A Very Able Seaman

I was 19 when I joined the Royal Navy as a ‘Hostilities Only’ Able Seaman in 1938 and sent to H.M.S. Ganges in Suffolk for my basic training. This lasted approximately 10 weeks; but as WWII was looming we could be sent to a sea-going ship at any time.

When we arrived at HMS Ganges we were shown to our new home our mess, where we were supposed to spend the next 10 weeks. More

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I was born in Portsmouth, Royal Naval & Marine Maternity Hospital 1st October 1938.
We moved to Hayes, Middlesex in 1940 and then to Bletchley Park, where my father worked during WWII 1940 through until 1949 with my parents, twin sisters and older brother, then we moved to the Plough Inn at Simpson, Near Bletchley.
In 1950 I attended the Royal Hospital School; Holbrook which before it moved there in 1932 it was the Royal Hospital at Greenwich donated by the then King William and Queen Mary to be converted into an Institution for Relief and Support of Seamen.
I left in 1955 and joined the Royal Navy until 1960, as a Voice Radio & RADAR Operator Served on various ships and shore stations in England, Mediterranean and the Far East as RADAR Operator & Plotter, communications ship/aircraft and on Coast Watching Duties in the Far East.
After leaving the Royal Navy I worked as an Industrial Radiologist and then as a Qa/Qc Engineer working in the North Sea, Middle and Far East, America, Europe, North Africa and South Africa.
In 1959 on July the 25th, I married Doreen Sarah Charnock and lived in Leighton Buzzard until 1983.
My Sally (Sarah) sadly died 27th November 2012.

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