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H.M.S. CAPE HOWE

Researched & Copyright © Sheila Dawn 2005


Q Ship Cape Howe

Duncan & Isabella Kennedy

HMS Cape Howe was a World War 2 "Q" Ship. She was 4443 tons. She was sunk by U-28 on 21st June 1940 with heavy loss of life off the South-West Approaches. Thirteen men survived on a raft, picked up on 27th June 150 miles off Ushant (48 47 N, 7 59 w). The list of those who died and stories of the survivors are listed here. S.S. Cape Howe was purchased by Lyle Shipping Company on 7th February 1934, being originally built in 1930 as S.S. Knight Almoner - Pardoe-Thomas & Co. Ltd. On 15th September 1939 she was taken over by the Royal Navy, converted into an anti-submarine "Q" ship and renamed PRUNELLA (pendant X.02).

Casualties of H.M.S. CAPE HOWE, 21st June 1940.
From the Database of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

France

PORNIC WAR CEMETERY - Loire-Atlantique

BARBER, Able Seaman, GERALD, P/SSX 23467. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 20. Son of James and Alice Barber, of Chilwell, Nottinghamshire. 2. F. 11.

United Kingdom

LIVERPOOL NAVAL MEMORIAL - Lancashire

BOOTHBY, Chief Steward, HERBERT, 900568. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Age 39. Panel 8, Column 2.

BURT, Assistant Steward, ARTHUR SYDNEY, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Panel 8, Column 2.

GLASSON, Second Radio Officer, CHARLES HENRY, 186673. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Person-nel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Age 20. Son of Joseph Henry Glasson and of Annie Glasson, of Peckham Rye, London. Panel 8, Column 2.

HOWELL, First Radio Officer, THOMAS FRED, 995842. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Age 37. Son of Fied George and Hannah Ann Howell, of Norwich; husband of Ivy Hilda Howell, of Norwich. Panel 8, Column 2.

JONES, Petty Officer Writer, KENNETH AUBREY, 177587. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Panel 8, Column 2.

LAMPER, Assistant Cook, ALBERT EDWARD, 98827. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Panel 8, Column 2.

RAINFORD, Third Radio Officer, HARRY, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Son of Walter and Helena Mary Rainford, of Preston, Lancashire. B.A. Hons. (Bristol). Panel 8, Column 2.

ROUTLEDGE, Assistant Cook, HAROLD LESLIE, 136247. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). 21st June 1940. Age 23. Son of Arthur Alexander Routledge and Alma Eliza Routledge; hus-band of Florence Cecilia Routledge. Panel 8, Column 2.

WILKINSON, Lieutenant (E), JOHN, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 38. Son of John and Sarah Ellen Wilkinson. Panel 2, Column 2.

For more information see
'A Man Afloat - Capt Kennedy'

PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL - Devon

KANE, Signalman, HENRY, D/JX 165720. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 43. Son of William Henry and Margaret Kane, of Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland; husband of Sarah Kane, of Portadown. Panel 39, Column 2.

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL - Hampshire

ANDERSON, Seaman, JAMES FRASER, P/X 19860A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Panel 44, Column 1.

BELL, Sub-Lieutenant, JAMES BLACK, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 21st June 1940. Panel 44, Column 2.

BENNETT, Ordinary Seaman, SIDNEY WALTER, P/JX 182561. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Percy Harold and Florence Bennett. Panel 39. Column 3.

BROOKS, Stoker 1st Class, BERT, P/KX 78671. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 33. Husband of Doris Lilian Brooks, of Buckland, Portsmouth. Panel 42, Column 1.

CAMPBELL, Seaman, ALEXANDER, P/X 20994A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of John and Mary S. Campbell, of Seafield, Union Street, Lossiemouth, Morayshire. Before the war he was a fisherman on the Coversea. Panel 44, Column 1.

COLLINS, Stoker 1st Class, WILLIAM JACOB GEORGE, P/K 66206. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel 42, Column 1.

CROWHURST, Ordinary Seaman, FREDERICK HUGH, P/JX 180492. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Frederick W. and Sophia Crowhurst; husband of May Winifred Crowhurst, of Chipping Sod-bury, Gloucestershire. Panel 39, Column 3.

DANIELS, Lieutenant, ALBERT GERALD, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 30. Panel 44, Column 1.

DAY, Leading Seaman, PERCY WILLIAM, P/JX 142728. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel 37, Column 3.

ECCOTT, Stoker 1st Class, WILLIAM JAMES, P/K 61265. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 45. Son of Edward and Mary Eccott; husband of Amelia Elizabeth Eccott. Panel 42, Column 1.

EVANS, Stoker 1st Class, BERNARD HENRY SANDERS, P/KX 93700. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 22. Son of John Percy Saunders Evans and Eleanor Maud Evans; husband of Rita May Evans. Panel 42, Column 1.

FISHER, Able Seaman, CHARLES FRANK, P/JX 143294. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of George and Margaret Fisher, of Basingstoke, Hampshire. Panel 38, Column 3.

GALIPEAU, Leading Seaman, ADOLPHIS LOUIS, P/JX 143445. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of Emile Louis Oliver Galipeau and Eva Grace Galipeau, of Cowplain, Hampshire. Panel 37, Column 3.

GUNN, Seaman, JOHN MOWATT, P/X 20991A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 19. Son of John Mowatt Gunn and Mary Ellen Annal Gunn. Panel 44, Column 1.

HAYES, Able Seaman, EDWARD, P/SSX 19016. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel 38, Column 3.

HEAVER, Able Seaman, LESLIE JOHN, P/SSX 21408. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel 38, Column 3.

JONES, Able Seaman, ERIC WALTER ROBERT, P/SSX 19960. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of Archibald Lovett Jones and Kate Jones, of Leicester. Panel 39, Column 1.

LAWRENCE, Sub-Lieutenant, WILFRID ALAN, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 24. Son of Wilfrid Greville Lawrence and of Mary Lawrence (nee Arkell). Panel 44, Column 1.

LAWRENCE, Stoker 1st Class, WALTER GEORGE RICHARD, P/K. 66250. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 34. Son of William and Mary Lawrence, of Southampton. Panel 42, Column 2.

LILLY, Ordinary Seaman, ROBERT JOSEPH, P/JX 175505. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Marie Lilly, of Congleton, Cheshire. Panel 40, Column 1.

MacDONALD, Seaman, DONALD, P/X 20885A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald MacDonald, of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Panel 44, Column 1.

MILNE, Petty Officer, LEONARD WILLIAM, P/JX 128242. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel 37, Column 3.

MOAR, Able Seaman, VICTOR EUGENE, P/JX 146425. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 20. Son of Adam and Eva Moar. Panel 39, Column 1.

MORRISON, Seaman, JOHN, P/X 10151B. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 28. Son of John and Christina Morrison, of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Panel 44, Column 1.

MUSSELWHITE, Seaman, WILLIAM H., P/X 9349B. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Panel 44, Column 1.

ORMSBY, Lieutenant, EDWARD JOHN, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Panel 44, Column 1.

PAMPLETT, Stoker 1st Class, HARRY EDWARD, P/K 56325. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 39. Son of Edward and Lily Pamplett; husband of Dorothy May Pamplett, of Cosham, Hampshire. Panel 42, Column 2.

PARK, Seaman, JAMES WILLIAM, P/X 17864A. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 25. Son of William Petrie Park and Jessie Heddle Park; husband of Margaret Ann Park, of Stromness, Ork-ney. Panel 44, Column 1.

PARKES, Ordinary Seaman, PERCIVAL ARTHUR WOLLACOTT, P/JX 178967. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 21. Son of Percival Arthur and Ellen Maud Parkes, of Bournemouth, Hampshire. Panel 40, Column 1.

PICKERING, Able Seaman, JOHN WILLIAM, P/J 113355. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel 39, Column 1.

PORTEOUS, Supply Assistant, ANDREW GOLDIE, P/MX 57085. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 23. Son of Thomas and Sarah Millar Porteous, of Edinburgh. Panel 43, Column 1.

PROTHERO, Petty Officer, REGINALD ERIC, P/JX 136907. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 23. Son of Vice-Admiral Reginald Charles Prothero, C.B., M.V.O., and of Bertha Prothero, of East-wood, Essex. Panel 37, Column 3.

RAE, Able Seaman, ALEXANDER, P/SSX 14987. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 26. Son of Alexander and Maggie Finlay Rae. Panel 39, Column 2.

ROGERS, Stoker 1st Class, CLAUDE VERNON, P/KX 88601. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 24. Son of Edwin and Caroline Ellen Rogers, of Swindon, Wiltshire. Panel 42, Column 2.

ROWLETT, Seaman, ARTHUR, P/X 10326B. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Reserve. 21st June 1940. Age 27. Panel 44, Column 2.

STILEMAN, Sub-Lieutenant, IAN REGINALD WINN, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 21st June 1940. Son of Comdr. Arthur M. C. Stileman, R.N., and Evelyn Mary Stileman. Panel 44, Column 2.

STUBBS, Petty Officer Stoker, FREDERICK, P/K 65846. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 33. Son of Albert Ernest and Florence Ann Stubbs; husband of Valerie Patricia Stubbs, of Eastleigh, Hamp-shire. Panel 41, Column 3.

TERRY, Able Seaman, WILLIAM CHARLES, P/JX 159051. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 38. Son of James and Ellen Terry; husband of Lilian Margaret Terry, of Hayling Island, Hampshire. Panel 39, Column 2.

WAITE, Able Seaman, ALBERT EDWARD, P/JX 137350. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Panel 39, Column 2.

WELLS, Stoker 1st Class, CLARENCE, P/K 55716. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 47. Husband of Frances Victoria Wells, of Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. Panel 42, Column 3.

WELSH, Petty Officer, THOMAS, P/JX 136724. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 28. Son of Edward and Mary Welsh; husband of Bessie Welsh, of Roby, Lancashire. Panel 37, Column 3.

WILLIAMS, Stoker 1st Class, FRED, P/KX 93942. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Age 20. Son of Fred and Clara Williams, of Loughborough, Leicestershire. Panel 42, Column 3.

WILLIAMS, Surgeon Lieutenant, FRANK HANSON, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. L.M.S.S.A., L.A.H. Panel 37, Column 1.

WOOD, Able Seaman, GEORGE HENRY, P/JX 128985. H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Henry and Mary Wood, of Tutts Clump, Berkshire. Panel 39, Column 3.

WOODHALL, Commander, ERIC LANGTON, D S O, M V O, H.M.S. Cape Howe. Royal Navy. 21st June 1940. Son of Gerald Frederick and Hilda Sabina Fluester Woodhall. Panel 36, Column 3.

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