the diary of signalman John Emrys Williams
a message that arrived via email.
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.
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.
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
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