Leading Seaman John Malcolm Brownless, JX 327772, who served on HMS Cottesmore. The photographs are from John's collection.
John Malcolm Brownless joined the Royal Navy on the 25 March 1942 and commenced training at HMS Collingwood, a Royal Navel shore establishment at Fareham and at HMS Victory. He also trained at HMS St Christopher a Training Base located at Fort William in Scotland.
He was later transferred to HMS Pembroke at Chatham in Kent, where he Joined the Hunt class Destroyer HMS Cottesmore.
In 1945 John was transferred to HMS Loch Achray. John went on to train at HMS Orlando the shore base and gunnery school at Greenock in Scotland. When the war in Europe ended, in May 1945, Loch Achray took part in "Operation Deadlight” escorting surrendered German U-boats to Loch Ryan. In September 1945 Loch Achray joined the East Indies Escort Force in the Indian Ocean supporting military operations.
One John’s stories was of being landed on Java towards the end of the war, to assist the Army in fighting the Japanese, apparently 'proper' troops not Matlo's were landed to the North and a 'pincer' movement formed. They succeeded in shooting most of the monkey population having been warned of Japanese snipers in trees.
Top Row, Tosh, Ivy, Sam,
Bottom Row, Mick, Timber, A. J.
"Y" Gun Crew.
"Y" Gun Crew.
Crew of HMS Cottesmore. The Destroyer in the background is HMS Blankney (L30) . John Brownless is furthest right. Donald Maxwell Reed is back row, right hand side.
John Malcolm Brownless
CREW PHOTOGRAPHS HMS COTTESMORE.
Photographs and information kindly supplied by Roger Brownless, from his father's, John Malcolm Brownless's, collection.
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From John Malcolm Brownless's collection. Depth Charge Thrower in foreground, sister destroyer in background.
From John Malcolm Brownless, collection, proudly stating "We Were There" HMS Cottesmore, Arromanches, D-day, 6th June 1944 and signed by some of the crew.
Hooky Fade. Depth-charge thrower behind him.
Ships mascot. In the background the 20mm Oerlikon Anti-aircraft gun