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My name is Miss skOOm, and I am writing to you from Norway in search of a man named P.R.Manifold, which was serving on the H.M.S. Devonshire ship under WW2. It is assumed that he was around 20 years old in 1945.

I know the R stood for Robert, as my grandmother recalls this. She also believes he was from Canada, but this could be wrong information. When the war ended, he invited my grandmother to come as his date to a gala dinner on the H.M.S. Devonshire, and I found the written invitation today in my grandmother’s attic. The ship was in Oslo at this time.

It would be fantastic to be able to find this mister P.R. Manifold, if he is still alive – or any relatives of his. If anyone has any information on this gentleman, or has any picture of him, I would be so appreciative if you would get in touch.

Additional information: P.R. Manifold’s parents were working on a ship in the Pacific during WW2. His father was a marine officer, and his mother was a nurse.

Thank you!


Hello I am looking for contact details or information about James Alexander McPhee (Jim). He left New Zealand about 1953 to join the Air Arm of the Royal Navy. In 1959 he married Jane Notley and he was a lieutenant at the time. In 1975 he was a commander and I have a photo of him taking his vessel, H.M.S. Mermaid, into the Naval Base at Singapore. I have no information after that. Jim McPhee and I share the same father however we have never met or even had the chance to communicate and if he is still alive I would very much like to make contact. Our father died in 1970 and he had separated from my late mother in 1963 so I have no information about Jim until I stumbled over the photos on the internet this week. If you have any information or can suggest where I may find information I would be very grateful.
kind regards
Christine O’Connell (nee McPhee)


Comment on the post “Prisoner of War and a lucky man”
I was interested in reading your piece, my mother served on the Royal Navy ships and was a Japanese pow,  I have been trying to get the compensation for her,
She was a nursing sister nickname bubbles, only now with dementia she can’t remember very much to help me.
She was badly injuried when the ship was torpedoed at sea and captured by the Japanese,  the British government can’t find her so now they say she was not in a Japanese camp, which has made me very angry.
If the person who wrote the letter meet  her,  she could show him the injuries on her body, I wonder if they would like to live with them?
I know this is a silly question but do you remember her, by any chance,  any names of ships she might have been on would be a wonderful help
Thank you


Danny Little ex RO(T) writes:

I was a communicator on DEVONSHIRE July 1972 until October 1974, but I’m not sure of what her programme was.

I’m compiling a list of the ‘things I did’ for the 11 years I was in the RN from 42 years ago TODAY – 21st October 1971, I think I joined up!  HMS RALEIGH.


Anyhow, more another time, if you like, but I’d be ever so glad if you could help me piece together the Where and When of DEVONSHIRE after Capetown RSA, until I left her in October 1974.

Any chance, please?

Very best regards, and THANKS to you for this site!



Subject: Uckers Tournament
Hello, I was wondering if you could help? To promote the art of mess deck games, we are running an Uckers tournament on Saturday 21st June 1pm-5pm at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Entry is £2 and the winner will get a prize from HMS Victory’s senior rates mess.

People can enter as a 2 or on their own. To book a place they can call 02392
727595 or email community@nmrn.org.uk


My name is Donald Bolt and I am searching for anyone who may have known my brother, James Anderson Bolt who served on the HMS Zephyr during the second world war. He survived the war and I would just like to correspond with anyone who may have known him.

Thank you.


Looking to find information on my brother John Freer who served on the  HMS ARK ROYAL and HMS JUPITER in the early seventies. Many thanks. Alan Freer.


Hi, I am trying to obtain some information regarding my brother Roy Piper, who served in the Royal Navy between 1951 – 1963.  He was a chef and sadly passed away in 1973.  I have memories of him writing home and coming on leave but no pictures.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could help.  Regards Susan Buxton.


It’s a bit of a long shot but I’m hoping that someone out there maybe able to help me.
I sadly lost my father in 2005. I never got to know much about his time in the navy it wasn’t something he liked to talk about.
I know he was in the navy in 1969 and still there in 1976. I believe he was serving on the Devonshire in 76, other than that I don’t really have any information. His name was Charles Brian Forward. I really would be grateful for any information or even an idea of where to look.


Hello, I know this is a long shot, But I was wondering if any knows a man called Terry Morgan, He was a Chef , in the mid  70,s.  and he’s from Hull uk
I met him at Chatham Dockyard, they used to have a Disco. anyway we became friends, but lost touch many years, He’s got red hair.. I remember that.. If anyone knows Terry or knew him, Id love to hear from you,
Yours Sincerely
Julia Carter
from kent


Hi,can you tell me how I can trace someone (my father) who was on HMS Devonshire 1941/45..first name don, only got photo with the names Bethune and sticks on the back…just found photo 2017…don’t know his surname,,…thanx…


5 Responses to Looking For

  1. Ben King

    May 25, 2015 at 07:40

    I’m looking to correspond with anyone who new my Grandad, Alfred George King, served on the Glasgow, circa 1943, believe he was CPO, from the Staffordshire area (Leek)..any help greatly appreciated, he passed away some years ago, but was reluctant as many are/were…..Regards, Ben King….

  2. John Lee-Thompson

    December 11, 2015 at 06:23

    If Christine O’Connell (nee McPhee) the writer of Post 2 would like to get in touch I can provide some information rearding James (Jimmy) McPhee.


    John L-T

  3. Loo Moaks

    December 20, 2015 at 10:14

    Hello (post 2) Christine – my father was James McPhee – I am very sad to report he died 20 years ago – please contact me – you must be my Aunt. Kind regards Loo Moakes

  4. Loo Moaks

    December 22, 2015 at 00:18

    Hello John LT – good to read your comment – can you tell me did Christine O’Connell ever make contact with you? Kind regards Loo Loo xx

  5. Maggie

    September 14, 2016 at 10:48

    Hi I’m looking for a Peter quinney was on a navy boat called mermaid docked in Chatham Medway Kent ….& was seeing a lady called Brenda …. I do have more information …. Many thanks.

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