photographs were posted on the Worldnavalships.com Forum by
"Gav Mac" and Kelly Porter. Forums like this are a very useful way of
contacting persons with a shared interest but can be very frustrating
as it often proves impossible to contact somebody who posted several
years ago and then never revisits the site to view a personal message
or a post requesting further details. Sadly, the Forum was closed by
the host worldnavalships.com in 2018 for reasons of data privacy.
As a result I know very little about these photograph but have now been
contacted by Gavin McLoughlin ("Gav Mac"), the grandson of Tom Field on
the left and in the white singlet in the photograph below. Gavin tells
me that Tom Field served throughout the war in HMS Wishart and was known as "Gracie" Fields after the actress and singer, Gracie Fields.
Tom Fields (1919 - 79) was born and died in Birmingham and returned to
his former job in a brick makers factory in Weoley Castle after the
war. I am hoping
his family will be able to tell me more about his wartime service in
The other photographs were posted on the Forum by Kelly Porter
who has also been in contact with me recently. They belonged to her
Grandfather, Alf Rhodes, and include some of his shipmates: F. Newbury,
Townsend, Hinton, "Gracie" Fields, Barnes, Wilke, Stone, Clifford and
Gent. If your name is listed here or you had a family member who served
in HMS WIshart do get in touch to tell his story on this web site.
Left: Stokers on Wishart, Tom Fields (front, wearing white singlet), Townsend, Winton, Fields, Barnes and Wilke. Right: dhobying aboard Wishart. Some of the faces in the photograph on the right resemble those on the left but who are they?
photographs are provided courtesy of Kelly Porter and Gavin McLoughlin whose
Grandfathers, Alf Rhodes and Tom Field, were stokers on HMS Wishart Alf Rhodes, Kelly Porter's Grandfather, is the man on the right in the picture on the left If you can provide more information please get in touch now.
The Ship's Company of HMS Wishart Double click on the image to display full size The photograph was probably taken after her refit and recommissioning in September 1941 whenCdr. Humphrey Gilbert Scott, RN was appointed CO
The photographs were provided by Kelly Porter and Gavin McLoughlinwhose Grandfathers, were stokers on HMS Wishart. Can you recognise any of these men?
you have stories or photographs of HMS Wishart you would like to
contribute to the web site please contact Bill Forster