Dad's Navy Days

HMS Gambia - The Crew (4)



In July 2002, I received an email from Karen who is trying to trace friends of her grandfather Walter (Tom) Thomas who served on HMS Gambia as a Royal Marine. He was a Royal Marine with 40 Commando from May 1946 to February 1960. His service number was PO/X662.

He served aboard the Gambia for around 2 ½ years. Whilst he was on board there was another Marine killed. His name was Paddy Bray and he was squashed. Also ,whilst he was aboard the Gambia it ran into a ship that was passing mail. The mail ship pulled ahead in front of the Gambia and they collided. She had to go back into "dry-dock" in Malta for repairs.

He was aboard the Vanguard for around 14 months. 1948 - 1949 approx. The Vanguard was due to take the old Kind to Australia but the plans changed at the last minute.

He is particularly looking to trace Ronald (Tex) King who left at the same time as as Tom. Tex bought himself out and was last known to be planning to live in Australia.

If you knew Tom and/or remember these events please contact me at brisray@yahoo.co.uk and I will pass them on to Karen.

Were you one of the people in this picture? Do you know who they are? Tom is in the second row from the top, 4th from the left. In his words, "the miserable looking git!"

Karen thinks that this photo was taken in Malta.

If you knew Tom and/or remember these events please contact me at brisray@yahoo.co.uk and I will pass them on to Karen.

This page created 2nd December 2003, last modified 18th January 2016


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