Collingwood, WW2 deaths.

Discussion in 'History' started by Waspie, Jun 18, 2013.

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  1. <<...The bombing was still an unknown story in 1958 when Mr Crowe attended HMS Collingwood...>>

    That seems peculiar as many of those I served with at HMS COLLINGWOOD (1960-61 and thrice afterwards) were well aware of the deaths from that bombing - As evidenced by the conspicuously empty spot along the rows of otherwise undamaged wooden huts in that area.

    That empty spot stood out like a missing front tooth (RODNEY Division/Area, IIRC).

    Still, it's only fair that the full story has finally reached those bereaved families and that their loss is being "Officialised".
  2. That phot brought back memories of Pelican road, although we weren't in bunk beds.
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Must admit after over 30 years in the mob, I never knew of that incident until today.

    Appreciate it may have been deliberately hushed during the war, but I'm surprised there was no memorial plaque placed since then. Or maybe there is & I've missed it.

    One assumes their names are on the national memorial?
  4. Nina,

    I've not been there to see it myself but the OP's article states

    <<...For Tuesday's event a wreath will be laid by a tree that was planted for the bombing's 50th anniversary...>>


    As an aside...another tree (planted at COLLINGWOOD by Princess Anne, as she was known then, during a visit to open new accommodation blocks on the parade ground ) was uprooted late that same evening. Apparently by some libertyman/men returning on board drunk.

    The XO ATT understandably went ballistic so the next day he piped to "...stop ALL night leave...until the culprit(s) own up or are identified."

    Us innocent VMs chuckled to ourselves but the hundreds of SR & JR RAs (Ships Co. Staff, Career Courses etc) were unimpressed. As were those awaiting their arrival home and all local phone lines became red-hot...

    I don't think those responsible were ever apprehended but it came to pass that free gangway somehow magically re-opened within a mere couple of hours. The buzz ATT was that 'words' had reached CINC Portsmouth who wisely directed that rapid climbdown.
  5. Any ideas where the site of the bombing was?

    Collingwood is a pretty big place, it'd be interesting to know.

    What's there now?
  6. Marlborough Building
  7. I did greenie training at Collingwood in 1986 and can remember being told about the bombing in WW2,don't think there was any official memorial back then.
  8. I was an instructor in the Leadership School in the early 70's and was not aware of the incident. You live and learn!
  9. I was then from 74 as a CEM then off and on (there for Mech's Course for 2 years!) till 92 and knew nothing about the WW2 thing at all. ???
    Dont think they had any "official" memorial or anything that I ever saw.
  10. See this link for 18th June '43 so looking at CWGC site would confirm places of burial ?
    Royal Navy casualties, killed and died, June 1943
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2013
  11. Didn't know anything about it until it appeared on daily orders in Tuesday. I'd be interested to know where the tree is, Marlborough building is quite a big place. I'm guessing somewhere along the side by the parade ground?

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  12. HMS Collingwood deaths

    I lived near Collingwood from1940 onwards and cerinly knew of the air raid that killed a lot of men on a pay parade (I am a bit hazy about the number killed but maybe 24).

    Raids wre quite frequent, I remember a ME109 shooting at a saolr and his girl. My mother, me and baby sister ran for non-existent cover and in the process dropped our ration of sugar for the month. Much of my school timed at Redlands Lane school was spent in horrible air-raid shelters during raids.

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