the diary of signalman John Emrys Williams
photo gallery -
Clarence Edward Brenchley
Clarence Edward Brenchley and his daughter Mary Lane have
kindly sent me five very special photos of HMS Diadem for publication
on this website. Mary writes:
"My father and I have been surfing through HMS Diadem info
and thought I would let you know my father Clarence Edward Brenchley
served on HMS Diadem from commission at Hebbon on Tyne until Feb
1946 (demobbed Class B). He served as an Able Seaman on the pom
pom guns namely 'Pip'. Herewith my Dad's pics of the Diadem, hopefully
you can use these." (17 May 2009)
A photo of the Diadem marked on the back by the Censor that it was
suitable for mail but not for publication. Note smoke coming out
of the funnel. Either 1943 or 1944.
Diadem flying the black flag - this was a gunnery / weapons practice
Churchill being piped on board the Diadem at Scapa Flow for his
visit in either 1944 or 1945.
turning, with white waves behind her. 1944 or 1945.
June 1945 in Copenhagen on Diadem's visit celebrating
the end of the war.
again to Clarence Edward Brenchley and his daughter Mary Lane for
sharing these photos, if you anything to add or if you remember
Able Seaman Brenchley, 'Pip' or any of the scenes depicted above,
please do get in touch with me via melynmelyn at gmail dot com and
I'll pass on your message to Mary and Clarence.