May 2002 - I found Dad's Naval Certificate
of Service + a lot of photos.
He was in 821 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm,
and served on "H.M.S. Puncher" & "H.M.S. Trumpeter"
My father is Frank CAWTHORN
[his nickname was "Curls"]
He was just 18 years and 4 months old when he
volunteered for the Navy in June 1942.
I bet he didn't expect to spend his 21st birthday in Scapa Flow!
He began his basic training at H.M.S. Duke, Malvern, in Worcestershire before being sent on to H.M.S. Daedulus, Lee-on-Solent
to begin his training as an Air Mechanic. This was completed at Cowdray Park, Midhurst, Sussex where he passed out as a
Naval Airman, 1st Class* before joining 821 Squadron and embarking on H.M.S. Puncher for North Atlantic patrols based at
Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands.
Click on the above picture to take you to a larger image of
"H.M.S. Duke", Malvern, Worcestershire, July-August 1942.