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Welcome to the web site of the HMS Courageous Association. Originally known as The HMS Courageous Society, it’s name having been changed by a members vote at the 2010 reunion in Plymouth, The Association has now been in existence for 11 years

So The Association began and, despite economic downturns, the scattering of ex crew members around the globe and other more pressing commitments, the reunions go on, now every other year, and our members, accompanied in many cases by their wives and partners, continue to enjoy meeting each other at our weekend long get togethers. The last, in Plymouth in March 2010, attracted over 200 people, including Mr John Cannon, his wife Edith and their family. John was a 16 year old boy sailor on HMS Courageous in 1939 when it was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic south west of Ireland and was blown over the side but survived, unlike so many of his crew mates. It was our honour and privilege to welcome John and his family to the reunion as our guest.

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If anyone has photographs which could be used on the web site please e-mail them to me at

Chas Cooke (Website Manager)

HMS Courageous 1975-1978



The HMS Courageous Association has produced a wonderful hardback book to honour the service given by the submarine and her crew. Written by Michael Pitkeathly, our Association Archivist, the book is imaginitively written using facts gleaned from official records interspersed with tales and personal recollections provided by members of the crew.

Buy the book by visiting our shop using the shop link in the navigation bar below.