Remembering Today 19/8/42 Alfred Blaney DSM, Royal Navy

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  1. La-de-da-Gunner Graham

    La-de-da-Gunner Graham Senior Member

    Remembering today:
    Alfred Blaney DSM
    Leading Seaman D/SSX 21349
    Royal Navy, HMS Dinosaur
    Died: 19/8/1942
    Commemorated: Plymouth Memorial.
    Son of Harry and Jane Blaney; husband of Lily Blaney, of Cumnock, Ayrshire. Killed on the raid on Dieppe.

    :poppy: Remembered with honour.
  2. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member


    Dinosaur, Dieppe Raid, operation Jubilee

    BETTS, Thomas, Stoker 1c, C/KX 96890, MPK
    BLANEY, Alfred, Ty/Act/Leading Seaman, D/SSX 21349, MPK
    GOLDING, Norman R, Marine, PO/X 109740, killed
    HARDMAN, William, Marine, PO/X 109966, killed
    MOON, Robert, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 241238, killed
    REDWOOD, Wilfred, Marine, PLY/X 105614, killed


    HMS Dinosaur I, HQ for tank landing craft training, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
    HMS Dinosaur II, Landing craft and work-up base, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
  3. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member


    For courage, coolness, and devotion to duty in the Battle of Cape Matapan:

    The Distinguished Service Medal

    Chief Petty Officer Richard Thomas Brown, P/J.I0326I, H.M.S. Barham

    Chief Petty Officer Frank Sidney Marston, D/J.95599. H.M.S. Valiant

    Chief Petty Officer George Charles Matthias Pharoah, C/ J.93906, H.M.S. Warspite

    Petty Officer William John Mackett Smith, C/JX.I32465, H.M.S. Warspite

    Sergeant John Clifford Ormonroyd, Po.X.6o4, Royal Marines, H.M.S. Barham

    Able Seaman Alfred Blaney, D/SSX.21349, H.M.S. Valiant

    Ordinary Seaman Alexander George Gales, P/JX.I82697, H.M.S. Warspite
  4. Phil Mills

    Phil Mills Member

    hi, I've just seen this reference to Alfred Blaney. I've been researching the Royal Navy actions during the Dieppe Raid 19 Aug 1942 for several years. In particular, I've been looking at the 2nd LCT Flotilla, which landing the Canadian Tanks on the main beach in front of Dieppe itself. Alfred Blaney was killed on board LCT145 no.1. Joining the Royal Navy before WW2, he'd only been a member of the crew of this ship for less than a week, having previously seen service on HMS Revenge, Repulse and Orion. Of the 10 LCTs that formed the 2nd LCT Flotilla, five were lost during the attack, LCT145 no.1 being one of the three left stranded on the shore after the allies withdrew. Of the 22 Royal Navy personnel I know were on LCT145 no.1, 5 were killed, 10 were wounded, and 9 were taken prisoner (including some of the wounded). Five men swam to another LCT during the battle and made it back to England.
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Alfred Blaney
    BIRTH JAN FEB MAR 1920 • Kings Norton, Warwickshire
    DEATH 19 AUGUST 1942 • At Sea

    UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960
    Name: Alfred Blaney
    Event: Death
    Birth Date: 1 Jan 1920
    Birth Place: Birmingham, Warwicks.
    Death Date: 19 Aug 1942
    Death Age: 22

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  6. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Good afternoon,

    Not sure if you're still active on this forum, but I was interested in your information regarding L/Sea Blaney and the other crew of HMLCT145 (1) at Dieppe. I've not been able to confirm which LCT he was attached to when killed, but it is possible that he is one four of the casualties suffered LCT145's crew that I have not been able to identify.

    I have confirmed the following crew:

    Lt George E.H. Reynolds RNVR C/O, LCT145 (1)- Wounded POW
    S/Lt John H.B. Colson RNVR 1st Lt, LCT145 (1)- POW
    AB Clements LCT145 (1), Loader Pom-Pom- Wounded
    OS Albert Bailey JX293517 LCT145 (1)- POW
    OS John Bennett C/JX316162 LCT145 (1)- Wounded
    OS W. Cummings LCT145 (1)- Wounded
    OS Albert Wheatcroft D/JX313181- Wounded POW
    PO/MM Ronald Smith P/MX78822 LCT145 (1)- POW
    Sto1 Thomas Betts (24) C/KX96390 HMS Dinosaur-LCT145- (1) Killed (M)
    Sto2 Ernest Johnson C/KX153531 LCT145- POW

    Four more unidentified OR crew missing

    Embarked staff from 2nd LCT Flotilla:

    Lt Cdr Harry P. Brownell RANVR (36) LCT145(1), FO 2nd LCT Flotilla Killed (M)
    Lt John H. Bruce RNVR LCT145(1), Staff Officer, 2nd LCT Flotilla POW? [Though he is not listed on ADM358/901 casualty list]
    S/Lt J. Elphick RNVR HQ, 2nd LCT Flotilla- Returned

    Plus attached Medical personnel:

    SBPO Thomas Neill (26) C/MX52775 HMS Pembroke-Chatham Naval Hospital- LCT145(1) Killed (M)
    SBA William H. Hare-Winton P/MX100642 RNH Haslar- LCT145(1) POW

    And maybe one more naval medic as each of the initial LCT's had embarked 3-4 medical staff.

    Do you have any updates you could add to my list?


  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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