HMS Indomitable
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Feb. 8, 2017

I am trying to find some information on my father Alan Gibling who, I believe, served on the Indomitable around 1953. I can remember Dad talking about the explosion and wondered if anyone remembers him. I am lucky enough to have letters covering three years between my parents in the early part of their marriage, but not for this period and would like to fill some gaps.

Many thanks,
Susan Hare-Winton

Jan. 2, 2017

I am trying to find our some more information on my Grandfather, Ernest Gordon Robson, born in Newcastle in 1911 and served aboard HMS Indomitable as a sickbay medical attendant. It is rumoured that he may well have deserted the ship at some stage during the Second World War, but I have not been able to verify this. Would be very interested to hear from anyone that may remember him form this time or anyone that can shed light on the desertion rumour.

Many thanks,
Trevor Ellis

Aug. 5, 2016

My father served aboard HMS Indomitable in WWII, his name was William Thomas Parker. One of his duties was helping  men with recreation and so he was given a small boat and went from one ship to another showing film shows. Sadly he passed away 2009.

Janet Sloan

July 28, 2016

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Stanley Elmes on 23/6/2016 aged 95. Able Seaman HMS Indomitable 1941-46. As far as I know he worked on radio comms.
If anybody knew of him or has any information I could use to compile a memory book I would be very grateful.

Many thanks,
Allanna Devine

July 13, 2016

I just found your website, very interesting. I have my great uncle's pocket watch. It has a handwritten inscription inside which says:

Carl Miller AB
Mess 26
HMS Indomitable
May 26th 08

I know almost nothing more about him, he survived the war and emigrated to South Africa in the early 1950's.
Maybe someone among your correspondents might have some information?

With best wishes,
Jonathan Miller

Oct. 31, 2015

I am enquiring on behalf 0f my partner  about his half brother  Kenneth Stephen Humphries boy sailor age 17 who died of his burns following an explosion on board ship in 1953 with several others the reason for enquiring is he has no photograph of Kenneth having just discovered his half brother We have been to visit his grave  in Malta We would appreciate any information or photographs of Kenneth and the explosion from his former shipmates.

Rosemary Freeman

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Nov. 15, 2015

I don't have a photo of him and don't know where you could get one. I have some very limited info on him. The explosion on HMS Indomitable was caused by a cigarette which ignited petrol fumes on Feb. 3, 1953. Kenneth S. Humphries, Boy (JX899584) was injured and died of his wounds Feb. 7, 1953. Sadly that is all I know.

Michael W. Pocock

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