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September 2, 2016

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September 3rd

September 2, 2016

Okay I'm an hour too early ,with all the crap going on about "migrant kids" and "junior doctors" let alone "Brexit" and our little "Nicola" the aniversary of the start of World War 2 is about to be celebrated ( if that's the word) yep Adolfs hordes are about ready to invade Poland about now 77 years ago . I remember as a kid in Birkenhead playing on bomb sites ,and rationing ,also visiting my grandfathers grave in Liverpool ,killed in the blitz in May 41 in Liverpool ,killed 4 years before I was born . We all have relatives who served Britain during that conflict ,my own father was a sailor 22 years ( 1927-1949) the reason I'm 8 years the baby of the family ,was he was at sea for most of the conflict had a couple ships sank ( Hermes 42) under him ,Murmansk convoys at the end ,thus me from a dirty week with my Mum in Glasgow. My Dad died when I was 14 never telling me or my siblings about his war service ,when I was recruiting Sgt Mjr at Preston I managed to apply for his medals ( he never accepted them ) he had 7 campaign medals ,fuck he'd done that and got the T shirt ,but from my Mum he was embarrassed that he survived losing so many friends and never settled . Now we read that the survivors of that conflict are now passing ,like at the turn of the century we had the WW1 heroes passing ,soon these heroes who are all in their 90's will not attending the November parades at memorials . I'm not sure the modern generation of " me me me " would understand what our parents went thro ,they may be grumpy old folk now but in their youth when the call went out they served,sacrificed and saved the world from despots ,yep they seen it and got the T shirt and rightly so ,bless them for our past and our kids future .Yep the day were the death sentence on about 50 million people is not front story on the news ,is not a surprise with the "me me me" generation of today

September 3, 2016

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
September 3rd

September 3, 2016

Bob, My Dad served in the Arctic convoys too, and got close to freezing to death several times, but he also had a few trips to the US and Canada to make up for it. He also lost a good number of his friends too, also serving with the Alfred Holt Line ships and others. Like all of them, he just got on with it. Unlike the parasites we are fending off right now. The good thing from the convoys west was that we sometimes got the US and Canada comics, IN COLOUR!!!!! Never got any Russian ones, double dutch to us..... Dad was from Sunderland (the Mack'ums)  and an uncle was a Tak'um, a seaman from Newcastle. And an uncle was from Gateshead, but he was in submarines, (No, not all at once!!!)


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