Friday, 11 November 2016

Island Friends - Lest we forget ...

Will be gathering this morning, and taking part in the annual remembrance ...


If you are on the island, you are welcome to join them. Assemble by the Katsionis memorial, (torpedo on the old port)

The two  minutes silence, will be at 11am - everyone welcome ...

For my part, sadly this year. I will be elsewhere ...


My father around 1944, photo taken in Sydney Australia, British Pacific fleet.

He nearly drowned with his best friend, Raymond Smith, who rests in the Commonwealth war cemetery in Trincomalee. The only crew member of HMS Wager to lose his life in the wartime service of the ship ...

After commissioning, HMS Wager served first in home waters and in August 1944 was on the way through the Mediterranean Sea to join the East Indies Fleet based at Trincomalee in Ceylon. By February 1945 she, along with the other ships of the 27th Destroyer Flotilla, was part of the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) under Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser. The BPF worked closely with the US Navy over the months to the end of the war. HMS Wager, like all destroyers of the time (in the days before helicopters), was the workhorse of the fleet, carrying out despatch duties, escort work and picking up downed pilots, transferring them to aircraft carriers and so on. She was fortunate insofar as she was never the direct target of a kamikaze aircraft but he, and others on the bridge and upper deck of HMS Wager, would have seen such terrifying warfare at first hand, many a time, before taking part in the surrender of Japan, in Tokyo bay in 1945
http://www.hms-wager.org.uk/

2 comments:

  1. Ian do they have the Poppy for remembrance in Greece.

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    1. No idea, and never seen them used. But as you know in May the islands covered in them. Apparently In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead. Must be something to do with the Xerxes fleet getting their comeuppance ...

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