A HARD FOUGHT SHIP
The story of HMS Venomous

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Ratings and Petty Officers

Ship's Crest

A Hard Fought Ship is dedicated to the memory of all those who served on HMS Venomous between 1919 and 1946.

The ship's complement of 120-200 changed each time HMS Venomous was re-commissioned  but the names of  very few of the ratings who served on HMS Venomous from first commissioning at Rosyth in June 1919 to the outbreak of World War II are known. The names of men who served on Venomous during World War II have been extracted by TNT Data Services (under contract to the MOD) from the Pay and Victualing Ledgers, bound volumes of the returns completed by ships writers.


TNT were asked to provide the names of all crew members, including officers, in the Pay and Victualing Ledgers on the following significant dates during Venomous's three wartime commissions:

First wartime Commission (September 1939 - November 1942)
On the 31 May 1940 - the day HMS Venomous made the first of five trips to evacuate troops from Dunkirk (PVL1)

Second wartime Commission (April 1942 - October 1943)
On the 12 November 1942 - the night when HMS Hecla sank and HMS Venomous rescued 500 survivors (PVL2)

Third wartime Commission (August 1944 - July 1945)
On the 14 May 1945 - the day when HMS Venomous arrived at Kristiansand to accept the surrender of German naval forces (PVL3)

Most of the 500 men recorded as being aboard Venomous on these specific dates would have served throughout its commission but there are many exceptions and in some instances the ship's writer may have failed to note a name or errors may have occured in extracting the names from the seventy year old ledgers. Only three men appear on all three lists and almost certainly served throughout the war from Venomous coming out of reserve in 1939 to being paid off and decommissioned in June 1945. 

When men served for a few months between these key dates they do not appear on any of these lists. There is no list of bthe men who served in Venomous before the war but where names are known they are included on the list below. Where former shipmates have remembered names the letters PC (Personal Communication) appear after the dates on which they are believed to have served.

Contact the publisher if you have information about men who are known to have served in Venomous but are not on any of these lists.


The lists have been merged to make single alphabetical list of ratings which can be viewed as a PDF

If further information is available on the Internet their names are included in the table below.
This includes men not on these lists but known to have served in HMS Venomous.

Click here for information on how to obtain a ratings official record of service.


A
B
C
 D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
Name - with web link Rate (duty) Dates
[] [] []
Ackerman, James (brothers)
AB
1942-3
Ackerman, Robert J. (brothers)
AB
1942-3
Addis, Joseph
AB
31.5.1940
Addis, Michael "Mick" Petty Officer (Quartermaster) 1942-3
Angus, William
AB
31.5.1940
Annett, Charles E
Seaman (OD)
31.5.1940
Arthur, Sydney F.J.
Stoker Petty Officer
31.5.1940
[] []
B []
Back, Robert AB (Gunner) 1942-3
Bailey, William
Engine Room Artificer (ERA) 2nd Class
31.5.1940
Ball, Charles Petty Officer (Officers' Cook)
Bannerman, James W.
Acting Leading Seaman
31.5.1940
Barlow, Ken
AB
1942-3
Barnfield
AB
1939-40
Battersby, Arthur M [] 1942-3
Bennett, Arthur M. "Wiggy" Chief Engine Room Artificer (CERA) 1944-5
Billings, Fred Petty Officer (Gunnery Instructor) 1939-40
Birkin, George Arnold "Arnie" AB (Gunlayer) 1939-41
Boles, "Paddy" Stoker 1942-3
Bolton, Jack
AB / ST (Seaman Torpedoman)
1942-3
Bordiss, Joseph P.  Petty Officer (Gunnery Instructor) 1940
Box, George C. "Jan" AB 1940
Brewster AB 1925-6
Brown, T.I. Petty Officer []
Butler, Alf
AB
1942-3
Butt, Wally [] []
[] [] []
C webimages/blanck.gif []
Campbell AB 1939-40
Campbell, Alexander M. OD (CW Candidate) 1942-3
Carson, John OD (CW Candidate) 1942-3
Charles, Sydney Thomas AB (Bosun's Mate) 1939-42
Christian, "Bob" webimages/blanck.gif 1940
Collister, William Leslie Chief Petty Officer (Gunlayer) 7/1940-6/1945
Compston, Sydney AB (Gunner) 1940-1
Conabeare, William G. Petty Officer (Stoker) 1942-3
Craddock, Robert AB (the "tankie") 1942-3
Crowley, J. F.  Petty Officer 1941
[] [] []
D [] []
Dagley, Leslie W. DSM Petty Officer (Electrician) 1939-40
Dean, "Dixie" OD (CW Candidate) 1942-3
Daily Stoker 1945
Dalton, "Joe" AB 1940
Davies, Tom AB (Gunner) 1942-3
Dodd, John OD (CW Candidate) 1942-3
Downing, Jan Officers' Steward 1940
Duckworth AB []
[] [] []
E [] []
Eaton, James AB 1939-41
Easton, W. S. AB 1921
Edwards, James AB 1940
Eley, Ron AB []
Emery, Charles J. AB 1920
Evans, "Roggy" Petty Officer (Engine Room Artificer) 1942-3
[] [] []
F [] []
Farrell, Charles (twins)
AB
31.5.1940
Farrell, John (twins)
AB
31.5.1940
Fisher, John W.  "Jacky" AB 1940
Foxe, R.D.L. DSM CPO 1942-3
Freeman, William G. "Harry" Leading Seaman 1940
Fry, Albert Leading Seaman 1941
[] [] []
G [] []
Glennon Stoker 1945
Gorman Petty Officer (Quartermaster) []
Grabham, Richard AB 1939-43
Gray, "Dolly" AB (Gunner) 1942-3
[] [] []
H [] []
Haddon, Harry "Taff" AB (Gunlayer, GL3) 1942-3
Hargrave, Ron "Ginger" AB 1942-3
Hargreaves, Robert
AB
1942-3
Hatton, Alfred Chief Stoker 1926
Hayes AB []
Hely, Cyril
AB (Starboard Oerlikon)
1942-3
Henderson, James G. AB 1940[]
Hicks, Geoffrey
Petty Officer (Torpedo Instructor)
1939-
Hoggins, David "Jock"
AB (Gun Layer, GL3)
1942-3
Holgate, Tom
AB
1940
Holywood
Chief Petty Officer

Hopwood
AB

Horner, John P. "Jackie" AB 1940
Hyde, Bernie NAAFI Manager []
[] [] []
I [] []
Irlam, James Engine Room Artificer 5th Class 1940-1
[] [] []
J [] []
Jamieson, Jimmy Electrical Artificer []
Johns AB []
Johnson, Ernest Petty Officer (Engine Room Artificer) 1943-4
[] [] []
K [] []
Knapton, Harold DSM AB 1940
[] [] []
L [] []
Ledguard, Eric R Petty Officer 1940-1?
Liddicoat, Arthur []Leading Supply Assistant 1939-42
Lockerman AB []
Lodwick, William DSM AB 1939-40
Lofthouse, Albert Chief Petty Officer (Yeoman of Signals) []
[] [] []
M [] []
Mann, William L. Petty Officer (Seaman) 1939-
Mansell, A.J.M. "Mervyn" OD (CW Candidate) 1942-3
Marshall AB []
McGeeney, Horace Hugh DSM Chief Petty Officer (Ordnance Artificer, 3rd Class) 1939-40
McCabe AB []
Mayland, Oscar Charles Signalman 1940-1
Maxfield, George E. "Maxi" AB 1940
Mercer, Frederick AB 1944-5
Metcalf, Percy AB 1940
Mitchell AB ("Tankie") 1940
Moon AB []
Munro, William Yeoman of Signals 1940-1
[] [] []
N [] []
Newby, "Willie" AB 1940
Newton, J. A. Leading Seaman 1941
Nicholas, "Tubby" Quartermaster 1939-41
Nickless, William H.  AB (Telegraphist) 1940
Notton, Francis "Frank" Stoker 1944-5
[] [] []
O [] []
Orwell [] []
O'Sullivan, Michael J. DSM Petty Officer (Seaman) 1939-
Overthrow Stoker 1945
[] [] []
P [] []
Passmore, Donald F.  DSM Chief Engine Room Artificer (CERA) 1939-
Payne Yeoman of Signals 1940
Payne, Kenneth Stoker 1945
Pelling, John Stoker 1945
Poole, Thomas Henry Stoker 1st Class (later, Ship's Writer?) 1939-45
Pountney, Eric Arnold Petty Officer Telegraphist []1939-43
Prew AB []
Price, Alfred J Leading Stoker 1920
[] [] []
Q [] []
N/A N/A N/A
[] [] []
R [] []
Rick, Percy Ordnance Artificer []
Robb, John Cleland Leading Seaman 1942-5
Robinson, Thomas William Stoker 1925
Robinson, Robert J AB 1940
Russell, Thomas "Yorkie" Stoker 1944-5
Ryan Stoker 1945
[] [] []
S [] []
Scargill, "Jock" AB 1939-41
Sef(s?)ton, Len AB 1940
Sheel, "Gordie" Petty Officer (Telegraphist) []
Shepherd AB 1942-3
Sinclair AB []
Skuse Stoker 1945
Smith, "Jock" AB 1940
Speechly, George W Signalman 7/1939 - Dec From Snorbens ...1940
Sprosson, Henry Rolland Engine Room Artificer 1927
Stafford, H. DSM LS 1942-3
Stallard, Ernest Roy DSM AB (Gunlayer) 1939-40
Squibb, Bevington Chief Petty Officer (Coxwain) 1939-
[] [] []
T [] []
Thomas, F.N.G. "Freddo" AB (RDF Operator) 1940-3
Tonner, James Andrew Wireless Telegraphy Operator []
[] [] []
U [] []
Upton, A.G. "Bert" AB 1944-5
Urquhart, William Craig Dunn
Stoker
1942-3
[] [] []
V [] []
Vicary AB (Seaman PO Messman) []
[] [] []
W [] []
Walton, William Taylor "Billie" Petty Officer (ship's NAAFI) 1944-5
Ward, "Sharky" Stoker 1942-3
Watts Petty Officer (Cook) 1939-
Weeks, William E. R. "Teddy" AB (Bosun's Mate) 1939-41
Wharton, Fred "Scouse" AB 1942-3
Williams, Reginald Walter
AB
1920-3
Wilmott, Harry Engine Room Artificer 1942-3
Wilson, Francis George AB (ASDIC Operator) 1942-3
Wright Stoker 1945
[] [] []
X [] []
N/A N/A N/A
[] [] []
Y [] []
Yelland, W. P. AB 1942-3
[] [] []
Z [] []
N/A N/A N/A

 
Most of the men on this list are mentioned in:

A Hard Fought Ship: the story of HMS Venomous


The story of HMS Venomous is told by Bob Moore and Captain John Rodgaard USN (Ret) in
A Hard Fought Ship
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