List of those who served in HMS Cossack
L03 Ship's Company
Surnames beginning V to Z in Alphabetical Order

 

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NAME

DETAILS WHERE KNOWN

VAUGHAN, J.W. Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939? ASDIC
VENNING, Cyril Wentworth Signalman. P/SSX 31494. Suffered a great deal from Mal de Mer in the early days . (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41)
VERNON, L. D. Acting Petty Officer.
VIAN, Philip Louis. Captain DSO** (London Gazette 12 April 1940/3December 1940/14 October 1941 for Bismarck Action) Succeeded Sherbrooke (twice) 18 January 1940 – 18 March 1940 and 5 May 1940 – 9 July 1940. Born 1894. Died 1968. Buried in the Crypt of St Pauls Cathedral, London . The memorial plaque overlooks the graves of Jellicoe and Beatty. Served as an Admiral of the Fleet. 15 February 1916 Lt 15 February 1924 Lt Cdr 30 June 1929 Cdr 31 December 1934 Captain 8 July 1941 Rear Admiral 8 May 1945 Vice Admiral 26 September 1948 Admiral 1 June 1952 Admiral of the Fleet (Retired) Decorations    12 April 1940 DSO 19 July 1940 Mentioned in Despatches 3 December 1940 Bar to DSO 14 October 1941 2nd Bar to DSO 31 March 1942 KBE 8 June 1944 CB 25 July 1944 KCB 1 January 1952 GCB
VOKES, R. Able Seaman. P/SSX 30120. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking transit in HMS Rodney)
WALKER, Arthur (Raymond) W. Cook(s). P/MX 63187. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 21 (single) Son of Walter Arthur and Florence Walker of Coventry
WALKLEY, Horace ( Harry). Acting Leading Seaman. Temporary. P/JX 203254. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney)
WALL, G. Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939?
WALL. H. Stoker Petty Officer. October 1939 to March 1940?
WALLACE, David Ordinary Seaman. P/JX 274425. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 32 (married to Charlotte of North Fenham,. Newcastle-on-Tyne) Son of Henry and Jane Wallace
WALLACE, Reginald Thomas Gradin. Able Seaman. P/JX 153368 (Died 3 November 1941 in hospital – Ponta Delgado) Age 19. Son of Hugh Leslie and Ester Wallace of Gosport Hampshire Buried at Ponta Delgada (British Protestant) Cemetery, The Azores
WALTERS, E.C. Ordinary Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939?
WALTERS, P.J. Stoker Petty Officer. October 1939 to March 1940?
WARD, ’Sharkey’ Herbert William Ordinary Seaman P/SSX 22985 (Victualling book shows onboard as a Boy Seaman at January 1939). Died 14 April 1940 ( Battle of Narvick) Buried at Skjelfjord in the hammock of Dusty Rhodes. Age 19 (single) Son of Herbert and Jessie Maud Ward of Nottingham
WARDEN, Tom Sick Berth Attendant. P/MX 68345 Joined the RN 1940 Joined LO3 May 1941 (Picked up by SBA Benny Goodman of HMS Carnation with the words “Bloody hell - its Warden!”. They had met when joining up at Hasler Hospital. Returned to Cossack to retrieve medical supplies. Discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney). Left the RN 1946 to become a Nursing Officer (Mental nursing) Died 27 December 1998
WARDER, E.B. Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939?
WARNE. A. E. Ordinary Seaman/Able Seaman. P/JX 165232. Onboard at October 1939. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney)
WATERS, ‘Soapy’ T. J. Able Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940? ‘B’ 4.7 gun crew
WEAVER, Douglas Charles Boy Seaman 1st Class. Bugler. P/JX 177365. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 17 (single) Son of Hilda Winifred Weaver of Partridge Green, Sussex
WEBB, E. SB Chief Petty Officer. October 1939 to March 1940?
WEBB, L J. Warrant Ordnance Officer. Appointed to Cossack 28 August 1940
WESSON, Richard Albert Boy 1st Class/Ordinary Seaman. P/JX 188572. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 17 (single) son of Frederick and Beatrice Maud Wesson of Sparkhill, Birmingham
WESTALL, S. D. Able Seaman. P/SSX 31155. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney)
WHEELER, (Bill) William Garrard. Lt.DSC. RAN. Torpedo Officer. Appointed to Cossack 22 December 1939 Altmark boarding party, 2nd Battle of Narvik, sinking of Bismark. DSC (London Gazette 14 October 1941 for Bismarck Action) On the bridge when torpedo struck (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41)
WHINNEY, A.R. Lt.Cdr. Appointed to Cossack 22.5.40 Left May 1941? At the BISMARK incident. Member of Vian’s staff. Joined the RN as a Cadet in 1922. Retired as a Captain. His final two years being Naval Attaché in Yugoslavia. Ships include WANDERER, RODNEY, IRON DUKE, SUFFOLK, WOLSEY, OSPREY, ECHO, DUNCAN, DOLPHIN, EURYALUS. Born 8 February 1909. Died December 1992 aged 83.
WHITE, William Ordinary Signalman. P/JX 223408. (Late P/MX 68995) (Wounded 23.10.41 and discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney)
WHITEHALL, David Stoker 1st Class. P/KX 97193. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 20 (single) Son of David and Mary Ann Whitehall
WICKHAM, J.C. Stoker Petty Officer. October 1939 to March 1940?
WICKSON, J. H. COA. January 1939 to March 1940?
WIGGINS, F.C. / Petty Officer Writer/Chief Petty Officer Writer. January 1939 to March 1940?
WIGHT, Adam Stoker. P/KX 128230. (Wounded 23.10.41)
WILCOCKS, A.F. Leading Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
WILLEY, D.G. Leading Signalman. October 1939 to March 1940?
WILLIAMS, Alec George. Engine Room Artificer 4. P/MX 61618. Onboard at October 1939. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney) Witness at the Court of Inquiry regarding the sinking.
WILLIAMS, F.G. L Leading Stoker. January 1939 to March 1940? Killed in action at Narvik?
WILLIAMS, Jack Arthur Canteen Manager. NAAFI. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 33 (single) Son of David G. and Minnie Elizabeth Williams of Perivale, Middx
WILLIAMS, R. S. Ordinary Seaman. P/JX 274392. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney)
WILLINGHAM, C. 'Wally' Onboard 4 November 1939 to 10 August 1940. Injured during the ALTMARK incident.
WILSTEAD BSc. A.E. (Wilsteed) Schoolmaster. September 1938 to June 1940?
WILSON, H. Ordinary Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939?
WILSON, J.G. Midshipman. October 1939 to March 1940?
WILSON, J.W. Ordinary Seaman. October 1939 to March 1940?
WILSON, S. Leading S.A. October 1939 to March 1940?
WILSON, W.J. F. Able Seaman. January 1939 to March 1939?
WINDER, R.S. Lt. January 1939 to March 1939?
WOOD, A.V. ERA. January 1939 to March 1940?
WOOD, H.D. Lt. RNVR. October 1939 to March 1940?
WOOD, John Canteen Assistant. NAFFI Joined in the Med. Pre war (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41.) Age 19 (single) Son of James and Mary Longton of Broxburn, West Lothian
WOOD, John Alan. Acting Petty Officer. Temporary. P/JX 141760. (Born Kinghorn. Scotland. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 22 (married to Alice of Rawmarsh, Yorkshire. Son of George and Kathryn McKinness
WOOD, Leslie Stoker/Leading Stoker P/KX 83529. DSM (3.12.40). London Gazette 3 December 1940. January 1939 to March 1940? Joined RN 1933. Left 1946 to work as a foreman in the Glass Houghton coking plant.
WOOD, W.S. Signalman. January 1939 to March 1939?
WOODS, ‘Slinger’ Leading Signalman.”nd Battle of Narvik. killed off Crete during a boiler clean
WORNELL, Malcolm Ordinary Seaman/Able Seaman P/JX 212462. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 21 (single) Son of Edward Thomas and Agnes Jane Wornell
WRIGHT, A. Stoker 2nd Class. P/KX 128230. (Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney)
WRIGHT, W.G. Midshipman. January 1939 to March 1939?
YARHAM, John Alfred Ordinary Seaman. P/JX 274217. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 19 (single) Son of Mr and Mrs E. Yarham of Farncombe, Surrey
YATES, Harold Stoker 1st Class. P/KX 107420. (Missing presumed killed 23.10.41) Age 24 (single) Son of Charles Walter and Alice Yates of Rushall, Staffs
YELL, Don .A. Petty Officer Writer. P/MX 58765. Capt D’s Writer. Joined the RN 3 January 1939. Joined LO3 at Southampton 22 May 1940 as a Leading Writer to 1941. Relieved PO Writer Tibbs. At BISMARCK action. Was put on First Lieutenant’s Report after breaking out of ship just after joining at Southampton. Claimed to be none au fait with the shipboard routine regarding liberty boats as they applied to writers who worked all hours. Was given a caution by Lt Gretton DSC (First Lieutenant) after Lt Wheeler RAN (OOD on the day in question) spoke up for him. Survivor – Left his white shoes by the guard rail and swam to a Carley float throwing his cap away whilst doing so. Was picked up by HMS Legion which was detached to relieve the escorts to The Prince of Wales and the Repulse. On the escorts return the Legion went to the Azores for refuelling, and landing the injured returning to Gibraltar. Was then discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney (His brother was onboard) to Loch Ewe. Was loaned a No 3 uniform by PO Writer on HMS Rodney. Was transported with other survivors to Inverness in open Army trucks. A good meal was made available at the Caledonian Hotel by the station and some survivors found partners to dance with to the music. It was then a train South to Royal Naval Barracks. Born in Penang of an East London Mother and an East Anglian Father. Had a brother and sister. Had a fiancée in Rosyth. Owned or used the following cameras that have been mentioned in other reports – 16mmCine camera bought with money from ‘Aunt May’ of America, a Leica belonging to the ship and his own Agfa Karat. Invalided out of the RN 1947. Worked for Hoover Ltd, 1948 –1956 WNLA Nyasaland. 1956 – 1960 Mine Secretary Dalnu Mine S Rhodesia. 1960 –1961 Accountant in Fort Pictoria. 1961-1962 Mine Secretary in various asbestos mines in Southern Rhodesia. 1982 – 1984 Head Office of African Mines Association. Born in Penang. Died 19 November 2004 in Newcarron, Falkirk
ZAMMITT, J. Acting Cook. (Leading Cook?) (July to October 1941?) No number shown. Borne for victual charges only. No pay documents. Survivor discharged to HMS Victory taking passage in HMS Rodney)
ZARB, N. Canteen Manager. January 1939 to March 1940?/

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