Waterbodies & Maritime => Wrecks & Disasters => Topic started by: kyn on June 19, 2010, 17:30:05

Title: HMS Sandhurst
Post by: kyn on June 19, 2010, 17:30:05
HMS Sandhurst was attacked on 29th July 1940, she is seen here burning in Dover Harbour.  Four George Medals were awarded to men who fought the fire.

Title: Re: HMS Sandhurst
Post by: DoverDan on June 19, 2010, 18:28:00
The stern of HMS Sandhurst after the fire was bought under control.
The three firemen awarded the George cross, Deputy fire chief sgt. C.W.A. Brown,  Executive officer E. Harmer and Section officer A. Campbell.
The fourth person to recieve the medal was Harbour tug master, Captain F.J. Hopgood. further to this six more firemen, Hookings, Foord, Gore, Cunnington, Hudsmith and McDermott were mentioned in dispatches.
The other vessel which can be seen to the right of Sandhurst in Kyns photo is HMS Codrington which was the foremost ship of the Dover flotilla she was destroyed just two days before Sandhurst.
Title: Re: HMS Sandhurst
Post by: kyn on June 19, 2010, 18:51:49
Thank you for adding these and the information  :)
Title: Re: HMS Sandhurst
Post by: alkhamhills on September 18, 2010, 09:48:40
HMS Sandhurst was built by Harland & Wolff and launched 14.12.1905. 11500 tons. Started life as merchant ship Manipur. By WW1 she was HMS Sandhurst and was a Destroyer Depot Ship.  In WW11 she was a Repair ship. Based at Dover 1939/1940, then Londonderry, then Greenock. Scrapped at Dalmuir  April 1946
Title: Re: HMS Sandhurst
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 12, 2010, 16:47:26
The man in the centre of that photo is my grandfather, Alexander Campbell.  His medal is, I believe, held by the Dover Museum.
Title: Re: HMS Sandhurst
Post by: ellenkate on November 12, 2010, 20:23:09

My husband says he knew Fire-Sgt Brown, who lived in Elms Vale Road, Dover

Title: Re: HMS Sandhurst
Post by: Robin L on July 31, 2018, 10:04:49
I am researching the names on the WW1 memorial of St Gabriel's Church in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne. Arthur Snowdon is recorded and I have traced him as having served on the HMS Sandhurst from October 1916 until shortly before his death. He died on 18 October 1918 on board the hospital ship HMHS Garth Castle from pneumonia following influenza.