A happy New Year to you. Just received this message from an Australian resident seeking info about HMS KGV. Can you help?
Commodore W H J Kelly CEng FIMarEST RN (Retd)
President HMS KING GEORGE V Association
I am the son of a veteran of HMS King George V. My father joined her in 1943. After the war, Dad married and left the UK to settle in Australia, where we all live. Dad says he has never been the returned services club type, but over the years we have heard many, many stories of his experiences serving on HMS King George V, and he is obviously quite proud of his service. Just the other day I did a little research on the net and found some info about operations she completed and Dad was eagerly pointing to each one, and I'm sure it bought a lot of memories back for him. The reason I am writing is, I wonder if any of you have any photos of the ship, and of her crew, and if so would be willing to send some on for me to show him. My Dad was relatively young, being just 18 years old in 1943 and he is now going on 86, and quite frail. He has just lost his wife, my Mother before Christmas. I have been around to see him almost daily, and after showing him the info I collected saw his spirits rise a bit for the first time in weeks. I'll tell you his name in case anyone remembers him, and would like to send a cheerio. He is Able Seaman Peter James Dennis. I will take just a moment to let you know that because of Dads' service, I have the deepest respect for the sacrifice that all you wonderful veterans made to secure us the freedom that so many seem to take for granted these days. I wish you all the best, and hope to hear from you soon.
Antony James D-----.
About forty ex crew members of that famous ship we served in during WW2, formed an association going back a fair while, however, we were never convinced that our small contribution to the assoc was the total number who returned to settle in Australia.
The total accrued to around fifty members allowing for natural attrition, and it would seem many more are here in Australia.
The good news is, I have been in touch with our past crew member's son, and have sent photo's and other info from the past.
Although Our association was wound up last year we still communicate with one another , that is the four of us left who are able to.
Vest LJB. RN Retd 1966.