Ordinary Seaman Cuthbert Heslop. 1939

Ordinary Seaman Cuthbert Heslop, who at the tender age of 18 years was one of 833 crew members who lost their lives when his ship HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed and sank by a German U Boat in Scapa Flow, Scotland on October 14 1939. He was the first Stockton -on-Tees military casualty of the Second World War. Photograph courtesy of Mr Ken Heslop (his brother) Toronto, Canada Formerly of Stockton-on-Tees.

13 thoughts on “Ordinary Seaman Cuthbert Heslop. 1939

  1. This was the first casualty from Stockton killed in WWII.

    JORDAN, Stoker 1st Class, MICHAEL, P/K 66610. H.M. Submarine Oxley. Royal Navy. 10th September 1939. Age 34. Son of Thomas and Catherine Jordan; husband of Mary Jordan, of Stockton-on-Tees.


    • Hi Billy
      Michael Jordan was my wife’s great uncle, I’ve been doing some research on him and have recently come in possession a picture of him


  2. Hi Kathryn,
    We are another family of Heslop’s from Stockton-on-Tees. Did your Grandad Harry have a cousin Tommy (Thomas). He was born in 1927 and married to Emily. I am one of six and we are curious about our Dad’s family as we know very little about them. Our Mam Emily has just recently found an old photograph and told us it was our Dad’s brother Cuthbert who died on the first ship to sink in World War II. This is obviously not the case if Cuthbert was one of your relatives. We have this photograph but he doesn’t look like the image above.
    Denise Heath… nee Heslop


    • Cuthbert was my Dad’s (Ken Heslop’s and Harry Heslop’s Brother). I do believe there was a cousin Tommy. There wasn’t a Brother named Tommy though. Sorry!


  3. Just surfing the web, and my Dad must have submitted this. He was Ken Heslop and yes he did attend Bowesfield Lane school. Sadly, he passed away in 2010, reunited with his beloved brother Cuthbert.


  4. Cuthbert is a distant relative. Have just purchased a book called “The last Dawn” written by David Turner, whose uncle was an officer on board the “Royal Oak” and also died..It gives much detail on the action from both opposing sides..


    • Hello, Cuthbert is my great uncle. My Grandad Harry (passed away 2006) was Cuthbert’s brother.
      My maiden name is Heslop.


      • Hey Kathryn, I’m Susan Heslop (Daughter of Ken Heslop) I’m coming to England From Canada for the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the Royal Oak. Harry was my Uncle. My Dad passed in 2010, Harry was his older Brother.


        • Susan,

          I’m Kenneth Heslop … but obviously not your father. 😊 I noted with interest that your branch of the Heslop family came from Stockton-on-Tees. My great grandfather grew up in Spennymoor, not that far from Stockton-on-Tees. The family moved to Canada (Regina, SK) in the early 1900’s when my grandfather John Heslop was just a lad. Since then we’ve lost touch with the rest of the Heslop clan.


          • Hi Ken I live in Saskatchewan & just read your email to my cousin Susan.
            There still is a John Heslop in Regina & also a obituary for an older John & his wife. Try google you may find them, let me know how it goes.
            Cheers Mike


          • Wow I had no clue that there were other relatives in Canada, other than Mike. I just did my DNA and found a few relatives in Canada.


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