This is a picture of my Dad taken in Freetown South Africa on the 14th August 1944 On the back of the postcard was written`To my darling Babs fondest love` Clarrie. I remember him telling me he played fotball there against a black team who played barefoot – he loved his football. Dad was on submarines by this time and he wrote a war diary shortly after this was taken and he then sailed to patrol the Pacific theater of war .
My Grandfather on my Mums side. All I know about him is that he died when he was only 40 years old. He was on HMS Agamemnon a pre-Drednought class battleship. HMS Agamemnon was one of two Lord Nelson-class pre-dreadnought battleships launched in 1906 and completed in 1908. She was the Royal Navy’s second-to-last pre-dreadnought battleship to be built, followed by her sister ship, Lord Nelson. She was assigned to the Channel Fleet when World War I began in 1914. The ship was transferred to the Mediterranean Sea with Lord Nelson in early 1915 to participate in the Dardanelles Campaign. She made a number of bombardments against Turkish fortifications and in support of British troops. Agamemnon remained in the Mediterranean after the conclusion of that campaign to prevent the German battlecruiser SMS Goeben and light cruiser Breslau from breaking out into the Mediterranean. Agamemnon shot down the German Zeppelin LZ85 during a bombing mission over Salonica in 1916. On 30 October 1918, the Ottoman Empire signed the Armistice of Mudros on board the ship while she was anchored at Lemnos in the northern Aegean Sea. She was converted to a radio-controlled target ship following her return to the United Kingdom.
My Mums mum also died relatively young so I never met any of them.
DAD IN A PRAM
DAD,MUM, GRANDAD AND UNCLE ALBERT. AUNTIE DOROTHY, EILEEN, MARY AND MAY (not sure about the others except Raymomd.
Ellington Park Ramsgate. Me and m sister Pat. Also in pic