HMS Diadem
HMS Diadem

the diary of signalman John Emrys Williams

Second 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)

HMS Diadem copyright Clarence Edward Brenchley

A photo of the Diadem marked on the back by the Censor that it was suitable for mail but not for publication.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.

HMS Diadem copyright Clarence Edward Brenchley

HMS Diadem flying the black flag - this was a gunnery / weapons practice in 1944.

HMS Diadem copyright Clarence Edward Brenchley

Winston Churchill being piped on board the Diadem at Scapa Flow for his visit in either 1944 or 1945.

HMS Diadem copyright Clarence Edward Brenchley

Diadem turning, with white waves behind her. 1944 or 1945.

HMS Diadem copyright Clarence Edward Brenchley

June 1945 in Copenhagen on Diadem's visit celebrating the end of the war.

Thanks 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.

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