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Hearts of Oak
Dad’s Diary 1941
Transcribed by Sue Twyman
proud daughter of
Lt Philip Bray R.N. [1912 –1988]
from a diary which he kept.
Dad was serving as
Leading Torpedo Operator
and Specialist in Electrical Gunnery Control
in 1941 on H.M.S. Aurora
He opens with …
Events we have taken part in before this diary:-
May 1941 Sinking of Bismark
June 1941 Sunk an Oiler and two Subs.
June 1941 Picked up 60 survivors (English).
May June 1941 Bombarded enemy ports in Norway.
This was the seizure, evacuation and destruction of facilities on Spitzbergen Island. Led by Admiral Sir Phillip Vian, aboard the cruiser HMS Nigeria, the move was conducted by a five-ship British task group. Vian and his warships escorted the passenger liner Empress Canada to the island, where they were to embark and evacuate its entire population
of 3,200 Norwegian and Soviet coal miners and officials.
The last civilians were evacuated by nightfall, and British demolition teams went to work.
Over the next six days, they systematically destroyed all facilities that might be of use to the Germans. The coal mine entrances were blocked, coal stocks set ablaze, and as a final act, the weather, radio and power stations were demolished as the ships withdrew southward
Diary Entries Index
Dad (Philip Bray, crouching) on T.S. Warspite in 1926.
“Vice Admiral Chatfield. The Countess of Shaftsbury. Prize Giving”
Dad was apparently the ships mascot…probably with the dog.
Dad (Philip Bray) as an able seaman probably around 1934
Thanks to Sue Twyman