Admiral William O'Brien

Admiral
Admiral Sir William O’Brien provides Legasee with a wonderful interview about his distinguished Naval career during the Second World War.
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Alan Johnson.

Able Seaman
Alan Johnson provides Legasee with an in-depth and often times, entertaining interview about his time in the Royal Navy.
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Albert Malin

Torpedoman
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...
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Albert Owing

Able Seaman
Albert Owing was a Merchant Seaman who sailed on many Atlantic convoys on RFA British Diligence, SS Fairwater and the Highland Brigade.
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Alec 'Ernest' Kellaway

Sailor
Alec Kellaway began his career in the Royal Navy aboard the ill-fated HMS Hood.
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Alec Penstone

Submariner
This is the first of 8 films about Alec Penstone's incredible life as a WWII submarine detector.
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Alex Owens

Able Seaman
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
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Alf Burton

Engineer
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.
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Alfred Fowler

Stoker
Alfred ‘Chick’ Fowler gives a very detailed account of his time spent as a Stoker on HMS Sheffield.
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Austin Byrne

DEMS gunner
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.
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Betty Dobson

Leading Wren
Betty Dobson provides a great interview detailing her life as a Second World War Wren.
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Bill Churchill

Gunner
Bill Churchill provides a detailed account of his life aboard the HMS Malcolm and HMS Ajax.
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Bill Fellingham

Seaman
Bill Fellingham provides a detailed account of his service in the Merchant Navy. PQ 17 was famously told to scatter.
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Charles Chirgwin

Seaman
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].
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Christian Lamb

Wren Plotter
Christian Lamb provides a humorous and detailed account of her life as a 3rd Officer WREN.
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Colette Cook

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...
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Cornelius Snelling

Chatham Rating
Cornelius Snelling served on the Black Swan-class sloop HMS Wildgoose.
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David Craig

Radio Officer
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
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Dennis Whitehead

Able Seaman
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
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Dick West

Engine Room Artificer 2
Dick West gives a brilliant account of his life as an Engine Room Artificer on HMS Sheffield.
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Dorothy Brewer

Aircraft fitter
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
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Doug Joyce

Able Seaman
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.
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Doug Shelley

Seaman
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...
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Edward Rogers

Third Officer
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.
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Edward Wells

Boy Sailor
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...
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Eric Conway

Leading Telegraphist
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...
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Ernest Edwards

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.
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Frank Garbutt

Able Seaman
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.
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Frank Jones

Leading Seaman
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
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Frank Wilson

Gunner
Frank Wilson was an Able Seaman on the escort carrier, HMS Activity. She had the biggest flight deck of any escort carrier in the Fleet.
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Fred Estall

DEMS Gunner
Fred Estall gives a good account of his life as a Gunner onboard a Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships [DEMS].
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Geoff Shelton

Able Seaman
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.
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George Floyd

Leading Seaman
George Floyd was a [LSA ] Leading Stores Assistant on the frigate HMS Loring.
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Gladys Yates

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
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Gordon Hooton

Seaman
Gordon ran away from home and the Navy and the opportunity to travel was a natural calling for him.
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Harriet Wright

WREN
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...
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Harry Allen

Boy Seaman
Harry Allen was a boy sailor when he joined HMS Jamaica. He sailed on the Russian Convoys and recalls the battle with the Scharnhorst.
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Irene Bellamy

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...
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Jack Madders

Leading Signalman
Jack Madders provides a fabulously detailed account of his Royal Naval service. He was a Portsmouth Rating
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Jack Thomas

Pilot
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
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James Pitts

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...
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Jean Watson

Wren Supply
Jean Watson gives a good account of her time in the Women’s Royal naval Service [WRNS]. She worked in Supply at Naval bases in Scotland and Ireland.
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Jim Dimond

Radio Mechanic
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
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Joan Endersby

Wren
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..
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Joan Field

Visual Signaller
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..
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Joan Manuel

Wren Writer
Joan Manuel provides an entertaining account of her service as a Writer for the Women’s Royal Navy Service [WRNS]. She joined in 1943
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Joe Pitcher

DEMS Gunner
Joe Pitcher was a DEMS gunner on many Merchant ships. That he survived was more down to luck than judgement
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John Edwards

Apprentice
John Edwards gives a great account of his 5 years as an apprentice in the merchant navy. Witnessing ships sinking all around him
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John Roche

Torpedoman
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.
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John Seares

Seaman
John Seares talks in detail about his service onboard the Royal Navy light cruiser, HMS Belfast.
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John Woodward

Steward
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...
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Jonni Berfield

WREN Codebreaker
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.
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Joy Aylard

BOMBE Operator
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
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Luton School

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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..
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Margery Draper

WREN
Margery gives an outstanding account of her wartime memories. She was incredibly fortunate to survive the Devonport blitz
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Marsie Taylor

Wren
Marsie Taylor worked as a Wren Writer initially at Norfolk House in central London and then at Southwark in Portsmouth.
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Megan Moir

WREN Writer
Megan Moir was a Wren Writer onboard the exercise training ship HMS Philante. Originally the millionaire Sir Tommy Sopwith’s private yacht.
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Mervyn Salter

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...
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Pat Jarvis

WREN Telephonist
When war broke out there was only ever going to be one service for Pat Jarvis.
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Pat Massett

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...
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Patricia Davies

Special Duties Linguist
Patricia Davies provides a great interview detailing her work as a Special Duties linguist in the WRNS.
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Patricia Parker

WREN
Patricia Parker was a WREN based at HMS Ceres in Wetherby during WWII.
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Rodney Newnham

Dock Worker
Rodney Newham lives in the RNBT’s Pembroke House in Gillingham. In the war he worked as a boiler maker in the Chatham dockyard
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Ron Davies (1926)

Able Seaman
ROYAL NAVY WORKHORSE Ron Davies, 88, gives an account of his time as a Royal Navy able seaman on board HMS Southdown.
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Stan Hoare

Radar Rating
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.
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Vic Ould

Naval Engineer
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'.
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William Jenkins

Stoker
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...
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William Sheppard

Seaman
William Sheppard provides a detailed and interesting account of his time as a Gunner on the mine sweeper HMS Onyx.
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