HMS Diadem
HMS Diadem

the diary of signalman John Emrys Williams

Looking back at 2014

Here are some of the HMS Diadem's shipmates' stories online from the past year.

The death of George Langton was marked by the Nottingham Post. Mr Langton's daughter Pat Sporne said: "Most of what he could remember was the cold and the dark."



There was a report of "Leslie Garrett, aged 87, who was a gunner on the HMS Diadem - one of the first ships to reach France" - in a piece about D-Day in Portsmout and Southsea Team Local. There was more about Leslie Garrett in the Bognor Regis Observer. Photo is copyright Allan Hutchings.


Ron Miller was presented the Ushakov Medal at the Russian Embassy on Thursday 4 September 2014 and the story of how he dedicated his medal to Able Seaman Gabriel is told in the Get Reading piece. Gabriel was the only fatality of an engagement between HMS Diadem and three enemy destroyers off the coast of Norway.


Here's a BBC Scotland slideshow of the Arctic Convoys. Slide 2 shows: "Ken Reith was a young signal boy on-board light anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Diadem."


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