In memory of HMS Dunedin and her Men


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.

Jim Davis

It is with deepest regret that we report that Jim Davis died, aged 98, on 17th December 2017 at Badger’s Wood Care Home, near his home in Norwich. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go to his family.

Jim’s funeral took place at 1415 on Thursday 11th January at Earlham Crematorium, 193 Earlham Road, Norwich NR2 3RG. A short cremation service followed with the Norwich Naval Association and with full Naval Honours, Standard Bearer and Bugler. A memorial service took place at 1500 at Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, Norwich NR3 3AP. Both services were conducted by the Minister, Mark Fairweather-Tall.
Jim’s family has asked that donations in memory of Jim should be made to the RNLI. You can go straight to Jim’s page here
As one of the original four survivors who founded the Dunedin Society, Jim was a dominant force behind the Society to keep the memories of his lost comrades alive. He was present at the very first Dunedin Reunion, in 2001, and was very much a permanent fixture of almost every Dunedin event until his death. Jim was much loved by all Dunedin Society members and he will be remembered for his wonderful story-telling and – at times – his endearingly irreverent reminiscences! We all miss him.
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.

So, farewell Jim, or – to give you your full name – Ronald Henry Davis. You are greatly missed, but you have left us with such precious memories and you still bring a smile to our faces.

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.....