i: "'A Fitting Tribute': Second World War Hero's Uniform Pride Of Place On HMS Prince of Wales"


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"The uniform of a sailor who survived the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales during the Second World War has been given pride of place on board the new aircraft carrier which bears the name and is being commissioned into the Royal Navy in Portsmouth today – 78 years after the loss of the famous battleship.

Alf Woodhead, of Keighley, West Yorkshire, was 23 when his ship was sunk by Japanese bombers in the South China Sea in 1941.
He survived by leaping overboard onto another ship, HMS Express, later telling the Second World War author Martin Middlebrook in 1977 how he had almost been killed on that horrific day as he peered down at the sea thick with oil and bodies."


Seth Day, 17, from Southampton, the youngest Royal Navy sailor on board HMS Prince of Wales, examines the uniform of Alf Woodhead before the commissioning ceremony. Photo: Joe Cater, Royal Navy
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