HMS Amethyst U-16 / F-116
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June 2, 2020

In my collection of RN memorabilia I have a pewter mug (showing below) with the inscription P.O. Miller G J. HMS Amethyst 1949. I also have an original HMS Amethyst cap tally which was in the mug when I purchased it on eBay a few years ago. Do you know where I can find a list of crew members on Amethyst, I guess during the Yangtze incident? Excellent website.

Paul Woodman, Ex RN

Reply 1
June 2, 2020

Paul donated these items to MaritimeQuest for preservation. There was no P.O. G. J. Miller on the crew list for HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze Incident that I have. We have not been able to determine exactly when Mr. Miller served. Thanks very much to Paul for his generous donation.

Michael W. Pocock


May 27, 2020

I have only just come across your site. My grandad served on the Amethyst and would always talk about it. He did tell me a fair few years before he died that he served up until they reached Shanghai where his service ended and he disembarked. He was a barber from what I remember him saying and his name was Denis Yeardley from Sheffield. Would anyone have known him? If so would anyone have any pictures or have stories of him. I really miss him and I unfortunately don't have much from him so anything would be amazing.

Thank you and kind regards
Robin Yeardley

Reply 1
June 1, 2020

As far as I can remember there was no Denis Yeardley on the Amethyst in April 1949. We were tied up at an old Brewery in Banking in 1948, painted ship, changed pennant number from U 16 to F116 after doing our stint sailed to Shanghai in quarantine for Christmas (smallpox scare.) After more patrols around Malaya ended going up the Yangtze again. The only ships barber I knew was P.O. Archer who left the ship before our little incident, so Robin your grandfather must have served on Amethyst pre 1948. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

Kindest regards,
Ray Calcott
(Able Seaman, HMS Amethyst)

May 24, 2020

I hope you can help as I have a request if anybody can help. I would like some help in trying to identify a photo of my Grandad's cousin Leonard Walter Williams. He served on the HMS Dragonfly and then on the HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze incident. He was a chief petty officer, but on the amethyst I think he was chief stoker 4th class or stoker 4c edifice? I have found out that he was a Japanese POW working on the Sumatra railway thanks to the Imperial War Museum and a recording they have of him. My grandfather sadly passed away at quite a young age, but apparently never spoke of his experience during the war. The only time he mentioned it or talked about his family was to talk about Leonard and when the Yangtze incident was shown on TV. Below is a newspaper article about him. We were told that he received a Distinguished Service Medal for his role, but I do not know much more about it. I may have left it a little to late, but if anyone can identify him in a photo or can share their memories of him I would be so grateful!

Best regards,
Barbara Williams

Reply 1
May 24, 2020

ERA 2/c Leonard Walter Williams, DSC was in Amethyst during the Yangtze Incident. He is shown in the two photos below. We also have two other photos which he is in, which I have sent to you. They will be published to the site soon.

Michael W. Pocock


Feb. 24, 2020

It is with with great sadness and sense of loss that I must announce the passing of John (Jack) Ashford, father of Steven, Jonathan, Susan and David. Dad had had a fall and broke his hip a short while ago and had sadly not been able to rally against the injury. He passed away quietly a few days after turning 90. He was a keen supporter and ex crew member of HMS Amethyst during her finest hour. He cherished the memories of his time on board with his shipmates and the reunions he was able to attend. He will be sadly missed by his kids and his grandchildren that he adored.

Rest in peace Dad,
Jon Ashford

Feb. 22, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Eric Mustoe, veteran of the Yangtze Incident. Eric passed away on Friday 21st February 2020 at home surrounded by his family. Eric was the much loved Chairman of the Amethyst Association. He was a great character with a wonderful sense of humour and supported all Amethyst Association events
with his extended family. Details of his funeral will be emailed when available.

Best wishes,
Gilly O'Reilly
on behalf of Lt. Cdr. Stewart Hett (Retired)

The funeral will take place on Friday 13th March at 3.15 pm at Streetly Crematorium,
Walsall, WS9 0SG. Then refreshments at Fairlawns Hotel, Walsall, WS9 0NU.

Feb. 3, 2020

I believe my father, Brian Roberts, was serving in HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze incident. He was born on Nov 14th 1930. To the best of my knowledge he was injured, taken off the ship at Rose island and did not return until she came back to Plymouth. I was wondering if you may have any information about my father in your records?

Yours hopefully,
Beverley Roberts

Reply 1
Feb. 3, 2020

Brian Roberts is listed as a Boy Seaman in AMETHYST during the Yangtze Incident. Sadly the last man I knew who might have known him passed away a few weeks ago, so I cannot provide any other information on him.

Michael W. Pocock

Jan. 4, 2020

I am a Super fan of HMS Amethyst, include Hero Mr. John Simon Kerans and Able Seacat Simon. During the past few months, I searched a lot of information about them, and meantime, I've created two fan page on Facebook for keeping good memories.

Your MaritimeQuest website helped us to know more about Royal Navy. You did a great contribution. Many thanks. Any information about George Hickinbottom? If possible, please say hello to this gentleman for me. Because of him, Cat Simon had a chance to join HMS Amethyst.

Finally, I do wish you luck in 2020 and welcome to visit Shanghai in the near future. Looking forward to to hearing from you very soon.

Best regards.
One of Super fan of HMS Amethyst,
Jack Xi
Shanghai, P.R. China

Dec. 22, 2019

I am the niece of Roland Green who I believe was serving on HMS Amethyst at the time of the Yangtze Incident. I would be very appreciative if you are able to either confirm or refute this.  I know very little about his years of service in the Navy during WWII.

Many thanks,
Pauline A Moss (Mrs)

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