the diary of signalman John Emrys Williams
(Jock?) Murphy from Glasgow
Darren McDonald wrote to me from Wrexham on the 3rd of September
2009 to say:
grandfather served on HMS Diadem. He is very vague on what his job
was and is getting on in years. I would like to know if any of his
shipmates are still about. His name is John Murphy from Glasgow.
He has told a few funny stories like when he was locked in the engine
room when a torpedo just missed. He laughs now, but I dont
think it would have been funny at the time. Thanks for your input
and if you ever do come across any stories or old comrades that
are still knocking round would be good to let him know."
I had a follow-up email from Darren on the 10th of January 2013
grandfather served on HMS DIADEM he never talked about his time
on board her and sadly he passed away on the 22nd of December 2012
and I wish to find out as much as I can about his time on there
and if any other members are still around. His name was John Murphy
from Glasgow, possibly known as Jock Murphy. If anyone can remember
him as much info would be appreciated."
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