HMS Formidable
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34.
June 25, 2017

I am looking for anyone who may have known my father John Nichol who served aboard HMS Formidable up until the end of the war in the Pacific. Dad served as a medical orderly so crossed paths with all ranks of shipmates. I am particularly interested if anyone has any photos of him during his 21st birthday celebration which would be 18th April 1946. I know there were photos of him with comrades and a cake the cook had made for him, we had a photo but sadly my Dad lent it to someone and it was never seen again. My father came from Boldon Colliery which was County Durham back then but is now Tyne and Wear. My mother and all family would be overjoyed if any photos of John could be found. Many thanks and bless every one of you brave men.

Many thanks,
Barbara Kell
South Shields, U.K.


33.
Mar. 16, 2017

The below photograph of a group of ‘Geordies' on HMS Formidable from December 1945 may be of interest? Their names are recorded on the reverse. My father (now deceased) served as a telegraphist on HMS Formidable towards the end of WW2 (amongst other ships – he suggested all his other ships had been sunk!).

Kind regards,
Syd Niven

The Boys "Geordies" HMS Formidable, Gibraltar December 1945.
Front row left to right: AB. J. Smith, AB A. Todd, Stoker Osborne, Stoker J. T. Hunter, Telegraphist C. A. Niven.
Center row left to right: SBA J. Wardle, SBA (illegible), PO J. T. Tomlinson.
Top row left to right: AB J. Devine, PO F. Trouton, L/S S. Lowden, PO S. J. Watson, O/S W. S. Porritt, AB Bamage, AB S. Griffin.


32.
May 25, 2015

I've only just found this website as a result of the Daily Mirror article (Sat 16/5/15). My dad Miles (Johnny) Hulmes served on the Formidable from 1943-45 and was onboard during the Kamikaze strikes and as it went into Sydney in 1945. I have a copy of the ships book, which my dad has owned since long before my birth, which has some of the photos on this website. Sadly my dad died, aged 88 in March 2013, but he would have loved this site. I wonder if he'd have recognised any of the names mentioned? God bless any survivors reading this. Please find attached photos of my dad from those days. Group photo, my dad middle row, far right. Can anyone else recognise anyone?

Harry Hulmes
Manchester, U.K.


31.
Apr. 7, 2014

Does any one have any photographs of any crew, my father served on the Formidable for most of the war. His name was Henry Wilson from Newcastle. I would love to hear from you if any one knew of him, he passed away in 2004 and always wanted to know what had happened to any of the crew.

Regards,
Elizabeth Gillingham


30.
Nov. 21, 2012

I am trying to trace my late father's step brother, Leading Airman John Thomas Montague, who served on HMS Formidable from November 1940 until April 1941, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in July 1941 Battle of Matapan,  his Service Number was C/J72200, the above information is from his Service Record, does anyone know how he won the DSM and what happened to him as my father lost touch with him after 1945.

Susan Bluck nee Montague


29.
Nov. 21, 2012

I found your interesting website and wondered if you could post a message for my dad, Fred Foley. His brother, Bernard Foley served on the HMS Formidable and was killed on 9th September 1943 on the deck of the ship when a plane apparently crash landed. He was only 18 and my dad, who is now 80 would like to know if there is anybody who knew Bernard and could give any more information about what happened.

Thank you,
Elaine Macfarlane


28.
Aug. 24, 2012

My name is William Woodgate (Bill) or "Woody" FX104355 I served on the HMS Formidable from 1943 - 1945 as an electrician. I'm looking for Stan Warren or anyone that knows him. Also anyone else that might know me. I'm Now living just south of Sydney in Australia.

William Woodgatre


27.
July 5, 2012

My grandfather Bernard "Jim" Clark was onboard Formidable from 1944-1946, unfortunately he died before I was born and therefore I never had chance to ask what he did onboard, I believe he was a gunner, I also remember being told that he collected ice when the ship docked. I would be interested to know if anyone remembered him. Thank you for the great website

Lorraine Clark


26.
Apr. 14, 2012

I have been going through some of my mothers pictures from WW2 and have found some pictures of a Sam Howard that was visiting with some other military personnel.  I think is was in West Virginia, USA.  My mother was from a musical family and she and her mother had an all girl orchestra that would play at NCO clubs for the military.  They were picture bugs and took lots of pictures of all kinds of branches of service personnel.  They also traveled along the East coast to perform so these pictures could be from anywhere.  They even rented some rooms out for the military in Columbia South Carolina.  I found several pictures of Sam Howard with the caption of where he served.  It was taken on September 20, 1941 with my mother. Can you tell me if this is really a crew member?  I would like to send the shots of him to family members not knowing if anyone has survived him. Both my parents are gone now and I can't ask any questions.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Medina Thurmond

Two photos of Sam Howard.


25.
Feb. 19, 2012

My grandfather, William (Bill) Roland Foreman, served on HMS Formidable. He was the physical training instructor. If anyone has memories of him we would love to hear them. Sadly grandad died before I was born, he was only in his early 50's. He went on to be a very talented painter and after the war went on to teach PE at Winchester College.

Sally Lloyd




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