H.M.S. INDEFATIGABLE ASSOCIATION
The EIF/BPF and KGV
will be held at the Britannia Hotel Coventry
on 7th - 9th September 2013
Details from John Grossett on 01943 600 588
or Alf Lonsdale on 01293 432 049
HMS Indefatigable shipmate W G 'Bill' Briggs The
creator of this web site
sadly passed away on Friday 7th June 2013.
He was greatly missed by his wife of 66 years, Ann, until her death on the 6th April 2014.
Their eldest son Terry will take over the running of the Indef and St George's web sites.
Please note the contact email has changed,
although I will check Bill's email.
George Henry Francis Eaves, known to all
'Frank' passed away aged 97 on 2nd December 2020 at The Grove Care home,
Frank Eaves served on HMS Indefatigable as part of the British Pacific Fleet. He served with the ship throughout the Pacific campaign until it returned home to the UK in 1946.
He continued his trade as a baker and married his wife Margaret in 1950.
He worked for Gloucestershire County Council until his retirement. Suffering from dementia for several years he was joined in the care home by his wife.
They both became victims of coronavirus and died within a week of each other. They are buried together in Westerleigh Cemetery, Bristol.
HMS Indefatigable shipmate A.G. 'Bert' Arnell of 820
sadly passed away on Saturday 6th April 2013.
He will be missed
Calling ex Shipmates
LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ANY OLD SHIPMATES THAT SERVED IN HMS INDEFATIGABLE
AND I'LL ADVERTISE IT ON THE SITE FOR YOU
If you are
looking to contact friends or relatives from the forces why not
The names of those shipmates who were injured when the ship was hit by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft at 0728 on April 1st 1945 and any other relevant information would be much appreciated.
DID or DO You Know ? ?
CPO Thomas Elder d. 1985 contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Stone contact Andy Stone <email@example.com>
Norman Victor Castle
Sub-Lieut (A) (O) RNVR
Norman was an Observer in the
Fleet Air Arm and served in 1770 Squadron during WW2 on board Indefatigable.
Norman died in 1976 and now his grandson would like to know more about his Grandfather - what he actually
did and where did he go, etc. If anyone knew of Norman and his exploits, his son Robert (Bob), (now aged 71) would be most
grateful if you would please contact him at
Peter's son, Peter (after his
father) would like to contact anyone that may have known his father, who was an
Air Mechanic (E)
Peter's father recently died and he would like to confirm in which aircraft carrier (Indefatigable or Illustrious) his father served.
Peter Snr played trumpet in the ship's band and was also in the football team.
Please contact Peter at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
CPO (P) William Daniel
William served as a pilot in 887
Squadron in the ship from 1944 to 1945.
With S/Lt C. Miseldine, a fellow pilot in the Seafire squadron, William shot down a Japanese VAL dive bomber on the 4th May 1945.
William's grandson Adrian would be pleased to hear
from anyone that knew his grandfather, or has any information
or pictures of his grandfather or the squadron. Adrian would also be interested in contacting anyone that would be interested in
copies of the contents of his grandfather's flying log books.
Please contact Adrian at
Alec Brennan FX560384
Alec served in HMS Indefatigable
from June 22nd 1945 to 8th January 1946.
Alec served in the Fleet Air Arm, possibly as a Aircraft Mechanic and was known as one of the "Terrible Twins".
His Grandson Alex would be pleased to get in touch with anyone that knew - or knew of - his grandfather.
Please contact Alex at mailto:email@example.com
John Geoffrey Faulkner DSM
OA2 P/MX 51368
John served in HMS
indefatigable during WW2
and his award of the DSM was announced in the London Gazette dated 1st January 1946
Chris Bilham would like to
hear from anyone who knew John or has a photograph of him
(whether individually or as part of a group)
Please contact Chris at
Kenneth Yates JX 630921
Kenneth served in Indefatigable from November 1944 to March 1947
He came from
Prescot, Lancs. and joined as a Able Seaman and qualified as a Seaman Torpedoman.
Kenneth died in 1988 and was not a member of the HMS Indefatigable Association.
His son, Anthony Yates would like anyone who knew, or knew of his father, to contact him .
in Indefatigable during WW2
Hewas in the
ship when the Kamikaze plane hit the ship 1/4/1945 and it is believed that his
job onboard was something to do with locating enemy targets.
His son, Chris Firth would like anyone who knew, or knew of his father, to contact him .
Ronald Victor Adams
Ronald Adams served
in HMS Indefatigable during the war. His daughter-in-law, Sue Adams thinks that
he was a Signalman and it would make Ronald's day if he was to hear from any of
his old friends that served with him. He also served in destroyers; names
mentioned are Wild Goose, Starling and Fencer.
Ronald lives in New Zealand now.
If you can help Sue, or wish to contact Ronald, please contact Sue at:
John's Granddaughter is looking for information about HMS Indefatigable and her grandfather who served in the ship between 1943 and 1946. He was looking for information himself but sadly passed away on Dec. 24th 2003. He served as a Gunner. Amy is also looking for people who knew him during his Royal Marine days or may have any information about him. Please contact:-
Surgeon Lieutenant Alan M. Vaughan RCNVR
Alan Vaughan was one of
those killed in the kamikaze attack on HMS Indefatigable on the 1st April
Please contact either at
Charles Benjamin Brewer
Charles served in the Royal
Marines in Indefatigable during WW2
His son, John would like anyone who knew, or knew of his father, to contact him .
As a landlubber he would also appreciate any information about Royal Marine duties on board a aircraft carrier !
George was a Cinema Operator when serving in Indefatigable during WW2.
George died in 1994 and his widow and son would would appreciate
hearing from anyone that knew him.
||Harry (Andy) served in the Indefatigable with 894 Squadron during WW2 until the ship paid off at Portsmouth. If you knew Andy or served in the ship at the same time as he did and would like to correspond with him - he would be pleased if you would contact him at :|
Hugh Meredith Jones or Kenneth Mace
Kenneth McCallion (Kenny) is trying to trace anyone that knew his grandfather, Hugh (Taffy) Jones who served in the ship during WW2. Hugh at one time was a CPO, but may not have been while serving in the ship. As you can guess from his name, he came from Bedwas in South Wales, met his wife in Greenock and moved to Scotland, where he died in 1955. Kenny is also wanting information about his uncle, Kenneth Mace, who came from East Anglia and also served in the ship. Any information at all and photographs of either would be much appreciated by Kenny at
Pete Stevens is trying to trace his family history. He has a photograph of one of his father's two step-brothers, George Francis on HMS Indefatigable wearing a white uniform. Any information at all about George would be much appreciated by Pete at
in the ship during WW2 and worked as an aircraft engineer or mechanic, possibly
with 887 Squadron.
His 79th birthday is coming up and his granddaughter Zoe, would like to `Make his Day`. If anyone knew Denis or has a photograph showing squadron personel, will you please contact Zoe at
served in 1770 Sqdn and was in the ship from 17.4.1944 to 22.6.1945.
Sadly Reg died in April 1995. His son Reg Agambar has all of his late
father's war records and some photos and drawings. His best mate was
Charlie Stout who also served in the ship and they stayed friends until Reg
would be very grateful for any information about his late father - or
8.2.23, Gordon was a CPO and left the Fleet Air Arm in 1952 (?) He was in
820 Sqdn on board Indefatigable in the Pacific and during the kamikaze
attack. His daughter, Anne Richards (nee Hillier) is creating a album of her
father's photographs which include some of him with a few of his friends on
board at the time.
Ron Taplin, who was a Dubliner served on the ship during WW2. When he died his son Ian discovered a photo album with pictures of when the ship was in Australia. Ian would love to hear from anyone that know his father.
was a Leading Steward in Indefatigable between December 1943 and 1946.
He is in his 77th year and in quite good health.
was a CPO in Indefatigable during the BPF days.
served in the ship during WW2
FX 749113 (Air Frames) served in the ship during the 1940's. If anyone
remembers him, please contact his daughter Janet .
Fredrick John Sanger
Fredrick served in the ship during WW2. He is poorly at present and granddaughter, Iola, would like to 'Make his Day' by passing on any information about the ship or photographs that she could talk to him about. When she was younger he rarely spoke about his time on the ship but now mentions it more frequently.
Please contact Iola at: firstname.lastname@example.org
in the ship during WW2 and was an Able Seaman. Walter sadly died in 1951
(aged 41). His daughter, Kay, has a photograph of him in uniform
which subsequently appeared in the magazine "Tit Bits" in 1955. Anyone
who knew Walter (FX 589599) or may have heard his name please contact his
Ken served in the ship during WW2 and was a gunner on Pom Poms. He sadly died in 1985. If you knew Ken his son Barry would like to hear from you.
Arthur Edward Baker
|Arthur Baker was a Sick Bay Attendent, serving in the ship from 1943 to 1946. He is now 81 years old. He is in the photograph of the Ship's Medics printed in the 2-2001 edition of the Indefatigable Newsletter. Arthur's son David would like anyone that knew his to contact him at|
L/Sto. W. Church
|Ex Shipmate Peter Osgood (from Dundee) used to have runs ashore from Portsmouth to Brighton in 1946 with L/Stoker Church. Any information please to|
Neville Butterworth ?
Neville came from Cheadle in Manchester in the ship from the end of 1951 to the summer of 1953. (he was reputed to be a good boxer)
His son, Adam would love to hear from anyone that remembers Neville
Walter Miller ?
in Glasgow - served in the ship during the Pacific campaign
Michael (Jan) Kiff served in the ship as a Stoker in 1953/54. He would like to meet up with his `Oppo` of those days. If you can help Jan get in touch with Ali please get contact him at
Joined HMS Indefatigable in Sydney on 9 June 1945 and left on 8 Jan 1946
Born 12 April 1931 Served in the ship about late 1949 to about 1953. Understand that he may have been a Cook
Any information would be appreciated by Graham's daughter Suzanna Price at
|William Henry Madden||
Served in the ship in the Far East during WW2
Any information about his late father would be appreciated by his son Peter at
POSM Colin Akitt
served in the ship from
His son Gordon would like any one who knew his father to contact him.
Joined the ship in April 1946 and was the partner of Carl Burnett's Mother.
If you do, Carl can be contacted at
Garry Powell is trying to obtain info about his grandfather's naval service history. He served in H.M.Ships Indefatigable, Illustrious and Formidable and was present at the Japanese surrender in 1945. He was possibly an electrician working on aircraft.
If you have any information please contact Gary at
Charles Dyer now living in the USA served in the ship during WW2. If you knew Charles, his son says that his father would be excited to receive a email from you
served in a aircraft carrier in the China Sea in 1945
Any information would be appreciated by Leslie's son Jeff at
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