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PO. Albert Thomas Baxter HMS AuroraMy father, Albert Thomas Baxter, like many other servicemen never spoke a lot about his wartime experiences. The only important ones being: Serving as a stoker on the corvette HMS Jason as convoy escort when HMS Curacao was cut in two by RMS Queen Mary in the North Atlantic.
When in the Naafi at Plymouth Dockyard, the Naafi received a direct hit from an enemy bomb. My father was dug out of the debris some time later with his best mate from under a snooker table, where his mate had the presence of mind to drag him. He always said that several servicemen were still sitting around the walls but dead.
His only other experience was whilst on board HMS Aurora they were in action off the island of Kos in the Aegean Sea. Several crew members being killed in this action, but he survived when at his station in the machinery room when an enemy bomb came through the deckhead damaging a propeller shaft and exiting through the ships side without detonating. He served on HMS Aurora from mid 1942 until she returned to Portsmouth in the summer of 1946, I remember the children's party on board in Portsmouth Dockyard with awnings rigged on the aft deck. By the way I am still in possession of his 'Crossing the Line' certificate from HMS Aurora complete with the signatures of Captain W G Agnew and the actor Kenneth MorePeter Baxter
Pte. Sidney Thomas Stratton B Company 20th Battalion
- Enlisted 13 July 1940,
- entered camp 3 October 1940.
- Embarked from New Zealand 1 February 1941,
- disembarked Egypt 16 March 1941.
- Posted to 20th Battalion 14 June 1941.
- Involved in Operation Crusader November 1941, wounded and captured (piece of German mortar bomb removed 1990)
- Shipped from Benghazi on POW ship `Jason', torpedoed HMS Porpoise 8 December 1941.
- POW in Greece then Italy at various camps
- Released when Italy capitulated but recaptured by the Germans and taken by train to Germany.
- Around April 1944 was in Stalag 4B Germany POW #267389.
- Then Stalag 4G around June 1944.
- Safe in UK 26 April 1945.
- Arrived back in New Zealand 19 July 1945.
- Discharged from Army 29 November 1945.Roger Stratton
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