John Daniel AWMM
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Pre 1 May 1942 AWMM 89 Westcliff Park Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England AWMM
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Pre 1 November 1942 AWMM Single AWMM
Naval Training: HMS Collingwood, Cookham Camp, Rochester, Kent AWMM
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Son of William Clark and Lilian Clark
The following biographical information and history of naval service during the war has been supplied by John Clark.
Married in July 1947 to Eileen (nee Hindmarsh), Daughter: Angela Born 1955 - single (2000), Daughter Heather Born 1958 - married in 1984 to Gaby Roitman
Granddaughter Stephanie Roitman Born 1988 - Israel, Grandson Dan Roitman Born 1993 - New Zealand
HMS Suffolk 1st Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet
Made history in May 1941 patrolling the Denmark Straits on orders from Admiral Tovey. Able Seaman Newall a lookout on the bridge saw on the after starboard side the massive 35,000 ton enemy ship 'Bismark' and then a second ship, 'Prinz Eugen' not more than seven miles away. Captain Ellis ordered hard a-port full speed ahead at 32 knots to get into the fog. Enemy reports were transmitted. The 'Norfolk' sped into the area and found 'Bismark' only six miles away; whilst swinging for cover and safety, 'Bismark' opened fire and one salvo bounced off the water only fifty yards away, it richochet over the bridge.
On a later occasion the 'Suffolk' came within ten miles range when 'Bismark' emerged from the mist and her opening salvo fell 1000 yards astern. Later salvos fell near enough to loosen rivets in the plating aft. 'Suffolk' replied with nine broadsides (eight 8" guns A, B and X and Y Turrets). The blast from B turret smashed her own bridge windows, opening the steam heated bridge to icy winds and spray. Four thousand British and German lives were lost during this action in pursuit of 'Bismark' recorded as one of the greatest sea battles.
HMS Suffolk - Far Eastern Fleet
The honour of taking the first Royal Governor General to Australia, HRH Duke of Gloucester with the Duchess and their two children, Prince William and Prince Richard, from England to Sydney was given to the 'Rimutaka' at the end of 1944. With 200 other passengers aboard on 16 December 1944 they sailed escorted by 'Euryalus', two destroyers, 'Ulster' and 'Urchin' and five frigates. The German U Boat 400 was intercepted and sunk by the 'Nyasaland'. The 'Rimutaka' proceeded through the Mediterranean and Red Sea to Colombo, Ceylon and was then escorted by HMS Suffolk to rendevous off Fremantle where on 21 January 1945 HMNZS Achilles relieved the 'Suffolk' and her destroyers, having been joined by the 'Quiberon' and 'Quickmatch' escorted the Rimutaka across the Australian Bight and south of Tasmania to Sydney.
In July 1945 Captain Gilmore addressed our ships company to say we were to proceed to Burma and take on board about one thousand Chindits - jungle fighters - and then return to the UK. The Chindits bedded down on our upper deck spaces glad to be on the way home; some looked sick and all were war weary - glad that for them, it was all over.
Our Sunday Church Services on board made a lasting impression on my life. I am indebted to Petty Officer Writer Douglas Wilson (deceased) who conducted a Bible study to convey the Good News of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, to 'Whosoever will believe". The lives of many including mine changed through his dedication. As the old hymn says: "I came to Jesus and I drank
Of that life giving stream, my thirst was quenched, My soul revived and Now I live in Him" AWMM
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