details were received courtesy of Mr Peter Hemsley
from Leeds, Yorkshire, UK.
“I have seen your advertisement in the Navy News regarding
your search for former shipmates and comrades who knew your father. Well my
late father James Herbert Hemsley, Stoker 1st
Class Service No. KX 128168 served on the Birmingham
from 10th Aug. 1943 to 28th Feb 1946, and from 1st March 1946 to 21st May 1946 at
HMS Victory a Portsmouth
shore base, being demobbed on or just after that date.
he served on HMS Malaya. As to whether they knew one another I'm afraid I
unable to say. I've looked through the photo's I have and do not see any
likeness to your father, but then I know that stokers had a separate mess,
although I'm sure they knew each other.
It seems that you are doing the same thing in NZ, as I
am here in the UK
and in my case it came as a big surprise to find out just how far my father
travelled in the ships he served in. Any way good luck in your search.
I enclose two photo's of HMS
Birmingham docked in Copenhagen at the end
of the war, the 13th May 1945 to be exact as I have a Danish newspaper of
that date showing Field Marshall Montgomery leading a parade with the Birmingham in the
background. She took the surrender of the German warships Prinz Eugen and the Nurnberg.
Also a photo of two of the Birmingham's crew on leave, the one on
the left is my father.”