Frank Ormerod

 

Ordinary Seaman P/JX 210515
H.M.S. Belmont

Frank Ormerod was an Ordinary Seaman aboard H.M.S. Belmont (H 46), a Town Class Destroyer.

This ship had originally been an American vessel - U.S.S. Satterlee (DD 190), but had been transferred to British control as part of the "Destroyers for Bases" deal.

Frank died on 31 January 1942, when H.M.S. Belmont was sunk by the German U-boat U-82.

H.M.S. Belmont (commanded by Lt Cdr G.B. Harding) was serving in the 3rd Escort Group. There were no survivors, and all 138 crewmembers perished. She had been part of a Canadian troop convoy NA-2 which left Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 30 January 1942. HMS Belmont was torpedoed at approximately 2000 hrs by U82 at position 42 02'N., 57 18'W.

His name is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial (Panel 66, Column 1).

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The Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Frank's name commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

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U.S.S. Satterlee (DD 190) in about 1920.

She was renamed H.M.S Belmont when transferred to the Royal Navy.

H.M.S. Belmont commemorated on the Destroyer Memorial at Chatham Dockyard

The Destroyer Memorial 1939-1945 at Chatham Dockyard