Crew Notes: S

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

Doug Saunders

Bill Hartland wrote this about Doug on The Band of Her Majestey's Royal Maines web site

I would like to report that Doug Saunders, a former RM Bandsman/Bugler, has passed away. He was aged 79, and his funeral takes place at the Vale Crematorium, Stopley, Luton, on Wednesday 13th October 2004, at 14.30 hrs/ 2.30 pm.

Doug was an active member of the HMS Gambia Association, and he was such a nice man who will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. The HMS Gambia Standard will be paraded at the funeral. Doug was of the Olde Schoole, who failing to get himself called up by the Navy or Air Force, he upped his age by two years, and enlisted in the Royal Marines! Following initial training he was drafted to HMS Gambia where he soon found himself in the British Pacific Fleet, under the Royal New Zealand Naval White Ensign, where he served up to an including representing the Royal Marines and New Zealand Navy at the Surrender of Japanese Forces in 1946.

We will remember him.

Yours aye.

Clarence Sheffield

Clarence Sheffield (1908 - 1997) served on HMS Gambia as Engineroom Artificer 1st Class for the 195/56 commission.

Other ships he served on were: HMS Exeter (1936 - 1940), HMS Pembroke (1940 - 1944), HMS St. Angelo (1940 - 1944), HMS Cormorant (1940 - 1944), HMS Ferret (1940 - 1944), HMS Spartiate (1940 - 1944), HMS Caroline (1940 - 1944), HMS Tyne (1941 - 1944), HMS Afrikander (1945), HMS Highflyer (1945 - 1945), HMS Sparrow (1946 - 1947), HMS Sheffield (1948 - 1948), HMS Cumberland (1949 - 1951), HMS Perseus (1949 - 1949), HMS Pickle (1952 - 1954), HMS Gambia (1955 - 1956), HMS Orion (1956 - 1956), and HMS Adamant (1957)

Anthony Sladin

Anthony served as Radio Electrical Mechanic on HMS Gambia from 1957 to 1958. Anthony passed away in October 2012.

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.

Charlie Stade

Men from Takara, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Men from Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand
Photo from Nelson Photo News, No 14 : December 9, 1961

The photo was given to the Nelson Photo News by Ed Peacock who served on HMNZS Gambia and Leander. Pictured from the left are Bob Papps, Charlie Stade (Motueka), Ian Feary, Ed Peacock, Norm Anderson, Watty Bird, and Dixon. Another crew member, Bruce King, was on duty when this photo was taken. Charlie would have served on HMNZS Gambia from 1944 to 1946.

Ron Steadman

Ron served as an Able Seaman during WWII. He served on HMS Gambia between 1941 and 1943. this photo of Ron was taken in 2007 and was submitted by Bill Hartland.

Ron Steadman in 2007

Victor Steeple

Victor Steeple wasa Royal Marine from 1950 to 1961. He served on HMS Gambia as a sergeant for the 1955/66 commission. Other ships he served on were HMS Ceylon (1950 - 1952), HMS Cleopatra (1953 - 1953), HMS Superb (1953 - 1954), HMS Gambia (1955 - 1956), and HMS Pembroke (1956 - 1959).

Edward "Ted" Stephenson

Ted served in the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) and was on HMS Gambia in 1946. He emigrated to Australia in 1970 with his wife and daughter and passed away in 1991.

Wilton "Bill" Sterritt

Bill was born in 1923 and his service number was RNZN4585. He served on Gambia as Able Seaman (Radar) from her commissioning in Liverpool until his discharge in 1946.

Geoff Stevens

Geoff, who served as Electrical Mechanician 1st Class on the 1959/60 commission of HMS Gambia, passed away in early May 2017.

Jack Stuart

Jack was one of the shore party that took Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan in August 1945. In 2015, Jack was living at Hokitika, New Zealand.

Fred Sutch

Fred served in the Supply & Secretariat devision as Lead Cook on HMS Gambia for her 1958/60 commission. Fred served on HMS Finisterre, Vigo, Tenacious, Dunkirk, Vanguard, Gambia, and Eagle. Fred passed away on October 1, 1995.

Thomas "Tommy" Sweeny

Tommy was born on August 3, 1925 in Glasgow, Scotland and served on HMNZS Gambia a range taker from 1943 to 1946.