The HMS Exeter Association would like to pay tribute to all those who served on HMS Exeter either 68 or D89.

If you know of anyone who is not listed and who may have passed recently, please do let us know.

Crossed the Bar

Sadly some of our shipmates remain on patrol or have passed on since the ships did:

                Name:                                                   Date:

  • Reg (Pasty) Cornall                    2nd August 2021
  • Basil Trott (68)                               24th July 2021
  • Gracie Fields (Kelsang Norbu)   9th March 2018
  • Steve Lunt                                22nd October 2020
  • Jim London (68)                       25th August 2019
  • Lee Neal                                                  June 2019
  • Paul Harvey-Hunter.                       1st June 2019
  • Tony (Benny) Benton          26th December 2018
  • Steve Wilkinson                     6th November 2018
  • Allan Heath                                     12th July 2017
  • Graeme Philip Allen                   15th March 2017
  • Dougie Grant (68)                     2nd January 2017
  • Danny Daniel                       15th September 2016
  • George Gaskell (68)            27th December 2016
  • Joe Asher (68)                     15th December 2016
  • Danny Daniel                                   15th Sep 2016
  • Colin Coulson                            15th August 2015
  • Dave Ashford.                                 10th May 2009
  • Christian Key                              3rd October 2008
  • Dave Austen                         25th November 2007
  • Scott Kirby                                      11th July 2006
  • Hugh Balfour                                 29th June 1999
  • Tony (Creepy) Crawley                                    1999
  • Billy Connolly                                                    1982
  • Adrian Sunderland                       25th May 1982                                                  (KIA HMS Coventry)
  • Ron Fisher

In Waters Deep

In ocean wastes no poppies blow,
No crosses stand in ordered row,
Their young hearts sleep... beneath the wave...
The spirited, the good, the brave,
But stars a constant vigil keep,
... For them who lie beneath the deep.

'Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer
On certain spot and think. "He's there."
But you can to the ocean go...
See whitecaps marching row on row;
Know one for him will always ride...
In and out... with every tide.

And when your span of life is passed,
He'll meet you at the "Captain's Mast."
And they who mourn on distant shore
For sailors who'll come home no more,
Can dry their tears and pray for these
Who rest beneath the heaving seas...

For stars that shine and winds that blow
And whitecaps marching row on row.
And they can never lonely be
For when they lived... they chose the sea...

by Eileen Mahoney:

A useful aide memoir for funerals of former Royal Navy personnel (thank you Dean Deakins)

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HMS Exeter wreaths can be ordered via the slops page.  These unfortunately cannot be funded by the Association, as we are a free association. However, family or oppos of the deceased are able to order online.