My lovely late father, was a man any son or daughter would be proud of, a real gentleman.
My Father William Dawber was born in Liverpool in 1915.
He had joined the RN in 1936 and before joining HMS Prince of Wales, had been on a small vessel HMS Witch then served on the ill fated HMS Glorious and left her just weeks before Operation Juno.
On HMS Prince of Wales he served on S3 turret as a Gunner. He survived the sinking,
I have, among my family archive, a letter written by my father in Singapore,
to my mother and eldest sister in late 1941, detailing his experiences (I
think some other crew members are mentioned) of the ship's journey via South
Africa to Singapore. Also in his letter he details the attack by the Japanese, and of the ship's evacuation. It's a very moving letter, but
unfortunately badly faded over the years, as it was written in pencil. I
guess he lost his pen along with all his personal items during the sinking.
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Andrew N. Dawber (Son) and Jennifer Storer (Granddaughter).