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Letter from HMS Quorn during WW2

During WW2 Quorn Hunt Pony Club sent gifts and letters to the crew of HMS Quorn. The reply below was received by young Betty Morley, a member of club.

H.M.S. QUORN
c/o G.P.O.,
LONDON
21 May[?]

Dear Members
So very many thanks for your last very welcome gift of books and warm clothing.

All are in circulation now and have proved very popular indeed. I am quite certain no other rival ship could compete in receiving more generosity than we can – and it is all so very much appreciated.

I have sent a photograph of the officers and men of ‘Quorn’ to the c/o Mrs Cantrell-Hubbersty, I hope you all see it – it is I am afraid the best we can do at the moment, as photographs of these new ships are rather difficult to get past the censor though they frequently appear in the press.

We are still looking forward to the day when some of us can foregather and visit both Quorns.

Good luck and good hunting to you all
Christopher Phillpotts

Note:
HMS Quorn: Three ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Quorn as part of the ‘Hunt Class’.
- The first HMS Quorn was a minesweeper, launched in 1916. It served in WW1 and was sold in 1922.
- The second HMS Quorn, destroyer, was launched in 1940 and sunk by the Germans on 3rd August 1944, when 139 of the crew of 146 were lost.
- The third and current HMS Quorn is a minesweeper and was launched in 1988.

Quorn Hunt and the village of Quorn still keep in contact with the ship and in June 2016, representatives from the village attended a ‘Right of Passage Parade’ and civic reception in Melton Mowbray, when the crew of HMS Quorn exercised their Right of Passage, under their Freedom of the Borough honour, which was granted in 2006.


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 Submitted on: 2016-10-14
 Submitted by: Liz Jones
 Artefact ID: 1953
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