Hi> My grand father served on the javelin and whilst searching your > interesting and enlightening site I noticed the 'crew of the javelin' and > instantly recognised my grandfather from other photos my father has of him > in our house. I was wondering how I go about getting a copy of this photo > to frame and or any other relevant photos of either the javelin or my > grandfather jack Swanick??he operated the sonar and also served on the > loch Killin.>> Many thanks for ur time and the amazing website>> David Swanick
Hi David, Thanks for your kind words. How great that you found a photo of your Grandfather on my site. Let me know which one it is and| I will see what i can do. I am away for 10 days from today so will get back to you upon my return. Please could you post your e-mail onto the Javelin guest book. It helps others researching. Regards, Harry Amey
My late father also served on this courageous ship.He died in 2009.He too also sustained life threatening injuries. He was a gunner and whilst on convoy duties,his gunnery station was hit by a shell which,as he described, rattled around the encasement before exploding,causing him a head wound which left temporarily blind. His injury/memory stayed with him for the rest of his life-Bless him.How lucky was I to have such a lovely man for a Dad,though sadly we were poor all our lives,he enriched our lives with better qualities than money ever could.He is sadly missed on daily basis and when you see all this nastiness that infests this small island of ours,to think of all the heroic "Dads" that gave so much for the liberty we possess,it leaves you a little cold.God Bless all those brave people,some of us cannot/refuse to forget.Dave Oliver (loving son of Edward Harry Oliver)
With your work, I have understood what happened to the seaman T.Robson. I haven't understood what does it mean stocker. I wanted to say that he his inhumed in Saint-Pol-de-Léon cemetery (Finistère nord) next to the french soldiers killed during the first World War. his cadavre has been found on a beach: la grève du Mans, among the paper conserved about his death. In an other town, at Sibiril, exist two other graves where it is written "an unknown sailor".
I'm sorry for my english. Thank you for your memorie's work.
Dad, who'll be 93 this year, tells me he was evacuated from Dunkirk aboard HMS Javelin. The story goes that he and a friend arrived at the beach and was told to wade / swim out to a boat which would take them to a ship waiting off the beach. However, neither of the men could swim so they walked along the beach, under fire, to the harbour where they boarded the ship.
Naturally enough, Dad has no recollection of time or date. Never the less, from the ship's Service History on this web site, I am able to deduce that Dad boarded HMS Javelin 29 May 1940 and disembarked at Dover the same day.
There is additional information to be found, as to the times of day, on WW2Talk.com
Thank you for maintaining this site, Kevin
My father Petty officer Harry Foreman D.S.M. served on HMS Javelin during the Dunkirk relief and was always proud of a photo showing her coming out from the beaches I hope to recover the photo and if I do i we send it in.
Hi my Dad is still with us, now turning 88. His name is Stanley R. Douglas and was a Leading Stoker. Dad served on the Javelin thru the North Atlantic convoys, D day and the Malta convoys.He was also present in Japan for the surrender and sailed thru the Pacific at the end of the war in mop up duties. He disembarked in Australia. His other ships of service were HMS Camperdown, Bagshot and Speedy.
I am writing this message because Dad is not familar with a Computer, but as his son, I can direct any enquiries his way, should any readers have information that you wish to share or enquire.Dad was from Middlesborough and now resides in Napier, New Zealand, where he keeps good health.
He has been recognised numerous times by the Russian Embassy in the past two decades that have bestowed on him numerous medals recognising his activie service in the Russian convoys. Dad is still active with the Reurned Services Association (RSA) and assists in the memorial services for ANZAC Day and D Day. He has donated a number of items to our National War meseum at Waioru and I guess if any of these articles (photos)are of use, we can see if these can be made available. Cheers Bruce & Stan
I was inspired to research H.M.S Javelin after researching my husbands family tree. His dad served on the Javelin sometime during the war, but do not know any dates of when he was on board. He also served on H.M.S.Liverpool. It was a great surprized to see him appear on a photo in Wallis Elcomes gallery---he is 2nd row first left, on the first photo. AB Alan Veevers PJX 322489. If anyone can cast more light on his service on board we would like to hear from them. Sadly Alan died in 2009.
My dad Frank Shepherd was a leading torpedoman! on the Javelin during the atlantic and malta convoys leaving the ship in 1945 to become a leading patrolman. I lost dad 05/08/2009 but up until that day he always spoke with great admiration of those he served with and the adventures they got up to and the sad moments they shared, I wish we had known of this wonderful website before, he would have loved it, well done.
My father in law joined H.M.S. JAVELIN on the 30th June 1942 and remained on her until the end of the war, I have an account of his time on the Javelin and some very interesting photographs of crew members, even some of Italian merchant seamen on deck after the Javelin sank them. I would be interested to find out if the photos would be of use on your site.
Yours Faithfully Tom Hennessy