Loveden area of Lincolnshire – Local History & Information

John Chambers

Sub Lieutenant John Minta Chambers was the only son of Thomas Chambers and Gladys (nee Minta) of Normanton Hill.  He joined the Royal Naval Reserve as a probationary Midshipman on 31 Dec 1937.  He died on active service on HMS Haslemere on 25 Nov 1940.  

HMS Haslemere was a converted small ferry (12 passengers & horses/cars).  After taking part in the evacuation of the BEF from France in June 1940 she was used a barrage balloon vessel for East Coast convoys.  HMS Haslemere became famous a few weeks later on 5th Jan 1941 when the crew tried to rescue Amy Johnson, who had bailed out of a plane over the Thames Estuary.   Weather conditions were poor and both Johnson and the ship’s captain died.

Sub Lt Chambers (who was 20) was buried at the RN Cemetery, Hampshire

HMS Haslemere
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