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H.M.S. Curacoa

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Patrick Anderson:
re the sinking of the HMS Curacoa on 2 Oct 1942 when it was run down by Troopship Queen Mary I have recently found another named WAR GRAVE from the cruiser at GLENELG CEMETERY Argyllshire ( Chief Stoker Albert Wall from Dover). One named casualty from the cruiser must have been taken home to BANFFSHIRE (joiner George Hepburn) buried Gamrie New parish churchyard, Banff. The cemetery at Oban has many WW2 war graves RN, MN, RAF and unknown sailors too including some from the HMS CURACOA ( 2 named).

Shirley Camfield:
338 men were killed on 2nd October 1942 at 2.12 pm when the Curacoa was sliced in half by the Queen Mary, which didn't even stop for survivors. Most of the men on board Queen Mary were not even aware of the collision. They just felt a bump!!! My grandfather was one of those 338 men leaving at home his wife and 3 daughters (age 6, 3 and 3 months). The incident was kept quiet until well after the war because it was such a tragic error, all because the two captains didn't synchronise watches (amongst other reasons for the incident that were concluded at the very lengthy court case afterwards).

Christopher Arundell:
Many thanks to all who have made known via this, and other, Internet sites more facts concerning the events surrounding HMS Curacoa. (Particular thanks to Patrick Anderson). My interest is that my uncle P.O.George (Harry) Saywell was lost in the incident. He was the eldest (and only) brother of four sisters, one of these being my mother, Joan Agnes Arundell (nee Saywell). It is 60 years now since the incident and today, with my mother and other members of the family, I attended a service in Hull dedicated to my Uncle Harry and his shipmates (many were from the Hull area - we WILL remember them!). Thanks also to all in Scotland who apparently tend the graves in their various locations; perhaps one of those unmarked graves is that of my uncle.

George D. Salaita:
I have read that the Q. Mary carried anywhere from 25,000 to 10,000 soldiers. Any real figures?

Joan Pearman:
I have only just found this site - as starting to research my father's family, my uncle was a survivor on HMS Curacoa - so I sympathise with all of you who lost your relatives. Until now we still thought the ship had been torpedoed - so I am glad to have found out the actual truth - there is not much more I can say except again to sympathise will all of you.

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