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Conny

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Researching HMS Clematis K36 and Dads Career.
« on: 06 January 2017 09:20:09 PM »

Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum and hope someone can help with either information or directions where I may gain some insight to my Dads career aboard K36, HMS Clematis, during WWII.
Briefly, my Dad was a stoker aboard HMS Clematis during the years 1941-1945 She was a flower class corvette and during this period she was on active escort duty in the North Atlantic to Canada and America. I have a very large spreadsheet that shows all the convoys she sailed with during this time, including the other escort vessels, but there is a gap which I am trying to fill. My records show she sailed from New York with convoy HX213 on 26/10/1942 arriving in Liverpool on 10/11/1942 Her next sailing was from Halifax, (I presume Nova Scotia), with convoy SC123 on 14/03/1943 arriving in Liverpool on 03/04/1943
How can I find where she was during this period? I realise she may have been in for a re-fit of some description but Dads service record does not show him as being posted anywhere else. Sadly I can't ask him as he passed away about 12 years ago, also when he was alive he never spoke about his experiences during this time. Everything I know has been gleaned from the one bit of information he gave which was the name of his ship.
I have also looked at some of the other escort vessels to see if Clematis sailed with them in other convoys to no avail.
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James_harvey

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Re: Researching HMS Clematis K36 and Dads Career.
« Reply #1 on: 15 August 2018 09:29:22 AM »

You are looking at convoy movements

She may have been involved with escorting non convoy vessels or on routine patrols, this was to give the crews a break from convoy duty

Write to mod historical ships dept to see if the log book still survives this will give a detailed movements 

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Re: Researching HMS Clematis K36 and Dads Career.
« Reply #2 on: 15 August 2018 09:45:49 AM »

The flower class corvette association may be able to help you

Google it online, they release details to next of kin

The flower class covette forum under HMS Clematis has photos of crew from  1943

At one point she was in Gibraltar in 1943

Hope this helps
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Re: Researching HMS Clematis K36 and Dads Career.
« Reply #3 on: 15 August 2018 08:30:59 PM »

Thanks for the info James.
I have seen the photo's of Clematis and actually thought my Dad was on a few of them but my sisters, whilst agreeing one chap does look a bit like him, tend to think it isn't. He was serving on her during '43 but never mentioned going to Gibraltar, but then he never spoke when we were children and it was only during his last years we found out what little we do know so that's a further line of enquiry I can chase.


By this;  'mod historical ships dept' do you mean M.O.D. historical ships department?


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Re: Researching HMS Clematis K36 and Dads Career.
« Reply #4 on: 16 August 2018 08:27:36 AM »

Conny

Yes the ministry of defence historical ships dept

Regards

James
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Re: Researching HMS Clematis K36 and Dads Career.
« Reply #5 on: 16 August 2018 06:19:45 PM »

Thanks James.
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