Can you please Help reading naval record please

martin saul

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Hi I'm trying to research Leslie Alexander yeo born 1913 for his son who is 82, he has been led to believe that his father was on the HMS Pandora and when the Pandora was in South Africa he left the boat to receive medical treatment and he failed to return to the boat which sailed without him, and then the Pandora was destroyed a few weeks later, he is said to have spent the rest of his life in South Africa. The Pandora was bombed while in Malta on the 1st of April 1942, I've looked at the moments of the Pandora and I can't see it ever went to South Africa. His service record is attached if you are able to shed any light on it please, as I am struggling to read some of the writing and the abbreviations, I can see that he did 42 days training but from the bits in the top right I think he left but unsure why thanks Martin
 

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Hi I'm trying to research Leslie Alexander yeo born 1913 for his son who is 82, he has been led to believe that his father was on the HMS Pandora and when the Pandora was in South Africa he left the boat to receive medical treatment and he failed to return to the boat which sailed without him, and then the Pandora was destroyed a few weeks later, he is said to have spent the rest of his life in South Africa. The Pandora was bombed while in Malta on the 1st of April 1942, I've looked at the moments of the Pandora and I can't see it ever went to South Africa. His service record is attached if you are able to shed any light on it please, as I am struggling to read some of the writing and the abbreviations, I can see that he did 42 days training but from the bits in the top right I think he left but unsure why thanks Martin
NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassP
PennantN 42
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)
Ordered7 Feb 1928
Laid down9 Jul 1928
Launched22 Aug 1929
Commissioned30 Jun 1930
Lost1 Apr 1942
HistoryHMS Pandora (Lt. Robert Love Alexander, RN) was sunk at the Valetta dockyard, Malta by two bombs from Italian aircraft on 1 April 1942. Raised in September 1943 but not repaired and beached at Malta. The wreck was scrapped in 1957.

Commands listed for HMS Pandora (N 42)​


CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. John Wallace Linton, RN1 Oct 193812 Jul 1941
2Lt. Robert Love Alexander, RN15 Jul 19411 Apr 1942
 
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Both Pandora Skippers noteworthy.
Linton VC DSO DSC killed La Maddalena harbour Italy 1943 and:-
Alexander CB DSO DSC retired as Rear Admiral 1962 died 1993
 

martin saul

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Thank you from looking at the daily movements for the HMS Pandora I can't see it ever went to South Africa so un sure how true that part of the story is, I think unless we get the other record from when he transferred to the Royal Navy from the reserve, we won't know if he was on the Pandora and left at a different port, or he was on a different boat and left in South Africa as the story goes
 
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Thank you from looking at the daily movements for the HMS Pandora I can't see it ever went to South Africa so un sure how true that part of the story is, I think unless we get the other record from when he transferred to the Royal Navy from the reserve, we won't know if he was on the Pandora and left at a different port, or he was on a different boat and left in South Africa as the story goes
HMS Pandora was in Cape Town but it was in the 1790's. She was a 24 gun Frigate commanded by Captain Edward Edwards
 

soleil

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Martin

When I look at this, which gives details of where HMS Pandora was at various times, the impression I get is that the one place she had been in the weeks prior to her sinking was Gibraltar. Your story says that Leslie left the boat to have medical treatment shoreside and didn't re-join her when she left for Malta.


Geographically and timewise, there is no way that HMS Pandora could also have been off South Africa at the time.

I would suggest that he stayed in Gibraltar for medical treatment.
 

martin saul

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That's great work thank you I'd looked at the movement to see if the Pandora went to South Africa and could see it didn't but I had no knowledge of Woking out where it would have been so thank you so much
 
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Thank you from looking at the daily movements for the HMS Pandora I can't see it ever went to South Africa so un sure how true that part of the story is, I think unless we get the other record from when he transferred to the Royal Navy from the reserve, we won't know if he was on the Pandora and left at a different port, or he was on a different boat and left in South Africa as the story goes
HM.S/M Pandora first arrived Gibraltar 31July 1940.
Subsequent visits:- 14 January 1941 February ,March ,April ---departing finally 18 May 1941
 

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