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PORTLAND H.M.S. ILLUSTRIOUS WAR MEMORIAL

Compiled and copyright © Carolynn Langley 2004
Photographs Copyright Vernon Masterman 2004

On 17 October 1948 there was an accident in Portland Harbour, Dorset, when a liberty boat returning to HMS Illustrious, sank close to the ship. 19 of the crew were drowned. They are buried in Portland Royal Naval Cemetery. Other sailors perished in this accident that are not buried in the Naval Cemetery; these are being added as they are found.

BINKS Roy
Leading Writer. PMX 773782. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 21. Born 31 December 1925.
BLACK Walter Hogan
Able Seaman DJX 306883. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 24. Born 22 December 1923.
BLAKEY Robert Albert Edward
Stoker Mechanic PSK 841214. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 23 February 1930.
BRENCHLEY Kenneth Claude
Stoker. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 19. Born 1 January 1929.
COLLIER Geoffrey
Ordinary Seaman PSS 840145. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 30 December 1929.
COPE Richard Walter James
A/RPO. PMX 716347. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 28. Born 18 April 1920.
DAVIES John Malcolm Rees
Naval Airman 2nd Class LFX 853450. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 13 January 1930.
EYERS William Edward
Ordinary Seaman DSSX 848587 HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 17 JUne 1930.
FENNELL Robert Harry
Naval Airman 2nd Class LLFX 855291. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 1 April 1930.
MARSHALL Eric [William]
Leading Patrolman PMX 801822. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 27. Born 21 February 1921.
MARTIN Ian
LFX 853190 Naval airman 2nd class HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 16 February 1930.
MITCHELL Clement Furber
Leading Seaman DJX 245559. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 23. Born 11 February 1925.
MORRISON Edward James
Ordinary Seaman DJX 846727. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 12 May 1930.
NEALE John Richard
Naval Airman LFX 8854989. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 17. Born 29 January 1931.
RYE Edward Frederick [James]
Able Seaman DSSX 771456. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 19. Born 22 June 1929.
SEAFORD Edmund Roy
Ordinary Seaman DSS 840168. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 19. Born 2 May 1929.
STILL Ian
Ordinary Seaman DSSX 840734. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 9 January 1930.
WILLIAMS Geoffrey Wynn
Naval Airman LFX 849264. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 19. Born 14 January 1929.
YOUNG Alan
Boy Signalman PJX 820230. HMS Illustrious. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 17. Born 2 April 1931.
Buried or commemorated elsewhere
LEONARD Thomas Arthur aka Buddy
Naval Airman 2nd Class FX 853460, HMS Illustrious, Royal Navy. Died 17th October 1948. Aged 18. Born 3 February 1930. Buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Leyton, East London.

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