Stoker James Thornton and friends also served on the Cumberland

May 1, 2012


I came across the letter  from Alan Dwyer entitled "Sidney Staines was a stoker onboard HMS Cumberland WW2".

My father was also a Stoker and  served  on the Cumberland. Like Alan we have lost many pictures, but I do have a picture of  My father aboard ship with two other men, who could possibly be Stokers. My problem is that my father served on several ships, and I am not sure whether this photo is from the Cumberland. How can I contact Alan and send him the picture, I am sure he would recognise whether his Uncle is in the photo

James Thornton


James Thornton (left)

James Thornton (center)

Peggy Cloherty
Brisbane Australia


I regret I do not have Alan's details, I suggest you contactSam Watson Chairman of the HMS Cumberland
  who maybe can tell you if your photo was taken aboard the Cumberland.



Thank you so much for your quick reply. I tried to email the address that you sent me but the email address was rejected and bounced back. Do you know of another email address that I might try.Should I Send the photos to you in case Alan Dyer or someone else may recognise the other stokers.

I hope you can assist me. Most of my fathers pictures were lost, we think in the 1974 Brisbane flood, so I would love to find some replacements and at the same time perhaps assist someone else with the few photos I have.

Sorry to be such a nuisance.


Try this URL: 
http://hmscumberlandassociation.btck.co.uk/Contact%20us  to make conact with HMS Cumberland Association.

Yes please, send me the photos and we will add them to AHOY.


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