HMS Gossamer Association

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Reference WMO238256

Address:

St Bartholomew's Church

Church Hill

Penn

Wolverhampton

WV4 5JB

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Other Other
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Black plastic-looking memorial with names painted in white under a clear seal. It hangs from a cord just inside the main door to the left. Below is a coat of arms. The ship was a member of the Halcyon class and a minesweeper assigned to Russian convoy duties. Whilst at anchor on the 24th June 1942 at Kola inlet near Murmansk, North Russia, she was bombed by JU 87 bombers and sank within 8 minutes of being hit with the loss of 24 crew. According to the current vicar, there is no evidence of any connection to Wolverhampton but the story goes that a line was drawn between naval bases in Glasgow and Portsmouth so this church was deemed to be in the middle.
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HMS GOSSAMER ASSOCIATION/IN MEMORY OF SHIPMATES KILLED ON HMS GOSSAMER/BY ENEMY ACTION IN ARCTIC WATERS JUNE 24TH 1942 [LIST OF NAMES] REMEMBERED ALSO ARE ASSOCIATION MEMBER WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE GOSSAMER ASSOCATION [LIST OF NAMES] THIS MEMORIAL/PRODUCED WITH THE KIND ASSISTANCE/OF THE WOLVERHAMPTON AND DUDLEY BREWERIES AND OF/MANDER PAINTS

ADDISON, ROBERT/ ARNOLD DEREK/ BARRETT DAVID CHARLES / BROOKER, ALFRED FREDERICK/ BRYDON WILLIAM JAMES ALEXANDER/ EVERITT, WALTER/ GRAHAM, HUGH MCAULEY/ GREGORY, DONALD ALFRED/ GROGAN JOHN F./ HACKETT ROBERT/ HANKINS CYRIL ARTHUR / HOWARD ARTHUR JAMES DONALD/ KEENE GEORGE WILLIAM/ KENYON GERALD BENJAMIN/ MASON AUBREY EDWARD / MCARTHUR HUGH/ PERRY JOHN FRANCIS/ PLANT THOMAS/ SAMPSON FREDERICK / STANTON ALBERT VICTOR GEORGE/THOMAS, GEORGE HERBERT ALFRED / WADE CHARLES WILLIAM/ WILKS HARRY / WOODWARD HENRY JAMES

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