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Admiral William O'Brien
Admiral Sir William O’Brien provides Legasee with a wonderful interview about his distinguished Naval career during the Second World War.
From loading LCTs on the build up to D Day, to being adrift in the Barents Sea, Albert Malin provides a detailed account of his Naval service...
Albert Owing was a Merchant Seaman who sailed on many Atlantic convoys on RFA British Diligence, SS Fairwater and the Highland Brigade.
Alec 'Ernest' Kellaway
Alec Kellaway began his career in the Royal Navy aboard the ill-fated HMS Hood.
This is the first of 8 films about Alec Penstone's incredible life as a WWII submarine detector.
Alex Owens provides a classic story of life at sea for a young man who wanted to do his bit. Like the tens of thousands of others like him
In May 1941 Alf Burton was onboard HMS Rodney in the North Atlantic. From his vantage pint in the funnel, he witnessed the Bismarck sinking.
Alfred ‘Chick’ Fowler gives a very detailed account of his time spent as a Stoker on HMS Sheffield.
Austin talks about life in Bradford during the early years of the war before he joins the Navy to do his bit as a DEMS gunner on-board SS Induna.
Betty Dobson provides a great interview detailing her life as a Second World War Wren.
Bill Churchill provides a detailed account of his life aboard the HMS Malcolm and HMS Ajax.
Bill Fellingham provides a detailed account of his service in the Merchant Navy. PQ 17 was famously told to scatter.
RMS Queen Elizabeth was one of the very first Merchant ships to be fitted with the then highly secretive RADAR [Queen Mary was also fitted].
Christian Lamb provides a humorous and detailed account of her life as a 3rd Officer WREN.
Colette Cook gives an entertaining account of her time as a Wren. She had a few scrapes and went on to become a Bombe operator...
Cornelius Snelling served on the Black Swan-class sloop HMS Wildgoose.
David Craig was a Radio Operator in the Merchant Navy during WWII when the Dover Hill was damaged he ended up staying in Russia for 10 months during w
Dennis Whitehead served on the C-Class Destroyer, HMS Cassandra. It’s hard to determine if it was good or bad luck that was in play on December 10th
Engine Room Artificer 2
Dick West gives a brilliant account of his life as an Engine Room Artificer on HMS Sheffield.
Dorothy Brewer was an Aircraft Fitter with the Fleet Air Arm. Despite a huge loss early in her life she is a stoic lady with a great deal of character
Doug Joyce served on the heavy cruiser, HMS London. In July 1942 the ship was providing distant cover to the PQ17 convoy on it’s way to Russia.
Doug is a proud Chatham Rating who experiences the best and worst of the Port division. Drafted to the M-Class destroyer HMS Milne, he spends nine...
Ted Rogers sailed was an apprentice boy when he set sail with the Merchant navy. On his first voyage a U-boat attack changes the course of this life.
Ted Wells provides a fascinating account of his lengthy spell at sea on numerous ships during WWII. Torpedoed and bombed on numerous occasions he's...
Eric Conway provides a fantastic interview detailing his service as a Second World war Submariner. It’s a no-holds barred account full of emotion...
NAFFI Leading Hand
Ernest Edwards gives an interesting account of his time in the Naffi. He served on HMS Orion a ship he has great memories of.
Frank Garbutt was the Quartermaster on the aircraft carrier HMS Activity. You might imagine he’d have an amazing view of what was going on around.
Frank Jones was a Leading Seaman who gives a great account of his service on HMS Bermuda. She was involved in more than her fair share of action
Fred Estall gives a good account of his life as a Gunner onboard a Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships [DEMS].
Geoff was an Able Seaman aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Vindex.
From start to finish, he provides an excellent and detailed account of his service.
George Floyd was a [LSA ] Leading Stores Assistant on the frigate HMS Loring.
WRNS Officer Steward
We met Gladys when she visited the Luton primary school as part of the education we’re creating around the significance of the Second World War convoy
Gordon ran away from home and the Navy and the opportunity to travel was a natural calling for him.
Harriet Wright gives a great account of her time as a Siganller in the Wrens. Stationed in Ilfracombe she would receive signals from North Africa...
Harry Allen was a boy sailor when he joined HMS Jamaica. He sailed on the Russian Convoys and recalls the battle with the Scharnhorst.
WREN Admin Officer
Irene Bellamy provides an entertaining and detailed account of her service in the WRENS. Before D-Day had even taken place, she was typing up...
Jack Madders provides a fabulously detailed account of his Royal Naval service.
He was a Portsmouth Rating
Jack Thomas provides a brilliant account of his service as a Fleet Air Arm pilot with 836 Squadron. He survived numerous crashes and a terrifying loss
Petty Officer Air Gunner
James Pitts provides a fascinating and detailed account of his life as an Fleet Air Arm Air Gunner with 856 Squadron. He survived numerous crashes...
Jim Dimond joined the Royal Navy in 1942. He had an eventful career which included a torpedo sinking, life aboard a CAM ship and a stint in the Shetla
Joan gives an interview that's full of laughter. It was brilliant meeting her and, like so many of her type, she is terribly modest about her expert..
Joan Field was a WREN stationed at a very remote signal station overlooking the Firth of Lorne in Scotland. Her job was to ensure that every passing..
Joan Manuel provides an entertaining account of her service as a Writer for the Women’s Royal Navy Service [WRNS]. She joined in 1943
Joe Pitcher was a DEMS gunner on many Merchant ships. That he survived was more down to luck than judgement
John Edwards gives a great account of his 5 years as an apprentice in the merchant navy. Witnessing ships sinking all around him
John Roche served on HMS Renown throughout most of the war. He gives a fabulous account of himself and provides a fascinating insight to life onboard.
John Seares talks in detail about his service onboard the Royal Navy light cruiser, HMS Belfast.
John Woodward worked on a Minesweeper during WWII. Operating out of the Thames estuary his skipper was a wily fellow who used all sorts of tactics...
Jonni Berfield was a coder for the Royal Navy. She was working in Plymouth when the Scharnhorst was sunk and recalls the final signals received.
Joy Aylard provides a detailed and fascinating account of her time working at a Bletchley Apark outpost called Eastcote in North London. Her role was
A short film that captures the day when two Naval Veterans visited the Luton School in Chatham. It was a chance to share memories, ask questions and..
Margery gives an outstanding account of her wartime memories. She was incredibly fortunate to survive the Devonport blitz
Marsie Taylor worked as a Wren Writer initially at Norfolk House in central London and then at Southwark in Portsmouth.
Megan Moir was a Wren Writer onboard the exercise training ship HMS Philante. Originally the millionaire Sir Tommy Sopwith’s private yacht.
Able Seaman Anti-Aircraft
Mervyn Salter gives a great account of his life at sea on HMS Saumerz. Operating in both the Arctic and the Pacific he witnesses more than his fair...
When war broke out there was only ever going to be one service for Pat Jarvis.
WRNS Morse Operator
Patricia Massett was a Morse Operator who was stationed at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Her task was to identify individual ships that were passing...
Special Duties Linguist
Patricia Davies provides a great interview detailing her work as a Special Duties linguist in the WRNS.
Patricia Parker was a WREN based at HMS Ceres in Wetherby during WWII.
Rodney Newham lives in the RNBT’s Pembroke House in Gillingham. In the war he worked as a boiler maker in the Chatham dockyard
Ron Davies (1926)
ROYAL NAVY WORKHORSE
Ron Davies, 88, gives an account of his time as a Royal Navy able seaman on board HMS Southdown.
Stan Hoare was one of a series of Veterans we interviewed when we visited the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust’s Care Home, Pembroke House in Gillingham.
Vic Ould gives a fascinating account of his life aboard Destroyer HMS Carron. She was involved in ensuring safe passage of the Troop ship 'Monsters'.
William Jenkins gives a true sailors account of his service at sea. Rude, with plenty of humour and bad language it's both hilarious and brutal...
William Sheppard provides a detailed and interesting account of his time as a Gunner on the mine sweeper HMS Onyx.