14 Sep '17, 10am

Second World War veteran takes trip down memory lane #WW2

Second World War veteran takes trip down memory lane 14/09/2017 Phase 2 sailors at HMS Collingwood had the honour of meeting of a Second World War veteran, when a special visitor came to the Fareham site. Jimmy Baynes, 94, joined the Royal Navy in 1942 during the hostilities only period, and was sent to HMS Collingwood to undergo his training. It was a long term wish for him to return to the site, and he was delighted when this was all made possible. Following his training at HMS Collingwood, Jimmy, who lives in Tolworth, near Kingston-upon-Thames, served on HMS Erica, a Flower-class corvette, in the Second Escort Group, escorting convoys to North Africa. Erica was sunk in February 1943 in the Mediterranean, but fortunately Jimmy and most of the crew survived. He later joined HMS Anguilla, a Colony-class frigate and took part in the Arctic convoys to Russia. On one mission...

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