My father in law (now deceased) was
a member of the crew when it was attacked and sunk by the RAF
whilst carrying out minesweeping duties in 1944 off the coast of
France. He managed to survive the attack by jumping overboard
after spotting the RAF coming again for a second attack. According
to his wife who is now 86, she says he was picked up and taken to
Scotland, but doesn't know where.
She doesn't know the length of time
he served on the Britomart but we do have several photographs from
1942/1943/1944 with his handwriting on the back of some of them of
where they were taken, including one of a Guard of Honour for
General Montel(?) at Grosnie(?) Quay, Archangel in July 1943.
My father in law's date of birth
was 28/06/1920 or 21, he died on 06/12/1967. His home address
whilst serving was: No 9 Dalzell Street. Moor Row, nr Whitehaven
,Cumbria. As I stated his wife Joan, who served in the ATS and met
Jack in a dance hall in Edinburgh, is still alive and went on to
have two daughters.
He did many sailings to Murmansk,
Archangel, Iceland and lost many friends, especially in the
incident of 1944. Unfortunately my mother in law cannot remember
any names of his colleagues but he did knock about with a lad from
Hull. He always attended Remembrance Sunday service wherever he
was living at the time.