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    02-06-2018
    Hi All, as a member of the one foot in the grave club and not to with it on computers, I seem to not get thro to on your system to tell this I wonder item of interest.

    At the age of 15 and the ww2 was still on, I was working in the Charing Cross hotel as a commie wine steward.

    Suddenly a Merchant navy office and it turned out to be his wife came in, by chance I said to this very kind elderly waitress I would like to go to sea,without hesitation
    she approached the officer who happened to be a captain of what I stated, he called me over and spoke to me saying he was signing on a crew on a ship in the London
    docks CALLED THE EMPIRE AUSTEN this was March 1945.

    One had been only with the hotel for 2weeks ,he wrote to the hotel, I believe I still have bit of paper saying they knew of no reason for me not the join this ship.

    So off I went after I found out where she was berth loading for Antwerp.

    As a cabin boy, I know it was around the 25 march 1945 as a child hood friend was killed on that date.

    When the time came to sign on the board at the B OF T the person behind the counter asked my age!!!!!!!!!!!!,I wasn't street wise in those days and I told
    him 09-07-1929, think about putting my age up, his response you have to be 16,so you can't go, but as soon as you are 16,july 9th 1945 you can got the
    London Docks and the training ship the TRITON, so off I went and got another job at Gerard's cross till I was 16 years old.

    One over the years has only meet one other ship mate that was on this ship to do this elementary course before I was allocated a ship as cabin boy.
    After that is another story.
    Austin

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    Thanks Austin, interesting tale.

    Pleased that you have shared
    part of your past with us and
    hope for more.

    Although. I knew of the Charing
    Cross hotel, passed it often, never
    did go in till the near mid 80's.

    Regards,
    Keith.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Thanks for your story as most here I suppose we all have those times we recall so vividly!
    Cheers

    Possibly a few of us old timers here may need to join that "One foot in the Grave Club?" LOL

    I actually love that TV Show a damn good laugh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Vernon View Post
    "One foot in the Grave Club?"
    I actually love that TV Show a damn good laugh!


    Did you ever see the Irish Father Ted version ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbO7czzIu_o
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Vernon, many of the members are on the 'one foot in level' now but that does not mean they cannot still enjoy life.
    Enjoyment to the end is the hope of us all.


    Remembering that life has a nasty habit of buggering things up.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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