I haven't had much opportunity to write a post, my time mostly being taken up by more pressing activities within the home and those concerning relatives and my dear friends from the now defunct 'HMS KING GEORGE V' Association which was wound up on Friday Sept 25. There were just seven of us in the Australian by choice members left from the crew of that famous British battleship, which ended her war years in the Pacific and returning to Sydney Sept 27, 65 years ago, at age 83 I am now the youngest member.
Let me quote the words of someone myself and others rubbed shoulders with during the long drawn out periods of action within the pacific campaign particularly the dreadful operation Iceberg which claimed so many lives. The words of Vice admiral Bernard Rawlings "I am not certain that those at home have any idea of what these long operating periods mean, nor of the strain put on those serving on these ships, so many of whom, both officers and men were mere children. In my flagship the average age is deemed to be close to Nineteen years, it was much less two years ago in the beginning.
When I look back on that, on which this untrained youth had managed to accomplish and to stick out, then I have no fear for the future of the British Navy,they were and are; people of great courage who would follow one anywhere and whose keynote was that the word impossible did not exist.
If the priceless tribute what Admiral Rawlings wrote does not make you feel proud to have served on the KGV; then there is nothing more to add, except to say "no matter how menial the tasks performed, or where your action station was, you like me were one of the dedicated crew, without which our great ship would not have functioned so efficiently as it did. My action station was within spitting distance from where Vice Admiral Rawlings controlled our fleet of seventy ships, his conscious affection was shown on each occasion after action with a pat on the shoulder and a "Well done Men".
Today I have a shocking head cold, so more than likely our proposed trip down the coast to visit close relatives will have to be put off for a while. The main cause for my problem would be the changeable weather patterns; and that dust storm gave it a nudge too.
Do you remember this. Death Trap Vehicles, Buy Yours 'Now' and become a road death statistic.' June 20-09, Archives.
It seems someone has woken up and dealt a death blow on those vehicles I mentioned.
Not so beaut Utes.
Motorists looking for a cheap work Utility vehicle beware. Three budget utes have scored poorly in the latest crash tests by the Australian New Car Assessment Program.
Wall Motors SA220 and V240 utes from China scored just two points from five, while the Malaysian built Proton Jumbuck, did worse, by scoring just one star. Feeling desperately suicidal? here within these reconstituted Rickshaws the preparation has been done for you.
Back later, remember anything you're good at contributes to happiness. Vest.
To advise that Vest (Les Bowyer) passed away this morning. Regards, Chris (Son).
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