George Stanners AWMM
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POW liberation details
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George Dennison was the son of Mr and Mrs J.S. Dennison of Dunedin, Otago.
He died when his ship, HMS Neptune, hit several mines in the sea off Tripoli and sank in December 1941.
Neptune's Legacy by Nixie Taverner. HMS Neptune was launched at Portsmouth on 31 January 1933. She was one of five 'Leander' class light cruisers completed between 1933 and 1935. Two others were HMS Achilles and Leander serving in the RNZN. They displaced 7,200 tons, could make 32 knots and carried eight 6 inch guns and 550 crew. The Neptune was in the Mediterranean from 1 December 1941 as part of Force K which was searching for Axis shipping, especially those taking supplies to Rommel in North Africa. Early on the 19th the ships of Force K ran into a minefield.The Neptune hit three or four mines and sank with only one survivor. At the same time the Aurora was badly damaged and Penelope slightly.Trying to reach Neptune to assist, the destroyer Kandahar was mined and had to be scuttled the following day. On the same day in Alexandria harbour the Queen Elizabeth with Admiral Cunningham on board and the Valiant were both badly damaged and sank.The Mediterranean Fleet battle squadron ceased to exist. Of the total crew of 766 there was only one survivor.He was rescued off a raft five days later by an Italian destroyer and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. AWMM
Date of death
19 December 1941 Public - Eileen Raeata - Other Relative - 28 March 2015 - Family and news letters
Age at death
30 Public - Eileen Raeata - Other Relative - 28 March 2015 - Family
Place of death
Tripoli Public - Eileen Raeata - Other Relative - 28 March 2015 - Family
Cause of death
NZ Naval Memorial
Devonport Naval Base
New Zealand Public - Eileen Raeata - Other Relative - 28 March 2015 - Family that were there
Panel 10 Public - Eileen Raeata - Other Relative - 28 March 2015 - Family
New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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George Stanners Dennison
George, you are my uncle, my natural father was your brother Norman, he was also Navy, as was I, and as my son is currently. The NZ Navy has just finished celebrating it's 75th Anniversary and gave it the name "operation Neptune" after the ship you served on and which was lost along with 150 brave kiwis. Thank you for your service.
Public - Mark - Other relative - 21 December 2016
I grew up very proud of the fact all my fathers side of our family are Military. As my dad is your namesake I am blessed with your brother Willy's wife's name Eileen Dennison. Could not be prouder.
Public - Eileen Raeata - Other Relative - 28 March 2015
|21 December 2016||Mark ||Wellsford||Other relative||
|28 March 2015||Eileen Raeata||Hamilton||Other Relative||
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