Roll of Honour

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them”

8th July 1939
CONNELL, James J, Stoker Petty Officer, K 63236, illness

22nd October 1939
Collision with SS ‘MORDANT’ in after messdeck. Two killed, third washed overboard but recovered.
CROSS, William G E, Cook (O) 2c, P/LX 21156, killed
WOOD, William E, L/Steward, P/L 13429, killed

13th July 1940
SMITH, Francis C, Seaman, P/JX 138236, drowned.

29th November 1940
HMS Javelin, commanded by Capt Lord Louis Mountbatten, was part of the 5th Flotilla along with with HMS Jackal, Jupiter and Jersey. Based in Plymouth they were tasked with seeking out German destroyers that had been raiding merchant shipping in the SW English Channel. As the four ships steamed line abreast they located three German destroyers crossing in front of them right to left. Mountbatten ordered an 80-degree manoeuvre to port in order to bring his flotilla onto a parallel course with the enemy ships. This change of course at full speed and on full helm threw the guns instruments out of synchronisation causing the director crews to lose their targets. The result was that Javelin was hit simultaneously fore and aft by two torpedoes and causing the after magazine to explode. Three officers and 43 ratings were killed. Javelin miraculously did not sink and was towed back to Plymouth where she underwent major repairs over the following year, not resuming service until Jan 1942. His contemporaries considered Mountbatten’s handling of his flotilla in this action highly controversial. He was thought by many to be a reckless, cavalier leader and had a reputation as a ‘Jonah’.
BETTANY, William A, Boy 1c, P/JX 157092, MPK
BLANEY, William, Ordinary Seaman, RNVR, P/CDX 2723, MPK
BONNER, Bernard H, Able Seaman, P/SSX 16601, MPK
BOWDRIDGE, Gordon, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 194526, MPK
BRADSHAW, Frederick G, Boy 1c, P/JX 162161, MPK
BUTLER, Francis, Boy 1c, P/JX 163295, MPK
CAMPBELL, Crawford, Petty Officer, RNR, P/X 9507 B, MPK
CAMPBELL, Joseph, Stoker 1c, P/KX 79016, MPK
CARTWRIGHT, Henry L, Chief Petty Officer Steward, P/L 10161, MPK
CHAMBERS, Alfred E, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 215543, MPK
CLARKE, William H, Ordinary Seaman, RNVR, P/UD/X 1248, MPK
COX, Donald E L, Engine Room Artificer 2c, P/MX 48348, MPK
DAVIES, Frederick, Able Seaman, P/JX 132919, MPK
FLY, Ronald E W, Steward, P/LX 22859, MPK
GANDER, Charles E, Act/Leading Stoker, P/K 61806, MPK
GANDER, Ronald V, Leading Steward, P/LX 20037, MPK
GOODALL, Roland J, Ordinary Seaman, P/SSX 29831, killed
GOSSIP, Lionel L, Stoker 2c, P/JX 155941, MPK
HAVERON, John, Ordinary Seaman, RNVR, P/UD/X 1306, MPK
HOLLETT Malcolm P Ordinary Seaman, P/JX194550 (died from pneumonia 16/01/1941 as a direct result of this action)

HUNTER, Thomas, Stoker 1c, P/KX 95911, MPK
JACK, Lawrence E R, Midshipman, MPK
JOHNSON, Kenneth R, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 215524, MPK
JOHNSTON, Francis S G, Ordinary Seaman, RNVR, P/UD/X 1608, MPK
LARCOMBE, Leslie I, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 152135, MPK
LAWRENCE, Francis J, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 142351, killed
LEVITT, Harold, Able Seaman, P/SSX 16293, MPK
LITTLE, Frederick G, Leading Steward, P/LX 22195, MPK
LONG, Arthur W, Able Seaman, P/J 52607, MPK
MALE, Jack, Able Seaman, P/SSX 21881, MPK
MATTHEWS, Alan R, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 215466, MPK
MILLER, Geoffrey E, Boy 2c, P/JX 163581, MPK
MITCHELL, James I A, Sub Lieutenant, MPK
MOORE, Frank W, Boy 1c, P/JX 155989, killed
MORROW, Robert, Ordinary Seaman, RNVR, P/UD/X 1453, MPK
NARRAMORE, Bert D, Leading Cook, P/MX 53821, MPK
NEAL, Henry A, Stoker 1c, P/KX 95941, MPK
PHILPOTT, William A C, Able Seaman, P/JX 142052, MPK
REED, Oliver W, Leading Seaman, P/JX 145642, MPK
ROBSON, Thomas, Stoker 1c, P/K 61289, MPK
SLATER, Leslie, Act/Stoker Petty Officer, P/KX 80296, MPK
SLOAN, Harold F, Py/Ty/Surgeon Lieutenant, RNVR, MPK
SMITH, Thomas, Leading Stoker, P/KX 87610, killed
SPEERS, Robert, Ordinary Seaman, RNVR, P/UD/X 1498, MPK
WEBBER, Ernest E, Able Seaman, P/JX 148650, MPK
WRIGHT, Bryan H, Able Seaman, P/J 40530, MPK The body of Bryan Wright was washed up on the southern coast of Brittany, France and was given a military burial in the CWGC cemetery at Guidel. Next to him, is the grave of an unknown sailor, probably from ‘Javelin’.

29th January 1942
Having undergone a complete rebuild from the events of 29th November 1940, Javelin was recommisioned and undertook extensive sea trials. Part of this ‘working up’ procedure were high-speed manoeuvres in the English Channel during rough weather. As a result the following two ratings were washed overboard. Despite an extensive search they were never recovered.
BEDWORTH, Matthew N, Stoker 2c, D/KX 139197, MPK
ROE, Leonard F, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 296614, MPK

20th November 1942
HANSARD, Montague, Able Seaman, P/JX 273745, MPK

2nd July 1944
Whilst returning from a sweep off the Brest approaches the Javelin was in collision with the destroyer Eskimo in position 49"02'N 05"43W at 0540. Both ships were badly damaged, but were able to return to Plymouth, the Javelin under her own power and the Eskimo in tow of HMCS HURON. Casualties in the Javelin were three killed and one injured. The ship subsequently proceeded to Liverpool where she was under repair from 24th July to 31st December 1944.
BANNISTER, C (initial only) S, Able Seaman, P/JX 516216, killed
HOBSON, Alan, Able Seaman, P/SSX 15600, killed
PERCIVAL, Joseph, Able Seaman, P/JX 275490, killed

13th February 1945
FALLON, Kenneth J, Act/Able Seaman, P/JX 518901, Died on war service.

If I have missed anyone then please contact me and I shall make the necessary correction. MPK = Missing, presumed killed. For further details of each casualty and where they are commemorated, please go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site at

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