World War 2 Medals

Understanding your Grandfather’s (or Fathers’) World War 2 medals.

This is the standard set received by many South Africans who fought in both the North/East African theatre of operations and the Italian campaign. These are in the correct order of precedence and from left to right they are:

1. The 1939 – 1945 Star – campaign medal awarded to all British and Commonwealth personnel who fought in any theatre of operations during WW2. The ribbon shows arms of service – Navy (dark blue), Army (red) and Air Force (light blue).

2. The Africa Star – campaign medal awarded to all British and Commonwealth personnel who fought in African theatre of operations. The ribbon is distinguished by the “Sahara” sand colour).

3. The Italy Star – campaign medal awarded to all British and Commonwealth combatants who fought in the Italy theatre of operations (distinguished by ribbon in the colours of the Italian flag).

4. The Defence Medal – campaign medal awarded for both Operational and non-Operational service during WW2 to British and Commonwealth service personnel (and civilians involved in Service to armed forces). The ribbon is symbolic of the air attacks on green land of UK and the Black out is shown by the two thin black lines.

5. The War Medal 1939-1945 – campaign medal for British and Commonwealth personnel who had served full-time in the Armed Forces or the Merchant Navy for at least 28 days between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. The medal ribbon is distinguished by the colours of the British Union Flag/Jack.

6. The Africa Service Medal – a South African campaign medal for service during the Second World War, which was awarded to members of the South African Union Defence Forces, the South African Police and the South African Railways Police who served during WW2. The ribbon represents the Two Oaths taken (red tab for Africa Service Oath and the later General Service Oath) and the green and gold colours of South Africa.

Have a look at your Grandfather’s or Dad’s medals (or your Mum/ Grandmother’s) and see if they are in the right order and which of these six medals you now recognise.

Note: This is a very complex field and the intention is to show the basic outline, each of the medals has rather extensive qualifying criteria.

Posted for the SA Legion by Peter Dickens


Badge of H.M.S.A.S. Southern Floe which was picked up in an Italian dugout in the Desert by a sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the North African Campaign. (SA Military History – http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol013hk.html)

11 February 1941

HMSAS Southern Floe was sunk by a mine off Tobruk with the loss of 27 men, with 1 sole survivor, Stoker C J Jones


A number of whalers were converted to anti submarine roles and commissioned into the South African Navy for service, they were part of the South African Seaward Defence Force anti-submarine flotilla.

Some of them were sent to the Mediterranean and based at Alexandria, Egypt – the HMSAS Southern Floe, the HMSAS Southern Sea and their sister ship the HMSAS Southern Maid – which is seen in this rare photograph in Alexandria Harbour (In the foreground is the South African Navy’s HMSAS Protea, a Flower-class corvette).

In 1941 – the HMSAS Southern Floe (Lt J E Lewis) and HMSAS Southern Sea arrived at Tobruk on 31 January 1941 to take over patrol duties from two of their two sister ships.

Although submarines were not a threat in the first six months of the Western Desert campaign, numerous floating mines pointed to the existence of extensive moored mine fields. Except for the sweeping of the narrow coastal traffic route and harbour entrances at this stage there had not yet been time to locate these fields with any accuracy, much less to clear them. The main duty of the two Southerns was alternately to patrol the nearest section of the swept channel and to escort shipping along it. The port at that time was subject to air raids, littered with sunken wrecks and possibly active ground-mines. On patrol, the duties were complicated by sandstorms that strong off-shore winds extended for many miles out to sea, resulting in low visibility, heavy cross-seas, and much discomfort to personnel. To these conditions were added the menace of the mine fields on one side and an ill-defined and unlighted coast on the other.

On the morning of 11 February Southern Sea arrived at the patrol rendezvous, two miles east of Tobruk, but found no sign of Southern Floe. This was reported but caused no concern at first; it had blown hard enough all night for the ship to find herself far from her station at dawn. However that evening, a passing destroyer picked up one man clinging to some wreckage – all that remained of Southern Floe and her company.

This sole survivor was Stoker C J Jones, RNVR (SA), lent from HMS Gloucester to fill a vacancy just before Southern Floe sailed from Alexandria. He was almost insensible after 14 hours in the water, but afterwards stated that he had been in the stokehold when, at about 04:00 there had been a heavy explosion and the ship had filled rapidly. In the darkness, he had found his way into the flooded engine-room and struggled out through the skylight as the ship sank. He had seen a few other persons in the water at that time and later had done his best to support a wounded man. In the absence of other evidence there is little doubt that a mine, either floating or moored, was the cause.

The loss of the ship, although but a trivial incident in a world war, came as a sudden and grievous blow to the flotilla and to the SDF. The ships had spent a bare month on the station and at home few were aware that they had arrived and had been in action. The casualties were the first naval losses suffered by the South African Seaward Defence Force and the sense of loss in the service was profound.

A relic of Southern Floe was brought to South Africa long after, in the form of a small brass ship’s badge, found amidst the other debris of battle 70 miles inland from Benghazi. Supposedly it had floated ashore, attached to a wooden fragment of the ship’s bridge, and been carried thence by an Italian souvenir-hunter.

After the war Stoker Jones, the sole survivor placed a memorial notice in the Cape Town newspapers. He continued to do this for many years until he also passed away.

Information from Naval-History.net

Southern Floe (SANF), ship loss
ANDERS, John, Steward, 69637 (SANF), MPK
BOWER, Robert, Stoker 1c, 69935 (SANF), MPK
BRAND, Leslie A, Able Seaman, 69828 (SANF), MPK
CAULFIELD, Patrick, Steward, 69802 (SANF), MPK
CHANDLER, Charles R D, Cook (S), 69613 (SANF), MPK
CHENOWETH, Richard, Stoker 1c, 67420 (SANF), MPK
FAIRLEY, Alexander E, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK
FARRINGTON, Charles E, Stoker Petty Officer, P/KX 81373, MPK
FRIEDLANDER, Cecil A, Able Seaman, 114703 (SANF), MPK
GARDINER, Elliott, Able Seaman, 67260 (SANF), MPK
GREENACRE, John H, Leading Seaman, 69677 (SANF), MPK
HEASMAN, Gratwicke E E, Engine Room Artificer 4c, 69784 (SANF), MPK
HOGG, Roy S, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK
INNES, Ian McK, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK
MARSH, Reginald H Y, Able Seaman, 69911 (SANF), MPK
MITCHELL, William N, Able Seaman, 69787 (SANF), MPK
NEL, Eloff R, Able Seaman, 69635 (SANF), MPK
NICHOLSON, Douglas O, Able Seaman, 66833 (SANF), MPK
PUGH, John R, Able Seaman, 66877 (SANF), MPK
ROBERTSON, William M, Able Seaman, C/SSX 25307, MPK
RYALL, David R, Able Seaman, 69999 (SANF), MPK
SHIMMIN, William, Leading Stoker, 69661 (SANF), MPK
SIENI, Joseph F, Able Seaman, 69788 (SANF), MPK
SNELL, Harold W, Leading Telegraphist, 69827 (SANF), MPK
STANLEY, Gordon J, Able Seaman, 66963 (SANF), MPK
WALTON, Dudley N, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK
YOUNG, Reginald A J, Able Seaman, D/J 87257, MPK


The Cruisers HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall were attacked and sunk on the 5th April 1942 by Japanese aircraft.

The ships were spotted by a reconnaissance aircraft from the heavy cruiser Tone, and subsequently attached by over 50 Val dive bombers. In less that 8 minutes HMS Dorsetshire had been hit by 10 bombs, and sank stern first after one bomb detonated a magazine.

HMS Cornwall was hit 8 times and sank bow first 10 minutes after HMS Cornwall.

The following day the cruiser Enterprise, accompanies by two destroyers Panther and Paladin rescued 1,122 men out of a combined crew of over 1,546. Among the casualties were 39 South Africans.

These two links provide an insight into the experiences of the crew:

Lt E. A Drew, Engineering Branch, HMS Cornwall

Walter Fudge, HMS Dorsetshire

The South Africans are honoured on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

 

 


 

Celebrating true South African heroes and here is another Victoria Cross recipient, this is his story whilst taking part in the Italian campaign during World War 2,

Gerard Ross Norton VC MM (7 September 1915 – 29 October 2004) was a South African recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Educated at Selborne College, East London (where he acquired his nickname) he was a keen sportsman excelling at cricket, rugby and tennis. After school, he joined Barclays bank at Umtata. After a short spell in the Johannesburg branch of the bank, he returned to East London. The hostel at Selborne College is named in his honour.

Norton’s peace-time military training was done with the Middelandse Regiment, but after the outbreak of the Second World War he was transferred to the Kaffrarian Rifles in East London. In 1943, he transferred in to the 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment (later the Royal Hampshire Regiment)

On 31 August 1944 during the attack on Montegridolfo, Italy, Lieutenant Norton’s platoon was pinned down by heavy fire. On his own initiative and with complete disregard for his own safety, he advanced alone and attacked the first machine-gun emplacement, killing the crew of three. He then went on to the second position containing two machine-guns and 15 riflemen, and wiped out both machine-gun nests, killing or taking prisoner the remainder of the enemy. Throughout these attacks he was continuously under fire from a self-propelled gun, nevertheless he calmly went on to lead his platoon against the remaining enemy positions.

The award of the Victoria Cross was gazetted on 24 October 1944.

He later achieved the rank of Captain.

Later life
After the war he moved to Rhodesia, where he ran a large tobacco plantation and became a Rhodesian citizen. Gerard Ross Norton died on 29 October 2004.

Reference – Wikipedia, posted for the SA Legion by Peter Dickens http://ift.tt/1Lpf5Wn


 

Honouring real South African heroes and here stands an exceptional one.

Corporal William Cloete was a Cape Coloured Corps member and the leader of a stretcher bearer team attached to the Cape Town Highlanders regiment in Italy during the Second World War.

During a fierce fight with German troops when his company was pinned down on three sides by mortar and machine gun fire, under persistent enemy firing, Cloete and his team carried ten of their own wounded soldiers to safety; for this he received the Military Medal for bravery.

Nearly a year later, at the age of 24, Cloete was struck by a bullet from a German sniper and permanently blinded in both eyes. After the war Cloete attended the School for the Blind in Bellville. He became an expert basket-maker for the rest of his working life and passed away in 1993.

Your fellow veterans salute you.

Posted for the SA Legion by Peter Dickens


During the Second World War, South African Navy personnel – known at the time as the “South African Naval Forces” (SANF) were seconded to serve on ships in the Royal Navy. 

Nothing drives home the peril of serving on a fighting ship harder than this footage of the sinking of the HMS Barham, it is simply jaw dropping. Made even more poignant for us if you consider we are witnessing the loss of the following South African naval personnel in this tragedy.

BAKER, Dennis E W, Ordinary Seaman, 68617 (SANF)
GLENN, Paul V, Ordinary Seaman, 68906 (SANF)
HAYES, Richard T, Ordinary Seaman, 68499 (SANF)
MORRIS, Cyril D, Ordinary Seaman, 68932 (SANF)
UNSWORTH, Owen P (also known as R K Jevon), Ordinary Seaman, 69089 (SANF)
WHYMARK, Vivian G, Ordinary Seaman, 69024 (SANF)

It is our duty as South African veterans never to let selective history and the mist of time obscure the brave contributions of our countrymen during this war, it is our our duty as South African Legion to continually educate and keep this memory alive. 

HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship of the Royal Navy She was sunk during the Second World War on 25 November 1941 by the German submarine U-331north of and off the coast of Sidi Barrani, Egypt.

Prior to this HMS Barham visited Durban, South Africa, in June 1941 for extensive repairs at the Victoria Graving Dock. The repairs where due to damage sustained in the Crete bombing. She sailed from Durban on the 31st July 1941.

Story for the South African Legion by Peter Dickens


 

CASUALTIES BY DATE and SHIP

Compiled by Don Kindell

 

 

1 9 3 9

 

4 October 1939

 

South African Naval Force

LUCAS, E (initial only) W R, Chief Engineman, 66756 (SANF), died

 

13 October 1939

 

Disa (SANF)

NICOLSON, Andrew, Cook, 63827 (SANF), died

 

 

1 9 4 0

 

15 April 1940

 

Africana (SANF)

BESTER, A (initial only) T, Leading Stoker, 6640 (SANF), died

 

8 July 1940

 

Gloucester, bombing,

ALLISON, Oswald H, Able Seaman RNVR, 67349 (SANF), killed

NOWLAN, Francis C, Able Seaman RNVR, 67409 (SANF), DOW

 

5 September 1940

 

Cornwall

AINSLIE, Roy, Petty Officer, 66382 (SANF), died

 

 

1 9 4 1

 

11 February 1941

 

Southern Floe (SANF), ship loss

ANDERS, John, Steward, 69637 (SANF), MPK

BOWER, Robert, Stoker 1c, 69935 (SANF), MPK

BRAND, Leslie A, Able Seaman, 69828 (SANF), MPK

CAULFIELD, Patrick, Steward, 69802 (SANF), MPK

CHANDLER, Charles R D, Cook (S), 69613 (SANF), MPK

CHENOWETH, Richard, Stoker 1c, 67420 (SANF), MPK

FAIRLEY, Alexander E, Sub Lieutenant SANF,  MPK

FRIEDLANDER, Cecil A, Able Seaman, 114703 (SANF), MPK

GARDINER, Elliott, Able Seaman, 67260 (SANF), MPK

GREENACRE, John H, Leading Seaman, 69677 (SANF), MPK

HEASMAN, Gratwicke E E, Engine Room Artificer 4c, 69784 (SANF), MPK

HOGG, Roy S, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

INNES, Ian Mck, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

MARSH, Reginald H Y, Able Seaman, 69911 (SANF), MPK

MITCHELL, William N, Able Seaman, 69787 (SANF), MPK

NEL, Eloff R, Able Seaman, 69635 (SANF), MPK

NICHOLSON, Douglas O, Able Seaman, 66833 (SANF), MPK

PUGH, John R, Able Seaman, 66877 (SANF), MPK

RYALL, David R, Able Seaman, 69999 (SANF), MPK

SHIMMIN, William, Leading Stoker, 69661 (SANF), MPK

SIENI, Joseph F, Able Seaman, 69788 (SANF), MPK

SNELL, Harold W, Leading Telegraphist, 69827 (SANF), MPK

STANLEY, Gordon J, Able Seaman, 66963 (SANF), MPK

WALTON, Dudley N, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

 

28 March 1941

 

Director of South African Forces

HALLIFAX, Guy W, Rear Admiral, SANF, accident, killed

 

10 May 1941

 

South African Naval Force

HUGHES, T (initial only) J, Stoker, 71383 (SANF), died

 

Tordonn (SANF)

CASSON, William, Able Seaman, 252935 V (SANF), died

 

21 May 1941

 

Syvern

ANDERSON, Richard W N, Able Seaman, 86082 (SANF), killed

 

22 May 1941

 

Gloucester, ship loss

ANGEL, Walter J H, Able Seaman, 67351 (SANF), MPK

AUSTIN-SMITH, John R, Ordinary Seaman, 67336 (SANF), MPK

BAGSHAW-SMITH, Philip R, Ordinary Seaman, 67337 (SANF), MPK

BAGSHAWE-SMITH, Sydney Q, Able Seaman, 68454 (SANF), MPK

BARBER, Edgar F, Able Seaman, 67302 (SANF), MPK

BRUCE, John, Able Seaman, 67355 (SANF), MPK

CARTER, Frederick G, Able Seaman, 67345 (SANF), MPK

CHILTON, Ronald H D, Ordinary Seaman, 67335 (SANF), MPK

EDWARDS, Ronald E, Ordinary Seaman, 67384 (SANF), MPK

ELLIOT, Edward R, Leading Seaman, 66584 (SANF), MPK

GERAGHTY, Herbert C, Able Seaman, 67338 (SANF), MPK

GROGAN, Graham B, Able Seaman, 67343 (SANF), MPK

JAMES, Victor F, Ordinary Seaman, 67303 (SANF), MPK

JENSEN, Niels P, Able Seaman, 67347 (SANF), MPK

MCCARTHY, Henry F, Ordinary Seaman, 67223 (SANF), MPK

MOORE, Albert, Able Seaman, 67416 (SANF), MPK

SLATER, Bryan M, Able Seaman, 67358 (SANF), MPK

SMITH, Matthew S, Able Seaman, 67359 (SANF), MPK

SONDERUP, Arthur W, Able Seaman, 67356 (SANF), MPK

STADLANDER, Rowland C, Stoker 1c, 67400 (SANF), MPK

STOKOE, Cyril A M, Act/Leading Seaman, 67264 V (SANF), MPK

SYMONS, Maurice M, Able Seaman, 68245 (SANF), MPK

THOMPSON, Walter E H, Able Seaman, 67360 (SANF), MPK

VAN DYK, Cecil H, Able Seaman, 67404 (SANF), MPK

WEBBER, Reginald, Able Seaman, 67361 (SANF), MPK

WILLIAMS, Dastrey S, Leading Seaman, 67047 (SANF), MPK

WRIGHT, Gerald V, Act/Ordnance Artificer 4, 67375 (SANF), MPK

 

3 June 1941

 

Southern Maid (SANF)

HOLT, Albert E, Telegraphist, 69576 (SANF), killed

 

4 August 1941

 

SS Tunisia, ship loss

ADAMS, Douglas E H, Act/Able Seaman RNVR, 66378 (SANF), (President III, O/P), MPK

 

27 August 1941

 

Phoebe, torpedoed

WESTON, Grant E, Ordinary Seaman RNVR, 68498 (SANF), killed

 

20 September 1941

 

South African Naval Force

VAN NOIE, Norman, Able Seaman, CN/72134 (SANF), died

 

21 September 1941

 

South African Naval Force

ST CLAIR-WHICKER, Willie H, Able Seaman, 67292 (SANF), died

 

24 November 1941

 

Dunedin, ship loss

RASMUSSEN, Victor J S, Leading Telegraphist, 66920 (SANF), MPK

 

25 November 1941

 

Barham, ship loss

BAKER, Dennis E W, Ordinary Seaman, 68617 (SANF), MPK

GLENN, Paul V, Ordinary Seaman, 68906 (SANF), DOW

HAYES, Richard T, Ordinary Seaman, 68499 (SANF), MPK

MORRIS, Cyril D, Ordinary Seaman, 68932 (SANF), MPK

UNSWORTH, Owen P (also known as R K Jevon), Ordinary Seaman, 69089 (SANF), MPK

WHYMARK, Vivian G, Ordinary Seaman, 69024 (SANF), MPK

 

10 December 1941

 

Repulse, ship loss

ADAMSON, William D, Ordinary Seaman RNVR, 69001 (SANF), MPK

 

19 December 1941

 

 

Neptune, ship loss (above – CyberHeritage)

ADAMS, Thomas A, Able Seaman, 67953 (SANF), MPK

CALDER, Frank T, Ordinary Seaman, 67971 (SANF), MPK

CAMPBELL, Roy M, Able Seaman, 67318 (SANF), MPK

DIXON, Serfas, Able Seaman, 67743 (SANF), MPK

FEW, Jim, Able Seaman, 67744 (SANF), MPK

HAINES, Eric G, Able Seaman, 67697 (SANF), MPK

HOOK, Aubrey C, Able Seaman, 67862 (SANF), MPK

HOWARD, Harold D, Signalman, 67289 (SANF), MPK

HUBBARD, Wallace S, Able Seaman, 67960 (SANF), MPK

KEMACK, Brian N, Signalman, 67883 (SANF), MPK

MERRYWEATHER, John, Able Seaman, 67952 (SANF), MPK

MEYRICK, Walter, Ordinary Signalman, 68155 (SANF), MPK

MORRIS, Rodney, Ordinary Signalman, 68596 (SANF), MPK

RANKIN, Cecil R, Signalman, 67879 (SANF), MPK

THORP, Edward C, Signalman, 67852 (SANF), MPK

THORPE, Francis D, Able Seaman, 67462 (SANF), MPK

WILD, Ernest A, Able Seaman, 67929 (SANF), MPK

 

 

1 9 4 2

 

5 January 1942

 

Carnarvon Castle

BECKER, Stanley H, Able Seaman, 67474 (SANF), road accident, killed

 

29 January 1942

 

Sotra, ship loss

DRURY, Frederick, Ordinary Seaman, 68315 (SANF), MPK

 

25 February 1942

 

ST La Carriere, ship loss

DORE, Frank B, Act/Able Seaman RNVR, 67218 (SANF), (President III, O/P), MPK

 

4 March 1942

 

Cornwall, illness

HAWKINS, Reginald D, Able Seaman, 66700 (SANF), died

 

26 March 1942

 

Jaguar, ship loss

SCOTT, Clifford, Ordinary Telegraphist, 66973 (SANF), MPK

 

5 April 1942

 

Cornwall, ship loss

BATES, John S, Stoker 2c, 68924 (SANF), MPK

BESWETHERICK, Hedley C, Ordinary Seaman RNVR, 86671 (SANF), MPK

BOTES, John S, Stoker 2c RNVR, 68924 (SANF), MPK

COMMERFORD, Noel P, Able Seaman RNVR, 66493 (SANF), MPK

CRAWFORD, Cecil E, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c RNVR, 67922 (SANF), MPK

DU PREEZ, Charles P H, Able Seaman, 68175 (SANF), MPK

DUTTON, Charles C, Stoker 2c RNVR, 68949 (SANF), MPK

HANSLO, Raymond F, Able Seaman RNVR, 68295 (SANF), MPK

KEITH, Kenneth I B, Able Seaman RNVR, 66742 (SANF), MPK

KENYON, Graeme A B, Able Seaman RNVR, 68002 (SANF), MPK

KIRSTEN, Monty G W, Able Seaman RNVR, 68917 (SANF), MPK

LAW, Edward, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c RNVR, 66760 (SANF), MPK

MCDAVID, William K, Stoker 2c RNVR, 69138 (SANF), MPK

MITCHELL, William A, Stoker 1c RNVR, 68796 (SANF), MPK

SPENCE, Noel W, Ordinary Seaman RNVR, 68732 (SANF), MPK

SQUIRES, John E, Ordinary Seaman RNVR, 68728 (SANF), MPK

STEPHEN, Eric B, Ordinary Seaman RNVR, 68861 (SANF), MPK

SWANN, Lawrence T, Stoker 1c RNVR, 68710 (SANF), MPK

THORPE, Maurice, Stoker 2c RNVR, 69140 (SANF), MPK

VERSFELD, Peter H S, Able Seaman RNVR, 68859 (SANF), MPK

VINK, Benjamin F, Ordinary Seaman RNVR, 68860 (SANF), MPK

WILLSON, Gerald F, Stoker 2c RNVR, 69006 (SANF), MPK

WRIGHT, Thomas H, Able Seaman RNVR, 68039 (SANF), MPK

 

Dorsetshire, ship loss

BELL, Douglas S, Ty/Act/Leading Stoker, 67243 (SANF), MPK

BRUCE, Alexander M, Stoker 2c, 67907 (SANF), MPK

EVENPOEL, Albert, Stoker 2c, 67909 (SANF), MPK

GEFFEN, Sender, Stoker 1c, 68035 (SANF), MPK

HOWE, Horace G, Ordinary Seaman RNVR, 68680 (SANF), MPK

KENDRICK, George, Stoker 2c, 67910 (SANF), MPK

MCINTYRE, Norman G, Able Seaman, 67446 (SANF), MPK

MCLELLAN, Robert, Ordinary Telegraphist, 67897 (SANF), MPK

MORROW, Douglas E, Able Seaman, 67989 (SANF), MPK

ORTON, Charles P, Able Seaman, 68009 (SANF), MPK

REDMAN, Roland A, Leading Stoker, 67406 (SANF), MPK

SCOTT, William J, Able Seaman, 68007 (SANF), MPK

SEVEL, Harry, Stoker 1c, 68100 (SANF), MPK

WILLETT, Amos A S, Stoker 1c, 67240 (SANF), MPK

WILLIAMSON, Walter N, Able Seaman, 67803 (SANF), MPK

 

6 April 1942

 

Cornwall, ship loss

PALMER, Walter A, Able Seaman RNVR, 68344 (SANF), (rescued, aboard HMS Enterprise), DOW

 

7 April 1942

 

South African Naval Force

SMITH, P (initial only), Able Seaman, CN/72263 (SANF), died

 

9 April 1942

 

 

Hermes, ship loss (above, prewar – Navy Photos)

BRYSON, Neil W, Ordinary Telegraphist, 69147 (SANF), MPK

BURNIE, Ian A, Able Seaman, 67786 (SANF), MPK

CLAYTON, Frederick H, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, 68102 (SANF), MPK

DE CASTRO, Alfred T, Stoker 1c, 67914 (SANF), MPK

KEENEY, Frederick W, Able Seaman, 67748 (SANF), MPK

KEYTEL, Roy, Able Seaman, 67296 (SANF), MPK

KIMBLE, Dennis C, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, 67600 (SANF), MPK

KRAUSE, Frederick E, Able Seaman, 68321 (SANF), MPK

RAPHAEL, Philip R, Able Seaman, 67841 (SANF), MPK

RICHARDSON, Ronald P, Able Seaman, 67494 (SANF), MPK

TOMS, Ivanhoe S, Able Seaman, 67709 (SANF), MPK

VICKERS, Colin P, Able Seaman, 68296 (SANF), MPK

VORSTER, Jack P, Able Seaman, 67755 (SANF), MPK

WHITE, Edward G, Stoker, 68026 (SANF), MPK

WIBLIN, Eric R, Able Seaman, 67717 (SANF), MPK

YATES, Philip R, Supply Assistant, 67570 (SANF), MPK

 

Hollyhock, ship loss

ANDERSON, Henry G, Able Seaman, 67501 (SANF), MPK

BASTON, Douglas T, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, 68600 (SANF), MPK

BUITENDACH, James M, Stoker 2c, 69223 (SANF), MPK

JUBY, Kenneth J, Ordinary Seaman, 69211 (SANF), MPK

LEACH, Peter A D H, Stoker 2c, 69225 (SANF), MPK

 

20 April 1942

 

Birmingham

BUCHANAN, Alexander, Able Seaman, 67934 (SANF), died

 

30 April 1942

 

Edinburgh, ship loss

DRUMMOND, Valentine W, Able Seaman, 68043 (SANF), MPK

VAN DORDRECHT, William H, Able Seaman, 67851 (SANF), MPK

 

21 June 1942

 

Express

COMMERFORD, Terence, Ordinary Seaman, 330258 (SANF), died

 

Parktown (SANF), ship loss

BROCKLEHURST, Peter S, Able Seaman, 70457 (SANF), MPK

COOK, John A, Stoker 1c, 70256 (SANF), MPK

JAGGER, Leslie J, Lieutenant SANF, 70016 (SANF), MPK

MCEWAN, William A, Steward, 69686 (SANF), MPK

TREAMER, Arthur P, Petty Officer, 71109 (SANF), MPK

 

6 July 1942

 

Niger, ship loss

PRICE, David, Able Seaman RNVR, P/68529 (SANF), MPK

 

21 July 1942

 

South African Naval Force

RUITERS, Walter, Stoker, CN/72081 (SANF), died

 

4 August 1942

 

Stork

TROUT, A (initial only) N, Able Seaman, CN/72133 (SANF), died

 

16 August 1942

 

South African Naval Force

MURPHY, J (initial only), Able Seaman, CN/72256 (SANF), died

 

17 August 1942

 

Receiffe (SANF)

FROST, M (initial only) L, Able Seaman, CN/71804 (SANF), died

 

18 August 1942

 

Birmingham

JOHNSTONE, Henry N, Lieutenant Commander (E), SANF, 66727, died

 

4 September 1942

 

South African Naval Force

PETERSON, W (initial only) J, Able Seaman, CN/72184 (SANF), died

 

16 September 1942

 

Orion

BAWDEN, Wilfred R, Stoker 2c RNVR, 330425 (SANF), DOWS

 

25 September 1942

 

Roodepoort (SANF)

REHR, Cecil, Able Seaman, 69877 (SANF), died

 

29 September 1942

 

Soetvlei (SANF)

CARLELSE, Frederick, Able Seaman, CN/72004 (SANF), died

 

1 October 1942

 

SS Laconia, ship loss

ROSS, Robert, Stoker 2c, 69119 (SANF), (Victory, O/P), DOWS

 

2 November 1942

 

SS Llandilo, ship loss

CRAGG, Ronald F, Able Seaman (DEMS), 66488 (SANF), (President III, O/P), MPK

 

12 November 1942

 

Hecla, ship loss,

BENNETT, John F, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, 330351 (SANF), MPK

LLOYD, George H, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, 330353 (SANF), MPK

PEERS, Charles V, Able Seaman, 562653 (SANF), MPK

SMITH, Ian R, Electrical Artificer 4c, 68478 (SANF), MPK

 

7 December 1942

 

SS Ceramic, ship loss

MOSCOS, John G, Leading Writer, 66786 (SANF), (SANF, O/P), MPK

 

30 December 1942

 

Fidelity, ship loss

NIGHTSCALES, Norman, Writer, 68148 (SANF), MPK

 

 

1 9 4 3

 

3 January 1943

 

South African Naval Force

PETERS, Norman, Leading Stoker, 66847 (SANF), died

 

27 January 1943

 

Assegai

GITTINS, Victor L, Ordinary Seaman, 69325 (SANF), died

 

26 February 1943

 

President III

PLATT, Ronald M, Petty Officer, 67160 V (SANF), accident, killed

 

7 March 1943

 

Saunders

CROSSLEY, Alfred H, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

DE KOCK, Victor P De C, Ty/Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

 

13 March 1943

 

SS Empress of Canada, ship loss

COCHRANE, Joseph, Engine Room Artificer 3c, P 68947 (SANF), (Pembroke, O/P), MPK

 

24 March 1943

 

Adriat (SANF)

DELL, Rodney, Able Seaman, 68866 (SANF), killed

 

1 April 1943

 

SANF, Benghazi, Libya

HENDERSON, Alexander P, Chief Engine Room Artificer, 562099 (SANF), killed

 

9 May 1943

 

Gonding (SANF)

JAMES, H (initial only), Steward, CN/72252 (SANF), died

 

14 May 1943

 

South African Naval Force

ORGILL, C (initial only) B, Able Seaman, CN/71947 (SANF), died

 

20 May 1943

 

South African Naval Force

LA CHARD, Edwin, Lieutenant Commander, SANF, died

 

28 May 1943

 

South African Naval Force

LUCAS, A (initial only) W, Able Seaman, 152875 (SANF), died

 

30 June 1943

 

South African Naval Force

BATEMAN, T (initial only), Chief Engine Room Artificer, 71627 (SANF), died

 

1 July 1943

 

South African Naval Force

ROBBERTS, Kaspar, Petty Officer, P/5285 (SANF), died

 

15 July 1943

 

SS Empire Lake, ship loss

FLINT, John M, Act/Able Seaman (DEMS), P 562749 (SANF), (President III, O/P), MPK

 

10 August 1943

 

Blaauwberg (SANF)

BOSHOFF, Christofel J, Able Seaman, 70339 (SANF), killed

 

29 August 1943

 

South African Naval Force

LENZ, William, Able Seaman, 69544 (SANF), died

 

21 September 1943

 

SANF, Diego Suarez

BESTEL, Emmanuel A N M, Lieutenant, SANF, died

 

3 October 1943

 

South African Naval Force

HARLE, Paul A, Petty Officer, 71796 (SANF), died

 

5 October 1943

 

Southern Sea (SANF)

STEELE, Ewen, Able Seaman, 71272 V (SANF), killed

 

18 November 1943

 

South African Naval Force

BETTS, Robert, Able Seaman, 68900 (SANF), died

 

29 November 1943

 

South African Naval Force

PAGE, Robert, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, died

 

Smalvlei (SANF)

MCLEAN, Richard, Stoker, 562567 (SANF), died

 

2 December 1943

 

Stork

LOUW, Joseph, Stoker, CN 72175 (SANF), illness, died

 

16 December 1943

 

South African Naval Force

HARRIS, R (initial only) H, Telegraphist, 330488 (SANF), died

 

19 December 1943

 

South African Naval Force

NICHOLLS, John, Yeoman of Signals, 66824 V (SANF), died

 

 

1 9 4 4

 

18 January 1944

 

South African Naval Force

FLORENCE, John, Stoker, CN/71982 V (SANF), died

 

26 January 1944

 

Northern Duke

ATKIN, William B, Lieutenant SANF, illness, died

 

28 January 1944

 

South African Naval Force

DANIELS, Adam, Stoker, 72034 (SANF), died

 

31 March 1944

 

South African Naval Force

RAVENS, Albert, Able Seaman, CN/72213 V (SANF), died

 

12 April 1944

 

Pembroke IV

SHIELDS, Eric E M, Lieutenant, SANF, died

 

14 April 1944

 

851 Sqn Shah, air crash

MACWHIRTER, Cecil J, Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A), SANF, MPK

 

4 May 1944

 

South African Naval Force

DE KLERK, John, Ordinary Seaman, 585868 V (SANF), died

 

8 May 1944

 

South African Naval Force

BOTHA, Herkulas, Cook, 562093 V (SANF), died

 

16 June 1944

 

South African Naval Force

BISSETT, Alexander, Lieutenant, SANF, died

 

 

14 September 1944

 

South African Naval Force

JENKINS, Edward G, Engine Room Artificer, 66720 V (SANF), died

 

20 September 1944

 

South African Naval Force

KEMP, Thomas, Able Seaman, CN/71015 V (SANF), died

 

15 October 1944

 

South African Naval Force

WATSON, George, Lieutenant, SANF, died

 

14 November 1944

 

Treern (SANF)

BOSWELL, Louis F W, Chief Engine Room Artificer, 69756V (SANF), MPK

 

19 November 1944

 

South African Naval Force

ABRAHAMS, Henry, Able Seaman, CN/719204 (SANF), died

 

22 November 1944

 

South African Naval Force

BERMAN, Nicholas, Ordinary Seaman, 616728V (SANF), died

 

 

1 9 4 5

 

4 January 1945

 

ML.1163, ship loss

HOWDEN, Russell K, Ty/Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

 

11 January 1945

 

South African Naval Force

DIXON, Robert, Able Seaman, CN/584276 (SANF), died

 

12 January 1945

 

Treern (SANF), ship loss

ANDERSON, Robert D, Engine Room Artificer 2c, 71067 V (SANF), MPK

BARKER, Ronald E, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

BLAKE, Robert E, Petty Officer, P 6572 (SANF), MPK

BROWN, Ian H, Able Seaman, 71719 V (SANF), MPK

BYRNE, Patrick, Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

DAVIE, William, Stoker 1c, 70681 V (SANF), MPK

ENGELBEEN, Leslie C, Able Seaman, 562235 V (SANF), MPK

JACOBZ, Frank H, Stoker 1c, 70374 V (SANF), MPK

MATTHEWS, George A, Stoker 1c, 70728 V (SANF), MPK

MCINTYRE, William G, Cook (S), 585360 (SANF), MPK

MCLARTY, William D, Leading Stoker, 562246 V (SANF), MPK

MCLEAN, Godfrey, Able Seaman, 562455 V (SANF), MPK

NILAND, St John E, Able Seaman, 209905 (SANF), MPK

PERRY, Desmond A, Petty Officer, 71211 (SANF), MPK

REID, Kenneth H, Signalman, 562143 V (SANF), MPK

SALCOMBE, Francis R, Stoker 1c, 58589 V (SANF), MPK

STAPELBERG, Willem J, Steward, 562221 V (SANF), MPK

SUTTON, Donald A, Able Seaman, 70426 (SANF), MPK

SUTTON, George A M, Leading Seaman, 586403 V (SANF), MPK

TRAFFORD, William O, Able Seaman, 71222 V (SANF), MPK

VILJOEN, Dennis A, Telegraphist, 70984 V (SANF), MPK

WHITE, Charles W, Petty Officer, 562200 V (SANF), MPK

WULFF, Emil F, Leading Seaman, 562466 V (SANF), MPK

 

10 February 1945

 

South African Naval Force

TREISMAN, Gerald, Steward, 584730 V (SANF), died

 

24 February 1945

 

South African Naval Force

LAMONT, J (initial only), Steward, 71402 (SANF), died

 

28 March 1945

 

815 Sqn Landrail, air crash

WAKE, Vivian H, Ty/Lieutenant (A), SANF, MPK

 

31 March 1945

 

South African Naval Force

HORNE, P (initial only) D, Chief Petty Officer, 66661 V (SANF), died

POVEY, Leonard, Able Seaman, 71182 V (SANF), died

 

20 April 1945

 

South African Naval Force

PFAFF, C (initial only) E, Petty Officer Stoker, 562721 V (SANF), died

 

5 May 1945

 

South African Naval Force

CHRISTIAN, J (initial only) W, Able Seaman, CN/71965 (SANF), died

 

8 May 1945

 

South African Naval Force

SIMON, Frederick, Stoker, CN/72046 V (SANF), died

 

22 May 1945

 

South African Naval Force

VAN AARDT, S (initial only), Stoker, CN/721490 (SANF), died

 

3 June 1945

 

South African Naval Force

CLARE, Frederick W, Chief Petty Officer, 69599 V (SANF), died

 

9 June 1945

 

South African Naval Force

KEOWN, R (initial only) J, Able Seaman, CN/71845 (SANF), died

 

19 July 1945

 

South African Naval Force

WELCOME, J (initial only) J, Able Seaman, CN/72270 (SANF), died

 

21 July 1945

 

South African Naval Force

VAN WYNGAARDT, F (initial only) A, Able Seaman, 585610 V (SANF), died

 

24 July 1945

 

Adamant

CLARKE, Reginald E, Ty/Lieutenant Commander, SANF, air crash, MPK

 

28 July 1945

 

1772 Sqn Indefatigable, air operations

LA GRANGE, Antony M, Sub Lieutenant (A), SANF, MPK

 

8 August 1945

 

Barbrake

LIDDLE, John, Lieutenant, SANF, MPK

 

 

 

Goede Hoop or Good Hope (SANF) (above – Photo Ships)

HEARD, George A, Lieutenant, SANF, died

 

South African Naval Force

COOK, W (initial only), Leading Stoker, 70527 V (SANF), died

 

14 September 1945

 

South African Naval Force

KERSTOFFEL, H (initial only), Stoker, 72310 (SANF), died

 

4 October 1945

 

South African Naval Force

JANSEN, S (initial only) C, Able Seaman, CN/584477 V (SANF), died

 

8 November 1945

 

South African Naval Force

PITTS, S (initial only) L, Able Seaman, CN/564203 (SANF), died

 

2 December 1945

 

South African Naval Force

SCHILDER, R (initial only) D, Leading Seaman, CN 71826 V (SANF), died

 

8 December 1945

 

South African Naval Force

BOTHA, J (initial only) F, Able Seaman, 585386 (SANF), died

 

11 December 1945

 

South African Naval Force

TURNER, N (initial only) J, Able Seaman, CN/562915 (SANF), died

 

 

1 9 4 6

 

20 February 1946

 

South African Naval Force

KEMERY, S (initial only) P, Leading Writer, 67275 (SANF), died

 

25 February 1946

 

Copra

BARBER, Benjamin W R, Sub Lieutenant, SANF, died

 

4 May 1946

 

South African Naval Force

KEET, H (initial only) M T, Able Seaman, 586028 (SANF), died

 

5 May 1946

 

South African Naval Force

FLANAGAN, Terrence D, Able Seaman, 587088 (SANF), died

 

14 May 1946

 

South African Naval Force

ISAACS, N (initial only), Able Seaman, CN/584368 V (SANF), died

 

8 June 1946

 

South African Naval Force

FULLFORD, Watton, Chief Petty Officer, 69711 (SANF), died

 

28 June 1946

 

South African Naval Force

NORTMAN, Willem, Stoker, 590608 V (SANF), died

 

10 July 1946

 

South African Naval Force

VAN GRAAN, A (initial only), Able Seaman, CNN/957 (SANF), died

 

21 July 1946

 

South African Naval Force

SWANEPOEL, S (initial only), Cook, 7112 (SANF), died

 

17 October 1946

 

South African Naval Force

DICKSON, M (initial only) A, Sub Lieutenant, SANF

Died

 

14 November 1946

 

South African Naval Force

OLLERHEAD, Owen, Lieutenant, SANF, died

 

29 December 1946

 

Goede Hoop (SANF)

GILBRIDE, Charles S, Lieutenant (Sp), SANF, died

 

 

1 9 4 7

 

9 April 1947

 

South African Naval Force

TITUS, J (initial only) J, Able Seaman, CN/584418 V (SANF), died

 

7 June 1947

 

South African Naval Force

POGGENPOEL, D (Inital Only) B, Able Seaman, CN/71950 V (SANF), died

 

27 June 1947

 

South African Naval Force

KONIG, E (initial only), Stoker, 584989 V (SANF), died

 

18 August 1947

 

South African Naval Force

THOMPSON, J (initial only) R, Stoker, 330669 (SANF), died


Group Captain P H “Dutch” Hugo (left), Commanding Officer of No. 322 Wing RAF, and Wing Commander R “Raz” Berry (right), who took over leadership of the Wing in January 1943, conversing at Tingley, Algeria. 

Petrus Hendrik Hugo, a South African, joined the Royal Air Force on a short-service commission in February 1939. He flew with No. 615 Squadron RAF during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, and became a flight commander in September 1941. He was posted to command No. 41 Squadron RAF in November 1941, and then took over the leadership of the Tangmere Wing in April 1942 but was shot down (for a second time) and wounded shortly after. 
On recovery Hugo became Wing Leader at Hornchurch, but was soon posted to lead No. 322 Wing in the forthcoming invasion of North Africa (Operation TORCH). He took command of the Wing in November 1942 and added significantly to his victory score over Algeria and Tunisia. From March to June 1943, Hugo served on the staff at HQ North-West African Coastal Air Force, but returned to command 322 Wing in Malta, Sicily, France and Italy until it disbanded in November 1944. 
Having achieved 17 confirmed and 3 shared victories, he then joined the staff HQ Mediterranean Allied Air Forces and finished the war flying with the Central Fighter Establishment. 
 
Copyright Imperial War Museum Collection

South African Air Force in Gabes in Tunisia April 1943 during World War 2. Rare original colour photo of the Supermarine Spitfire pilot of ER622, No 40 Squadron, South African Air Force as he confers with his ‘No 2’ after landing at Gabes.  

 
Note the ‘orange’ centre on the roundel marking and orange stripe on the fin flash – this was distinctively South African – all British and other Commonwealth aircraft (Australian, Canadian and New Zealand) in the conflict had a red centre in their roundels and red, white and blue fin flashes. 

 
Image copyright Imperial War Museum Collection.


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