List of those who served in HMS Cossack
L03 Ship's Company
Surnames beginning O to R in Alphabetical Order

 

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NAME

DETAILS WHERE KNOWN

OAKLEY, J. Ordinary Seaman. P/JX 274365. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney)
O’HARA, Robert Acting Cook/Cook(s) RNSR. P/SR 51740. (Born Lanark) (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) (married to Helen C. of Portobello, Edinburgh)
O’NEILL, E.S. Leading Stoker. October 1939 to March 1940?
ORMSBY, Gerald Anthony Gore Lt.Commander DSC (1940 New Years Honours List) Joined L03 January 1940. Left March 1940) Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal and Certificate 16.2.40. for rescue of German Sailor from the sea. Other ships include SPEY (Sunk U406 and U386 on same day and gained DSO) KENT, CARLISE, OSPREY, AFRIDI, WARSPITE, TAFF. (Mentioned in Despatches for sinking U-boat) ST KITTS. Joined the RN as a Cadet in 1923. Left RN as a Captain. Married in 1948 to Susan Williams who died in 1974 – son and daughter. Married second wife Avril Moat 1985. Born 27 September 1909. Died 1992 aged 83
O’SHEA, R. Able Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
OWEN, E.G. Leading Stoker. October 1939 to March 1940?
OXLEY, J. Yeoman of Signals. January 1939 to March 1940?
PAPWORTH, J.F. Stoker. October 1939 to March 1940?
PARKER, C.M. Lt. October 1939 to March 1940?
PARKER, Norman J. Joined RN 6.9.38 VICTORY as Ordinary Seaman. 28.4.39 FURY. 1.2.40. Able Seaman 30.7.40 COSSACK as Able Seaman. 27.8.41 OSPREY. 7.11.41 DOUGLAS 19.9.42 VICTORY. 6.10.42 OSPREY. 12.12.42 NIMROD. 16.1.43 OSPREY. 9.2.43 DEVERON. 20.2.43 Acting Leading Seaman Temp. 3.4.44 Acting Petty Officer Temp. 26.4.44 OSPPREY. 5.8.44 NIMROD. 26.8.44 OSPREY. 21.9.44 CHEVIOT. 3.4.45 Petty Officer Temp. 10.10.45 OSPREY. 27.12.45 Released Class A. Joined Merchant Navy. Married in 1947 and gave up seafaring in June 1948 Died 3 February 2006
PARRY, J.M. Lt.Cdr. (Navigator?) 22.5.40 to March 1940? Believed to have left with Captain Vian according to Don Yell
PARSLOW, A. Stoker Petty Office. October 1939 to March 1940?
PATTERSON, Cecil Harold Able Seaman. P/J 97929 Onboard 8 July 1938 to sinking. (QM at wheel in the collision with SS Borthwick 7.11.39. No blame attached). (Missing presumed Killed 23.10.41) Age 38 (married to Elsie of North End, Portsmouth – son Brian ) Son of Frederick Thomas and Kate Elizabeth Patterson
PATTINSON, ‘Jack’ John William Ordinary Seaman. P/JX 178824. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 22 (single) Son of Jacob and Margaret Pattinson of Slough, Bucks
PAWSEY, Leonard Stoker 1st Class. P/KX 107376. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) (single) Son of Samuel and Maud M. Pawsey of Gorton, Manchester
PAYTON, John P. (Jack) Leading Telegraphist. P/JX 142541. Originally from Salford. He was onboard at January 1939. (Missing presumed Killed 23.10.41) In the RN for 24 years. Age 41. In ships concert party playing the banjo and singing comic songs) (married to Ada of Rawtenstall, son of Joseph Patrick and Maria Payton. He had three children – Bernard, Theresa and Patricia. He was the correspondent with Layton Hill Convent School, Blackpool (Now St Mary’s Catholic College. A prize known as the COSSACK History Prize was presented in his honour by his sister Mrs Nicol. It was last presented in 1949 to Zosia Gertler. His niece Mary Nicol became a junior boarder in 1943.
PAYNE, J. Schoolmaster B.Sc. Appointed to Cossack 10 May 1940
PEACH Acting Petty Officer. Survivor. (The Times 11.11.41) Lived in Havant.
PEARCE, Francis Chief Stoker. DSM P/K 63516. Onboard at October 1939 (Wounded 23.10.41 and discharged to military hospital and HMS Cormorant)
PERRY, S.K. ERA. October 1939 to March 1940?
PERRYER, George Edwin Chief Ordnance Artificer. P/MX 47093. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 34 (married to Gladis Vera Edith of North End, Portsmouth) Son of Frank and Esther Perryer
PHELAN, J. Petty Officer. October 1939 to March 1940?
PICKUP, Jack. Ordinary Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940? From East Street Lindley West Yorkshire He was about 17 in 1939. Attended Hollybank School, Lindley Nr Huddersfield. Mother: Mary, Sister: Mary.
PHILLIPS, R. Able Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
PHILLIPS, R.S. Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1940?
PIPER, E.H. Ordinary Signalman/Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1940?
PIPER, E.T. Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939?
PIPER, Robert Kenneth ( Tubby) Able Seaman. P/JX 179175. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 20 (single) Son of Alfred and Joyce Piper of Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Steward to Lt Biggs
PLEE, T. Able Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
PLUTO. Ships Dog. (Missing presumed killed) Joined at Malta 1939. Purchased for half a crown by Charles H. Scott 23.10.41) Posthumously awarded the Dicking Medal. Was said to create such a noise when he knew German Ships were in the vicinity that he had to be taken below.
POLLARD, R.L. ‘Polly’ Able Seaman. (LTO) P/SSX 22490. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney) Lived in Brighton. Known to be a ‘Buzz-wallah’
PONSONBY, F.W. Sub Lt. September 1938 to March 1940?
POOLE, Ronald ‘Lofty’ Able Seaman. P/JX 178947.30 April 1940. CPO’s Messman. (At BISMARCK action) (Wounded 23.10.41 – picked up by CARNATION and discharged to military hospital Gibraltar and HMS Cormorant). Wife Carol. Died of a tumour 13 August 2004. Cremated 2 September 2004.
POPPLE, Roy Ordinary Seaman. P/JX153831. Onboard at January 1939. (Killed in the collision with SS Borthwick 7.11.39) Age 18. Son of Clara Popple of Radford, Notts. Buried in Seafield Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
PORTMAN, J. Stoker. October 1939 to March 1940?
PORTEOUS. Gordon Carstairs Ordinary Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940? Aged 19 at the ALTMARK incident. Educated at St Joseph’s College Dumfries and lived at Crathie Avenue. Before joining the Navy in 1939 he was employed with Messrs Macknights Motors Ltd Dumfries and a member of the local cycling club. Died 1997
PORTER, Frank Was serving onboard at Altmark incident.
POUND, G.D. Lt (Son of Admiral Sir Dudley Pound) September 1938 to March 1940?
POWELL, L.W. R. Petty Officer. January 1939 to March 1940?
POWNCEBY, J. Boy Seaman. P/JX 171834. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking transit in HMS Rodney)
PRATT, Norman L. ‘Norm’ Stoker 1st Class. P/KX 94137. DSM. Member of the boarding party supplied from Aurora and was the last to leave. Was with WO Smith when he was shot. Born 30 October 19191. 5th child of Charles and Emily. Married Joan Whetting Steel at Southampton. Died 14 July 1996 at Dapto, New South Wales, Australia
PRICE, Charles Petty Officer Rangefinder June 1938 to November 1940 (Killed on SS Mamistee (Decoy ship) June 1941
PRICE, V. Signalman. October 1939 to March 1940?
PRINCE, R.S.R. 'Blankie' Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1940?
PROCTOR, Arthur Leslie Ordinary Coder. P/JX 231173. (Late P/KX 114548). (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 21 (single) Son of Frederick and Emily A. Proctor of Burnley, Lancs. Engaged to Sybil (Now Mrs Lord)
PROCTER, Peter George Ordinary Seaman. P/SSX 26243. October 1939 to March 1940?
PURPLE, G.E. 'Deep' Ordinary Seaman/Able Seaman. DSM. P/JX 165470. Onboard at October 1939. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney) Lived in Market Harbrough
PULLEN, Francis Battle of Narvik 10.4.40
PUTTOCK, W.O. Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1940?
RAIL, Kenneth F.W. Boy Seaman. P/JX 160629. Onboard in 1938. Duty Starboard Lookout on after bridge at the Altmark Incident (Wounded 23.10.41 & discharged to military hospital and HMS Cormorant)
RAINFORD, Thomas Ralph Ordinary Signalman. P/JX 196494. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) age 23. Called up 18 months before his death. (single) Son of William and Catherine Rainford of 7 Withington Lane, New Springs, Lancs. Educated at St John Baptist School and afterwards entered the service of the Maypole Dairy Co. as an assistant at the Ince, Wigan, Scholes and Horwich branches. He was also a Sunday School teacher and member of the choir at St John the Baptist Church. He was also a member of the St John’s Boys Club.
RALSTEN, W. Signalman. October 1939 to March 1940?
RAVENSCROFT, J. Stoker. January 1939 to March 1940?
RAY, Eric. Leading Stoker. P/K 66552. Onboard from commisioning. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 35 (married to Kathleen May of ‘Olcote’ Old Newtown Road, Newbury, Berkshire. Son of Nathaniel Charles and Alice Ray. Born at Highclere he was educated at Newbury Council School
READEY, Abraham. Stoker 1st Class. P/KX 108666. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 29 (married to Kathleen of Daubhill, Bolton Lancs) son Abraham and Alice Readey of Bolton, Lancs
REDMAN, Harold ‘Harry’ Leading Seaman.(May have been Acting Rate) Able Seaman Torpedo Operator. P/SSX 23737. Born 23 May 1918. Joined RN 1936. Joined L03 1939 to 1941. (At BISMARCK action) (Survivor picked up by Legion after 12 hours on a Carley Float.and discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney) Was behind the funnel when the torpedo hit. One of two crew who disarmed the depth charges on the Quarterdeck. Left the RN at the end of the war and worked as an electrician for NHS hospitals in the Southampton area. Died 22 December 2005
REES, D. Boy Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
REEVE, Robert William Chief Petty Officer. J104397.Coxwain. 7 June 1938 to 11 July1940 (Invalided out because of glass in lungs from the Battle of Narvik. Wife Nellie May. Born 3 November 1903. Became a master of tugs and salvage vessels. He then became a pilot at Southampton
REMNANT, Sid. G. Able Seaman. P/JX 212135. X Gun crew and Bosun’s Mate. Joined the RN 13 August 1940. Joined LO3 3 December 1940 to 1941 (At BISMARCK action) (Survivor picked up by HMS Legion and discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney). Wounded in air raid on London 17 January 1943. Awarded Hurt Certificate and made Shore Service Only. Married 23 November 1941. Left RN 8 October 1945 to work for North Thames Gas Board. Died 17 December 2001.
RENOUF, J. Ordinary Seaman/Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1940?
REVILL, P. Canteen Manager. October 1939 to March 1940?
REYNOLDS, N. Canteen Manager. October 1939 to March 1940?
RHODES, Jim ‘Dusty’ Boy 1st Class/Ordinary Seaman/Able Seaman. SSX 24246 Joined the RN 1937. Onboard LO3 1938 to 1941 (Altmark Incident and 2nd Battle of Narvik) Fx division. B gun 4.7 loader. Witness at the SS Borthwick inquiry. Member of the young seaman’s racing Whaler crew. Re-entered the Navy on 22 October 1946 to complete 12 years. New service number JX 801661. Originally from Sheffield. At one time engaged to Barbara Bridgett for one year but eventually married a girl from Dover. Left RN 1947 (RNFR until 1951) See separate biography for further details. Died in Canada on 20 August 2008.
RHYDWEN, Ranyl (A?)( P?) Temporary Surgeon Lt. October 1939 to March 1940? Served on the HMS Sirius during the Aegean campaign;where he was awarded the D.S.C. He was Surgeon-Lieut.R.N.V.R. Prior to joining H.M.S.Sirius he served on H.M.S.Cossack at Narvick and also aboard Bhen Mi Cree (Manx ferry) Possible at Dunkirk . He died in 1974
RIALL, Edward George Acting Petty Officer Telegraphist. P/JX 138459. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 25 (married to Helen Elizabeth of Chichester, Sussex at Chichester Cathedral by Special Licence.- son Pat – one twins) Son of Ernest Henry and Helen Elizabeth Riall
RICHMOND, Thomas C. Ordinary Seaman. P/SSX 22987 Joined January 1939 (Killed in the collision with SS Borthwick 7.11.39) Died 8 November 1939 Age 18. Son of Leonard and Ann Richmond of Salford, Lancs. Buried in Seafield Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
RIDOUT, D.L. Surgeon Lt. October 1939 to March 1940?
RIMMER, Alan Able Seaman. P/SSX 27634. Died 10 November 1940. Age 21 (single) Son of Harry and Gladys Rimmer of Birkdale, Lancs
RIMMER, D. Stoker 1st Class. P/KX 92509. On ship’s books at January 1939. (Discharged to HMS Cormorant 30.09.41)
ROBERTS, E.A. OA. January 1939 to March 1940?
ROBERTS, J.A. Acting Petty Officer Telegraphist. October 1939 to March 1940?
ROBERTSON, William. Boy Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940? 17 at the time of the Altmark incident. Joined RN aged 14 and served in HAWKINS. Came from Castle Barracks, Aberdeen
ROBINSON, Charles Wilfred Leading Seaman. P/JX 193609. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41)
ROBINSON, H.E. EA. October 1939 to March 1940?
ROBINSON, Kenneth Ordinary Seaman/Able Seaman P/SSX32494. Joined LO3 3.2. 1940 to August 1941. Member of 7 Mess. Port Watch Quarterdeck Division. Action Station Loader X Gun. In hospital with broken arm late September 1941 (At BISMARCK action) Joined the RN 2 August 1939 as an Ordinary Seaman at VICTORY. 3.2.40 COSSACK 1.4. 40 made Able Seaman. 27.8.41 VICTORY. 25.2.42 EAGLET. 18.9.43 VICTORY 1.12.43 SOUTHERN PRINCE. 27.9.44 VICTORY. 4.11.44 AGGRESSIVE. 9.4.45 VICTORY. 16.4.45 MAYINA. 27.5.45 HAITAN. 31.1.46 VICTORY. 19.4.46 St. VINCENT. Left the RN 1.3. 1947. S.S expired and worked for 28 years for the Post Office and BT. Wife Ann.
ROBINSON, W.E. >Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1940?
ROBINSON, ‘Ray’ William Raymond Telegraphist. Joined the RN 1933. Joined LO3 in Newcastle 1938- shown on ship’s books for January 1939 to March 1940. Left the RN in 1947 to become Radio Operator BORC. East African Civil Aviation, Visnews. TV News BBC Film Director Education Department Australia. Other ships included GANGES, HOOD, TUSCAN, POLYANTHUS
RODGER, John Smith Shipwright 4th Class. P/MX 63594. (Born Kilrenny) (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 22 (single) Son of Alex and Euphemia Wood of Cellardyke, Fife
ROE, R.S. Stoker. January 1939 to March 1940?
ROGERS, E.R. Leading Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939?
? One of these Rogers was known as ‘Bat’
ROGERS, V.R. Leading Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
ROLF, T. Ordinary Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
ROSE, ‘Bill’ Hugh William Mackensie Lt. (First Lt) Appointed 17 January 1941 (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) (single) Born 1913 Son of Vice Admiral Sir Frank Forrester Rose KCB DSO and Freda Edith nee Gordon
ROSS, Donald Leading Telegraphist. (Acting Petty Officer. Temporary) P/JX 137328. (Missing presumed Killed 23.10.41) (single) Son of Mr and Mrs George Ross of Newcastle- on-Tyne. Other ships GANGES, VALETTA STATION, SUBMARINES
ROSS, T.E. Yeoman of Signals. October 1939 to March 1940?
ROTHERHAM. T.H. Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939?
ROUTLEDGE R.W. Signalman. October 1939 to March 1940?
ROWBOTTOM, R. Able Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
ROY, E. Leading Stoker. January 1939 to March 1939?
RUMSEY, Eric George Henry Leading Sick Berth Attendant/Sick Berth Petty Officer. P/MX 58359. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) (single) Son of George Henry and Dorothy Florence Alberta Rumsey of Epsom, Surrey<
RYAN, Thomas. E. G. Ordinary Seaman. P/JX 262756.Gunner (Survivor discharged to military hospital and HMS Cormorant) (Not listed under wounded or injured in the official Admiralty Communiqué issued in 1941)

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