The Dunedin Society exists to keep alive the memory of the men who lost their lives when HMS Dunedin was torpedoed in November 1941; it 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 e-mail the Society for further details of how you can make a payment.
Click here for group photo from this year's Remembrance Service and Reunion at the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea Common and the Royal Maritime Club, Saturday 23rd November.
A report of the day will follow.
It is with great regret that the Dunedin Society announces the death of Bill Gill, RM, Founding President of the Society and survivor of the sinking of HMS Dunedin. Bill passed away in Farnborough Hospital, Kent, on 29th October after a long illness, aged 92. He leaves behind him his three children, Michael, Annabel and Stuart and seven grandchildren. He is sorely missed.
This year's Remembrance Service and reunion will hear tributes to Bill from his family and members of the Dunedin Society.
2013 Summer Reunion at the National Memorial Arboretum
Click here for photos and a report
New information posted:
Smithies, JH (Ord Seaman)
Timms, RM (Boy 1st Class)
Thompson, B (A/Petty Officer)
Click here for a report and photos of the November 2012 Dunedin memorial service at Southsea.
Our On This Day feature marked the daily movements and activities of HMS Dunedin during her last months. It begins on 8th April, 1941, when HMS Dunedin left the shores of England for the last time, heading for Gibraltar. It was around 8.00pm and the buzzes around the ship suggested she would be back in November or December. You can see, every day, where she was and what she was doing. Some days, very little happened, but at other times, Dunedin was kept very busy. Dunedin's story unfolds here: on this day. The final entry reads as follows:
"24th November: The story of the events of this day is long, complex and tragic. At the break of day, Dunedin was seemingly on a routine patrol; by early afternoon, Dunedin had gone, taking many men with her. As we know from the movements of U-124 in the preceding days, Captain Mohr's sighting of HMS Dunedin was a chance affair. A mast in the distance, an underwater pursuit, and then three torpedoes fired at great distance, two of which slammed into Dunedin at 1326. The ship's end was a quick one - about a quarter of an hour from first hit to sinking. We don't know how many men went down with her, but the number will have been big. Perhaps two hundred and fifty made it to the rafts and the open water. Many were wounded and most would not make it home. Sailors, Marines, Officers, huddled on the Carley rafts and hoped for the best. On one raft, twenty-two men clung to each other and watched as Dunedin slid below the waves. Three days later, only three of those men were left to tell the tale. And it was a similar story on the other rafts. By the time the SS Nishmaha, a passing American merchant, came across the sorry flotilla of rafts on the 27th, only seventy-two men were left. The next night claimed five more, leaving sixty-seven.
Today, 24th November 2011, three of those men will stand with relatives of their former comrades and pay homage to the men of Dunedin. We all do the same today: To the memory of the men of HMS Dunedin."
Message from Stuart Gill: as some of you will know, I left the UK in 2008 to take up a posting in Australia. I have now moved on to my next posting in Reykjavik, Iceland and will continue to operate the website from there. I hope - being closer to the UK - that I will be able to make it to more Dunedin events.
I am aiming, also, to update the website with new software in the near future.
In the meantime, please e-mail me if you spot any problems (eg missing links, photos etc) on the website and I will repair the damage.