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Back row: Able Seamen BertramWinsor, GeorgeDennison, JohnSmith, EricHaines, Stanley Kingdon, EdgarHolden,
Front Row: Able Seamen RossBuckley, CecilWood, Leading Seaman RegTurley and Able Seaman FrankCalder
KINGDON, Able Seaman, STANLEY LANGE, Age 24. When Stanley Kingdon's sister died in 2008, her son Peter Goldsmith was clearing the attic and found the photo which is one of the most informative ever sent to the Association as all the names are marked on the back and all were Neptune casualties.
This group photo shows several of the same group of friends in summer '41. It was sent by the son of Able Seaman John Smith (he left Neptune before she sank), who is sitting on bench 2nd from left. Reg Turley is sitting on deck in the front row centre. Stan Kingdon is sitting on bench far left. Ord Seaman John Smith (not to be confused with the other John Smith) is sitting on bench 4th from the left. This Smith, Kingdon, Turley and maybe one or two others are also in the photo above.
Petty Officer Peter James on right. (At the time he was a Leading Seaman).
Who are the other two Neotune Leading Seamen?
4 Supply Assistants all who died in Neptune with Writer Bill Moore who survived in Alexandria. Photo taken in October 1941. The names were Friedman, Bruce MacKinnon, Alan Brown, Bill Moore, Henry Walpole
Able Seaman William Mason on right with another Neptune Seaman
Petty Officer Fred Weiss at back
Who are the other two?
Wedding of Lieutenant Hon David Hotham to Aileen on board Neptune in 1939 - rec eption in Sailors messdeck
David Hotham left Neptune in 1940, so survived the sinking but several of the sailors may have been amongst the casualties. Are any recognised?
All these sailors are South African Naval Forces. Some will have joined Neptune.
Able Seaman Wild's family sent the photo. He is in the centre of the 2nd row below the Chief Petty Officer.