HMS Diadem
HMS Diadem

the diary of signalman John Emrys Williams

Here's a message that arrived via email.

"My father George Alfred Green Official Number PJX274609 Able Seaman served onboard Diadem from 17 December 1943 to 17 July 1944 he was a gunnery rating and his Gun was a 5.25inch Number 5 left. He passed away in 1986 at the age of 76 after suffering a stroke.

"He was a keen footballer and played for the ship, I have evidence of this in the form of a hurt certificate awarded to him on 17 July 1944. The certificate states he was injured on 29 May 1944 whilst playing a game of organised football another player fell on his extended leg. Evidence was heard form another player AB, R.B. Jackson or Johnson I cant make out the signature.The document was also signed by the then Commander E.G.A. Clifford.

"Looking through the diary of events on your website I would place the ship in Scapa. He was probably known as Jimmy Green the naval nickname for those with the surname Green. I wonder if anyone can recall that game and which ship or side it was agianst. It was astounding to find such good information about Diadem (my father said little about his service in the war) but I can see he had a lot to be proud of and I will be applying for his Star. If anyone can recall my dad I would love to hear from them." - George B Green. March 2010

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