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Discussion in 'History' started by millwall, Jul 27, 2010.

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  1. Hello ,

    I joined this site in order to see if I could find out more about my great uncle Victor Albert Horwell.

    He served on the Exeter when she went down,

    he was in the sea for a couple of days (with a broken foot/leg) before being picked up.

    He was held by the Japanese as a POW but he managed to survive the rest of the war.

    I did meet hima few times when I was a kid,
    as Victor had to come up to London and visit the hospital for tropical diseases.

    He had tests and have his blood changed,
    his health was never the same from being in the POW Camp.

    I have a few old photos of him as a kid in navy uniform marching on Empire day,

    and a few more of him in his Naval uniform on his wartime wedding.

    I dont know how to find out what other ships he sailed on,
    and if there is any survivors associations.

    Maybe and it is a big maybe,
    but someone from one the ships he sailed on might still be alive ,
    and remember him all help welcome .

    Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section
  2. I served on the last Exeter (D89) and I know that there is quite an active HMS Exeter Survivors Association. They used to visit us once a year and it was both an honour and a privilege to host them.

    I've done a google search but can't seem to find their website. Perhaps your local RNA might be able to help.
  3. I have found out that they have dedicated a stained glass window to
    the crew of the Exeter in Exeter cathedrial.

    And that 10 surviors attended back in March 2010.

    Found out in another artical that there are 20 to 30 of the Exeters Crew still alive.

    Cant find any info on HMS Exeter Survivors Association ?
  4. Excellent stuff thanks alot Chaps ,

    you have given me and the family lots of very useful advice,

    I am very grateful
  5. Try here if you haven't already

    HMS Exeter / Macassar Survivors
    Tom Jowett is now the point-of-contact for the HMS Exeter / Java Sea / Macassar Survivors. Reunions of Survivors, Widows, Families and Friends are held on the weekend closest to the anniversary of the sinking, 1st March. Anybody with any connection to 'Exeter' / Macassar survivors, whether it be wishing to join in with these reunions, share memories, or simply pass the time of day, should contact Tom.
    Tom's contact details:-

    email: [email protected]
    phone (UK) 07802 182710
    Address: 32 Melbourne Avenue,
    Thornton Cleveleys,
    FY5 3DX
  6. If you are still interested please do join the HMS Exeter Association for FREE online:
    We have a Facebook Page: HMS Exeter Association
    Also a Facebook Group: HMS Exeter

    An annual reunion & remembrance service is held in Exeter, Devon. This takes place on the weekend closest to the 1st March.

    The Association is for anyone from either the WW2 Cruiser & D89 Type 42 Destroyer; it's crew members, veterans, family & descendants or those with a general interest in the ships & its history.

    If you want to know more you can also email me: [email protected]

    We hope to welcome you to an Exeter event soon!
  7. Try @millwall but it would appear that they are no longer on here. The OP was 7 years ago!
  8. I saw the original post was years ago, however you never know who else might pop up with the same interest
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