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From: Paul Benyon <>
Subject: Re: [MAR] WW2 Troopships
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:22:03 +0100
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Thanks David,

Have had a look around now, and whilst the late Gordon Smith did a
nice piece for Arnold Hague on his Convoy page, I don't recollect
Arnold being a list member, although I might have to take that back,
my memory being what it is these days, but I now realise that Gordon

was the name that escaped me earlier, who was a list member for many
years, and whilst some of his stuff is now on online at :

it seems to me to be a little sparse compared with what it was 10-15
years ago, or has been totally re-arranged from what I remember of it,
presumably when all Gordon's websites were amalgamated ?


On Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:25:46 +0100, you wrote:

>Paul - you are probably thinking of Arnold Hague, who died in 2006. But
>his work survives - as here.
>Peter - Your father would have been in one of the WS ("Winston's Specials")
>convoys leaving UK, typically via Freetown and Cape Town/Durban, and then
>dispersing off Aden/Perim to complete independent Red Sea transit to Suez.
>It looks as if he would have been convoy WS19P, which departed Liverpool
>31/5/1942, and Gourock the following day.
>As it was a convoy, it is not obvious which particular ship he would have
>been on. A few can be elliminated:
>AQUITANIA went ahead independently an arrived Suez earlier, on 8 July, and
>a number detached later to go to Karachi/Bombay.
>So there remains those that arrived Aden 17/7 (WS19L) and 20/7 (WS19PA).
>If his recorded date of disembarkation at Suez on 29/7 is correct, it is
>likely that your father was in the second, slower, group - the ships are
>noted as arriviing at Suez 23/7, but as they mader the Red Sea transit
>independently, they presumably did not all arrive on the same day.
>My father, en route to Malta, made the same route on the French PASTEUR a
>few months earlier, in WS15/15A - and had a hairy time in the heavily
>attacked MW10 from Alexandria
>On 18 April 2017 at 08:53, PETER HAMMETT <> wrote:
>> Good Morning list, I have recently received the WW2 army records of my
>> father, he served in the RA in the middle east.
>> My question is as follows:- He embarked for the ME on the 28th May 1942
>> from Liverpool and arrived in Suez 29th July 1942. As the voyage was
>> approx. 62 days I have assumed they went via Cape of Good Hope, arriving at
>> the Red Sea end of the Suez canal.
>> Can any one help me identify the ship that he travelled on ????
>> Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions ... Peter Hammett in UK
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