Operation Pedestal: Casualty List

“Many of these fine men and their ships were lost but the memory of their conduct will remain an inspiration to all who were privileged to sail with them.”  E N Syfret, Vice-Admiral, Flag Officer Commanding, Operation Pedestal

11 August 1942

HMS Eagle 

  • Able Seaman Sydney Anderson
  • Signalman Alfred Askew
  • Edward J, Able Seaman Edward Atkinson
  • Stoker Petty Officer Eric Atkinson
  • Able Seaman Alfred Baggett
  • Able Seaman Thomas Baker
  • Shipwright 3c Edward Baldwin
  • Chief Petty Officer Cook (S) John Barnden
  • Engine Room Artificer 3c Arthur Barrett
  • Stoker 1c Thomas Baynes
  • Chief Petty Officer Stoker Arthur Bond
  • Act/Leading Stoker Ernest Brooks
  • Supply Chief Petty Officer John Brown
  • Stoker 1c Louis Brunton
  • Act/Leading Stoker Benjamin Butcher
  • Ordinary Seaman Sidney Butler
  • Able Seaman William Callingham
  • Act/Leading Stoker John Clark
  • Shipwright 4c Ronald Coombes
  • Musician John Cox
  • Stoker 2c Daniel Coyne
  • Marine Herbert Creese
  • Chief Shipwright Percy Cutland
  • Ty/Corporal Albert Dacre
  • Leading Seaman Bertie Dagnell
  • Stoker 2c Harold Daine
  • Engine Room Artificer 4c Fred Darley
  • Ordinary Seaman John Davidson
  • Assistant Steward William Davies
  • Stoker Petty Officer Frederick Davis
  • Stoker 1c Oscar Dawson
  • Air Mechanic (A) 1c James Dinsdale
  • Ordinary Seaman Gordon Dixon
  • Ordinary Seaman Charles Donnell
  • Ordinary Seaman Henry Donnelly
  • Ordinary Seaman Jack Eason
  • Stoker 1c Robert G Edwards
  • Steward John Egginton
  • Act/Leading Stoker Nelson Farr
  • Musician Colin Fensham
  • Musician Donald Fitton
  • Ordinary Seaman Alfred Gemmell
  • Engine Room Artificer 2c Thomas Goulding, RNR
  • Sick Berth Attendant George Grainger
  • Marine Roy Granger
  • Act/Leading Stoker Ronald Grant
  • Able Seaman Henry Gray
  • Ordnance Artificer 5c Leonard Haithwaite
  • Ty/Act/Petty Officer Air Mechanic (A) Jack Hake
  • Stoker 1c Robert Hall
  • Stoker 1c William Hamilton
  • Stoker 2c Henry Handley
  • Marine William Hands
  • Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A) Michael Hankey
  • Ty/Lieutenant (E) William Hargest
  • Musician Wilfred Hartley
  • Act/Stoker Petty Officer John Harvey
  • Joiner 2c Douglas Harwood
  • Telegraphist Bertram Hayward
  • Ordinary Seaman Joseph Hearne
  • Leading Air Fitter (O) William Heeley
  • Stoker 2c George Heyman
  • Engine Room Artificer 4c John Hill
  • Stoker Petty Officer Albert Holland
  • Ordinary Seaman Reginald Hooper
  • Air Fitter (E) Alfred Hudson, FAA
  • Musician Stanley Humphries
  • Stoker 2c Thomas Hunter
  • Ordinary Seaman Ronald Jerred
  • Stoker 1c James Jones
  • Officer’s Cook 1c Percival Jones
  • Stoker 2c Noel Judd
  • Ordinary Seaman John Kane
  • Supply Assistant Alec Law
  • Ordinary Seaman Alexander Law
  • Steward John Lawson
  • Electrical Artificer 4c Ronald Lett
  • Ordinary Seaman John Levett
  • Stoker 1c Arnold Lilley
  • Able Seaman William Llewellyn
  • Marine Kenneth Lunnon
  • Able Seaman William Maddicks
  • Commander (E) Geoffrey Mandeville
  • Chief Petty Officer Stoker Clarence Marsh
  • Chief Petty Officer Stoker John Mason
  • Act/Leading Air Mechanic (E) Arthur Mayland
  • Act/Leading Stoker Bernard McCarron
  • Stoker 1c Arnold McDonald
  • Stoker 2c Daniel McGrath
  • Stoker 1c William McGuckin
  • Stoker 2c John McMahon
  • Ordinary Seaman William Mead
  • Telegraphist Francis Merry
  • Stoker 1c Harold Miles
  • Musician William Millne
  • Stoker 1c Robert Milson
  • Stoker 1c Cyril Moody
  • Stoker 1c James Moore
  • Leading Writer Arnold Morey
  • Stoker 2c Stanley Morris
  • Engine Room Artificer 4c Alfred Moses
  • Stoker 2c John Nicholls
  • Chief Petty Officer Steward Alfred Northeast
  • Ty/Act/Leading Signalman Jack Oates
  • Supply Assistant Albert O’Brien
  • Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c Edmund O’Mahoney
  • Able Seaman Victor Parker
  • Marine Arthur Parsons
  • Musician John Partridge
  • Able Seaman William Pearson
  • Stoker Petty Officer Benjamin Pickard
  • Stoker 1c Walter Pounder
  • Able Seaman James Pycraft
  • Stoker 1c William Radley
  • Marine Benjamin Ray
  • Ordinary Seaman William Reed
  • Marine Michael Regan
  • Stoker 2c John Reynolds
  • Stoker 2c Daniel Robson
  • Able Seaman Stephen Robson
  • Ordinary Seaman Leslie Russell
  • Stoker 2c Sidney Searle
  • Act/Leading Seaman Francis Sheed
  • Stoker 1c Albert Smith, killed
  • Stoker Petty Officer Francis Smith
  • Musician Ronald Smith
  • Shipwright 3c Thomas Smith
  • Stoker 1c James Snelgrove
  • Chief Petty Officer Stoker James Southwell
  • Sick Berth Petty Officer William Stevens
  • Act/Leading Stoker William Symes
  • Able Seaman Albert Taylor
  • Engine Room Artificer 4c James Taylor
  • Stoker 2c James Taylor
  • Stoker 2c Edward Thompson
  • Chief Mechanician John Thompson
  • Steward Patrick Tierney
  • Petty Officer James Tiller
  • Leading Cook (O) Arthur Tingle
  • Stoker 1c William Trory
  • Stoker 2c Joseph Twigg
  • Air Mechanic 1c (O) Lawrence Tyrrell, FAA
  • Act/Joiner 4c Joseph Urwin
  • Canteen Assistant Denys Vaggers
  • Chief Painter Thomas Venvell
  • Ordinary Seaman William Wade
  • Chief Ordnance Artificer 2c John Waite
  • Steward Frank Ward
  • Yeoman of Signals Edward Warren
  • Able Seaman David Waugh
  • Act/Leading Stoker James Wead
  • Able Seaman Reginald Welch
  • Able Seaman Wilfred Welch
  • Act/Able Seaman Dudley White
  • Able Seaman William White
  • Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c Charles Williams
  • Stoker Petty Officer Edward Wilson
  • Musician Desmond Witchell
  • Leading Sick Berth Attendant Reuben Withers, RNASBR
  • Able Seaman John Wonderley
  • Ordinary Seaman Laurence Wood
  • Stoker 1c Jack Wren

12 August 1942

HMS Cairo 

  • Stoker Petty Officer Alfred Bye
  • Act/Leading Stoker Stephen Comben
  • Marine Alfred Crago
  • Marine Reginald Dalling
  • Marine Laurence Durnford
  • Stoker Petty Officer Joseph Earnshaw
  • Alfred F, Cook (S) Alfred Gomes
  • Marine Thomas Hadlow
  • Able Seaman William Halsey
  • Marine William Henderson
  • Leading Stoker Edwin Hutt
  • Leading Stoker Frank Lamb
  • Stoker 1c Harry Lambert
  • Leading Steward William Leddy
  • Leading Stoker Charles Mackay
  • Ordinary Seaman Walter Mitchell
  • Marine Richard Mittens
  • Corporal Richard Mullineux, RM
  • Marine William Redman
  • Marine Kenneth Slark
  • Marine Samuel Wallace
  • Sergeant George Wellings, RM
  • Marine William Whale
  • Chief Petty Officer Stoker Norman Wright

SS Deucalion

  • Gunner Alexander Hutchinson, 7/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery

HMS Eagle

  • Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A) Michael Hankey, RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, 801 Squadron

HMS Victorious

  • Charles J, Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A),Charles Evans, RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, 809 Squadron
  • Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A) John Nihill, RNVR
  • Ty/Act/Leading Airman Walter Regan
  • Ty/Act/Leading Airman John Stewart, Fleet Air Arm
  • Lieutenant Robert Churchill, Fleet Air Arm, 884 Squadron
  • Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A) Alan Nunn, RNVR

HMS Foresight

  • Lieutenant Harry Evans
  • Stoker 1c Stanley Mellors
  • Act/Petty Officer Samuel Shelley
  • Able Seaman Victor Woods

HMS Indomitable

  • Marine John Ahearne
  • Marine Henry Arlow
  • Steward Edward Bailey
  • Ty/Corporal Leondard Bidwell
  • Marine James Binns
  • Steward Charles Blackere
  • Steward John Bray
  • Steward Frank Cass
  • Marine Henry Clark
  • Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A) John Cruikshank, RNVR
  • Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A) Hugo Cunliffe-Owen, RNVR
  • Air Mechanic (0) 1c George Downing
  • Marine Dennis Farrow
  • Ty/Corporal James Frankpitt, RM
  • Marine David Fraser
  • Marine Raymond Gardner
  • Marine Alfred Goldbourn
  • Ty/Sergeant Robert Gourley, RM
  • Act/Leading Artificer 4c Frederick Gray
  • Ty/Corporal Kenneth Greenwood RM
  • Leading Steward Leslie Hempstead
  • Lieutenant Commander Francis Judd
  • Air Mechanic (A) 1c Ernest Lindley
  • Air Mechanic 2c William Lindsay, Fleet Air Arm
  • Able Seaman George Maxfield
  • Marine George McCheyne
  • Ty/Lieutenant (A) George Measures, RNVR
  • Lieutenant (A) Richard Park
  • Marine Harold Patten
  • Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A) William Protheroe, RNVR
  • Leading Writer William Richardson
  • Marine Leslie Rowsell
  • Marine Daniel Ryan
  • Leading Air Mechanic (O) John Sainsbury, Fleet Air Arm
  • Marine Hugh Scott
  • Marine (Pens) Henry Simpkins
  • Air Mechanic (A) 2c Francis Squires, Fleet Air Arm
  • Steward William Stewart
  • Colour Sergeant Harold Summers, RM (Pens)
  • Paymaster Lieutenant George Tanner
  • Act/Joiner 4c Frank Vasey
  • Act/Leading Stoker John Venables
  • Marine Victor Welch
  • Able Seaman Reginald Wilde
  • Lieutenant Leonard Williams
  • Marine Andrew Williamson
  • Sergeant Joseph Wood RM

HMS Kenya

  • Able Seaman Harold Evans
  • Able Seaman Herbert Jones
  • Ty/Leading Seaman William Payne

SS Melbourne Star

  • Bombardier Harold Bache, 7/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • Able Seaman William Gilpin
  • 2nd Lieutenant Howard Ince, 130/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • Gunner John Stewart, 7/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • Gunner John Turner, 7/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery

HMS Nigeria

  • Able Seaman Christopher Alsop
  • Ordinary Telegraphist John Aris
  • Ordinary Seaman Kenneth Armstrong
  • Act/Leading Telegraphist Charles Betts
  • Able Seaman John Box
  • Ordinary Telegraphist Gordon Boyce
  • Ty/Petty Officer Cecil Brawn
  • Able Seaman Eric Bray
  • Able Seaman Edgar Burns
  • Able Seaman William Castle
  • Musician John Clarke
  • Able Seaman Herbert Coleman
  • Musician Frederick Conn
  • Able Seaman Eric Coote
  • Telegraphist Kenneith Coxon
  • Able Seaman Eric Culver
  • Leading Seaman Herbert Ebbage
  • Able Seaman Ernest Fox
  • Ordinary Seaman Henry Grose
  • Able Seaman Reginald Hart
  • Able Seaman James Hoare
  • Midshipman Patrick Ingoldby
  • Able Seaman Norman Irving
  • Able Seaman Douglas Isaac
  • Stoker 2c Gordon James
  • Ordinary Seaman Cecil Johnstone
  • Chief Petty Officer Stoker Arthur Jones
  • Paymaster Midshipman Claude Ker
  • Able Seaman Clifford Lebbing
  • Ordinary Seaman John Martindale
  • Warrant Electrician Alfred Martyr
  • Ordinary Seaman James McInnes
  • Musician William Morey
  • Supply Assistant Albert Page
  • Petty Officer Alfred Perry
  • Musician Jack Phillips
  • Band Corporal Richard Powell
  • Musician William Ray
  • Able Seaman Arthur Reeves
  • Bandmaster 1c Albert Ridout
  • Able Seaman Harry Roberts
  • Leading Telegraphist George Robinson
  • Musician Aaron Rope
  • Petty Officer Henry Skoyles
  • Stoker 1c Arthur Smith
  • Midshipman John Tuffill
  • Able Seaman Herbert Waller
  • Musician Arthur Walter
  • Able Seaman Thomas Wicks
  • Ty/Act/Leading Seaman Edmund Wiley
  • Ordinary Seaman Cyril Wilkinson
  • Able Seaman John Wilson

13 August 1942

Brisbane Star

  • Main Greaser Edward Corfield


  • G Leslie, DSC, Master
  • E E Cowley
  • C Fletcher
  • T W Foreman
  • W McQuillam
  • Gunner Herbert Seal, 7/4 Maritime Regt, RA
  • J Threfall
  • J W Wood

HMS Manchester

  • Stoker James Coyle
  • Petty Officer Thomas Dunning
  • Lieutenant (E) Leonard Frankland, RNVR
  • Leading Stoker Leslie Godden
  • Stoker 1c Francis Hodgkinson
  • Stoker 1c William Noble
  • Act/Stoker Petty Officer William Powis
  • Chief Mechanic Charles Smith
  • Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c William Toogood
  • Able Seaman Ronald Whitehead


  • Gunner Peter Brown, 7/4 Maritime Regt, RA

SS Santa Elisa

  • Gunner Thomas Fairclough, 6/3 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Gunner, James Taylor, 6/3 Maritime Regt, RA

SS Waimarama

  • Gunner George Benham, 1/1 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Gunner Rupert Bond, 7/4 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Gunner Lewis Brown, 1/1 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Lance Bombardier John Chitty, 7/4 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Gunner Ira Collins, 1/1 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Gunner Joseph Creen 7/4 Maritime Regt, RA
  • 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Crookshank, 130/4 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Ty/Act/Leading Seaman Henry Dearing
  • Signalman Dennis Fensome
  • Ty/Act/Yeoman of Signals Walter Hawthorn
  • Act/Able Seaman (DEMS) Thomas Hill
  • Act/Able Seaman Charles Hitch
  • Signalman Frederick Hufton
  • Act/Able Seaman (DEMS) William Johnson
  • Act/Able Seaman Arthur Jones
  • Act/Able Seaman (DEMS) Charles Jordan
  • Act/Able Seaman Henry Kellaway
  • Able Seaman Victor Morrow
  • Act/Able Seaman (DEMS) Jack Ormerod
  • Gunner Sidney Taylor, 7/4 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Bombardier Edward Thomas, 1/1 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Lance Sergeant Thomas Twist, 7/4 Maritime Regt, RA
  • Lieutenant John Withers
  • Gunner Arthur Wreford, 7/4 Maritime Regt, RA

14 August 1942

HMS Manchester

  • Stoker Bert Turner, Stoker 1c

15 August 1942

HMS Indomitable

  • Leading Air Fitter (E) John Freeman

55 responses to “Operation Pedestal: Casualty List

  1. stephen john woods

    September 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

    my father who was a survivor on the WAIMARAMA told me years later of his sea days in the merchant navy, I manage to get in touch with the merchant seaman . in Bristol, & they have put a name tag by the memorial in the dock area , many thanks to them.
    My fathers name was Francis Joseph WOODS. second cook.

    • Brian Crabb

      November 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      The book ‘Operation Pedestal. The Story of Convoy WS21S in August 1942’ deals in some detail the fate of the MV Waimarama and the subsequent rescue by HMS Ledbury. Contact: for more details.

      • Louise Jenkins

        June 30, 2020 at 11:08 pm

        I just ordered this, hoping I might learn a little more about what happened as my grandfather who was an Able Seaman on the Port Chalmers.

  2. Kevin Bowdrey

    October 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    i Believe my grandad was on the waimarama he was an Assistant Steward but i cant see his name on the above list, but my family say he was. his name is Robert Joseph Bowdrey

    • Brian James Crabb

      September 29, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Dear Kevin
      your grandad is mentioned in my new book entitled ‘Operation Pedestal. The story of convoy WS21S. Contact: for more details.

    • simon cusens

      November 16, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      The sad demise of Bowdrey was narrated by Freddie Treeves who tried in vain to save him. The interview can be viewed in the Channel 4 1984 production titled ‘Convoy’ which can be found on youtube. I too noticed he is missing from the list of Waimarama’s deceased.

      • tim lewin

        January 27, 2021 at 1:36 pm

        My father was Terry Lewin, he was the gunnery officer of HMS Ashanti which became the flagship of the convoy after Nigeria was hit. Ashanti nosed up alongside Nigeria and the Admiral, Burrough, and his staff nipped across. In the Ch4 documentary “Convoy” it is my father who did the narration between the interviews. A good documentary, possibly the best. In later life TTL went on to be primarily responsible for the memorial in Malta, after he died in 1999 i created a smaller more modest memorial on Tower Hill in London to all who served in the long Siege of Malta, this was in response to the veterans who felt themselves too old to go to Malta and wanted something to mark their service closer to home, it stands behind the All Hallows Church, within sight of the Tower of London.

      • Brian James Crabb

        January 27, 2021 at 6:50 pm

        Dear Tim I am sure that you would find the book ‘Operation Pedestal’ very interesting. For further details email:

      • tim lewin

        January 28, 2021 at 7:18 pm

        Dear Brian, i will contact you next week about the book. Is your interest in Malta in general, or specifically Pedestal? My father served throughout 1940 in HMS Valiant in the Med making regular visits to Malta, i have published his journal on Amazon et al “He who would Valiant Be” which you might find historically interesting, i also have photos of Pedestal i would be happy to share. My email is Well done for publishing
        . Tim

  3. Joseph bond

    May 25, 2015 at 8:18 am

    My dad was on H M S Ledbury on operational Pedistal in 1942 he also was on the ill fated convoy P Q 17 . I would like to speak to anyone who’s father was on these convoys.

    • Brian Crabb

      November 20, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      My late father was in HMS Kenya during this operation. In 1998 I had ‘In Harm’s Way’ the story of HMS Kenya published and in 2014 ‘Operation Pedestal’ the story of convoy WS21S went in print. Copies of both books are still available from the author. Contact

    • tim lewin

      January 28, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      Ledbury was one of the many Home Fleet destroyers drafted to escort Pedestal, i used to talk with some of the veterans of this splendid little ship, i can thoroughly recommend Roger Hill’s book “Destroyer Command” which is still available. His rescue of the Waimarama survivors is commemorated by a superb painting by John Hamilton. These men, all of them, were true heroes.

      • Catriona macdonald

        January 28, 2021 at 10:48 pm

        My uncle sadly was one of the casualties of the Waimarama and I would be most interested in the painting you referenced

      • tim lewin

        January 29, 2021 at 7:55 am

        not sure i can post it here, send me your email and i will forward it to you with pleasure..

      • Catriona macdonald

        January 29, 2021 at 8:38 am

        That would be wonderful but emails are not published. If you could forward the source I should be able to check myself.
        Many thanks and much appreciated.

      • tim lewin

        January 29, 2021 at 9:03 am

        try looking for marine artist John Hamilton and use Ledbury as a key word, if no good I will find another way to identify it for you.

      • Catriona macdonald

        January 29, 2021 at 9:23 am

        Will do and will let you know. Many thanks.

  4. Minda Briley

    January 9, 2016 at 12:30 am

    My grandfather was a merchant marine on the Santa Elisa, picked up by Penn and ended up gunning on the Ohio. I’d love to hear your families’ stories.

  5. Brian James Crabb

    January 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    My name is Brian James Crabb and I had a book published in 2014 entitled ‘Operation Pedestal. The Story of Convoy WS21S in August 1942′. All the names of both Allied and Axis personnel lost in this hard fought convoy are recorded at the back of the book as are all the awards. This lovely hardback book is available direct from the author. Just email for more details.

    • Darren

      March 6, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      I am lucky enough to posses the medals for a Leading Seaman John Edward Lindsay who was on HMS Ithuriel and who due to actions on the convoy was mentioned in Despatches. Any info on John E Lindsay would be gr3atly appriciated.

      • Brian Crabb

        March 6, 2021 at 6:04 pm

        Dear Darren
        Leading Seaman John Edward Lindsay is listed in my book‘Operation Pedestal’. I have one brand new copy left. If you decide to purchase a copy. Email for further details.
        Very Best Wishes

  6. Francie Hill

    October 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Can anyone help me with information about a Merchant Navy Officer on a ship thst was sunk in the Maltese Convoy.
    His name was John Brain or Braine
    Thankyou. Francie Blair Hill

  7. catriona macdonald

    November 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Can anyone help me with information on my uncle who was killed in the Maltese Convoy.

    He was a Merchant Navy Officer on a ship which was part the Shaw Savill line.

    I thought it was the SS Waimarama but could be wrong here as I dont see his name mentioned on the list above.

    HIs name is Ian Macdonald ( a NewZealander)

    Many thanks for any assistance in finding him as I want to dearly be able to give him the remembrance he deserves.
    Catriona Macdonald

    • Brian Crabb

      November 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Dear Catriona
      here are the details of your uncle as listed in my book entitled ‘Operation Pedestal’ The Story of Convoy WS21S in August 1942. He was in the SS Waimarama.
      MacDonald Ian (29) New Zealand Third Officer (Discharge Book Number) R 140876
      I also have a copy of the Crew List just prior to the Pedestal convoy. It, no doubt, has his actual signature. I can email the relevant page if you wish.
      Very Best Wishes
      Brian Crabb

      • Catriona. Macdonald.

        November 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm

        Many thanks Brian for such assistance and information. I would love you to email and also wish to purchase 3 copies of the book. One each for myself and my 2 brothers. My elder brother was named after uncle ian and also trained as a merchant officer for the Shaw Savill gaining his first mates ticket before leaving the sea to become a photographer.
        It is so sad to see u Ian’s details in the casualty list. Makes it so much more personal. … like all those who lost their lives in the wars, 29 is just so young.

    • Brian Crabb

      November 18, 2017 at 9:43 am

      To anyone interested in Operation Pedestal. As author of a hardback book about the subject, which goes into great detail. I am pleased to say that I have Letters of Proceedings of all (or most) of the ships involved in this important convoy. I have also listed all Allied and Axis personnel lost during this epic battle. I have crew lists of the following ships just prior to the voyage. they are: Deucalion, Port Chalmers, Dorset, Wairangi, Melbourne Star, Brisbane Star, Rochester Castle, Clan Ferguson, Waimarama, Empire Hope and Glenorchy. This may help anyone trying to find out more about a lost relative. Contact:

      • catriona macdonald

        November 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Many thanks Brian. This I believe will be most useful and will contact you by email. Thank you for your response.
        Best wishes, Cat

      • lynnemcat

        August 13, 2018 at 9:17 am

        Hi Brian. Could you also email me the crew list of the Waimarama, please, along with details of how to order your book?
        Many Thanks in advance,

      • briancrabb

        August 15, 2018 at 10:01 am

        Good Morning Lynne

        just got your message via the Malta War Diary. Please contact me direct and I can help you> My email address is:

        Very Best Wishes

        Brain Crabb

      • lynnemcat

        August 16, 2018 at 3:58 pm

        Dear Lynne
        have now located MV Waimarama’s crew list and found Patrick Gallagher (49) Disharge book number 1065213. His address is given as: 15a Renbury Gardens, Liverpool 3. His signature follows on a separate page. Email: for further details.
        Very Best Wishes
        Brian Crabb

      • Catriona

        January 29, 2021 at 11:45 am

        Dear Brian.
        Many thanks. I have been able to find it online and am wondering if there was a print that I could purchase. I will check with IWM.
        Hope you are keeping well.
        Bw. Catriona.

      • Brian Crabb

        January 29, 2021 at 9:39 pm

        Hi Catriona
        glad to have been able to help you. Please stay safe.
        Very Best Wishes

      • Catriona Macdonald

        February 12, 2021 at 4:47 pm

        The link below is a divers catalogue of diving sites in the region. I am particularly interested in the Waimarama and see in its content that it is NOT designated a war grave site. Do I assume from this that the merchant ships in the convoy have not been protected this way and if so would appreciate comments on if and how we can change this.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Catriona macdonald

        February 12, 2021 at 4:51 pm

        Hi Brian
        The link below is a divers catalogue of diving sites in the region. I am particularly interested in the Waimarama and see in its content that it is NOT designated a war grave site.
        Do I assume from this that the merchant ships in the convoy have not been protected this way and if so would appreciate comments on if and how we can change this.

      • briancrabb

        February 12, 2021 at 7:14 pm

        Dear Catriona

            I am not sure what the laws are regarding the diving on wrecks in the Mediterranean. I do know that some years ago there was a programme about the loss of HMS/Manchester/ and they did show film footage of the wreck. But, as far as I remember, they did not go inside the wreck. The visibilty was crystal clear.

        Very Best Wishes


      • Catriona macdonald

        February 12, 2021 at 7:38 pm

        Dear Brian
        Our family are currently investigating any possible documentation/ visuals of diving to the these wreckages. I will keep you informed.
        Bw. Catriona.

      • Brian Crabb

        February 12, 2021 at 7:45 pm

        Thank you. I hope that you and your family are safe and well. Very Best Wishes Brian

  8. lynnemcat

    August 13, 2018 at 8:59 am

    My Grandfather, Patrick Gallagher, was one of the Merchant Seamen killed in the convoy (Waimarama). His death orphaned his seven children, but his sister became their guardian, to keep them together.
    RIP all those who lost their lives in Operation Pedestal.

    • briancrabb

      August 15, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Contact me on

      I might be able to help you.

      Very Best Wishes

      Brian Crabb

      • Catriona Macdonald

        August 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

        I am so touched by these stories of our past loved ones Would anyone be interested in arranging a group to represent them at the next Cenotaph? Catriona Macdonald ( niece of Ian Macdonald – 3rd officer Waimarama )

        Sent from my iPhone


    • lynnemcat

      August 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Dear Lynne
      Yes I have the crew list for the SS Waimarama. To order a signed copy of the book Operation Pedestal complete with the relevant section of the crew list and the report of the loss of the SS Waimarama simply email
      The cost is £24 plus postage (if in the UK £2.95p). If elsewhere in he world please state where and I will quote.
      Very Best Wishes
      Brian Crabb

      • Brian James Crabb

        August 27, 2018 at 8:16 am

        Dear Lynne
        if you don’t reply I can’t help you!
        Very Best Wishes

      • Brian James Crabb

        January 9, 2020 at 6:42 pm

        Dear Lynne
        if you still want a copy of ‘Operation Pedestal. The Story of Convoy WS21S in August 1942’ you can email me at:
        I await your reply.
        Very Best Wishes
        Brian James Crabb

  9. Jane Timms

    December 12, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I am hoping that you may be able to help me. My Uncle Frederick Louis Alfred Gray was injured on the HMS Indomitable during Operation Pedestal on the 12th August 1942. I understand he was taken to a military hospital, (possibly in Gibraltar) where he sadly died from his wounds on 15th August 1942. I am trying to find more about where he was treated but the Royal Navy will not release his medical records to me. I also wish to find out where he was buried, in the hope I may visit his grave. He is mentioned on the Lee on Solent Memorial. I appear to be drawing a blank wherever I turn and hope you may be able to help me.
    Thanking you in advance.

    • Brian James Crabb

      January 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Dear Jane your uncle is mentioned in my book ‘Operation Pedestal’ it reads: Gray Frederick Louis Alfred MID (27) Air Artificer 4th Class FAA/FX 76784 dra (death recorded as) 15 August 42. As he is listed on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial I would assume he was buried at sea. As you know HMS Indomitable was badly damaged during the operation. There is a beautiful aerial photograph of Indomitable, and photos of her being hit by a bomb, on fire with HMS Charybdis in the foreground and the damage to her after flight deck. I still have a few copies (they are £25 plus postage) and can be signed and dedicated by me free of charge. The book received very good reviews and in two cases was voted book of the month. It contains a list of all the Allies and Axis personnel lost. Very Best Wishes Brian (my email address is

      • Jane Timms

        January 9, 2020 at 10:05 am

        Many thanks will Email you

      • Brian James Crabb

        January 9, 2020 at 6:33 pm

        Dear Jane your signed copy of ‘Operation Pedestal’ will be posted first thing tomorrow morning. Glad to have been able to help you.
        Very Best Wishes
        Brian Crabb

      • Jane Timms

        January 9, 2020 at 9:38 pm

        Many thanks

    • Brian James Crabb

      January 9, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Dear Jane I have just had another thought. Perhaps the place to look for a little more information about Frederick Louis Alfred Gray would be in HMS Indomitable’s log book. They are held at The National Archives at Kew, Richmond with the preceding number ADM 53. You obviously need to find August 1942. It should record if he was put ashore or buried at sea. Very Best Wishes Brian James Crabb

      • Jane Timms

        January 9, 2020 at 10:04 am

        Dear Brian, many thanks for this information, I will certainly look into this. I would be interested to receive a copy of your book and will Email you. Many thanks for your help.
        Kind regards

  10. Brian James Crabb

    March 20, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    The starting point for anyone interested in Operation Pedestal is the book by Brian James Crabb. Not only does it go into great detail about the planning and execution of the convoy, it contains many photographs that have not been published before. There is also a full list of casualties, including those incurred by the Axis forces. There is also a full list of honours and awards given plus details of all the merchant ships used in Pedestal. The book is beautifully printed on long-life paper and boasts a full colour laminated hard cover. It took nine years to research and write. For further information contact: or browse the website briancrabbmaritimebooks


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