Royal Navy Insect Class River Gunboat
Service Number: C/JX 352195
16 March 1942 – 17 March 1946
1939/1945 Star - Atlantic Star - Africa Star - Italy Star -1939/1945 War Medal
On the 10th of January 2014 we received the following email from Harold’s son Fred Bainbridge.
My father, who is still alive and is 91 years old was on the Scarab during this time and it`s only lately that he has discussed some events with my own son. He appears on the photograph of the crew and is no.25 and his name is Harold Bainbridge. He is a very reserved man and it`s difficult to get him to open up so when I saw your website it was very exciting to see him there. I think he also appears on two other photographs but it is difficult to be positive. I don`t know if you knew him. I`m hoping to show him your website as soon as I can.
Since then Fred has forwarded the following photos and details.
Harold served on HMS Dauntless with my Dad Frank (Buck) Taylor and both were transferred to HMS Scarab on the same date - 11 April 1943.
They served 18 months as shipmates.
Our sincere thanks to Fred and his Father Harold.
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Royal Navy Service Record
Name of Ship Substantive Rating From To
Harold’s Enlistment Notice 6 Mar 1942
(Demobbed 17 March 1946) - War Gratuity and Post War Credit of Wages
Campaign Prayer – This would have been read before going into battle.
Aboard HMS Scarab
Harold Bainbridge (front)
Back row right is Leading Seaman Isaacs
Taken at Suez 1943
Back row: 'Buck' Taylor (centre),
Front row: 'Kiwi' Lemberg (left) and Harold Bainbridge (right)
Able Sea Dog “Rags” (Ship’s Mascot)
Aboard HMS Scarab
Front - Leading Seaman Isaacs
Back left - Petty Officer Darby Allen ('Bosun')
The Suez Canal 1943
Scarab crew members including “Rags” and “Jenny” (the monkey)
Front row - Leading Seaman holding Jenny and Ernie (Blondie) Thomas right.
Second row on the left 'Buck' Taylor,
Harold Bainbridge (face half hidden) is the third tallest figure at the back.
To the left of Harold is Goldie (No 64 Ship's Complement)
Scarab crew members - Suez 1943
Back row Harold Bainbridge (left)
Ernie 'Blondie' Thomas second from right
Harold Bainbridge (right) and shipmate
Ordinary Seaman Harold Bainbridge 1942
Scarab crew members enjoying a lighter moment.
HMS Scarab Soccer Team.
Harold Bainbridge front row (right)
(Note Able Sea Dog Rags skulking behind the players – right of photo)
A.B Dalzell ‘The painter’ back row – dark jumper (goal keeper)
Second Row: Left No. 63 and 2nd from right No. 65 See: Ship's Complement
The Pyramids of Egypt and the Sphinx (27 May 1943)
Harold Bainbridge seated on a camel back row left.
He has noted on the photo: Georgoulas Pyramids (elevation 506)
Thought to be aboard HMS Scarab 1943 - 44
Probably aboard HMS Dauntless 1943
Thought to be aboard HMS Scarab 1943-44 (Note Flying Boats in background)