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Memories of life on the HMS London

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John Neville Thomas
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31 January 2006

My name is John Neville Thomas, but my name is Neville. I was born on June 15th 1922.
I volunteered to join the Royal Navy, as soon as I could get in. (Did you go at 18?) No, I went earlier than that. I was 16, I think. I joined up, and I got away with it, because I looked older.
I was a seaman on the HMS London. I went to sea when I was a young lad. I grew up quick though. I was young when I went to war. A lot younger than I should have been. It was a good ship though. I stayed with the same crew, well you did. And we went to the Far East. We were fighting the Germans, and the Japanese, and I think we were fighting the Italians too. That was in the Middle East, I think. I can’t remember a lot, to be honest. Part of it is that I don’t want to remember.
When they said the war was over, I was in the Far East. You fought a lot, but some people had a worse time than others.
When the war was over, I came home to live with my mother, and went to work in the local steelworks.

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