In memory of HMS Dunedin and her Men

Barter, Les

Rank: Boy 1st Class

Listing: Survivor

Les Barter

Les Barter, July 2003

Biographical Notes

Joined in Devonport April 1st 1941. Returned home in January 1942 after Dunedin’s sinking and later joined HMS Nelson.

2nd December 2005: We are very sad to report that Les Barter died this week. Les survived the sinking and spent his first night in the water clinging to a gangplank. He clambered onto a Carley raft the following morning and was picked up with the remaining survivors by SS Nishmaha on 27 November. Les was in such bad shape that the crew thought he was dead and laid him out next to five of his comrades who had died after the rescue.

But Les came round and crawled into a shower room and stumbled on a member of the crew. Slowly he recovered and years later Les became a much loved member of the Dunedin Society. We all miss him.