HMS Pioneer
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Aug. 16, 2017

My father served as an airframe fitter on HMS Pioneer during the second world war. I'm trying to obtain crew lists for the Pioneer and her service records. I know she doesn't have any battle honors as she was a maintenance craft and oxygen generating ship, but I am having trouble accessing RN records as I don't have all the required information they want. My father's name was William Watson, born Blaydon on Tyne and joined up in 1939 and demobed in Brisbane Australia in I think 1946. The RN have been very difficult to deal with over the years, they even denied my request in 1973 when my father died, to use the Royal Navy insignia on his head stone so I'm wondering if anyone would be able to help or give me advice on how to overcome their red tape.

Yours Sincerely,
Eddy Watson

Apr. 27, 2017

I've just seen a couple of posts in relation to HMS Pioneer. My grandfather was a crew member on HMS Pioneer, and I have a photo of him with a dozen other crew members - from around 1945. I'm happy to send it through of it's helpful to anyone, but I don't have any other names/info of people in the photo.

Kind regards,
Jon Keen

Jan. 4, 2015

My Uncle, Reginald Madgwick, served on HMS Pioneer and I am trying to find a crew list as his service record appears to be lost, but we have his Service Medals. Any help would be much appreciated.

Bob Hill

Mar. 31, 2013

I believe my dad, Thomas Derek Harold Foster, served on this ship. I was looking for more info on it and crew.

Thank you,
Tommy Foster

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