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HMS Manchester and the 8th Battalion


The cruiser HMS Manchester which was attacked by Italian torpedo-bombers en route from Gibraltar to Malta with soldiers of the 8th Battalion on board on 23rd July 1941.  A number of the crew and five officers and seven men of the battalion were killed.  The battalion resumed its journey to Malta on the cruisers HMS Hermione and Arethusa and the minelayer HMS Manxman on 1st August 1941.  Those soldiers who died are commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Surrey.
Accession Number KO1277/27


Letter from Captain Drew of HMS Manchester, to Lieutenant Colonel Westropp, Commanding the 8th Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment, dated 28th July 1941 after the attack on the ship.
Accession Number: KOLIB233


The cruiser HMS Arethusa.
Accession Number KO1277/22

 

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