Did you serve at HMS Collingwood?

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Your readers have been very, very good with their responses, but can they go that extra mile and do something really... well, shall we say ‘special, memorable and sympathetic’?

Were they serving, or were any relatives serving on HMS Collingwood when Herr Hitler’s men tried to sink it?

In an earlier letter to you, I asked those who had served at any time, in any capacity, at HMS Collingwood, the massive Shore Establishment at Fareham just outside Portsmouth, to get in touch.

They are still coming out of the woodwork and I have received some wonderful stories of their experiences, but something else more dramatic has emerged.

In the early hours of June 18th 1943, just one bomb dropped onto one of the accommodation huts and killed over 30 sailors. These sailors, all volunteers to ‘Serve King and Country’ were mainly 17 and 18 year olds.

Following this interest, I have now tracked down service details of all them. They came from all over the country and I am hoping that readers of the local newspapers all over the country and those who had relatives killed or they themselves served at HMS Collingwood at that time will come forward and contribute information ready for the 70th anniversary on June 18th 2013.

We will all meet up and do something special.

Send your memories to Mike Crowe, Chairman, HMS Collingwood Association, 7 Heath Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight. PO36 8PG or e-mail: mike.crowe1@btinternet.com

MIKE CROWE,

Sandown, Isle of Wight.