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Frank Trevor Jackson, Acting Sub Lieutenant, (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve)

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:21 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My Grandad Frank served in the First World War as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and survived. In the Second World War, although aged 50, he volunteered for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and served some time on HMS Despatch. I have a few photographs he took during his time, relating to the Middle East and the Suez Canal. I know little about these photographs. He didn't live long enough for me to meet him, which I regret.

My Grandmother always says that he was on one of the first ships of the war to be sunk by the German pocket battleship Graf Spee. I understand that the Graf Spee sank nine merchant ships between September and December 1939 but saved all the crew, my Grandad being one. I was told that his health suffered, which is why he died aged 57, two years after the war ended.


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1. The letter sent to my Grandmother with his medals, sadly he had already died 2. A view of the Suez Canal from the ship 3. An aircraft 4. Two boats on the canal 5. "Shave Sir" 6. "Shave Sir", two 7. He was a bodybuilder before the War and won medals, so he was a fit man 8. Him in a photo with 2 men 9. On the ship 10. The medals 11. The ship 12. An obelisk in Egypt 13. Suez Canal 14. Suez Canal rear of ship

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Frank Trevor Jackson

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Philip Humphries

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He was my Maternal Grandfather who sadly died before I was born.

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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