HMS Hermes

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Please note that we do not hold any crew lists or personnel details.  Please refer to the National Archive in Kew for service record information.


January 2018

It is with great sadness that the HMS Hermes Association announces the Crossing of the bar of our Chaplain, Canon Roger Devonshire

Roger served on HMS Hermes throughout the Falklands war and was very highly respected for the relentless pastoral care he gave to the whole ship’s company regardless of their beliefs.

Through happy and sad times, he was a source of hope and strength to the morale of Hermes.

Roger followed the same path when he joined the Association.

His input, humour, charm and compassion was reflected on everyone who met him, he will be greatly missed by us all.

Enquiries please contact

Wishing all Association members and visitors to this site, a very happy H Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2018.

2017 has been wonderful year for the Association, with the celebration of our 30th anniversary and the opportunity for some of the members to re visit HMS Hermes / INS Viraat in India to take part in her final days of service and decommissioning ceremony.

Our numbers were doubled this year, of veterans taking part in the London cenotaph parade with great pride.

We look forward to welcoming you at the 2018 April reunion in Cardiff, details and bookings via;

IOW Tours. Tel: +44 (0) 1983 405116   email;

Merry Christmas


Remembrance Day 2017

Hermes Association members will be very proudly representing the Association on Remembrance Day at local and national events.

We will remember those lost during WW2 from HMS Hermes 9 in Ceylon 1942 along with all those from the Falklands conflict.

It is also a time to reflect on the wonderful memories of the Shipmates who have become our friends, through the association and have now crossed the bar.


Eternal God, we give thanks for the memories and friendships shared by members of the HMS HERMES ASSOCIATION.

May we bring strength and support to one another and be worthy of the ship in which we served. May we honour the memory of those no longer with us and pray for family and shipmates who keep that memory alive. 

Finally, we commend to your gracious care and keeping the men and women of the Royal Navy now serving around the world, especially those whose lives are daily at risk. We pray for their safety and for the friends and families awaiting their return, and this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord.


By Canon Roger Devonshire HMS Hermes Veteran.


June 2017

A very successful 30th anniversary reunion took place in April at the Royal Beach hotel Portsmouth. Thank you to all members who attended to mark this very special occasion for the association.

Thanks also go to Isle Of Wight Tours for their excellent organisation.

2018 Reunion is to be held in Cardiff on 5-9 th April all bookings are through IOW tours please see attachments.

The Association standard will be on parade at Pangbourne Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel on Sunday June 11th for the 35th Anniversary Service of Remembrance and thanksgiving.

This event is very proudly attended by our association members each year.



March 2017

Hermes veterans travelled to Mumbai to witness the decommissioning ceremony of Hermes 10 (INS Viraat).  They all had an amazing time and were treated like royalty by their hosts.


Here are a collection of photos from the Indian Press office

Jan 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the crossing of the bar, of our very much loved friend, Bert Worthington.

Bert has been an Association member for many years; his very funny sense of humour has made us all laugh at every reunion, his Hermes stories fascinating to listen to.

His respect, compassion and pride shone through when he joined the Hermes shipmates at the cenotaph parade just a few months ago.

He thoroughly enjoyed every moment of that weekend, writing afterwards that “It was a wonderful experience and an honour to represent Hermes at such an important event”

We have this amazing memory of Bert dancing down the Mall singing at the top of his voice after the parade.

Our heartfelt thoughts are with Bert’s family.


All enquiries please contact the association;

Jan 2017

Antony Richards - Service Number D100200

Tony Richards passed away on the 7th January 2017 in Queen Alexander Hospital, Portsmouth aged 66 years. He served from 1965 – 1975 including times aboard HMS Cochrane, HMS Victorious, HMS Hermes, Heron  to name a few   he then rejoined the Navy in 1980 for a further 5 years and served in the Falklands.

Tony has no known Family and we are appealing for veterans and others to come along and ensure that his funeral is marked with the full dignity that he deserves. He was a member of the Royal Naval Association.

A service to give thanks for his life will take place on Thursday 26th January 2017 at 12 noon at Portchester Crematorium – South Chapel – Upper Cornaway Ln, Portchester, Fareham PO16 8NE

Please click on the link below for further information.

Nov 2016

Warmest Christmas wishes are sent to all members and visitors to this site.

A very happy new year to all, as HMS Hermes Association embarks on its 30th Anniversary.

Looking forward to celebrating this occasion at our reunion in April at the Royal Beach Hotel Portsmouth.

(Bookings via IOW Tours Tel; 01983 405116)


The Association would like to thank everyone, who took part in Remembrance Day services throughout the country.

Hermes Association was very proud to attend the RBL Cenotaph Remembrance Day march in London.

There were representatives spanning many years of HMS Hermes service including our Falklands veterans.

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend was had by all.  There was time for fun, reflection, respect and the “Happy Hermes” comradeship of friends.


Oct 2016

A beautiful photograph album was recently donated to the Association which contains some wonderful photographs from 1959-62.  Here is a taster!

June 2016


Chairman Jim Loveday and Canon Roger Devonshire proudly presented a cheque on behalf of the Association to The Veterans Outreach Support group. The presentation was at the Maritime Club Portsmouth.

The Tewksbury Sea Cadet unit was presented with a donation Cheque from the Association.

The presentation was made by Association members Vice Chairman Mr Iain Shickle, Mr Peter Minshull, Mr Ted Keeper.

Other members also attended and were made very welcome by the cadets who are raising funds for a new roof and repairs to their headquarters.


April 2016

Thank you to all members and guests who attended the Associations 29th reunion in Plymouth.

It was an excellent attendance and as always a very enjoyable weekend.

The next event members will attend will be the service of Thanksgiving and remembrance at The Falklands Island Memorial Chapel, Pangbourne on Sunday 12 th June at 12 noon. Please contact us if you would like to attend along with the Hermes Association.

Next year will celebrate the Association 30th Anniversary, please see reunion details.  (Please click on any of the images below to enlarge)



March 2016

It is with great sadness we announce the crossing of the bar of HMS Hermes 9 Veteran Stan Curtis.

Stan joined the Navy on the 21st of October 1935 Trafalgar Day, he was 17 years old.

Joining HMS Hermes on 1st of January 1939 until he was one of the few survivors of her sinking in 1942.

In his own words.

H.M.S. Hermes was sunk on the morning of April 9th 1942 at 11am after an action lasting half an hour from the bombing of 85 Jap planes. During the afternoon of April 8th I was ashore with my pal Bill Morris when around 4pm we heard the ships’ sirens sounding off, this meant instant recall. We rushed back to the jetty where we saw the ship was flying the black flag, this confirmed the emergency. Back on board things were moving fast, we were under sailing orders, everything had to be secured for sea, our Captain told us that Hermes and our attendant destroyer H.M.A.S. Vampire had orders to proceed to sea. At about 22.30 hours special sea duty men closed up and we proceeded to sea not knowing where our destination would be. I had the middle watch, my action station being guns crew on P1 5.5” gun as breech worker; we remained on watch until the ship sank.

Stan was very proud to be a member of the Association and attended almost every reunion.

He thoroughly enjoyed the return trip to Trincomalee, which he called his “Journey of Remembrance” in 2005.  Together with friend and shipmate Alex Rusk and two survivors of HMAS Vampire they were able to revisit the site of the sinking and lay wreaths of flowers for their lost friends.

We are all grateful for the history we have learned from Stan, his company we have all enjoyed and his smile we will miss so much.

The Association Reunion in Plymouth is fast approaching bookings can still be made via Isle of Wight Tours or contact us for more information

There will be wreaths of remembrance laid on Sunday 10th April at Plymouth Hoe and the Falklands Memorial, for shipmates lost and also our dear friends who have crossed the bar.


January 2016

HMS Hermes Association very sadly announces the Crossing of the Bar of


Wife of HMS Hermes Association Founder

A great many of you will have wonderful memories of Cath from past reunions.

In 1987 the Hermes Association was first formed by the Girtchen family.

Together they managed to gather survivors and families of HMS Hermes 9 and with 53 people in attendance at the Union Jack Club London…….and so the Hermes Association began.

Next year in 2017 the Association will have its 30th anniversary.

During this time a great many memories and lifelong friendships have been created.

For this we are all truly grateful for the dedication given by Cath and her family.

Our sincere condolences are expressed to the Girtchen family on the sad loss of a very dear lady, who will be greatly missed by her “Hermes family”.



December 2015

Wishing all members and visitors to this site a very Happy “Hermes” Christmas.

There was an excellent attendance at the dedication service held at the National Memorial Arboretum in November.  The Association would like to thank all those who attended especially our HMS Hermes 9 Survivor Mr Stan Curtis.

Members Mr & Mrs Williams and Mrs Glover represented Hermes Association at the Tiverton Sea Cadets presentation evening.  Mr Williams presented the cadets with a cheque for £500 on behalf of the Association.


New Book – “The most dangerous moment of the War”

The title of the book is taken from a quotation made by Sir Winston Churchill at the end of the war when he was asked, in his opinion what had been the most dangerous moment of the war. He said, without any shadow of a doubt it was when Japan attacked the Indian Ocean in 1942.

It has taken John 12 years to find the right publisher for this book which runs to 180 pages, and is indexed and fully illustrated throughout.  Published as a hardback, it costs £19.99 and is available at Amazon and Waterstones.



November 2015

HMS Hermes Association 

Will be holding a service of dedication

On  Sunday 22nd of November 2015 at 2pm

The National Memorial Arboretum

Service to be conducted by Canon Roger Devonshire, with the attendance of UK President Rear Admiral Richard Melly

We have a tree planted on site in memory of those lost from Hermes 8, 9 & 10

This service is to dedicate a new memorial plaque to our lost shipmates.

You are all warmly invited to attend.

National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire. DE13 7AR

Parking on site is £3.00 per day.  A suggested meeting point is the Cafe on site from 1pm.


Standard Bearer Iain Shickle will be representing HMS Hermes Association at the following events in November.

Chelmsford, Essex on Remembrance Sunday morning at 1030

Witham for their Remembrance parade at 1400.

Then on the 11th a service at Newport Military cemetery.

On the 22nd at the National Memorial Arboretum for the dedication of our new plaque.

Sunday 29th November at the Birmingham International Tattoo .

Please remember in your thoughts Shipmate and Association member Barry Elton who very sadly Crossed The Bar recently


Reunion 2016

Will be held on the 7-11th of April at Holiday Inn Plymouth.

All members will receive information packs and booking forms direct from Isle of Wight Tours in due course.

For enquiries please contact;

IOW Tours Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 1983 405116
Fax: +44 (0) 1983 405584


August 2015

It has been very good news, to hear of the plans to turn H10/INS Viraat into a museum.

“A well deserved retirement”

INS Viraat the oldest aircraft carrier in the world will soon be converted into a museum and become a major tourist destination.

The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) authorities have received an in-principle approval from the Ministry of Defence to the proposal to convert the Centaur-class aircraft carrier into a museum. One of the three such carriers based in the Indian Ocean region INS Viraat built by the British was inducted into the Navy in 1987.

“The Centre has agreed to hand over INS Viraat to the state on the request of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu” the APTDC executive director Amarendar said. The warship would be docked at the shores of Kakinada port in coastal Andhra to serve as a tourist attraction. It is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2016.

The state government is planning to invest over Rs200 million to convert it into a museum without tinkering with its main structure. The museum would be entirely developed and maintained by the government without involving any private player.


July 2015

Tiverton Sea Cadets: our second Rowing Boat

With grateful thanks to a number of donors, particularly the Gibbons Family Trust, Persimmon Homes, the Viscount Amory charitable trust, the Norman Family Charitable Trust, Mr & Mrs Mitchell, the HMS Hermes Association and from their own matching fund raising, we are pleased to say that Tiverton Sea Cadets have now taken possession of their second Trinity 500 rowing boat.  The boat is now in use at the Grand Western canal basin, by the Headquarters building in Tiverton.


June 2015

In June we very sadly said farewell, to three of our HMS Hermes 9 Veterans who crossed the bar within days of each other; Alex Rusk, Dennis Kirk and John Watts.

All three funerals were attended by representatives of the Association.

Association members, alongside our UK president rear Admiral Richard Melly, and Chaplain Canon Roger Devonshire, very proudly attended the Pangbourne Falklands memorial service in June where the Hermes Standard, was paraded this year by new Association member, Nick Shorthouse, who did an outstanding job in his representation.


Crossing of the Bar

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the Crossing of the Bar of one of our Hermes 9 survivors and Association founder members and former Chairman, Mr Alex Rusk.

Alex was a true character who lit up every room he walked into.  His cheeky brand of humour meant he always got to dance with the girl!!  This while balancing a drink or making sure he had one ready at every table he sat at!

Alex was the life and soul and will be fondly remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Funeral Service is on 5th June 2015 at Anfield Crematorium from 3.20pm.

For further details please contact the Association.

The Association also informs you of the Crossing of the Bar of Hermes 9 survivor, Mr. Dennis Kirk.

Dennis joined the Association a year ago and will be sadly missed by everyone.

Our sincere condolences are sent to the families of both Alex and Dennis.


May 2015

Thank you to all members and guests that attended the 2015 reunion at the Holiday Inn Chatham.

This year’s reunion was hosted by Isle of Wight Tours.  Tour representative Geoff and the managers and staff of the Holiday Inn hotel all gave excellent service and ensured the smooth running of a very enjoyable weekend for all.

The dates for the 2016 reunion are 7th – 11th April in Plymouth.  Details will be sent to members and updated here in due course.

The next event Association members are able to attend is the Annual Service of Remembrance at Pangbourne Falklands Chapel on Sunday 14th June at Midday.

This amazing set of photographs has been sent to us by Gary Whitcutt, former Boatswain’s Mate, United States Navy. These shots were taken from the fantail of his ship, USS Albatross (MSC 289) on or about December 10, 1968 as Hermes got underway from Hong Kong Harbour.


April 2015

April 9th 2015 will mark the 73rd anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hermes 9. The Association will be remembering this during our reunion weekend.  A service of commemoration and thanksgiving will take place for all shipmates from Hermes 9 and 10 and for those who have crossed the bar over the past year.  This will be followed by the laying of a wreath at Chatham War Memorial on Sunday 12 April.


If you wish to attend the reunion and have not yet booked please contact us ASAP.

Those who are attending we look forward to your company and to welcome new members to the Association.

The display of flowers at the National Arboretum Falklands memorial way is coming alive with colour and looking stunning.  Thousands of Tulips and Daffodils were planted last year to bloom through April, May and June.  We are very proud to have contributed to this beautiful display.

Wishing you a very happy Easter.



February 2015

Bring home HMS Hermes 10?

We have been informed that there is an online petition asking for Hermes 10 to be returned to the UK after her service with the Indian Navy.

If this would be possible in the future it would certainly make an iconic attraction for future generations, as HMS Belfast has proved over the years.

With all the history that spans the previous Hermes ships especially the roles that they took in WW1 and WW2 combined with the many years service Hermes 10 has achieved making her historically the longest serving carrier.  Her years throughout the 1950`s, 60`s & 70`s and the Flagship status of the 1980`s during the Falklands seems well deserving to bring this Grand Lady home.

So how can you help?

Please go to and search HMS Hermes

All you need to enter to sign the petition is your name and address and email.  When you have signed then ask your friends to do the same!

The closing date is 30/03/2015

Thank you

Crossing of the Bar

Sadly we inform you of the crossing of the bar of shipmate Antony Bull (Tony) who passed away on 07/02/2015

Our sincere condolences are sent to Tony’s family at this sad time.


The reunion is getting closer now;  if any members have an item for the AGM please can we have it ASAP.

We do have a fundraising raffle during the reunion;  if anyone reading this has as suitable prize to donate it will be gratefully accepted.  Please contact us at

In recent years our fundraising has allowed us to have a stone brought over from the Falkland Islands beautifully engraved and laid in the Pangbourne Cairn.  Last year we were able to have a Hermes memorial seat installed in the chapel.

Looking forward to a happy Hermes reunion in Chatham.

December 2014

Christmas greetings to all members and visitors to this page.

Thanks go to all Committee members and helpers for the dedicated work that makes our Association possible throughout the year.

We look forward to our 2015 reunion in Chatham under the expert direction of Shirley and her team at Isle of Wight Tours.

Get well soon wishes are sent to Shipmate Ted Keeper.

As the 100 year anniversary of WW1 was remembered this year by the spectacular display of poppies at the Tower of London, many of us visited and held thoughts of those lost from Hermes 8 in 1914.

Hermes 8 was lost along with her crew in the Straits of Dover by attack from U Boat 27.

On 31st of October 2014 one hundred years to the day of the sinking,

Included in the roll of honour at the Tower was the name of,

Alfred William Littlefield RMLI (RMR) HMS HERMES 8

It was read out as his dedicated poppy was laid. In attendance was his very proud Granddaughter.


Crossed The Bar

Sadly we announce the crossing of the bar of association member Tim Caldicott who died peacefully on 23 rd September after a short illness.

Tim signed up in 1954, joining HMS Raleigh in 1955 as a junior stoker. Serving on HMS Hermes April 1968-October 1970. Tim retired in 1982 as a Fleet Chief MEM.


October/November 2014


HMS Hermes Standard will proudly be on parade during November at the following events.

8th November Taranto Night Dinner

9th November (am) Remembrance Day Parade and Telford Festival of Lights (pm)

11th November Military Cemetery Newport

30th November Birmingham Military Tattoo

Thank you to Standard Barer Shipmate Iain Shickle for representing HMS Hermes Association.


The stunning display of poppies at the Tower of London has been visited by many association members over the past few months.

Each poppy planted represents a life lost during WW1.  Forty four of those poppies will honour those lost from HMS Hermes 8

Hermes 8 was re commissioned at the beginning of World War I in August 1914 for service as an aircraft ferry and depot ship for the Royal Naval Air Force. She was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in the Straits of Dover in October with the loss of 44 lives.

As you attend remembrance services around the country please remember in your thoughts all of our shipmates who have crossed the bar.

TIP (please click on any of the photographs to view them full size!)




Thursday 9th – Monday 13th April

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September 2014

Crossed The Bar

It is with great sadness we announce the crossing of the bar of shipmate Jack Lithgo HMS Hermes 10 (1962-64)

Jack has very bravely faced his illness in the past months and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.  The smiles and laughter Jack created with his jokes will be an everlasting memory.  A few weeks ago Jack donated his personal collection of photographs from his Hermes commission to the Association.  Please take time to look at them in the H10 gallery.  Jack’s funeral will take place on Friday 19th September in Kennoway, Fife, Scotland.

It is also with much sadness we announce that Mary Morgan has passed away in Australia after a long illness. Mary is the wife of our Overseas President Rex Morgan.

The Association sends sincere condolences to the families of both Jack Lithgo and Mary Morgan.


October Newsletter

If you have any items to be included into the next newsletter please submit them by 18th October


August 2014

Crossed The Bar

It is with great sadness we inform you of the crossing of the bar of Shipmate Colin Smith who served on HMS Hermes 10.

Colin has been a well respected member of the Association for many years. He will be greatly missed and kept in fond memory by his shipmates and friends.

Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are sent to Colin’s family at this time.

Funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 26th August.  Anyone wishing to attend or send a message of sympathy please contact us for further details.


We have also sadly been informed of the crossing of the bar of HMS Hermes 9 Veteran and survivor Gordon Kidd.  Another of our brave gentlemen from 1942.

July 2014

To coincide with Fathers Day this year, two of our lady members were able to have flowers laid on their fathers resting place – HMS Hermes 9.

This was made possible by Dharshana Jayawardena of Dive Sri Lanka. Dharshana has become a personal friend over the years and his respect of Hermes as a war grave and his passion for the ship’s history, shines through.  For this reason he was asked if he would lay a wreath of flowers on his next dive. Dharshana was proud to carry out this task and chose two beautiful sprays of white roses carefully weighted and delivered with personal messages on 19th June 2014.

A task carried out with dignity and compassion and in Dharshana`s words “an honour and a pleasure for those gentlemen”  We send our thanks to Dharshana and his colleagues at Dive Sri Lanka for honouring all of those lost on HMS Hermes 9 and for the wonderful job they have done for us


Summer Greetings – July 2014

In June there was a wonderful attendance by Association members at the Arboretum for the opening of the Falklands memorial way.   The service of remembrance at Pangbourne Chapel was also very well attended, where we now proudly have our own HMS Hermes memorial seat, along with the engraved stone that was laid in the Cairn in 2013.

For future visitors to the chapel our seat is on row eight and our stone easily located on the outer edge of the Cairn.  Thank you to all who contributed to the fundraising for the memorial seat.  It was a proud moment for us to see it in place in such a beautiful Chapel.


We are at present finalising details for our April 2015 reunion to be held in Chatham. Members will receive full details in the post very soon.


90th Birthday Greetings are sent to Shipmate Reg Mashford H9 Veteran.


Crossed The Bar

Sadly we inform you that Mr Alfred Gifford a long standing member of the Association has crossed the bar.  Our condolences are sent to his daughter and family.

The Falklands memorial way was last year given 1200 tulips which flowered beautifully between April and May.  The plan this year is to plant thousands more along the way.  If you would like to support this wonderful plan please contact Mike Coulton, Secretary, Special Forces Association

May 2014

Crossed The Bar

It is with great sadness we inform you of the crossing of the bar of two Hermes Shipmates.

Rear Admiral Roger Dimmock CB HMS Hermes 10

And Mr Jack Cross survivor of  HMS Hermes 9, Ceylon 1942.


Rear Admiral Roger Dimmock CB.

As a young officer he had served in HMS HERMES, flying Scimitar and Hunter aircraft. In 1982 after the return of the ship from the Falklands he was appointed Captain of HMS HERMES. After his promotion to Rear Admiral he was Naval Secretary and later served as Flag Officer Naval Air Command until his retirement in 1988. That same year he was awarded CB in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The funeral of Rear Admiral Dimmock  was held on Thursday 29 May 2014 in St.Peter and St.Paul’s Church, Fareham, Hants.

The service was  officiated by Canon Roger Devonshire HMS Hermes Chaplain


Jack Cross  HMS Hermes 9 Survivor.

This was the opening line of the amazing story you have read over the past two newsletters of Jack’s time on Hermes 9.

Jack was a very proud and passionate member of the Association.  His stories very amusing and those who were at the reunion would have heard a caption  read out from  Jack’s last letter.  It told the story of his sacking from the charity shop he worked in after catching a thief his language was deemed unacceptable and he got the sack aged 94!.

We are very honoured and grateful that Jack chose to share his memoirs with us in his last letter just a few weeks ago he wrote this.

“I stress that there are thousands of stories that will never be told. The plain facts were we joined the navy to serve our country, was paid to do it and to respond to our training when it was needed. When the war was over it was a case of knuckle down and rebuild your life”    Jack Cross April 2014

Jack’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday 3rd June at 2.30 pm

Canford Crematorium,  Canford Lane, Westbury- on-Tryn, Bristol.BS9 3PQ

May 2014

Thank you to all members who attended our 2014 reunion in Blackpool, an enjoyable weekend was had by all.  It was good to welcome our new members and also an honour to have joining us for the first time our UK president Rear Admiral Richard Melly and his wife Lynne along with our Chaplain Canon Roger Devonshire and his wife Mary.

Thanks go to our committee members who work throughout the year to ensure these reunions can take place.  As one comes to a close, work starts on the next one.  The Hermes reunion for 2015 will take place in April and the venue will be Chatham.  We will update you with further details as soon as we have them available.

The next event HMS Hermes Association members will be attending will be the Falklands Memorial Chapel service on June 15th – please contact us for further details.

Members will receive the next newsletter in June/July.  If you have any articles to be included please submit them by June 14th.

New Member

We have great pleasure in welcoming a new member to the Association.

Mr Dennis Kirk, HMS Hermes 9 veteran and survivor of the sinking in 1942.

He joined the Navy aged 16, and was only 18 when the Hermes went down.  He embarked on Hermes with another Aldershot boy, Bill Kennedy, whose photograph he recognised when looking through some of the history on the Hermes Association website.  Bill was sadly lost in the sinking.

After being picked by one of the Hospital ships, Dennis initially went to South Africa, before being redeployed to other ships, and he remained in the Navy until 1946, having travelled all over the world.

February 2014

My name is Nick Barwis and I served in the RN as a Cook, joining in 1977 and disabled out in 1982.

I recently started a new venture which is a web site dedicated to my original artworks of Royal Navy ships from the 1950’s to the present day.

Currently there are 170 ships in the collection and each artwork is a short run limited edition of only 25 signed prints. I have been selling them on EBay since Christmas 2013 and have had some exceptional feedback and some great emails from some old sea dogs!

All artworks are individually printed to order on cotton canvas paper and are limited to a print run of just 25. All are signed and numbered by the artist. Each artwork measures 16″ x 20″ (40 cm x 50 cm) when mounted on its art quality matting. Each artwork has a backing board and comes in a cellophane envelope. Priced at £24.99

 Nick Barwis 

Tel: 01622 297188


February 2014

As our annual reunion gets nearer we look forward to meeting up in Blackpool. The last reunion that the Association held in Blackpool was 1996 so we are excited about our return!

You are reminded that if you have any items for this years AGM, please submit them ASAP.  Membership renewal forms will be sent with your next newsletter so please update any contact details to help us keep our records up to date.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the Association who work during the year to keep memberships updated / accounts and auditing /representation by our standard barer and those who organise the reunion much of this work goes unseen but is vital to the running of our association and its future.  THANK YOU ALL.

We would like to see our Hermes Memorial seat at Pangbourne this year if our funds allow so please if you have any suitable raffle prizes please bring them along to the reunion.

Please take a moment to look at the beautiful artwork of Nick Barwis at  Those attending the reunion will get the chance to see Nick’s work as we have two amazing pieces on display; one from his collection and one especially commissioned for the Association.

Wishing you all a safe journey to Blackpool and another Happy Hermes reunion.  Any member wishing to send apologies for not attending or greetings to members in attendance may do so via the contact form on this site.

Jan 2014

Happy New Year to all members and visitors

We start the year with a birthday Shipmate Mr Jack Lithgo celebrated his 80th birthday on 1st of January 2014 congratulations Jack from all of us.

We have had on loan a beautiful photograph album of The China Station: Hermes 1930-37.  These photos have been added to our Hermes 9 Gallery so please take time to browse as they are from a personal collection and have been lovingly looked after for over 80 years.  Our thanks go to Mrs Hughes for kindly sending the album to us.

If you have any photographs that can be added to our ships galleries please send them to

Blackpool Reunion April 2014

Those of you who have already booked you are reminded that full payment is due in February please contact Mrs Loveday if you require further details.

For those attending we are very much looking forward to another Happy Hermes reunion and a full itinerary will be sent with your next newsletter in March.

If any members have items for the 2014 AGM agenda please use the contact form on this web site and it will be sent to Mr Shickle, Vice Chairman for his attention.

We are hoping to raise funds for a HMS Hermes memorial seat at Pangbourne College this year so if you have any suitable raffle prizes they would be very much appreciated likewise if you would like to make a donation to this fund please contact us.

Thank You

Nov 2013

Thank you to all members who attended the funeral service of Shipmate Bill Glover in Plymouth.

Mary and her family send thanks to all of you for your cards and flowers and for those who travelled long distances to be at Bill’s funeral it was very much appreciated.

Many of you will have attended remembrance day services around the country.

Alan Cambridge laid a wreath at the Plymouth memorial on behalf of the HMS Dorsetshire association also remembering those lost from HMS Hermes and HMS Cornwall in 1942.

Hermes was also represented by our members attending the memorial service for Admiral Sandy Woodward at Chichester cathedral on 14th November.

Wishing all members and visitors to this site a very happy Christmas and new year.

Crossed the Bar

It is with great sadness we announce that Shipmate Bill Glover has crossed the bar.

Bill and his wife Mary have been members of the Hermes association since a chance meeting with other members  in Plymouth.

Many happy memories and wonderful friendships have been created since the very welcome addition of Bill and Mary to the association and our heartfelt sympathy is with Mary and her family at the loss of a wonderful husband and true gentleman.

Funeral service is Friday 1st November, 10.45am, St Mary’s Church, Plympton, Devon.

Oct 2013

Chairman’s Change of Contact Details

Please note new contact details for Mr Jim Loveday are as follows.

6. Little Green,



Hants. PO12 2EU

Telephone; 02393 781772   email;

Please use this address for sending all new membership applications

Sept 2013

Reunion 2014 Blackpool

For those wishing to attend HMS Hermes reunion 2014 in Blackpool you are reminded that bookings can only be made via the association this time.

If  you do wish to attend please contact us with your details by 30/09/2013 to


The next association newsletter will be in October if you have any articles that you would like to submit for publication please use the contact form on this site and send by 30/09/2013.

 Crossed the Bar

Admiral Sir John Woodward (‘Sandy’)

Commanded the carrier battle group Task Force 317.8 during the Falklands conflict.

” A very courageous and decisive leader, proven by his heroic command of the Royal Navy Task Force during the Falklands conflict. We are indebted to him for his many years of service and the vital role he played to ensure that the people of the Falkland Islands can still live in peace and freedom”. (David Cameron)

Woodward was born in on May 1 1932, he was educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and joined the navy at the age of 13, and rose through the ranks to command submarines – in 1969.
When Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982, Woodward, was given command of the task force that was to transport British troops south to the islands.

Then Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher gave him permission to sink any Argentinean warship outside its national waters – a command that was to prove decisive in the British victory.

Woodward was in command of two aircraft carriers, Invincible and Hermes, and some 50 other warships as well as support vessels.  The task force also had, beneath the waves and in secret, a complement of nuclear-powered submarines.

He went on to write a memoir of his time as the Falklands task force commander titled One Hundred Days.


Admiral John Woodward 1932 -2013



FALKLANDS FILM    by David Pickett

I started to make silent amateur films [ Super 8 mm ] in 1969 and had made a
few films including my English Civil War epic “Cheriton 1644″ in 1975 before
as fate would have it, I had moved to Southsea and in 1982 I rushed down to
the walls there with my “Bolex” Super 8 camera and a separate cassette sound
recorder and filmed many of the Naval ships returning to Portsmouth that

Ships in the film include HMS Hermes, HMS Invincible, HMS Herald and
HMS Bristol.
There is included archive footage of the Royal Yacht Britannia from the Silver
Jubilee review of the fleet in 1977.

The film, in ten separate reels and the cassette sound tape had lain dormant
for almost 30 Years when I decided with the anniversary coming up to try to
find a company that could restore and marry film and sound together.
Having found the company I then had to spend many hours editing and putting
sound to film so that it could all be transferred to digital DVD.
It was because the DVD took time to restore and complete that it did not
meet the 1982 anniversary.
I am happy to say that after the slog it is now available for veterans,
naval enthusiasts and ship spotters to enjoy !.

Film running time 15 minutes

£10.00 per copy including p&p (UK)

To order please contact David Pickett direct on

June 2013

HMS Hermes Association Reunion 10th – 14th April 2014

The Imperial Hotel Blackpool

The total package for 4 nights is £182.00 per person

The total package for 3 nights is £140.00 per person

The total package for 2 nights is £95.00 per person

The Gala Dinner package is £50.00 per person

These prices are based on 2 people sharing either a double/twin room.

There are limited single rooms available.

There is a £20.00 per night supplement for any guest requesting single occupancy of a double room. Parking is included in the package – usually charged at £3.50 per day. Complimentary use of the hotel’s leisure facilities (gym, swimming pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi) is included for guests resident in the hotel. I hope you all will be pleased with our choice of hotel and look on the web site for more information.‎

Imperial Hotel Blackpool

We believe we have negotiated a good deal for our members but we have to make a block booking so all monies will have to be paid to HMS Hermes Association either by cheque or bank transfer you are not able to book direct with the hotel all bookings must be made through the Hermes Association.

For Bookings and further information please contact Mrs C Loveday

June 2013

On Saturday 15th June HMS Hermes Association members very proudly had the dedication of a memorial stone in the Cairn Pangbourne and were honoured to have the newly appointed Uk President of the Association in attendance Rear Admiral Richard Melly.

Rear Admiral Richard Melly joins the Association having joined the Royal Navy in 1971 and served as a Marine Engineering Officer retiring at the rank of rear admiral in 2005. With Hermes he saw active service during the Falklands war…….we welcome him to the Association.

Dedication Service at Pangbourne

Cairn at Pangbourne

On Sunday 16th June Hermes Association members proudly gathered for the Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance in the Falkland Island Memorial Chapel Pangbourne college for this service we were honoured to be joined by both our UK President Rear Admiral Richard Melly and also our Over Seas President Mr Rex Morgan at present here on a visit from his home in Australia. Rex Morgan’s late father Charles Morgan was noted for taking some of the greatest photographs of WW2 taken on the burning decks of Hermes 9 in 1942 as the ship was sinking rapidly.

Presidents & Chairman at Pangbourne


May 2013

Our next event is on Saturday June 15th 2013.  The blessing of our Stone for the Cairn at Pangbourne – we are very proud to have a stone brought over from the Falkland Islands that has been beautifully engraved it will be added to the Cairn in memory of our lost shipmates.

On Sunday 16th June 2013 a Service of Remembrance will be held in the Falkland Island Memorial chapel at 12.00hrs.  For further details of these events please contact Chairman Mr J Loveday on 02086 461441 or email

HMS COLLINGWOOD has an open day on Saturday 1st of June if any members are attending  please let us know and we will put you in touch with each other to arrange a meeting point.

April 2013

Reunion 2013 Bosworth hall was a great success thanks go to all those who organised it and to our hosts at Bosworth Hall for their excellent service in beautiful surroundings and most importantly to those of you who attended.  It was good to welcome new members to the Association we will inform you of next years reunion as soon as we have final details.

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving was held on Saturday 13th April in All Souls Church, Ascot  for Shipmate Mr Michael James McLoughlin who crossed the bar on 16 th March 2013.  The service was conducted by Revd Stephen Johnson with tributes from family members and beautifully chosen music to reflect on the life of a very brave man who was a Hermes 9 survivor who then went on to be a member of the SAS.

Letter from Julie Kirkpatrick

As the Hermes Association founders members,daughter and grandaughter on behalf of both my late Grandfather Ted Girtchen (Hermes 9) survivor and my late Dad also Ted Girtchen (served in the RN on HMS Devonshire, Troubridge to name a few), thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who continue to keep the Hermes Association alive since 1987. The 2013 reunion at Bosworth Hall was a resounding success thanks to the dedication and hard work of our Chairman Jim and his wife Christine, also Iain, Brigid, Carol, David, Tony, Linda, Bob, Glenda(baby Vice missed you Bob) and all those unsung heroes who are members devoting their time to make sure our Association goes from strength to strength. Special thanks to David for this website and Dave R (Paddy) for facebook plus all those we met from Fleet Air Arm involved with the admin of the facebook page.  For the next generation may we keep the Happy Hermes family reunions going and growing.  Thank you all and sorry it’s such a long comment!  My husband Alec, sons Jack, Harry, mum Ann and Grandma Cath had a fabulous time and I am missing my “up spirits” already – where’s Pincher Martin when I need more rum now I’m home ?  Love to all – looking forward to Widnes 2014 reunion already

March 2013

It is with great sadness that we confirm the Crossing of the Bar of one of our Hermes 9 veterans, Mr Mike McLoughlin.  Mike was an integral part of the creation of the legendary SAS and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Dec 2012

It is with great sadness that we confirm the Crossing of the Bar on 1st December of Cpt. Linley Middleton aged 83 who was HMS Hermes Captain during the Falklands conflict.  In addition, Jill Onslow daughter-in-law of Cpt. Onslow H9 crossed the bar during December.

Nov 2012

Ian Shickle ensured the Hermes standard was proudly displayed at the Fleet Air Arm Taranto night dinner then on 11th November at the RBL remembrance day service at Telford and again at The Festival of Light ceremony at Oakengates to mark the fallen of WW1.

June 2012

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, Hermes Association members attended a Service of Remembrance and thanksgiving on Sunday 17th June 2012 at the Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel, Pangbourne.  The Hermes Standard was once again proudly paraded during the poignant ceremony followed by a splendid lunch provided by the Cadets of Pangbourne.

On the 30th June the standard was on parade for the Olympic Torch relay carried by Cpl. J Beharry VC at the National Arboretum.


April 2012

It was the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict and the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the Hermes 9 in 1942. The reunion was held in Portsmouth from 5th – 9th April at: The Royal Maritime Club, 75-80 Queen Street, Portsmouth.  A wonderfully poignant weekend was had by all and many memories created.


December 2011

Hermes Association Christmas Draw was hugely successful and raised £600 for the Association.


June 2011

Hermes Association members attended a Service of Remembrance and thanksgiving on Sunday 12th June 2011 at the Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel, Pangbourne.


 April 2011

Reunion for 2012 This is a very special joint anniversary year. It is the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict and the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the Hermes 9 in 1942. This reunion will be held in Portsmouth on 5th – 9th April 2012 at: The Royal Maritime Club, 75-80 Queen Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS Tel: 02392 824231 Website: If you would like to attend, please contact our Secretary, Richard Tipping on 01752 787697 or by email at


April 2011

It is with much sadness that we inform you of the crossing of the bar of our Vice President Mr Ted Girtchen. A courageous and inspirational man who has left us all with very fond memories and is greatly missed.