Rodaways of ww1-2

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MEMBERS OF THE CREW

            

            

MATTIE GRIMES

            HMS  Salopian sept 1939 sunk 12/5/1941     HMS PRINS ALBERT 28/6/1941 - 19/3/1943                  HMS ATTACKER  to see out the war.

            

 

                              

  Xmas card 1943

 

 

 

                ALF WADDINGHAM QUARTERMASTER
 its my sad duty to inform you all Alf passed over the bar  11th APRIL 2017 born 14th MARCH 1923 

  

By Craig Blackburn
Alf and Dot Waddingham celebrate their Platinum wedding anniversary with family at the Royal Duchy Hotel.
FAMILY and friends travelled from as far as Yorkshire and France for the 70th wedding anniversary of a Mabe couple ? who didn't know anything about the celebration.
The surprise platinum wedding anniversary lunch for Alf, 91, and Dot Waddingham, 93, who met in 1942, was held at the Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth on Friday.
Guests included their five children and most of their 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
"The day was wonderful and we were overwhelmed by everything that happened," said Mrs Waddingham. "We were just expecting to go out to lunch with a few friends and family."
he day included a journey from their home in Mabe to the hotel in a chauffeur-driven Rolls- Royce and a presentation to Dot, by her youngest daughter Annette Bell, of a bouquet replicating the one she carried on her wedding day.
Mrs Bell said: "It was fantastic to see so many of their family and friends coming from all parts of the UK and France to help mum and dad celebrate this wonderful occasion.

Now Alf and Dot prepare for their 80th anniversary

"It was really moving when I presented mum with the replica bouquet."
The hotel rolled out the red carpet to welcome the couple, and after what they described as a superb lunch they were chauffeured back to their home in Mabe for a champagne reception where Dot and Alf were presented with a card sent from Buckingham Palace with a message of congratulations from the Queen.
After the day out, Alf said: "The family say that we've got to start planning for our 80th anniversary."

The couple met at the Hammersmith Palais in London; Alf was serving in the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman and Dot, who was born in Mawnan Smith, was working for the post office as well as serving as a volunteer in the Auxiliary Fire Service.
A courtship began despite Alf spending long periods at sea. Alf was a quartermaster aboard the LSI (Landing Ship Infantry) HMS Prins Albert, a former passenger steamer converted to carry eight landing craft and 250 troops.

They decided to marry in 1944, but the wedding was postponed due to D-Day. Alf's leave was refused because he was serving aboard his ship, which carried hundreds of troops to Sword Beach as part of the Normandy landings.
However, they married after the war and moved back to Dot's native Cornwall in 1980, where they both became stalwarts of the Mawnan Smith Bowling Club.

Alf said he was ?told off? by a superior officer for not taking leave to get married, as it could have warned people that a big operation was being planned. He had filled out a leave request but then not submitted it as he had been told there was no point.
He said: ?The skipper sent for me.
?He said ?I?ve got a letter here from your parents to ask for you to get leave to get married, why didn?t you do it?? ?I said I was told the ship was closed and there wasn?t any point.
?He said, ?If you came to me I would have let you have 48 hours to get married and your family wouldn?t know anything was going on, but now you?ve let the cat out of the bag. When we eventually get back I want you on the gangway to go and get married
?We were running back and forwards to France for six weeks until we eventually went into Barry for a small refit for seven days, and there I was on the gangway and sent home to get married.?
During the week he was on leave for his wedding, Alf would go with Dot to the top of nearby Horsenden Hill with a bag of cherries to watch the doodlebug flying bombs fly over London.
He said: ?It was one of the worst weeks for the doodlebugs. We sat up there and watched them come over.?
The couple lived in London until 1980, when they returned to Mawnan Smith where Dot had been born and had lived until she was two.
She said: ?I?ve still got the Cornish streak in me. I used to spend all my school holidays with my cousins down here.?

                                ALBERT TIMMS   able seaman (Radar)

         

                   ALBERT WAS BORN 1925 IN OXFORDSHIRE, AND DIED APRIL 2015.      

     he ran away to sea before he actually was old enough... He said he got fed up working for the undergraduate (toffs - my word)  in Oxford  - I believe he was a servant looking after the undergrads and serving lunch at 14 in one of the colleges - possibly Magdelene College.  He used to put grease proof paper in his pockets to collect meals student s hadn't touched which kept his brothers and sisters well fed...   Anyhow I think they sent him back from naval training because he was underage...

When he came back from his first tour back home he had saved all his rum for his dad and his Mum hardly recognized him because he'd grown  a foot..  and with the naval rations had put some healthy flesh on his skin and bone...  he was a keen footballer  a sharp boxer ..   even in his late 70's he clocked a 20 something for road raging him...    indomitable.. and warm-hearted...  
And he always used to say how lucky we were to be born in this country... after all the things he'd seen on his travels...  especially out in the Med, India and the far east.  
He also used to tell some great stories of his time on the Prins Albert... 
of carrying the Sikhs and Gurkha's on raids.. of how they made a bet with a Sikh soldier  they were carrying - who won his bet by shaving off half a ginger-bearded petty officers beard off as he slept...  
of taking the Goums ashore for a diversionary raid in the Mediterranean and how the Goums got bored and decided to take the main objective instead and where waiting when the main contingent arrived...
of how big / tall the commandos were..  (and he wasn't a short man) 
of shouting shark while comrades swan in the Pacific and how quickly people swam back to boat... 
of riding the breakers onto Indian beaches on some time out and the surf hitting you so hard on the sand it took skin off you legs...    
of Ajaccio bay being so full you couldn't see a bit of sea ... 
and the beautiful sunsets he saw... of sleeping on deck - because he couldn't stand the smoke... below decks..    
of being the captains first choice for sonar (radar not sure which one) because he was the best - and of how the captain never stuck around long if there was trouble...  he said the Prins Albert was one of the fastest afloat....  I guess you make your own luck in some ways...
Anyway -  lots of little insights about life on the ship - I can hardly remember and I'm sure I lose lots in my remembering...
Thanks for passing on the word about Bert...  sadly departed... but he had a grand innings...  (89 - turning 90 in Sept)
All the best  David PARRING
 
my good self Tony Rod , I was just thinking about my first conversation with Bert and the police round at his house,he had given me his phone number, so I was ringing and ringing with no joy so thinking he could be ill, I contacted the local  police, within no time at all, they rang me back,PC BLOGGS,hear,    I had to explain who I was and why I was ringing BERT, the police man said I am having a cuppa with him now would you like to speak to him .it turned out I had been given a old number that was still ringing but not in Berts,

we had a laugh  over that,,

    " Not Forgotten"


        Ron Amess AB Tele/G

               

                         Born 19/July 1926 died 26 May 2015

                 

work in progress.

ABLE SEAMAN, FREDERICK  JOHN KELLY

                                    born 11 April 1926, Bethnal Green, London  Aged 18 years     Volunteered: 20 10 1943                                                       Commencement of Time: 11 04 1944        Port Division: Portsmouth       

                             Served on HMS Prins Albert 13 December 1944   until 22 January 1945 

   

                                                                                                  TAKEN IN BOMBAY 

                                                 

    

                                           

 

 Edward  V Jest  grandfather to Fred , served in ww1  with the     18th London Regiment 3001, 591084,  and the                             13 th London Regiment 494865

 

   

                                              


Regimental Number: 3001, 591084, 494865
Regiment or Corps: 18th London Regiment, 18th London Regiment, 13 London Regiment
Regimental Number: 3001, 591084, 494865

Two crew members who died
HH Hms salopian sept 1939 sunk 12/5/1941 
 HMS prins Albert 28/6/41 to 19/3/43 
 Hms attacker till the war ended  Hms salopian sept 1939 sunk 12/5/1941 
 HMS prins Albert 28/6/41 to 19/3/43 
 Hms attacker till the war ended     Hms salopian se

      

LAPPIN, ALFRED LESLIE
Rank:Stoker 1st Class Service
No:D/KX 145106 
Date of Death:11/09/1943 Age:20
Royal Navy H.M.S. Prins Albert 
Grave Reference: II. F. 23. Cemetery:CATANIA WAR CEMETERY SICILY
Son of Alfred Henry and Lily Lappin, of Swinton, Lancashire.

 

 Hms salopian sept 1939 sunk 12/5/1941 
 HMS prins Albert 28/6/41 to 19/3/43 
 Hms attacker till the war ended  Hms salopian sept 1939 sunk 12/5/1941 
 HMS prins Albert 28/6/41 to 19/3/43 
 Hms attacker till the war ended  
WIDDICOMBE, RICHARD GEORGE
Rank:Able Seaman
No:D/JX 208239
Date of Death:19/04/1942 Age:29
Regiment/Service:Royal Navy H.M.S.Lynx 
Panel Reference: Panel 67, Column 1. 
Memorial:PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Richard Widdicombe and of Emily Widdicombe of Keyham, Devonport.             Richard  was returning to his ship the H.M.S PRINS ALBERT  when lost overboard,   records show the PRINS ALBERT as his ship,  a