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- Thomas Arthur Russell
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- Royal Navy
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- 29 December 2005
This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Roger Marsh of the ‘Action Desk — Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Thomas Arthur Russell and has been added to the site with the author’s permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.
Approach of the Storm, Images of WWII - Thomas Arthur Russell’s Photograph Album — Index
No. 01 - HMS Renown clearing her guns after the action off Cape Spartivento 1940 T Russell
No. 02 — Marines from HMS Ramillies aboard destroyer HMS Anthony off Madagascar May 1942.
I married Magdalena October 01, 1942
Left Ramillies on return to UK after wedding, serving then in destroyers HMS Quail, HMS Saumarez, HMS Venomous
No. 03— HMS Quail early 1943 working up at Scapa Flow, mined entering Bari harbour Italy November 1943. In which a few minutes saver my life. Mined under the stern, I’d just taken steering engine reading and returned to gear room. In the great Bari disaster including mustered gas.
No. 04 — Tommy Russell 19 years old class of 1939. Training division, I applied for swap to Fleet Air Arm as a gunner but was turned down as I had completed my engine room training, was disappointed but was lucky as casualties was high in the Norwegian campaign. I was told you were lucky to survive three operations.
No. 05 — Old workmates at Newton Chambers before going back in pit 1939 Thomas Russell
No. 06 — Winston Churchill our war leader waving to the ships company of HMS Ramillies as he leaves after a visit to her in Island 1941.
No. 07 — HMS Ramillies opening fire in full calibre shoot
No. 08 — Heavy county class cruisers HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall in Indian Ocean before being sunk by Japanese carrier based dive bombers in 1942
No. 09 — HMS Saumarez flotilla leader of 3rd destroyer squadron treacherously mined in Corfu Channel October 22, 1946.
Stoker Mechanic T A Russell D/KX100469 Gear Room Watch keeper
No. 10 — North Atlantic removing ice HMS Ramillies 1941 from forecastle Stoker Mechanic T A Russell D/KX100469
No. 11 — Memorial to shipmates killed whilst serving in Destroyers HMS Saumarez and HMS Volage who where mined in Corfu Channel October 22, 1946
No. 12 — Moment of impact as HMS Saumarez hits mine in Corfu Channel, October 22, 1946. Spray still in air as the ship lists as she still moves lost 32 men T A Russell D/KX100469
No. 13 — Wedding of Charles Goddard and Joan Lill (now Mrs Russell) September 1942
No. 14 — Wedding of Thomas and Magdalena Russell on leave from battleship HMS Ramillies October 01, 1942
No. 15 — Italian soldati. Italian campaign. We called them ‘Mickey Mouse’ soldiers referring to their uniform trousers.
No. 16 — Mombasa 1942 Eastern Fleet stoker shipmates on board HMS Ramillies. Stoker Mechanic T A Russell D/KX100469 standing third from right
Goddard 017 — I am on top row at end from left to right. Training at Trevol Camp. Class with instructors some left for Carrier Glorious after return to depot and went down with her after action in snowstorm off Norway where she was caught before she could fly planes off. Battleship Scharnhorst was the German ship involved.
Goddard 018 —Thomas and Magdalena nee Harding October 01, 1942 now married to Joan
Goddard 019 — HMS Saumarez involved in the last classical torpedo attach against a battleship the Scharnhorst off North Cape, suffering hits and casualties Stoker Mechanic T A Russell D/KX100469
Goddard 020 — HMS Renown my last ship as Tanky fresh water and firemain 1947 left June for Civvy Street
Goddard 021 — HMS Resolution same class as HMS Ramillies
Goddard 022 — My dad by Joan Russell World War I King’s corporal M Medal
Goddard 023 — World War II Wedding September 1942 to Charles Goddard Able Seaman and torpedo man
Goddard 024 — Run up to the war about 1937 day out Blackpool T Russell
Goddard 025 — Winston Churchill comes aboard HMS Ramillies in Iceland 1941
Goddard 026 — Winston Churchill comes aboard HMS Ramillies in Iceland 1941
Goddard 027 — Winston Churchill comes aboard HMS Ramillies in Iceland 1941
Goddard 028 — Temperatures go down well below freezing in Iceland
Goddard 029 — Temperatures go down well below freezing in Iceland
Goddard 030 — Temperatures go down well below freezing in Iceland
Goddard 031 — Even in wartime ‘the crossing of the line’ ceremony is still observed. King Neptune and his Queen
Goddard 032 — Even in wartime ‘the crossing of the line’ ceremony is still observed. The court barber flirts with mermaids
Goddard 033 — Even in wartime ‘the crossing of the line’ ceremony is still observed. Being thrown to bears
Goddard 034 — The ship is severely damaged in an air attack
Goddard 035 — The ship is severely damaged in an air attack
Goddard 036 — The ship is severely damaged in an air attack
Goddard 037 — Charles Goddard and Johny go down the mine July 06, 1942
Goddard 038 — Charles Goddard and Johny at the native labourer’s kraal
Goddard 039 — A photograph of Charles Goddard on leave in Durban, South Africa
Goddard 040 — German AKAK fire
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