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Minnie – the ship’s Cat

Minnie - the ship's Cat
“Ship’s cat HMS Dunedin. Lost when ship was sunk by U-boat on 24 November 1941”
Minnie & Kittens
Photograph sent home for Christmas 1940, by Lt-Cmdr Sowdon: His caption is – “Minnie eats her dinner but her family was fidgety so had to be held”

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

Ward, RM

Biographical Notes

Mentioned in newspaper report. Previously survived sinking of Royal Oak. One of five survivors from original 22 on Dunedin raft. Reportedly dived into sea five times to rescue companions.

Wood, SR

Biographical Notes

Mentioned in Watson Report:

“On board S. S. NISHMAHA as was recorded by the Master in his letter dated 16th December, 1941, C. Yeo. Sigs. Lavington, E. R. A. Hicks and P. O. Butler were of great assistance in tending the sick and injured. Yeo. Woods deserves to be added to this list.”