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    Default Re: Dadís wartime? Merchant or Royal Navy

    My Grandfather served on HMS Rodney. I know from an old letter that he was on it in 1941 and he must have been on it prior to September 1937 because my mother told me when I asked her where my dumb name Rodney came from, she told me my grandfather served on her.

    My dad was in the Royal Army Medical Corp. RAMC, he was not amused when I told him that I was told that RAMC stood for Robbers and Murderers of our Comrades by the other regiments who claimed they lifted watches and rings and anything that sparkled from the dead and wounded.

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    Of Interest possibly Rodney

    1936_07_21_devonport.jpgHMS Rodney at Davenpoort 1937

    menu_03 Actual Food on the Menu.jpg Xmas Menu 1940 HMS Rodney

    HMS Rodney Xmas Menu.jpg
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    My father Walter Kenneth Walker (Ken) joined the Merchant Navy and sailed on 25 Mar 1939 on Duchess of Bedford as a Bellboy - he was 14 years 5 months. Just 6 months before WWII. He sailed across the Atlantic on 20 return journeys throughout WWII. Ken went on 2 convoy trips to Arkangel and Murmask, Russia- but they were not allowed to disembark whilst there, as the Russians didn't trust anyone - even though they were taking supplies to Russia. The supplies were running short in late 1941 - as supplies lines were cut off by the German Army. He continued with Merchant Navy until July 1955.

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    Hello Kathy
    Thanks for the info.
    Here is his Medal Listing , you may already have it though!?
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    R180947 WALKER W 26/10/1924 LIVERPOOL | The National Archives

    And Link to his Seamans Pouch .
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    Reference: BT 372/163/19
    Description: R180947 WALKER W 26/10/1924 LIVERPOOL
    Date: 1913-1972
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: R180947
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
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    Kenneth Ronald Thynne born in Sydney Australia in 1918 died 1961. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michele Thynne View Post
    Kenneth Ronald Thynne born in Sydney Australia in 1918 died 1961. Thanks
    Was he Merchant Navy ?? As you dont state anything!
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