HMS Hermes
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7.
Nov. 5, 2012

I would like to know if you have any information on George McLellan born 13 Aug 1881 Melbourne, Victoria and died 1942. He was recorded working as Chief Engineer of the White Star Line passenger steamship 'Ionic' (167m x 21m and 12,400 tons) that sailed the Great Britain - New Zealand route via Cape Town, SA, (Wellington Evening Post 24/02/1912 and 8/09/1913).

Family tradition states he worked as an engineer in the engine room of a cruiser in the 10th Squadron in the Battle of Jutland in WWI. After the war family tradition states he returned to work as a Chief Engineer for the White Star Line on the passenger steamship 'Ceramic' (200m x 21m and 18,500 tons) that sailed the Great Britain - Australia route via Cape Town, SA . Family tradition states that he served as Flight Deck Officer on the famous aircraft carrier, HMS 'Hermes' (167m x 21m 11,000 tons) that carried 20 aircraft and 664 crew in WWII.   However I have been unable to find any record of his RN service and any help to flesh out his impressive war record is appreciated.

Thank you,
Robert McLellan


6.
Mar. 7, 2011

Just decided to research information on H.M.S. Hermes (95). Am truly grateful as my father, CPO Cook Sidney Budd was on Board when she was sunk. I have gleaned more information from your site than from my father who was very reluctant to talk about it!. Also have only recently found his service record. He was discharged in July 1945 having served 22 years from a boy. His record shows V.G. Superior through out his 22 years. Your site has wet my appetite to search for further information.  

David Budd


5.
Dec. 16, 2009

I have in my possession a Pewter Tankard inscribed "HMS HERMES 1937 FOOTBALL WINNERS", and I would love to know its origins, I am not interested in any financial gain,but would love to know its history. I have done quite a bit of research but drawn a blank. I watched a documentary recently on exploration of the wreck of the ship, with interviews with some of the survivors, and would have loved a chat with them.

Yours sincerely,
Alan Markwick


4.
June 6, 2009

I understand that my father's cousin Vincent Quinn was a Chief Petty Officer serving on the HMS Hermes when she was sunk by the Japanese in WW11. Unfortunately he died with her! I just wondered if there is anyone out there that might have known him while serving in the Royal Navy? Thanks for a great site - very informative

Cheers,
Pete 'Paddy' Quinn


3.
Aug. 28, 2007

My father served on HMS Hermes  11926/28 I think. He was Albert Cripps, and was an aircraft fitter. He died in 1948 when I was a young girl, from TB contracted whilst in service in Far East. Anyone with contacts during that time with photos or stories please get in touch.

Thanks,
Betty Quill


2.
Mar. 14, 2007

I am trying to fill in some gaps in my father's naval career and would appreciate anything relevant. He was Fred Cory, nickname "Ginger" who served on the first Hermes. He was on it when it docked in Simonstown for repairs but not on it when it sailed on its final voyage before being sunk near Ceylon.

He remained in Cape Town and married my mother after demobbing. I would love to hear from any survivors, if at all possible, or how to contact them. I watched the recent BBC documentary and realized I was seeing men that had served with my father. I still have a photograph album that he put together of his time on the ship and often wonder what happened to the survivors.

Thank you for your assistance and keep up the good work.
Diana Heyes (nee Cory)
(i.heyes764@btinternet.com)


1.
Feb. 17, 2007

Is there a crew listing anywhere for the Hermes, I believe my father may have served on the Hermes in WW2 and I would be interested in finding out. His name was Cornelius Barry, please advise if you have any information available.

Regards and Thanks,
Chris Barry





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