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Looking for Uncles ship in Navy

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Linda Report 27 Aug 2019 07:08

I am trying to find out which ship my uncle Eric Dyer served on from 1939 -1945, he lived in Exeter before joining the Navy in 1939, he would have been aged 15.
On his gravestone in New Zealand, where he died in 1984 there is a plaque which says:
NX605. Eric F Dyer 1939-45 R.N. Can Assist

I just cannot find out which ship he served on.

If anyone can help I would be very grateful


PatinCyprus Report 27 Aug 2019 07:45

Documents for those serving post 1920 are still with the MOD.

You will need their death cert. costs £30.00.


greyghost Report 27 Aug 2019 11:45

Welcome to the boards Linda.

Have a look at this site -


ArgyllGran Report 27 Aug 2019 13:10

Photo of plaque:

It actually says CANT. ASST. - not CAN ASSIST.

Not that that helps!
If it's an RN rank, the nearest I can see is CT.ASST. (Canteen assistant). - though that's in a WW1 list:

He was a builders labourer in 1950 when he went to Australia (from an Exeter address):

Eric F Dyer
in the UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
Name: Eric F Dyer
Gender: Male
Age: 24
Birth Date: abt 1926
Departure Date: 17 Mar 1950
Port of Departure: London, England
Destination Port: Sydney, Australia
Ship Name: Ranchi
Shipping Line: P and O
Official Number: 148130
Master: R E J Tunbridge

Another page of help re getting records:


Linda Report 27 Aug 2019 18:32

Thanks everyone for all your help.
ArgyllGran, I knew about the passenger list to Australia, but thanks for looking for me. It is just the ship he was on during the war I wanted to know, I am sure I will find out from someone at some point. It’s an intriguing thing this family history.