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Naval action in the Mediterranean

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:14 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My father joined the Royal Navy by volunteering in 1939 (aged 20), and luckily survived the war, the only injury a ruptured eardrum caused by the noise of the onboard cannons. On one traumatic day in the Mediterranean his ship was sunk by a German U-boat. He was rescued by another British ship, but later that same ship was it self sunk by another U-boat.


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Photos taken by a British sailor, and brought home by my father.

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John Clapham

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Steve Clapham

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My father

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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