the diary of signalman John Emrys Williams
Chief Stoker PO Harold Sydney Clark
Vaughan Clark of Marchwood is the son of Harold Sydney Clark who
served on HMS Diadem as Chief Stoker PO. Vaughan
started to tell the story of his father in an earlier article.
He's written again to say:
have returned to have a proper look at your wonderful informative
site on Diadem. I made a few comments a couple of years ago that
you kindly added to the site. Now I have returned and will read
in detail. The comments from Trevor Marrett on his father William
Marrett struck me that My dad was a chief stoker on Diadem (J4117)
from Dec 1942 to Dec 1945 - so My dad and his Dad were ship mates!
knew NOTHING about my dads activities - except the horrors of the
Artic runs.. and he NEVER said - nor did I ask - what he did on
asked one question (as I was confused) at about 12 years old..
'Dad. Who won the second World War?'
My dad errupted with anger. NOBODY WINS WARS...
was all he said... Now I am 67 I understand what pearls of wisdom
he said: 'Nobody wins wars...'
Dad Chief Stoker PO Harold Sydney CLARK was with HMS Diadem from
construction Dec 1942 until Dec 1945.. He said nothing except everyone
smashing thick ice off the superstructure and if you fall over -
youm gone. (looks like he made 4 trips to Artic waters) and from
your website I discover one of the first ships to Beny-sur-Mer JUNO
BEACH on the Normany landings on 6th June 1944 (Thanks to your information)
the Only place that he told mum he LOVED was Copenhagen.
Now looking at the details I can see why.. Denmark was "Liberated"
from the Germans on 5th May 1945 and VE day was declared on 8th
FIRST port HMS Diadem visited - and maybe the first taste of freedom
for Danish people AND a ship load of over sexed, libido driven seamen
was Shore Leave Copenhagen JUNE 1945
wondered why my dad LOVED Copenhagen? Maybe I have brothers or sisters
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