View Full Version : Minesweepers in WWII

22nd March 2008, 20:36
Couple of questions you guys may know the answer too.....hopefully.
During WWII my grandad was on converted trawlers, Minesweepers I am told.
Question.....would this make him in the merchant navy? Mum says he got a medal so I suspect he was.
Can anyone recommend any good websites where I could gather information about this fascinating subject.
I am especially interested in Fleetwood as my Grandad Henry William Jarvis sailed from Fleetwood
Thanks in advance
Dave Graham

Davie Tait
22nd March 2008, 20:45
Minesweepers were initially crewed by RNR/RNVR ( Royal Navy Reserve or the Voluntary Reserve ) and during WW2 the crews were considered to be Royal Navy. The boats usually had a Royal Navy Lieutenant as C/O with Chief Petty Officers for X/O's etc. My Grandfather got RN medals for serving in the minesweepers ( Atlantic Star , Long Service Medal , 3 others which I can't remember ) so your Grandfather shouldhave got a few medals if he was in longer than 2 years.

Best place to start looking is : http://www.rnps.lowestoft.org.uk/index.htm
which has all the info on how to go about getting your Grandfathers service records from the Imperial War Museum.

If you can find which minesweepers he was on I should be able to give you the details of the ships from my books if not what they did.


Davie Tait
22nd March 2008, 20:46
Forgot to add that for Fleetwood fishing vessels : http://www.fleetwood-trawlers.connectfree.co.uk/gallery.html
is one of the best places for info and photos

23rd March 2008, 20:48
i looked up some information on trawlers used for minesweeping at;



try these .

28th March 2008, 19:13
thanks guys thats a great help, i have since found out he "may" have been navy.
i will keep on digging