HMS Dunedin

Jim Davis one of our members was serving on HMS Dunedin (D Class Light Cruiser) when she was torpedoed by U124 on the 24th November 1941.

About 250 men managed to leave the ship but when the survivors were picked up after 4 days in the shark infested waters there were only 4 Officers and 63 men alive.

Jim, now 97 years old and one of only two survivors left, had up to this year always attended the annual HMS Dunedin Society commemoration service at Portsmouth.

This year it was the 75th anniversary of the sinking and was to be the last Service. Jim now in a residential home and not in the best of health was unable to make the journey

So, as to not leaving Jim disappointed; I in conjunction with his daughter arranged a small service at the home where we had a moving service conducted by S/M Clifford Self our branch padre.

Also in attendance was S/M Pat Whiley who piped the still and carry on for the minutes silence, our Standard bearer S/M John Kett, S/Ms Reg Mcguire ,Mike Wilkinson and S/M Janet Self and several other friends of S/M Jim.

Jim was very appreciative of the efforts of the branch and gave his thanks to all that attended.

It is said that what goes round comes round and so it seems as later in the war Jim was serving on HMS Stonecrop which whilst alongside HMS Black Swan sank U124 West of Oporto, Portugal on 2nd April 1943 . She sank with all hands.

RNA Norwich

The Norwich Branch is one of 300+ branches of the Royal Naval Association world wide. It was commissioned in 1979 and today has a membership of just over 90. It is a registered charity in its own right - the Registered Charity Number is: 1068699

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