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28 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Nadine from the People’s War Team on behalf of Jack Fyfe and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

During the war I worked on Convoy Rescue ships in the Atlantic Ocean, rescuing survivors from ships that were torpedoed. I was a Convoy Signalman. We used to issue out dry clothing to survivors whom we had rescued from sunken vessels, their clothes were either covered in oil or torn and ragged. I also worked alongside a Naval Surgeon as a sick berth attendant, and he soon became my friend.

On 21st September 1941 my rescue ship M.V. Walmer Castle was bombed by enemy aircraft and sunk — 31 killed. We had survivors from three torpedoed ships on board.
One of those that had died was my friend, the Naval Surgeon.

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