Levant Schooner Flotilla

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By Kenneth Macksey

Ian F

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Levant Schooner Flotilla
My Uncle, Walter James Fozzard, joined the RN in 1941 at the age of 30. Not a career Navy man, he found himself given the rating of Cook and later Leading Cook. Despite this humble rank he had some exciting times, and was soon in the Eastern Med. based nominally at HMS Mosquito with Special Forces. We know he served on Levant Schooner LS9 in charge of the galley, and during this time was given a commando knife by Earl Jellicoe. He was invalided out of the Med for some time and subsequently served on LST160 (Landing Ship, Tanks) in the Bay of Bengal against the Japanese. WW2 ended about this time with the surrender of the Japanese, and Walter was released from the Navy early in 1946, and took up his normal civvy life back in South London. He received the British Empire Medal for services whilst at HMS Mosquito. Walter also received the Africa Star, the Italy Star and the Burma Star. Attached are a few items and photographs which may be of interest.
Ian Fozzard
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TARTAN23

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Hi Ian,
Very interesting about your Uncle and his time with The Levant Schooner Flotilla'. I have the book 'Dust Upon the Sea, and there is a photograph of Walter standing just outside the Galley onboard L.S.9, there are also other images of LS9 including one with Jellicoe sitting on board, which may have been the time Walter was given the FS Knife?
The book is long out of print and not easy to locate,and can be a bit pricey, but maybe a copy is out there and it is a very good account of the Lavant Schooner Flotilla. Thanks for posting the images.
Dust Upon the Sea by Benyon-Tinker (1947) Hodder & Stoughton.

Kind regards,

David
 

Ian F

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Thanks for the reply David. I've pieced together Walter's history in the RN and now have most of the big pieces in place - details are another matter however! I am doing this just for the family, not for publication, and now have about a dozen pages in total. I did manage to get a copy of "Dust Upon the Sea" but am now looking for a copy of a magazine article published in the late '40's which has an article on the Levant Schooners and a large photo of Walter reading a letter from home at the galley door on LSF9. The magazine I believe is "Parade" magazine (not sure which of the many magazines bearing this name though?) and I would be very grateful to any readers of this thread who might be able to supply a copy (or the original!). I do have more material of course, and attached is a photo of the knife given to Walter by Earl Jellicoe.
Thank you for your interest,
best wishes
Ian F.
 

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killy

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Hi Ian,

Thanks for posting details of your uncle's wartime activities.

I have the book "War in the Islands" by Adrian Seligman. The book is about undercover operations in the Aegean 1942-44 as recalled by members of the Levant Schooner Flotilla, Greek Sacred Squadron and Aegean Raiding Forces.

There are numerous mentions of LS9, but I could not find any mention of your uncle.

Best wishes,

Ian
 

W&M

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I have only just come across this thread and would very much like to talk directly to you about your uncle. My dad was George Jellicoe.
Scapa1916, I to have just found this thread and my Grandfather also served in the LSF would be happy to discuss further
 

W&M

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I have only just come across this thread and would very much like to talk directly to you about your uncle. My dad was George Jellicoe.
Scapa1916, I to have just found this thread and my Grandfather also served in the LSF would be happy to discuss further
 

Ian F

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I have just come back to this forum after quite a lengthy absence. I can send you the finished document describing my Uncle's wartime experiences if you wish? There is little about Jellicoe, except that he was on LS9 for a period when my Uncle was providing the food for the officers and men there.
 

FalconAlgiers

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I have just come back to this forum after quite a lengthy absence. I can send you the finished document describing my Uncle's wartime experiences if you wish? There is little about Jellicoe, except that he was on LS9 for a period when my Uncle was providing the food for the officers and men there.
Hi Ian, I'm researching the LSF - with a current focus on LS2, Lieutenant Alex McLEOD and the rescue of an evading RAF crew in late 1943. I'd be very interested and grateful to have sight of a copy of your finished document! Colin
 

Ian F

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Hi Ian, I'm researching the LSF - with a current focus on LS2, Lieutenant Alex McLEOD and the rescue of an evading RAF crew in late 1943. I'd be very interested and grateful to have sight of a copy of your finished document! Colin
Hi Colin, just came across this, have I replied already? I think probably not? I can send you a copy, but probably not by email as it is a large file. I could use drop box if you use that system, or post a copy of the document on CD.
Let me know - my personal email is ianfozzard@aol.com

Best regards
Ian F
 

colinc

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I have a photo taken by my father [an SIS officer] of Adrian Seligman in civvies in Istanbul in March 1942 which seems to predate the LSF. does anyone have an idea of what the connection with SIS might have been, my father was only there as part of a tour of the ME as a 'visiting firemen'. As a complication my father had an 'uncle-in-law' called Seligman but I can't find a family connection. The conundrum is complicated by the fact that my father's tasks lay in France, and then the whole of Western Europe by D-Day so taking a couple of months 'out' is very strange. It's not as if the French Resistance was not then active!
 

FalconAlgiers

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Hi,

Perhaps the connection (or some leads and context) can be found within the story told by Adrian Seligman in his 1947 book 'No Stars to Guide'?

From the dust cover: "In the desperate autumn of 1942 a small naval party was sent to the Dardanelles to pilot five Russian ships that were attempting to escape through the enemy blockade of the Aegean to Syria. In the party was Adrian Seligman who tells this extraordinary story in 'No Stars to Guide'. The names have been altered and in certain respects the sequence of events has been changed, but their adventures are authentic...".

From Wikipedia: "At the onset of WWII Seligman was a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Reserve. Initially Seligman worked in minesweeping operations and commanded a destroyer. In 1941 Seligman and other reserve officers conducted a special operations mission to bring five ships from Russia to Syria through the German blockade at the Dardanelles. In this mission, Seligman commanded a camouflaged oil tanker called Olinda. From 1942 to 1944 Seligman commanded the levant Schooner Flotilla, a special operations group in the Aegean Sea."

I've yet to read it myself thoroughly, so I can't help you further. But I'll keep your question in mind.

Best regards,

Colin
 
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