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    Quote Originally Posted by yatevictor View Post
    Dear Donna,

    I am the son of H.A.V.Yate.

    Please let me have your e mail address and I will let you have all the information I have - including a rather poignant visit to the site of the sunken wreck at the head of Narvik fiord.

    Please contact me via private message.

    Vic Yate.
    Thank you Vic so much for responding to my appeal for information on your father (my great-uncle). I have sent a private message to you containing my personal email address and I hope you receive it ok, if not feel free to mail me by private message through the forum.

    Many thanks again

    Donna.

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    I am thrilled for you Donna and Vic to connect yourselves to each others' family on B-G forums.

    It is a small world indeed! And what a wonderful welcome!
    Sadly, our friend Vanessa, passed away 29th. February 2012.

    Life is brief. Time is a thief.

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    Some info on war deployment if you haven't already obtained it.

    H. M . S . H U N T E R (i) ( H 3 5 )

    "H" Class Fleet Destroyer ordered from Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Newcastle under the 1934 Programme on 13th December 1934, The ship was laid down on 27th March 1935 and launched on 25th February 1936 as the 17th Royal Navy warship to carry this name, dating from I636. It had last been used for a destroyer built in 1895 and sold in 1912. She was completed on 30th September 1936 at a build cost of 253,167, excluding Admiralty supplied items such as guns and signalling outfits. Her service prior to WW2 was with the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean during which she was was badly damaged by a mine off the south coast of Spain during the Spanish civil war. After repair lasting 18 months she rejoined the Fleet in the Mediterranean.

    B a t t l e H o n o u r s

    GABBARD 1653 - SCHEVENINGEN 1653 - BEACHY HEAD 1690 - BARFLEUR 1692 - VIGO 1702 - VELEZ MALAGA 1704 - LOUISBERG 1758 - QUEBEC 1759 - NARVIK 1940 - ATLANTIC 1939-44*+ - SALERNO 1943+ - SOUTH FRANCE 1944+ - AEGEAN 1944+ - BURMA 1945+

    (* Shared with HMS HUNTER (ii), + Awarded to HMS HUNTER (ii)

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    Badge : On a Field Green, a Crossbow Gold between two arrows Silver.

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    D e t a i l s o f W a r S e r v i c e

    1 9 3 9

    August Under refit at Devonport

    Nominated for war service based at Freetown for convoy defence.

    27th On completion prepared for war service.

    September On passage to Freetown.

    4th Deployed for trade defence and interception of blockade runners, based at Freetown.

    October Freetown deployment in continuation.

    23rd Transferred to West Indies and took passage to Bermuda.

    November

    4th Arrived at Bermuda for convoy escort duty and patrol in Eastern Atlantic

    December Trade defence duties in continuation. Based at Bermuda. 4th At Halifax.

    Escorted HM Battleship VALIANT with HM Destroyer HEREWARD during
    work-up in the West Indies.

    1 9 4 0

    January West Indies deployment in continuation.

    23rd Passage to Halifax with HM Cruiser ENTERPRISE and HMS HEREWARD from Bermuda as escort for HMS VALIANT.

    30th Arrived Halifax.

    February Transferred to Home waters for refit.

    2nd Took passage to Plymouth.

    8th Taken in hand for refit in commercial shipyard at Falmouth.

    March Under refit.

    9th On completion carried out post refit trials.

    Prepared for operational service in 2nd Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet.

    17th Escorted HM Battleship WARSPITE from Greenock to Scapa Flow.

    Joined 2nd Destroyer Flotilla at Scapa Flow

    Deployed for Fleet screening duties.

    31st Nominated for escort of minelayers as Force WV (Operation WILFRED).

    April Deployed at Scapa Flow with Flotilla for Home Fleet duties.

    6th Sailed from Sullom Voe after refuelling with HM Destroyers HARDY, HOTSPUR and HAVOCK as escort for HM Destroyers ESK, IMPULSIVE, ICARUS and IVANHOE to lay mines in Vest Fjord, Norway.

    (See Naval Staff History (MINING) for details).

    Joined HM Battlecruiser RENOWN until detached.

    7th Detached with Force WV

    8th On completion of minelay rejoined HMS RENOWN off Narvik.

    Present during initial part of engagement with SCHARNHORST but had to leave due weather conditions.

    Deployed with ships of Flotilla for patrol in Vest Fjord..

    9th Rejoined HMS RENOWN Renown off Narvik.

    10th Took part in action against German destroyers in Ofotfjord.

    (1st Battle of Narvik).

    Received several direct hits which disabled steering and started fire.

    Collided with HM Destroyer HOTSPUR and sustained further direct hits.

    Ship beached in position 68.20N 17.06E.

    107 of ship's company were killed in this action and five later died of wounds.

    (Note : 46 men were taken prisoner but released by Germans on April,13th and repatriated via Sweden.

    Details of the disastrous operations off Norway in 1940 are given in NARVIK by D. MacIntyre, THE DOOMED EXPEDITION by J Adams, CARRIER GLORIOUS by J Winton and Naval Staff History 9HMSO-2001) .

    https://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chr...7H-Hunter1.htm

    Keith

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    Quote Originally Posted by yatevictor View Post
    Dear Donna,

    I am the son of H.A.V.Yate.

    Please let me have your e mail address and I will let you have all the information I have - including a rather poignant visit to the site of the sunken wreck at the head of Narvik fiord.

    Please contact me via private message.

    Vic Yate.


    Dear Vic and Donna I have recently joined an ancestry site, my research has led me to this site and conversation, Horace Victor Yate would have been my 2nd Great Uncle I believe. I am 32 and living in kings lynn, Norfolk . Hope this gets to you both x

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    Dear Vic and Donna I have recently joined an ancestry site, my research has led me to this site and conversation, Horace Victor Yate would have been my 2nd Great Uncle I believe. I am 32 and living in kings lynn, Norfolk . Hope this gets to you both x

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