DOES MY PHOTO OF GRANDAD MATCH THIS ONE TAKEN ON HMS HOOD!!!

mrskpickles

Midshipman
Hi there,

You will probably remember my posts about my grandad Robin John MacCormack, he was in the royal navy and was a lead stoker. He joined in 1941 and served for four years.

Well,,,as expected my uncle did not bring my grandads service records, so thats that!!

My great uncle terry told me about a story my grandad told him, so here goes.

There was a ship, a huge famous one, with a 2500 person capacity, my grandad was assigned to it and a few days before it sailed he got ill and could go on it. It sailed without him and was sunk by the germans, all but one person, another stoker died! And of course my grandad was a second person to survive coz he was poorly!

Also, my great aunt told him he was on corvettes???

SO, you have your work cut out, and I am totally annoyed with my crappy family for being so crap!

Also, I was given some of my grandads things, by the nice people, and in amongst them is a small, well used whistle, made of gold/silver or something similar. It has a little eyelet on one end that I guess you could thread a chain through, it makes a high pitch noise for such a small whistle, I guess it is about 3 centimetres in length including the eyelet and 8mm wide. ANY IDEAS!!!!!

KIRSTIE
 

mrskpickles

Midshipman
Re: GRANDADS SERVICE RECORDS- NO JOY BUT HAVE SOME INFO TO G

hood%20rum%20ration.jpg



grandad%20standing%20by%20a%20wall%20with%20mates.jpg


THESE PICS ARE.....

The first one is taken on HMS HOOD, I found it by accident, the man on the right looks just like my grandad, and the man on the left looks like the man on the right in the second picture...

WHAT DO YOU THINK....

Kirstie
 

dunkers

War Hero
Re: DOES MY PHOTO OF GRANDAD MATCH THIS ONE TAKEN ON HMS HOO

Sorry what is it you want to know exactly? I'm not entirely sure what you are asking.

mrskpickles said:
Also, I was given some of my grandads things, by the nice people, and in amongst them is a small, well used whistle, made of gold/silver or something similar. It has a little eyelet on one end that I guess you could thread a chain through, it makes a high pitch noise for such a small whistle, I guess it is about 3 centimetres in length including the eyelet and 8mm wide. ANY IDEAS!!!!!

This is either a boatswain's (pronounced "bosun's") call or a drill whistle.
If there is a spherical ball on one end of it, in which there is a hole, then it is the former. Otherwise it is probably the latter; given the dimensions you give it sounds like the latter but it strikes me as somewhat odd that your granddad would have such a thing if he wasn't a gunnery instructor.
 
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mrskpickles said:
hood%20rum%20ration.jpg



grandad%20standing%20by%20a%20wall%20with%20mates.jpg


THESE PICS ARE.....

The first one is taken on HMS HOOD, I found it by accident, the man on the right looks just like my grandad, and the man on the left looks like the man on the right in the second picture...

WHAT DO YOU THINK....

Kirstie

I'm puzzled as to why one Jolly Jack is wearing a summer cap and one a winter cap, and I don't think the same man is in pictures one and two. Also the soldier has better-polished shoes than either of the matelots!
 

polariod

Lantern Swinger
Re: DOES MY PHOTO OF GRANDAD MATCH THIS ONE TAKEN ON HMS HOO

"I'm puzzled as to why one Jolly Jack is wearing a summer cap and one a winter cap"

We had a wee head scratching session on this question in a previous thread too WM. I came up with the possibility that the piccie was taken in somewhere like Gib or a West African port. The white capped matelot may have been part of the permanent base staff or on a ship stationed around those areas. The black capped guy may have been part of the Home Fleet who was a crewman of a convoy escort and the guys met up in sunny climes.

Mrs P has since confirmed that the piccie was taken in Gib by a local photographer.

Pol
 
Re: DOES MY PHOTO OF GRANDAD MATCH THIS ONE TAKEN ON HMS HOO

polariod said:
"I'm puzzled as to why one Jolly Jack is wearing a summer cap and one a winter cap"

We had a wee head scratching session on this question in a previous thread too WM. I came up with the possibility that the piccie was taken in somewhere like Gib or a West African port. The white capped matelot may have been part of the permanent base staff or on a ship stationed around those areas. The black capped guy may have been part of the Home Fleet who was a crewman of a convoy escort and the guys met up in sunny climes.

Mrs P has since confirmed that the piccie was taken in Gib by a local photographer.

Pol

Thanks Pol, that explains it.
 

andym

War Hero
My great uncle terry told me about a story my grandad told him, so here goes.

There was a ship, a huge famous one, with a 2500 person capacity, my grandad was assigned to it and a few days before it sailed he got ill and could go on it. It sailed without him and was sunk by the germans, all but one person, another stoker died! And of course my grandad was a second person to survive coz he was poorly!


When i read the above a dim bell rang in my brain.I am sure your dad was mentioned ,not by name though,in missing the fateful departure due to illness on one of the History Channel programmes about the Hood and bismark.I am sure if you approach the Hood Assoc they should be able to assist you.The bloke on the left of the Hood photo is Stoker(2nd class) Jack Silk P/KX 116941 and was lost when the Hood sank.

http://hmshood.com/
 

mrskpickles

Midshipman
Re: DOES MY PHOTO OF GRANDAD MATCH THIS ONE TAKEN ON HMS HOO

I have sent my pic of Gibraltor to the HMS Hood site, and explained it to them, hopefully they will get back to me.

Just to be stupid, the uncle who was supposed to give me the service records is called Andy M!!!

MOre tomorrow...hopefully!

K
 

mrskpickles

Midshipman
tee hee!!!

I am convinced that the pic I found of the three men on the hood is my grandad, robin john mccormick.

I reckon he was assigned to the Hood, and then when it docked somewhere, or came home for repairs or something, he couldnt get back on because he was sick, and it left him behind.

THEN...some nasty people sunk it.

Flaw in my idea is that if he was "the man who was sick when hood sunk" then surely he would be on the HOOD WEBSITE????

However perhaps he went on hood, then got reassigned, then he was sick when another ship sailed and sank.....

Bugger only knows!!
 
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