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HMS SUPERB AT PORTLAND, DORSET

HMS SUPERB Portland 22 January 1947 RFA
 

HMS SUPERB AT COWES REGATTA

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MICKEY THORNTON'S PHOTOS

Mickey Thornton in uniform  on joining
Mickey Thornton Portrait
Mickey Thornton centre
Mickey Thornton on board HMS Superb
James Thornton  on board
Mickey Thornton and Friends on ship
HMS Undine
HMS Cumberland with ice on forward turrets
Mickey Thornton (left) and studio shot
The Arctic  Star Medal

James Thornton was a Stoker on HMS Superb in 1946. He had served throughout the War and was on Arctic Convoys and was part of British Fleet in the Pacific. In 1946 he was drafted to HMS Superb. He was an Irishman so he often got the nickname of Mick, Paddy or Mickey. He served on HMS Cumberland (Arctic Convoys) and HMS Undine. He was on the Undine in The pacific in 1945. The British Pacific Fleet is often called the “Forgotten Fleet” because their service had been downplayed in deference to the American forces who they were supporting. He was also on HMS Royal Sovereign in the battle of the Med. He was a Stoker and then a Leading Stoker.   In 2015 Mickey received the Arctic Star posthumously.

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PETER KIMM'S PHOTOS

Captain Peter Kimm (Royal Navy Gunnery Specialist & Naval Intelligence.

 

Peter served on board in 1948

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BILL POTTICARY'S PHOTOS

Photos posted November, 2016

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Their Christmas meals were better than mine that year

Bill taking it easy

Circa 1946
June 1946

Bethlehem outside the church of the Nativity

June 1946

Jerusalem in front of the Dome of the Rock

Circa 1946

Possibly 15th May in company with HMS Orion was fired on by Albanian shore batteries in the Corfu Channel.

Bill & Doreen

Circa 1946
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Bill on left

Circa 1946

Bill on left

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Bill on left

Circa 1946

Bill is on the left of the group.

Debbie Richardson, Bill's daughter, sent in these photos of her dad.

 

Bill was a Stores Petty Officer who served on board in 1946

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I.W.M. PHOTO

1 July, 1949 The cruiser HMS SUPERB at anchor in Mounts Bay. In the background can be seen the aircraft carrier HMS IMPLACABLE, Flagship of the C in C Home Fleet, the Battleship HMS HUSAR and the Dutch Cruiser TROMP

 

RON GRAY'S PHOTO'S

Roche, Murphy, Burgess, Gray & Nightingale. Venice 1946

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Ron Gray
Ron Gray

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Ron Gray
Ron Gray

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Roche, Murphy, Burgess, Gray & Nightingale. Venice 1946

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These photos were sent in by the granddaughter of George Crawford. George & Ron were oppos on board between 1945 & 1947

 

JIM NORGAN'S PHOTOS

These photos of Stoker Jim Norgan were sent in by Jim's wife, Margaret.

Jim served on board between 1945 & 1948.

Jim is in the back row 3rd from the left

The swing photo appeared in the London evening paper "The Star". It shows Jim & a shipmate at the Easter Fair on Hampstead Heath

 

CHARLIE FIELD'S PHOTOS

Circa 1946 - Charlie Field was an Able Seaman & served on board between 1945 and 1947 so he was there during the during the Corfu Incident. (read more about this incident by clicking on the button)

Dry Dock in Gibralta
Charlie Field with Jock Bremnan sailing in Weymouth
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Charlie Field
charles field in Copenhagen with oppos

John Coy, Alice Birk and Charles Field in Copenhagen.

HMS Superb in Copenhagen
Charles Field
Posing

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March 1946 - Princess Elizabeth leaving Belfast on HMS Superb

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Photo sent in by Lee Fox 

Great picture from THE ENGINEER of the HMS Superb in 1946 thanks to Grace's Guide British Industrial History for having this available online

 

BERT HALL'S PHOTOS

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Slim Sam from Mess 51
HMS Superb in Antwerp
HMS Superb
HMS Superb
Bert Hall aged 18
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Micky Thornton
Albert Ash & Cater Brockwell
Bert Hall & oppos
Bert & Shady Lane
Watching the world go by
Great Malvern, 1943
Sliema, Malta, 1946
Getting His Hair Cut
Venice, 1946
Just Posing

Terry Hall who is the son of the late Bert Hall sent in these photos of his dad taken on the 1943 - 1946 excursion to Italy & Palestine.

 

Terry also has a video (dedicated to his father) of the cruise on YouTube and you can view it by clicking on this button below.

 

ANDY BRIERLEY'S PHOTOS

Andy Brierley, who writes our "Musings" Page several times a year, sent in this photograph of him (with the mop of hair and on the left axle) during a Field Gun competition just about hitting the home ramp. Photo taken in March, 1946.

 

Shame that the "Powers That Be" don't put this wonderful show on any more. We probably all know why.

 

GEORGE CRAWFORD'S PHOTOS

Fiona MacPhee who is the granddaughter of George Crawford a crew member in 1946 has kindly sent in photos of George with some oppos.  She is trying to compile some family history so if you can help, Especially with regard to the ship's movements on this 1946 cruise, please get in touch with us by contacting the Chairman Robin Smith.

Valleta, Malta.
Valleta, Malta.

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Coder Holt, Signalman Nightingale, Burgess, Murphy, Lane & Gray, Telegraphist Ro
Coder Holt, Signalman Nightingale, Burgess, Murphy, Lane & Gray, Telegraphist Ro

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Churchill Roosevelt Club, Venice
Churchill Roosevelt Club, Venice

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Valleta, Malta.

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JIM STEWART'S PHOTOS

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James Stewart back row centre April 1956 Malta.j

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James Stewart
James Stewart

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Marie & James Stewart
Marie & James Stewart

Photograph taken in Ash Road, Strood, Kent around 1948 just after their marriage

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James Stewart back row centre April 1956 Malta.j

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Jim Stewart - - his son, Jeff, is trying to trace anyone who knew James Stewart a Telegraphist on board the "Superb" between 1947 & 1951. Jim served in the Royal Navy between 1946 and 1958 and crossed the bar at HMS Pembroke, Chatham in May 1958 and anyone with any information or anecdotes are invited to contact this site in the first instance in order to be put in touch with Jeff. He can also be contacted via our (Cruiser Superb) Facebook Page

 

There are 3 photos of Jimmy - simply click on the slide show.

 

Jimmy crossed the bar in 1958

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BILLY ROBERT'S PHOTOS

Bill Roberts in Uniform
Bill Roberts in Uniform

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Bill Roberts Later years
Bill Roberts Later years

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Bill Roberts' Medals
Bill Roberts' Medals

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Bill Roberts in Uniform
Bill Roberts in Uniform

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Billy was a Wireless Operator on board between 1945 and 1947

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FRANK WHITE'S PHOTOS

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Frank served as an ERA 4 on HMS Exmoor from 15/6/43 until June 45, returned on leave in July to marry. He went back to Chatham he was assigned to Superb until he left the navy  on 7/11/46. Information kindly supplied by Carl White, Frank's grandson

Frank White Portrait
Frank White Group
Frank and wife Married
Certificate of Discharge
War Gratuity
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STEPHEN MADDISON'S PHOTOS

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Steve was a 19 year old stoker aboard between 1946 & 1947

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Steve with his mother
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Stephen Maddison
Stephen's Christmas Card front
38 Stoker's Mess 1946
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COMMANDER'S DAILY ORDERS

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CHRIS ROBINSON'S PHOTOS 

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The Winners !
The Winners !

The Commander thought the race would be more interesting if the Boys crew swapped rigs with the Gunroom! It was believed at the time that the be-medalled Jacket had been owned by Prince Philip when he was a Midshipman. Chris is second from the LHS on the back row. Basil Whitecross is the dark haired Mid at the RHS on the back row.

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Run Ashore
Run Ashore

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Captain Chris Robinson
Captain Chris Robinson

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The Winners !
The Winners !

The Commander thought the race would be more interesting if the Boys crew swapped rigs with the Gunroom! It was believed at the time that the be-medalled Jacket had been owned by Prince Philip when he was a Midshipman. Chris is second from the LHS on the back row. Basil Whitecross is the dark haired Mid at the RHS on the back row.

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Chris served as a Midshipman joining the Superb in 1948 and later served on HMS Duke of York

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FRANK GRANT'S PHOTOS 

Frank served between January 1949 to August 1950 as Boy Seaman and in Gibraltar he won the junior middle weight boxing championship for the home fleet about April 1949. He later served as a submariner on HMS Trespasser leaving in 1957

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Frank Grant
Frank Grant

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Frank Grant on Parade.
Frank Grant on Parade.

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Frank with oppo
Frank with oppo

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Frank Grant

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HARRY ARMSTRONG'S PHOTOS 

Harry was a Royal Marine and was on board the Superb between 1945 and 1947 

Harry Armstrong Portrait

Harry at his brother's wedding

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Dad Lympstone commando
Dad Lympstone commando

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Harry Royal Marine
Harry Royal Marine

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Harry at his brother's wedding

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HARRY FEARON'S PHOTOS 

Around 1946 Harry was believed to have been on board the Superb as a Radar operative. His exact rating is unknown but he was a Ganges Boy. He finished training at the end of WW2 and his obituary says that "National Service took him naturally enough into the Royal Navy and he saw post war service with the Home Fleet in Casablanca, Tangier, and Scandinavia"

His oppo on board was Jim Hodges for whom we have no details

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Fearon 16
Fearon 16

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LUCY MATHEWSON'S PHOTOS 

Lucy was a member of an ice skating show working in Stockholm in 1947. 

The ship went into Stockholm in the late afternoon of 15h June, 1947 and was there for 8 days. 

The warship Dido joined the Superb and together, on 20th June, they held a dance for the officers on the ship’s quarterdecks and I imagine that was when Lucy and her colleagues were invited to join the fun.

However there’s no mention of the names of the guests and Lucy's son, James, and his sister would like to be reminded of the name of the show.

If you or someone you know are in the photos and can help please let us know by clicking on this button.

Lucy Mathewson
Lucy Mathewson

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Stockholm June 1947
Stockholm June 1947

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Ice Skaters & Crew
Ice Skaters & Crew

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