MEMBERS OF THE CREW
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
Now Alf and Dot prepare for their 80th anniversary
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 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...
we had a laugh over that,,
" Not Forgotten"
Born 19/July 1926 died 26 May 2015
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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