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Welcome to the website of the HMS Dunedin Society.

The Dunedin Society is our collective organisation designed to keep alive the memories of HMS Dunedin and her men. It is entirely voluntary and free to join and its membership is worldwide. The society organises commemorative events, including the annual 24th November ceremonies. If you wish to find out more or have any information about HMS Dunedin that we could publicise on our website please Contact Us.

 

This year’s Reunion and Memorial Service will take place on Friday 24th November at the Royal Naval Memorial,  Southsea Common, and simultaneously at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. For details of both events, click here.

 

Don’t forget to check out the photos of last November’s 75th Anniversary. There’s a lot to see now. Click here to see them.

 

Commander Thomas (Tommy) Handley

It is with much regret and sorrow to report that Commander Thomas (Tommy) Handley, RN (Rtd) died, aged 94, on 23rd June. He passed away in Dartmouth peacefully in his sleep, much loved husband of Elizabeth and father of Christina, Stephen and Jonathan. Tommy joined HMS Dunedin in October 1940 and stayed with her until just before her final voyage, on 18 November 1941, when he left to join HMS Vansittart. The Dunedin Society sends its condolences to Tommy’s family.

A service will be held at St Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, on 18th July at 2.00pm. Family flowers only. All donations to Dartmouth Caring. Enquiries to RC Pillar and sons Ltd, Anzac Street, Dartmouth TQ6 9DL, 01803 832121.

 

Happy 98th Birthday to our President, Jim Davis, 21st March 2017!

Jim Davis is one of the original four survivors who founded the Dunedin Society and he has been a dominant force behind the Society to keep the memories of his lost comrades alive. Jim joined HMS Dunedin in Scotland in 1939 and served in her on the Northern Patrol, in the Caribbean and the South Atlantic. When the first of two torpedoes hit Dunedin on 24th November 1941, Jim was reading a book on deck. Blown to the floor by the explosion, he made his way to a Carley raft and was rescued, along with the few other survivors, by the crew of SS Nishmaha on 27th November.
Jim went back to sea after returning to Britain and, in one of life’s great ironies, he was serving in HMS Stonecrop in April 1943 when she encountered and sank U-124, the U-Boat which had sunk HMS Dunedin.

We all wish Jim a very happy 98th birthday.

 

75th ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL SERVICE AND REUNION:

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE MEMBERS OF THE DUNEDIN SOCIETY WHO CAME TO THE  MEMORIAL SERVICE AND REUNION ON 24TH NOVEMBER MARKING THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SINKING OF HMS DUNEDIN. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST REPORT AND A FEW MORE PHOTOS.

AND DON’T FORGET:

PLEASE SEND ANY PHOTOS AND TEXT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ON THE WEBSITE. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO ENSURE THE MEMORY OF YOUR MEMBER OF THE SHIP’S COMPANY IS KEPT ALIVE ON THIS SITE.

The Royal Naval Memorial, Southsea Photo: Michael Gill

The Royal Naval Memorial, Southsea
Photo: Michael Gill

In the meantime, new material continues to come to light from time to time, as some of you will have seen at last November’s reunion. This material is available here and includes an article on the sinking and the rescue of the survivors, together with new documents not previously published.

Dunedin News

NEW: Updated article on the new information on the rescue. New documents.

Click the link above or here for an updated article on the sinking and the rescue, including a second report written by Lt-Commander Watson, not previously published on this website.

2015 Remembrance Service and Reunion, 21st November

The Dunedin Society met for the annual reunion and remembrance service. Click here for a first report.

New Information about the sinking – hear about it at the Remembrance Service

At this year’s Remembrance Service (for which, the details of the arrangements are in the previous post) I am pleased to tell you that we will be able to tell you about some new information which has come to our attention about the sinking of HMS Dunedin and the rescue of the survivors. New documents…

Arrangements for HMS Dunedin Remembrance Service and Reunion, 21st November 2015

The HMS Dunedin Service of Remembrance and Reunion will take place at the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea Common, on Saturday 21st November 2015 at 1200hrs. The service will be conducted by The Rev Colin Noyce OCM (RN). An Order of Service will be distributed on arrival at the Memorial. Following the service we will…

Recent Updates

In this section of our website we will be posting details of recent updates that we make to the website eg new information about a member of crew.

Please Donate

The Dunedin Society is run by a small group of volunteers who need your support to keep it going. If you would like to make a financial donation, please click on the 'Donate' button below. You can choose to pay via paypal or debit/credit card. Thank you!

Buy our Book

Blood in the Sea: HMS Dunedin and the Enigma Code", published in 2003, is the only book on HMS Dunedin.Click here to preview and buy

Upcoming Events

Our Memorial events are free, however, in order for us to organise space and refreshments please reserve your place on our Future Events page. We look forward to seeing you at our next celebration.....