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HMHS Karapara - His Majesty's Hospital Ship

Information about His Majesty's Hospital Ship Karapara including the Ship's Company, Medical Officers and Sisters, Warrant Officers and the 1941 Christmas Menu from World War Two

Below is the 1941 Christmas menu for the crew of His Majesty's Hospital Ship Karapara kindly provided by Rhiannon Evans, editor of whose mother served aboard as a QAIMNS(R) Nursing Sister.

HMHS Karapara Christmas Menu

It reads;

A Merry X'mas
Menu J.G.Radge

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The Drummer Boy The Drummer Boy continues the adventures of QARANC nurse, Scott Grey, who has the special gift of seeing military ghosts. In this novel he is haunted by the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo. It is based on the legends of the Tidworth Military Hospital Drummer Boy.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War where I describe battlefield medical care of this era.

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HMHS Karapara Ships Company List Personnel

Inside it lists the
personnel and the meal they enjoyed:

F. O'Kill Chief Officer
J. Clarke 2nd Officer
A. Ball 3rd Officer
A. Keen Cadet
F. Le Lievre Cadet
Pereira Purser
H. Tuck Radio Officer
H.H. Girdlestone Chief Eng. Off.
R.N. Kilty 2nd Eng.Off.
H. Roberts 3rd Eng. Off.
B.W. Edwards 4th Eng. Off.
E. Lawrence 5th (Sr.) Eng. Off.
G.E. Wands 5th (Sr.) Eng. Off.
M.A. Ansari 5th (Jr.) Eng. Off.

F.X. Continho Chief Steward


Lt. Col. D.C.V. Fitzgerald
Major T. C. Ramchandani
Capt. V. Rajagopalan
Lieut. J.F. Mason
Lieut. T. F. Rithuparnan
Lieut. D.N. Madhava Row
Matron G.S. Tyndall
Sister Miss J. Parry
Sister Miss M.A.J. Stewart
Sister Miss M. Wright
Sister Mrs V.M. Scot White
Nurse Miss K.E. Gomes
Nurse Miss W.J. Isack
Nurse Miss L. D'Silva
Nurse N. Nelson
Nurse Miss S. Bell


N.B. MacDonald…Asst. Surgeon
S.R.E. Kitto…Asst Surgeon
Kuldip Singh…Jamadar
D.R. Khadilkhar…Jamadar
A. Ambalavaran…Jamadar
B.R. Bose…Jamadar

Hors d'Oeuvre Varies
Grape Fruit Cocktail
Consomme Vin Madere
Grilled Fish Maitre d'Hotel
Pork Cutlets Roberts
Roast Sirloin Beef Yorkshire Pudding
Roast Turkey & Ham
Boiled & Baked Potatoes
Iced Asparagus
Plum Pudding Brandy Sce
Peach Melba

25th December 1941.

Read our review of Joyce's War - The Second World War Journal of a Queen Alexandra Nurse.

Forces War Records

Forces War Records are a genealogy site where you can find military records of over 6 million British Armed Forces personnel cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships. This link includes a free search and a special discount of 40% off membership offer for visitors who use the discount code AF40 if they decide to become a member.
Search Now. A unique feature is their WW1 Soldiers Medical Records section.

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In The Company of Nurses Book.


The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital Novel - a Book by CG Buswell

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