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The Wrong Way

My grandfather, Dick Farrell, was a Chief/First Radio Officer with the Merchant Navy... The ship was bomb...

Sinking of HMS Effingham

This is a story that had been related to my husband by his late father Raymond Hammet Potter about the day...

a change of venue

George had only been on at he Furness Withy boat for a few trips when he was told that he needed a...

HMS Searchericon for Story with photo

My father joined HMS Searcher as a 17 year old and was, I believe an asdic/sonar operator. His mood would...

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Looking Back

I soon found myself along with other boys sent back to the mainland to join a sea going ship... From the...

Wild Women in West Hartlepool

I was on the sloop HMS Whimbrel which is in the news now as they've just bought it back from the...

Hook line and sinker for the aussies

It's a dark lonely night at Sydney pier and Uncle Britan the watch guard was doing his evening patrols...

VE DAY 1945

I was a Wren stationed on a Royal Naval Air Station at Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland in...

Welcome home

Returning home after almost four years in the Far East on the troopship ‘Athlone Castle’ we...

In The Navy

He went to Portsmouth for a Navy trade test for Stoker training and then for motor mechanic on the Isle of...

"Sink Penelope"

Freddie and Lenny went back to their respected units, HMS Penelope "Pepperpot" and the Tank Landing...

Naval Operations

I signed up at the Drill Hall in Lincoln and trained at HMS Gangees for six months I then went to Chatham...

Wake up man, war is over!

I recall coming off duty at 6am, and one of the lads shaking my hammock quite violently not long after I...

Nearly missing the ship (D.M.)icon for Story with photo

On one occasion Dad had to report to his ship for Escort Duty to Merchant Ships across the Atlantic... As...

Hm Inspector of Searchlights.

During his time here he trained in gunnery and torpeodoes for submarines and was a qualified deep sea...

My Dad

He did training in Plymouth and was then posted to the MHS Neptune and sailed to Cape Town. He was then...

Remembering D Day and VE Day

I was a plotting officer in the WRNS in Portsmouth. On VE Day I was in Colombo, working on the Commander in...

Spithead Fleet Review - 1953

Hello - as the Royal Navy Fleet is up to review in the Solent shortly - you might like to visit where...

H.M.S. Phoebeicon for Story with photo

A ceremony was held aboard HMS Poebe and a presentation was made to the C in C of the Mediterranean fleet...

Why you don't pick up shrapnel

After we came back from Victoria, where we'd been billeted after our boat sank, we went back to Egypt....

Anecdotes of WW2 Part 5

When Japan surrendered two Japanese Naval Officers on passage in a German U-Boat requested permission to...

Getting food supplies for the lighthouse

He served on tons of lighthouses including the Patricia and the Prince Phillip. He left Harwich and went to...

Life in the Navy!!! (Grandad's story)

My grandad was called up too join the army at the age of 19 and he had no option whether he wanted...

D-D PREPARATIONS - convoys,all types ship

As I recall, the D-Day convoy was on a Sunday and it was most impressive. It was like a naval fleet with...

THETIS OR THUNDERBOAT

1941 ARMY COMMANDO TRAINING IN A SCOTISH SEA LOCH IN HIS MAJESTY'S SUBMARINE THUNDERBOAT... WHEN HE...

Lieutenant Commander Walter James Taylor

He volunteered for the British Royal Navy in May 1924....

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