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Old 13-11-2007, 13:04
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Default HMS Illustrious 1939-1956

Dear All

I am keen to find anyone who served with My Grandfather Jeffrey Dawson on HMS Illustrious. Like myself, Jeffrey was from the Isle of Man and he unfortunately passed away in April last year.

If you seach for "Jeffrey Dawson" on the BBC website, there is some information on him under the "people's war" banner.

If anyone worked with Jeff (he may have had a nickname on board of course) or has any information on his naval rank, stories, memories, I would be very pleased to hear from you.

Best Wishes

Nicholas (Jeff's grandson)
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Old 26-01-2008, 19:01
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Thumbs up HMS ILLUSTRIOUS

Dad took these when he was on the Illustrious
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Old 26-01-2008, 22:15
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I hope you don't mind ROMFT but I borrowed your pictures and made them more managable.

Bob.
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Old 26-01-2008, 22:33
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Thanks Bats Iam looking at the originals now and they dont look as good as yours,perhaps his box brownie was on its last legs Rom
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Old 27-01-2008, 06:49
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So your the one getting all the photo's shrunk Bob !!!! ;-)
Please stop it forthwith or I'll send the 'crushers' round to fit you up and make sure they give you the odd slap or two.
BIG pix are best - believe me.
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Old 27-01-2008, 10:20
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Rik. I have already given you my answer in the Monitor size thread,
The pics I have put up above fill my 18" screen adequately.
Before I managed them they were far too big!
The one's of yours that I have purloined from SP are four times bigger than my screen so I have to capture them, use Panoram 4 to get them down in size, capture them again to fit the screen exactly.
Someone somewhere has got this all wrong!

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Old 12-11-2008, 22:37
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Default HMS Illustrious 1941

Hi,
I'm a new member here and have a particular interest in WW1 naval history and to a lesser extent WW2.

I've recently come across some info about an uncle of mine who served on HMS Illustrious in WW2. He was killed in January 1941 when the Illustrious was bombed by Stukas, along with about 100 others. I believe the ship was badly damaged and was out of action for several months.

I don't know anything about him really, his rank, job or service records. His name was James Eric (or possibly Eric James) Grantham.

Is there any way of getting any more info? Any advice will be much appreciated.
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Old 14-11-2008, 09:25
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Hi! Nivrip,
On the 10th January 1941 the Illustrious was bombed and suffered many casualities including James Eric Grantham. He was an acting/Air Articifer 4c Official No.FAA/FX75070.
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Old 14-11-2008, 13:50
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In 1941 during the Malta Convoys there was an American Lieutenant Commander USN who was on attachment to the RN, not a member of the RNVR, who whilst serving aboard HMS Illustrious was awarded the DSO at that time.
I have this officers name in my records somewhere and will publish when found.
Anyone with information on this officer I would be interested in hearing from you.

Chalky White
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Old 14-11-2008, 23:03
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Illustrious was in the Mediterranean Fleet 1940 1941
after the major damage in Malta by bombs she made her own way to Gibraltar and then to America for repairs.
She then joined the Eastern fleet and Force H 1942-43
Eastern Fleet and Pacific Fleet 1944-45

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Old 15-11-2008, 20:59
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Nivrip

Welcome to the forum.

You will find your uncles Commonwealth War Graves Commission record here...

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_...sualty=2974372

and a service history for Illustrious here....

http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chr...llustrious.htm

and a casualty list for the ship on 10th Jan 1941 here...

http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1941-01JAN.htm

If you have a search through the forum you will find there has been a lot of information posted on how to obtain somebody's service record.


Hope this helps. Good luck in your search.


Regards...John
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Old 16-11-2008, 18:29
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Many, many thanks to all who have responded. Your replies have helped immensely.
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Old 23-12-2008, 19:39
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Rik. I have already given you my answer in the Monitor size thread,
The pics I have put up above fill my 18" screen adequately.
Before I managed them they were far too big!
The one's of yours that I have purloined from SP are four times bigger than my screen so I have to capture them, use Panoram 4 to get them down in size, capture them again to fit the screen exactly.
Someone somewhere has got this all wrong!

Bob.
Just covering old ground, to see if I have missed any good pics (and I have).
On the subject of fitting photos to your screen width :
If you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, you can get it to automatically resize those huge photographs to your screenwidth, to save you scrolling around to view all of the photo. Heres how:
Click on TOOLS on the menu bar, then scroll to the bottom of the list and click on INTERNET OPTIONS. Then click on the ADVANCED TAB and scroll down to the MULTIMEDIA section. Make sure there is a tick in the box entitled ENABLE AUTOMATIC IMAGE RESIZING then click on APPLY, then click OK and your troubles should be over.
When the image is downsized onto your screen, you can still view the larger version of the pic by clicking on the symbol in the bottor right corner of the pic, which will EXPAND it TO REGULAR SIZE
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Old 23-12-2008, 21:17
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Did I really say that?
We live and learn don't we as the water passes under the bridge!
Happy Christmas Jim.

Cheers, Bob.
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Old 24-12-2008, 21:46
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The bigger the bridge, the better

Happy Christmas to you too Bob
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Old 14-06-2010, 12:19
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Hi all I found your forum while searching for information on my father who I believe served on HMS Illustrious, HMS Unicorn and the Esperance Bay during WWII His name was Arthur Fellows born in Birmingham area 1909 He was an accomplished musician so may well have been involved in a band or the like on board.
I don't know much more as he died in 1962 when i was 18mnths old.

If any of his old shipmates remember him I'd be thrilled to hear from you.

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Old 21-10-2010, 16:30
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Hi Could Anbody Please Help With Any Information Regarding My Grand-father mr James Drummond Gray On Worked On The This Ship,even Any Information About Her

Thank You. Valerie Gray.

So Happy To Have Found This Forum
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Old 21-10-2010, 21:26
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Hello valerie and welcome to the Forum. Do you know what years(s) your grandfather served aboard Illustrious and what job he did as there may be someone around who can recall him?

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Old 22-10-2010, 17:40
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thank you for your reply regarding my grandfather.

I think my granfather was Sub Lieutenent and he worked on ship WW2 ? His son (my father) was born 1944 to which im sure my granfather was still on the ship.

I have the Illustrious flag and a few confidential photographs!
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Old 24-10-2010, 17:03
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My grandfather was a Sub Lieutenant, i have found out he had an injury in 1944.
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Old 24-10-2010, 18:21
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Hello again Valerie, do you have a copy of his service record that you can post on the site? If not, you will find details on this thread on how to obtain a copy. That should show his movements in greater detail.

Jim

http://www.worldnavalships.com/forum...ead.php?t=7485
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Hi jim im afraid i don't have a service record?

thank you for your help.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:00
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I was aboard Illustrious circa 1954, when her Captain turned her around in a Norwegian Fjord using the propellers of the fixed wing aircraft lashed to the flight deack. Was it Trondheim? Years later, whilst in the Mechant Navy, (about 1976.) I met a retired gentleman at the Barcelona Yacht Club (I think he was Commodore.) who said he was that Captain. Anybody know his name? Alan.
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:51
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..if it was 1954, then I believe her Commanding Officer at that time was Captain Kenneth Short DSO
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Old 22-12-2010, 10:27
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Hello, I served in Illustrious 1954/5. Retiring in 1973 I eventually went to live in Malta, in Senglea, which became known as 'The most bombed place on earth,' after the blitz of 1941 much of which damage was incurred by the Axis forces efforts to knock Illustrious out of the war. My roof garden overlooked Palatorio Wharf where the ship once lay, already severley damaged and being patched up by the brave Maltese Dockyard Maties. When I first went to live in Senglea and told them I was ex navy, they embraced me. When I said I was in Illustrious they kissed me. If you go to Malta for a holiday be sure to visit the little park on the promontory overlooking Grand Harbour. Tell the older folk who you are and they'll love you. Alan.
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