LITHERLAND AT WAR
1939-1945

by Bob Anderson, Bootle Times 1943
by Bob Anderson, Bootle Times, November, 1943
Billy Croft A.R.P. Messenger, Litherland
            
Graphic by Ronnie Cusworth



Bob Lewis A.R.P. Messenger, Litherland & Royal Navy

Graphic by Ronnie Cusworth


William Norman Croft
A.R.P. Messenger
Aged 17
Killed in Palmerston Drive
Due to enemy action on 4th May, 1941
Son of Thomas & Elizabeth Croft
14 Blisworth Street
Litherland

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C/NX 2460 Robert Henry Lewis
Royal Naval Canteen Service
Aged 18
Killed in Action 18th November, 1943
Aboard H.M.S. “Chanticleer”
Son of Selwyn & Jessie Lewis
4 Blisworth Street
Litherland
Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial

 
CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
Photograph courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission
H .  M .  S .    C H A N T I C L E E R
(Black Swan class Sloop)
B a t t l e   H o n o u r s
SICILY 1943 - ATLANTIC 1943
1943
   
November
2nd
Sailed from Freetown with ships of Group as escort for inward Convoy SL139 during passage to Liverpool
  16th
Remained with escort when SL139 merged with Convoy MKS for passage to Liverpool
  18th
During defence of convoy, from attacks by SCHILL U-Boat Group, hit by acoustic torpedo (T5 - GNAT) fired from U515 in position 39.47N 20 12W (250 miles ENE of San Miguel Island, Azores
Stern blown off and taken in tow to Ponta Delgado, Azores - 28 of ship's company were lost

  22nd
De-equipped and Paid off
December  
Towed to Horta, Azores by Salvage Vessel SALVEDA

The hulk was used as Base Ship for RN personnel serving at Horta and was renamed HESPERIDES. On 31st December 1943 this identity was changed to LUSITANIA II but the ship continued to be used as the Base Ship for the remainder of the European war when she was again Paid Off. The hulk was sold for breaking up in Lisbon in 1946.


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