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Crew of HMS Fame
Found an old photo of my dad taken during WWII and which I haven’t seen since about 1980. Thought this was lost forever. My dad is the one stood higher than the others on the left and hanging onto the rigging.
The photo was badly damaged, but I’ve repaired it as best I can (see below). In June 2020, I had the photo colourised by Doug at Colourise History.
On the back of the photo is the photographer’s stamp, with the address in Hoylake (across the Mersey from Liverpool).
Edit March 2016
I am grateful to Mr Michael Thomas (whose father was also on HMS Fame at the time) for providing me with a copy of The Liverpool Daily Post of Tuesday 22 August 1944 which has this photo on page 4. The report also confirms it is Commander Currie in the photo.
The original photo as I found it.
My late father.
EDIT January 2013
Meeting with my dad’s former shipmate Ted ‘Shiner’ Wright. Ted is on the back row, 2nd from the right. For some of Shiner Wright’s memories of HMS Fame and a photo of him, please see here;
EDIT February 2016
New photos of the crew of HMS Fame kindly provided by Mr Michael Thomas whose father was Petty Officer Gareth Thomas. Follow this link to view the photos
More crew photos
EDIT November 2017
Please see comments below by Catherine Seely who has kindly provided these two photographs of her father David Roy Clark who was a steward and possibly the ships barber from 1941. Photos used with kind permission of Catherine Seely.
EDIT 12 MARCH 2021
David’s son Philip has kindly provided these images of a postcard, “…a photo of HMS Fame (Fighting Fame) entering St John’s in the year of our Lord 1942 after surviving by the Grace of God one of the coldest Xmas days in the memory of Nobby and several other blokes…”
St John’s is in Newfoundland, the first port after crossing the Atlantic, and, as Philip points out, David Clark would have been given the nickname Nobby on account of his surname. Images used with kind permission.
This photo can also been seen on this page but it’s great to have the postcard wording on the reverse.
Portrait of R A Currie, some years later by which time he had risen to the rank of Rear Admiral.
Image of HMS Fame about to ram U-69 off Newfoundland, an action which took place while my dad was serving on HMS Fame, 17 Feb 1943.
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