HMS Wivern

Wivern remained on convoy and patrol duty in the North Sea until May 1940, the month in which her pennant number was changed to I66. On 10 May, as the German invasion of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France began, she was ordered to join the destroyer HMS Wild Swan in Operation XD, consisting of demolition operations at Hook of Holland to prevent German forces from capturing important installations there intact. Accordingly, Wivern and Wild Swan went to Hook of Holland on 11 May, where Wivern took aboard the British diplomatic mission to the Netherlands for passage to Vlissingen. On 13 May, Wivern took part in Operation Ordnance, the evacuation of Allied personnel from Hook of Holland as German ground forces advanced through the Netherlands, suffering damage on 14 May during the operation. She then entered a dockyard in the United Kingdom for repairs.

 

31 men were killed or died of their wounds.

17 are missing since.

 

Name: Dunne, Alfred

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:35

No.D.SSX 12264

Missing since: 15-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Dennis and Ellen Dunne, of Scotstoun, Renfrewshire.

 

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel:  37-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland.

 


Name: Brown, Richard Stephen

Rank: Sub-Lieutenant

Age:21

No.

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Harold Sutton Brown and Margaret Brown, of Deganwy, Denbighshire.

  

Plymouth Memorial Panel:  44-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea. 


Name: Finnerty, Thomas

Rank: Steward

Age:19

No.P/LX 22692

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin: Son of Thomas and Emma Jane Finnerty, of Smallshaw, Lancashire.

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel:  43-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea. 


Name: Hamilton, Charles

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:22

No.P/JX 139840

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin: Son of William Francis and Mary Ellen Hamilton, of Hartlepool, Co. Durham.

 

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel:  38-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea. 


Name: Maynard, Walter

Rank: Chief Petty Officer Cook

Age:42

No.P/M 16148

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin: Son of Henry and Lucy Maynard; husband of Violet Maynard, of Portchester, Hampshire.

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel:  43-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea. 


Name: Quarrel, Alfred Frank

Rank: Leading Cook

Age:35

No.P/L 14554

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin: Son of Alfred White Quarrel and Edith Gertrude Quarrel; husband of Lily May Quarrel, of Corscombe, Dorsetshire.

Portsmouth Memorial Panel:  43-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea. 


Name: Airey, Arthur

Rank: Engine Room Articifer 4th

Age:23

No.P/MX 61505

Missing since: 15-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of James Henry and Lily Airey, of Rawtenstall, Lancashire.

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial 41-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Backshall, Frederick

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:23

No.P/SD/X 1328

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of James Henry and Lily Airey, of Rawtenstall, Lancashire.

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial 44-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Greenwood, John

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Age:

No.P/SXX 32192

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin:

 

 

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial 39-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Herridge, Thomas Henry

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:32

No.P/JX 133933

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Thomas Henry and Catherine Herridge; husband of Beatrice Herridge, of Reading, Berkshire.

   

Portsmouth Memorial 38-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Meaden, Frederick

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:

No.P/J 115219

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin

   

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial 39-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Smith, Leslie

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:22

No.P/SSX 29930

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin: Son of Catherine Smith, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham.

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial 39-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Briggs, Kenneth Theodore

Rank: Midshipman

Age:19

No.

Missing since: 15-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Charles H. and Edith Okell Briggs, of Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire.

 

Portsmouth Memorial 44-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Boynton, Stanley

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:48

No.P/SSX 31567

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of George and Fedora Alice Boynton, of Hull.

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial 38-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Gray, Joseph

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Age:38

No.P/SS/120823

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Robert and Mary Ann Gray; husband of Gertrude Gray, of Horden, Co. Durham.

  

Portsmouth Memorial 39-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: McLean, Murdo

Rank:  Seaman

Age:25

No.P/X 19703A

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Finlay and Jessie Maclean, of Islivig, Isle of Lewis.

  

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial 44-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.


Name: Moore, Francis Joseph

Rank: Petty Officer Steward

Age:46

No.P/L 3630

Missing since: 14-05-1940

Next of Kin:Husband of Elsie May Moore, of Southsea, Hampshire.

  

 

 Portsmouth Memorial 43-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on board near Hoek van Holland, buried at Sea.