealnd. 

Ron McCallum

Ron was a Royal Marine on the 1955/56 commission. He was a bandsman and played the trombone.Ron passed away on May 14, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. He and Bill Hartland were together at the Royal Marines School of Music in 1952

Gilbert McCulloch

Gilbert McCulloch, C/JX130902, was a Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist on HMS Gambia in 1943. The Admiralty Fleet Orders for June 10, 1943 lists him as being Mentioned in Despatches.

Thomas Hansen "Mac" McFlinn NZ3098

Mac was born in 1921 and became a Commander who served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was posted to HMS Glasgow which took part in the Russian Convoys and later served in HMNZS Gambia. He was made Temporary Sub Lieutenant on November 26, 1943 and was Temporary Paymaster Sub Lieutenant on HMNZS Gambia by January 31, 1945. For his service he was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Burma Star with Pacific Clasp, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, NZ War Service Medal, Royal Naval Volunteer Decoration, 1957 and the Russian Jubilee medal. His wife, Mabel Joyce "Jay" McFlinn, passed away on June 5, 1985, aged 60. and Mac passed away on August 22, 2002, aged 81. They are buried in Papakura Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand.

John "Jock" H. McGinn

Jock served as Mechanician 1st Class (E) on HMS Gambia's 1958/60 commission. Jock passed away in December 2012.

Donald Bruce McIntosh 1660

Donald served during both WWII and the Korean War on HMNZS Achilles, HMNZS Gambia, HMNZS Black Prince, the cruiser HMNZS Royalist, and the frigate HMNZS Rotoiti. He passed away on February 11, 1995 and was cremated at North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium, New Zealand.

Neil "Mac" McLeod NZD2268

Neil was born on January 27, 1920 at Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand. He joined the navy on January 18, 1941 aged 20. He served on HMS Monowai and later HMNZS Gambia as Stoker Class 1. For his service Neil was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, and the New Zealand War Service Medal. He was married to Lillian. Neil passed away on August 15, 2011, aged 91, at >Papakura, Auckland. He is buried at Pokeno Cemetery, New Zealand.

Robert James McNeil

After the Navy in 1950 Robert trained as a Schoolteacher. He gained advanced research degrees; MA London, BPhil Liverpool, and MBA City.

Allan Crawford McNeill RNZN 6730

Allan was born on January 17, 1921 at Riverton, Southland, New Zealand. He served in minesweepers before being drafted to HMNZS Gambia. He had been married to his wife, Jill, for 63 years before passing away on April 14, 2018, aged 97.

Charlie Mearns

Charlie served twice on HMS Gambia. The first time was as a Boy/Ordinary Telegraphist for the 1950 to 1952 commission and later as a Petty Officer Telegraphist on the 1957 to 1958 commission. He passed away on August 29, 2004.

Thomas Mulligan

Thomas serrved as Mechanician 1st Class (E) on HMS Gambia for the 1958/60 commission. He passed away in late October 2011. His funeral was on November 1, 2011. John Andrews wrote in the original HMS Gambia website guestbook on November 5, 2011:

I wish to thank those of our members who managed the journey to Hattersley on Tuesday last to attend Tommy Mulligan's funeral. Tony Hockenhull paraded the Standard with his usual dignity and bearing. Geoff and Viv Stevens, Rene Casbolt and Michael Flanagan, Kath Hockenhull and myself were joined by John Armitage's son Peter which was a good turn out. After the funeral Tony presented Tommy's wife Margaret with the ship's pennant and Phil, (Tommy's carer) provided a tot of Pusser's for us each to toast Tommy. When we left the family and friends thanked us for attending and gave us a big round of applause.

Anthony Murray

Anthony served as Electrical Mechanician on HMS Gambia from 1949 to 1952. Anthony passed away in January 2013.