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D. M. Neale
Neale was an Able Seaman 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.
Daniel J. Nelson
Daniel was a stoker and served in the Royal Navy from 1938 to 1950. He was on HMS Gambia from October 1948 to November 1949. His records say he was DBs79 and donkey boiler watch keeper. As far as I can tell, HMS Gambia was laid up during those years and was maybe under consideration for being scrapped.
Charles William "Bill" Nicholson
Bill, CPO CEM(L). Served 1945 - 1968 on board HMS Bermuda, Roberts, submarine Acheron, t. Kitts, Delight, Leeds Castle, Rame Head, Rhyl, Forth and as CPO in charge of electric and electronic Close Range Gunnery Systems on board HMS Gambia (1958 - 1961). Upon leaving the Royal Navy he worked on the Polaris guided missile programme on assignment with the US Navy in Florida. He was a member of the HMS Gambia Association and the Royal Navy Association. He died on March 25, 2012 aged 84. From Navy News, May 2012
George Harold Pearce
George was a Lieutenant Commander on HMS Gambia for the 1957/58 commission. His son, Nigel, was christened onboard the ship in Rosyth dockyard on October 5, 1958. His baptism certificate was signed by the ships Chaplain, Kenneth Evans. George passed away in 1992.
James Pennington was a stoker on HMS Gambia. He was from Taranaki, New Zealand and passed away in 2008.
William Leonard Prosser
William served on HMS Gambia as Chief Petty Officer on the 1952 to 1954 commission. His service number was D/JX.136118. 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.
William was a Royal Marine, RM X2467, who served on HMNZS Gambia from January 1943 to July 1946. As well as Gambia he also served on HMS Resolution and Kenya. He sadly passed away in 1982 after suffering many years of illness as a result of being on board two separate ships blown up, including the torpedo attack on HMS Resolution (September 25, 1940).
Geoff "Dusty" Rhodes
Geoff served as a Royal Marine on the 1957/58 commission and passed away on February 1, 2013. Fellow Marine and friend Bob Jackson wrote in the original HMS Gambia guestbook:
Geoff (sometimes Dusty) and I became friends in the Marines mess during the 1957/8 commission. Other Marine friends included John Crawford, whose passed away in July 2012, Mick Jordan and Scouse Tait. Following the commission Geoff went to Eastney where he had a serious accident in the gym, breaking his neck and becoming wheelchair dependent for the rest of his life.
Although he had to leave the service he never gave up. He was involved in para olympic sport at Stoke Manderville. He trained in accounts and had a full working life. He married Sandra and had two children and two grandchilden who will all miss him greatly. Despite his problems he never gave up and was a fighter all his life. I am pleased that we retained our friendship and I visited him in hospital just a few days before he died. Geoff was a great character and a credit to the Royal Marines.
Harry Riley was a Commander who died at sea on January 14, 1943 while serving on HMS Gambia. Aged 39 or 40. He was Fleet Commissioner, China Fleet and was the son of George Bruce and Margaret Ann Riley, of Colne.
Stuart was a Royal Marine who served on HMNZS Gambia from 1943 to 1946. Stuart passed away in May 2012, aged 89.
Robert William Horder Rye
Robert Rye C/M39920, was a Master at Arms on HMS Gambia in 1943. The Admiralty Fleet Orders for June 10, 1943 lists him as being awarded the British Empire Medal by King George VI on the occasion of the King's Birthday.
I. G. Spence
I. G. Spence's service number was NZ2230 and he was a Leading Stoker on HMNZS Gambia from 1943 to 1946. He also served on HMS Achilles and was awarded the 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Pacific Star (Clasp: Burma), 1939/45 War Medal, 1939/45 NZ War Service Medal.
Geoff, who served as Electrical Mechanician 1st Class on the 1959/60 commission of HMS Gambia, passed away in early May 2017.
Fred, who served as Mechanic (E) on the 1955/56 commission of HMS Gambia, passed away on July 2, 2013.
Robert, who served as Stoker Mechanic on HMS Gambia from 1948 to 1952, passed away on August 23, 2011. His service number was D/SKX 838000.
Ken was on HMNZS Gambia at the surrender of Japan in 1945. He lived in Napier, New Zealand.
John Charles Warsop
John Warsop rose to Rear-Admiral. He was born in 1927 and joined the Royal Navy in 1949. He was made Rear-Admiral in 1981 and retired in 1986. He died in 1995.
The following comes from the Liddell Hart Military Archives:
Born in 1927; educated at Gateway School, Leicester, and Royal Naval College, Eaton Hall, Chester; attended Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham, Plymouth, 1945-1948; served on HMS Theseus and HMS Gambia, 1949-1950; Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1950-1952; served on HMS Superb, 1952-1954; Staff, Royal Naval Engineering College, 1954-1956; Ministry of Defence, 1956-1959; Senior Engineer, HMS Ark Royal, 1959-1961; Ministry of Defence, 1961-1965, 1968-1970, 1972-1975 and 1979-1981; British Defence Staff, Washington, USA, 1965-1968; Engineer Officer, HMS Blake, 1970-1972; Commanding Officer, HMS Fisgard, 1975-1978; Rear Admiral, 1981; Port Administrator, Rosyth, 1981-1983; Flag Officer and Naval Base Commander, Portsmouth, 1983-1985; retired, 1986; died in 1995.
Edward "Ted" Webb
Ted may or may not have served on HMS Gambia during WWII. His granddaughter, Dawn explains:
Grandad didn't talk much about his service during the war but we were led to believe he served on HMS Gambia at some point. He had a painting of HMS Gambia on the wall and spoke to my Uncle about being on board.
We did know my Grandad was a telegraphist at HMS Ceylon and we have found photos of him at this station. We know he was part of the team intercepting Japanese code. I have tried to trace his service via the Royal Navy records but although they could provide a brief service history, there are gaps in his service which can't be traced. I know my Grandad did say that he took on different names, so he could go on board other ships or submarines and not be traced. My Grandad did make a comment that he was entitled to more medals for his service than he received but they were listed under another name. Perhaps he took on a different name for his time on HMS Gambia.
Peter was a Royal Marine Bandsman serving on HMS Gambia 1957/8. His funeral took place on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.