HMS Duke of York
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Aug. 24, 2018

My father Donald (Danny) Warren RM Duke of York Passed away on 22nd June 2018.

Paul Warren

May 28, 2018

My Grandfather, John Reginald Watts, served on the HMS Duke of York for the most of WWII and was there for the sinking of the Scharnhorst, transporting Churchill to America and served under Captain Creasy. I have some fantastic photographs and would love to hear any new information on his service.

Dan Bell

Jan. 4, 2018

I've just seen a picture on your site of Montgomery visiting the Duke of York in Scapa Flow 1944. (John Knowles Collection Page 2, photo 3.)There is alone of RM, my Dad is the last Marine in that picture. His name was Tony Diprose.

Jean Alden

Nov. 13, 2017

My father, Ronald Frederick Buckingham, served on The Duke of York and is now 94 yrs old. He was in the radio control room and was on this ship when sinking the Battle cruiser Scharnhorst. In his memories are the way the ship rocked when firing its 10 14 inch guns when broadside then straightening up again, he said he always felt safe on this battleship because of its size and armour. He was on several ships in the war.

Martin Buckingham
son of  R. F. Buckingham

Nov. 13, 2017

My father in law served on board HMS Duke of York and was at the sinking of the Scharnhorst his name was William (Bill) Nuttall. Sadly no longer with us. Does anyone remember him, lived in Leyland, Preston.

Many thanks

Aug. 15, 2017

Does anyone know or served with Harry Bristow. He is my Great Grandfather served on board the HMS Duke of York in WWII. He is from Cardiff, Wales. I know he was onboard during the Boxing Day skirmish. He married sometime in the 1940's in his naval uniform. I'm not sure of his position on board, but I am desperate to find stories. Unfortunately his wife passed in 1955 and himself in 2003.

Kamara Bristow

Aug. 15, 2017

My late uncle Mihir Kumar Roy joined the Royal Indian Navy in April, 1946 and underwent training at Dartmouth. He passed away in May, 2013. My uncle retired rom the Indian Navy in 1984 with the rank of Vice Admiral. Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command.

He served on board HMS Duke of York as a Midshipman and subsequently on HMS Frobisher and HMS Mariner on minesweeping duty off Murmansk. I have with me a dinner menu of the Duke of York dated 29th October,1947 and other documents, quite interesting. He is also the author of War In The Indian Ocean, about the 1971 conflict between India and Pakistan.

Warm regards,
Arup Kumar Roy
Calcutta, India

Vice Admiral Mihir Kumar Roy, PVSM, AVSM seen in full uniform.

July 30, 2017

My, grandfather, Anthony "Dick" Mort, was Master at Arms on the Duke of York during and after the war. I would love to see more pictures of the ship and it's crew, especially if he was known by anyone.

Rich Rees

July 6, 2017

Both my uncles served together on the Duke of York In the 2nd World War. Their names William and Fred Roost. William always known as Bill or Will became one of Bristol Rovers top players in the 50's, but I'm trying to find out about a friend of theirs know as Jimmy. James McCullock would like to know if his home Town was in Bristol like my Uncles or where did he come from. He always went on leave with my uncles and Stayed at my Gran and Gramps house with them. Any information would be so helpful and hope you can help.

Carol Wills,
Bristol UK 

Apr. 19, 2017

My father, William Michael Webster Thomas (went by Michael), served as an officer on the HMS Duke of York during the later part of World War II and into the Korean War. I know he was on the ship during the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. He passed away in 1996 and I feel very uninformed about this part of his life, but would be interested to hear if he is known to anyone and would love to see any old crew pictures he might be in or hear stories of things that happened during his time on the ship.

Will Thomas (son)

Nov. 16, 2016

My late husband, Anthony Winterbotham, served in the Duke of York at the end of WWII when the ship was present at the signing of the peace treaty with Japan. Just recently I was given a felt banner of his by his
niece. It has the ship's crest on it but no other information. Would this have been a memento of his time on board or perhaps something to do with the that day. I have a photo of the signing if this would be of any interest.

Christine Winterbotham


Nov. 7, 2016

My grandfather, Anthony (Anty) Hedley, served aboard the Duke of York during the sinking of the Scharnhorst. He was an anti aircraft gunner. I would appreciate any stories or anecdotes about him. He told me one or two funny stories when I was a child, but it wasn't until after his death that I heard some of the horrors he went through in his service on board.

Anthony Hedley

Oct. 19, 2016

I'm wondering if you can help. My dad was in the navy and I am trying to to find out more about him. His name was Christopher George Henry Williams, he served on the HMS DUKE OF YORK from 1941-1944, but served from 1939-1953 including other ships. His No is160927. I only have one photo of my dad and I was hoping to find photos of the naval crews of his time in the navy or anyone he might of known. I would be grateful for any help you can give me as I don't have a clue how to get any further with my search.

Thank you,
Karen Jones

July 31, 2016

I am sorry to have to tell you that my father, Stoker Arthur Ernest White, who served on the HMS Duke of York, HMS Furious and HMS Avon during WWII passed away on 6/7/2016. A representative from the engineering branch of HMAS Cerberus here in Victoria, Australia was present at the funeral and paid his respects to Dad on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy. I am very proud of the service Dad rendered for his country and I would like to thank your website for alerting me to the call for recognition for servicemen on Atlantic convoys. That information enabled me to apply for and Dad to receive The Arctic Star and the Ushakov Medal.
Keep up your good work Michael.

Kind regards,
David White

June 12, 2016

I've just discovered that my grandfather was on board HMS Duke of York when the Scharnhorst was sunk, his name was John Frith. I never knew John, but family stories say that he was a Petty Officer, I don't know if this is true and due to family complications I'm unable to apply for his service record to gain any information about his service during the war. If anyone has any photographs or recalls a family member mentioning him I'd be most grateful if they would get in touch. Or if there are any of his shipmates that remember him I'd love to know more about him.

Thank you,
Jacqui Harris

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