In memory of HMS Dunedin and her Men

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.

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2015 Remembrance Service and Reunion, 21st November

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

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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 have shed more light on what happened when HMS Dunedin was hit and how the…

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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 be holding an informal gathering in the Royal Maritime Club (RMC). Hot Lunch/sandwiches may be…

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2015 HMS DUNEDIN REUNION and REMEMBRANCE SERVICE, 21st NOVEMBER

Save the date in your diary for this year’s¬†HMS Dunedin Reunion and Remembrance Service: Saturday 21st November, starting at 1200 noon at the¬†Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea Common and continuing afterwards at the Royal Maritime Club. Further details will follow.  

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Sad announcement of the death of Clarence Arthur Montague Victor Binley

It is with much regret that the Dunedin Society announces the death of one of the few survivors of the sinking of HMS Dunedin, Clarence Arthur Montague Victor Binley, who died at 02.55 on 28th February. He was 95.

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HMS Dunedin Remembrance Service and Reunion, 22nd November

On an unusually mild but drizzly November morning, around fifty members of the Dunedin Society met at the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea Common, on Saturday 22nd November to remember the men who lost their lives when HMS Dunedin was sunk in the South Atlantic on 24th November 1941. Two survivors from the sinking, Jim Davis (President of the Dunedin Society) and Andrew McCall, were present at the annual Remembrance…

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Remembrance Service and Reunion, 22nd November 2014

The HMS Dunedin Service of Remembrance and Reunion will take place at the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea Common, on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 1200hrs.¬† To all¬†members of the HMS Dunedin Society We are looking forward once again to welcoming¬†you to our annual gathering to mark the 73rd anniversary of the sinking of HMS Dunedin. We are delighted to advise that the¬†service will be conducted by the Reverend Colin…

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Minnie – the ship’s Cat

Thanks go to Tommy Handley and Anne Randall (Lt-Cmndr Sowdon’s daughter) for these photographs.

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Holland, Sandy

CPO Sandy Holland was one of the first six women to join the WRNS in May 1939 and was later stationed at Devonport. She remembers Dunedin in dry dock in March/April 1941. She recalls that the ship was urgently needed even though she wasn’t ready, so it was essential to “turn the boat around” very quickly. To help, she and some other Wrens went on board Dunedin to the ship’s office to help with the paperwork for three days so that the ledgers could be landed before Dunedin sailed. Having been aboard Dunedin and knowing a number of the Plymouth-based ratings, Sandy took a special interest in Dunedin when was lost. Indeed, she sent many of the telegrams to the families of the Plymouth ratings. Sandy is pictured, second from…

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Commander Jim Suthers

¬†In a joint operation with the carrier HMS Eagle, Dunedin was dispatched on 29th May 1941 to search for an enemy supply ship (not known at the time to be the Lothringen), reported as being somewhere in the region of 25 degrees North, 34 degrees West. After extensive searching, Eagle‚Äôs Swordfish aircraft spotted the tanker on 15th June and Dunedin, with one boiler out of action, made best speed to the scene. Dunedin found Lothringen damaged (from attacks by the Swordfish, including Jim Suthers) but still afloat as the Merchant Navy crewmembers had refused to scuttle her. When Eagle arrived later in the evening, Dunedin had the situation well in hand and the Lothringen was ready to be steamed to¬†Bermuda. This was an important capture. Not only did it deny…

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Thornton, EC

Captain EC Thornton, DSC right, at the wedding of Lt. G.D.L. Harcombe

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