A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

One for my Dad…69 years on…

HMS Diamond (D34) a Type 45 Royal Navy destroyer, making its way out into the Solent from Portsmouth Harbour...

HMS Diamond (D34) a Type 45 Royal Navy destroyer, making its way out into the Solent from Portsmouth Harbour…


On Gosport waterfront...

On Gosport waterfront…


Yes, my Dad was a morse code operator in the RAF's 3207 Servicing Commando Unit...

Yes, my Dad was a morse code operator, in the RAF’s 3207 Servicing Commando Unit…


So, a reflective pint, in the Castle Tavern pub, near Gosport waterfront

So, a reflective pint, in the Castle Tavern pub, near Gosport waterfront


And after D-Day...he went on to serve in south-east Asia, ending up in Singapore...

And after D-Day…he went on to serve in south-east Asia, ending up in Singapore…


The Castle Tavern pub, from the street...

The Castle Tavern pub, from the street…


In gardens by Gosport waterfront...

In gardens by Gosport waterfront…


Clock, girl and Spinnaker Tower...

Clock, girl and Spinnaker Tower…


Man seated on a wall...

Man seated on a wall…


Upcoming trips on the 'Spirit of Portsmouth'...

Upcoming trips on the ‘Spirit of Portsmouth’…


Aboard the 18.00 pm Gosport Ferry, approaching Portsmouth Harbour, looking across to HMS Warrior, a warship built in 1860...

Aboard the 18.00 pm Gosport Ferry, approaching Portsmouth Harbour, looking across to HMS Warrior, a warship built in 1860…


About to disembark at Portsmouth...

About to disembark at Portsmouth…

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2 thoughts on “One for my Dad…69 years on…

  1. This is a wonderful tribute.

  2. Thank you :). My father died in 1995, and talked little of his wartime experiences, but I think we owe an incalculable debt to his generation, many of whom, of course, made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting tyranny and defending democratic values in the Second World War. Incidentally, my matenal grandfather, and his own father, were both Royal Navy men, who died at sea during the two World Wars, and I’ll be dedicating a post here to them both later this year. Thanks once again for commenting here :).

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