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Mrn. Lionel Victor "Lofty" Wright MID.

Royal Marines HMS Aurora

from:Portchester, Hants

My father, Lionel V Wright, joined the Royal Marines on 8th November 1920 and served on many ships one of the longest term being on Revenge from August 1924 - January 1928. He was on the Aurora from 9th November 1937 until 17th August 1942.He was very proud of the Aurora and named two of his houses after it. He was at the Siege of Malta and I remember him saying he was at Scapa Flow.

As he had completed over 20 years service he was given a shore posting in 1942 when he was sent to London to guard the Cabinet and Sir Winston Churchill. Due to this we moved nearer to London so that he could return home at night and were in direct line of enemy bombs destined for London. My father was awarded The Atlantic Medal, The Africa and Italy Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medals and had 2 Mentions in Despatches. My father never talked about his time in the service and it is only in later years that I have realised what conditions must have been like for him and his comrades. I feel very proud to be his daughter.

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