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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Pathfinder

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Sidney Guest HMS Manchester

Sidney Guest joined the Navy aged 18. He served onboard HMS Manchester during Operation Pedestal, when the ship was torpedoed he was identified as 'essential personell', and transferred to HMS Pathfinder.

In 2006 he was made an honorary citizen of the Maltese capital of Valletta in a newspaper article published in the Dorset Echo at the time he said: "In many ways it was a nice surprise, but it brought up a few things which I would rather forget. "I was quite moved when I received it. There are a couple of small incidents I recall that still upset me. I was on action stations on the bridge the whole time. One colleague nearby was firing a gun at German bombers overhead when his gun got stuck. The plane was bearing down on us but I managed to clear the ammunition for him, and he shot it down just in time. Some of the memories are a bit vague, but other parts I remember clearly. I will never forget being on that deck, drowned in seawater. We had plenty of near-misses, and of course I was scared. But I was so busy, I had a job to do and got on with it. We were awake solidly for five days and four nights. How we kept our eyes open and wits about us all that time, I'll never know. I remember longing to get to Valletta to put my head down, but we never got there. Once the merchant ships were in, we got out of there as fast as we could.

Lt. Robert Edward "Scratch" Williams HMS Manchester

Robert Williams of Portsmouth, joined the Royal Navy in September 1938. He was on HMS Vindictive and went to Barbados and Puerto Rico in 1939. His next ship was HMS Nelson and during 1941 he crossed the Equator in her. His next ship was HMS Manchester serving as Captain's Secretary. Many years later, Robert took part in the documentary shown on TV about the Manchester (the case of Captain Harold Drew). Robert was one of the crew survivors who returned to Britain on HMS Pathfinder.

Robert then joined HMS Argus. Argus was the first aircraft carrier ever built. The ship went under attack in Algiers when Robert was keeping the Action Log. In August 1944 Robert was appointed to HMS Flycatcher, a Naval Air Station in Norfolk. Later Flycatcher moved to Middle Wallop in Hampshire (now Army Air Corps).

After the end of the war Robert was appointed to staff in Malta working for Admiral Sir Algernon Willis. In the summer of 1948 Robert embarked on a course in Russian in Cambridge. Following his course he was appointed the staff of the Admiral Commanding Reserves in March 1950. The Naval Reserve at that time was a large command.


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