A Merchant Navy Day Service is being held at Dover Town Hall on Tuesday 3 September from 10.30am, followed by a wreath laying ceremony on Dover Seafront at 12 noon.My paternal Grandad was MN in WW2, he served on tankers and had two ships blown out of the water by u-boats, he obviously survived both times.
Just to add that on that very same day: 75 years ago when Britain declared war on Germany Winston Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty, a position he had held during the Great War.On This Day shortly after 11am in 1939, the Admiralty sent the uncoded signal to all warships, establishments, and merchant shipping: TOTAL GERMANY. Repeat. TOTAL GERMANY. Britain was at war.*
The Royal Navy – still the world’s largest fleet – counted 200,000 men with 15 battleships/cruisers (mostly WW1 vintage), 7 aircraft carriers, over 60 cruisers, 180+ destroyers and 60 submarines
Had a peirhead jump to her for three months from Lochinvar.....different to say the least....that was mid sixties....In ‘Home’ waters, Coastal minelayer HMS PLOVER lays the first UK minefield of WW2; a defensive field off Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth. She’ll then take passage to Dover for commencement of the Dover Barrage.
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