War time memorabilia

Hadleigh 1939 to 1946, M.N. and R.F.A service

By Ian Hawks

Photo:Personal identity card to be carried at all times.

Personal identity card to be carried at all times.

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Photo:War time car fuel coupons.

War time car fuel coupons.

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Photo:Food ration coupons.

Food ration coupons.

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Photo:Merchant Navy travel coupon.

Merchant Navy travel coupon.

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Photo:Rail ticket from Greenock to Leigh-on-Sea. Train guards punched the right hand corner.

Rail ticket from Greenock to Leigh-on-Sea. Train guards punched the right hand corner.

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Photo:Letter received by my parents with my brass cabin key label.

Letter received by my parents with my brass cabin key label.

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Photo:Letter envelope with 2 1/2 penny stamp.

Letter envelope with 2 1/2 penny stamp.

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Photo:1942 passport for war time  travel to U.S.A

1942 passport for war time travel to U.S.A

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Photo:Passport page 1.

Passport page 1.

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Photo: Illustrative image for the 'War time memorabilia' page
Photo:Ian Hawks (inset), R.F.A. War Brahmin, Fleet tanker

Ian Hawks (inset), R.F.A. War Brahmin, Fleet tanker

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Photo:My medals from left to right: B.L.Lapel badge, 1939-1945 War Star,  Battle of the Atlantic Star,  1939 to 1945 War Medal, Merchant Navy Veterans badge, M.N. lapel badge, Battle of the Atlantic Veterans badge

My medals from left to right: B.L.Lapel badge, 1939-1945 War Star, Battle of the Atlantic Star, 1939 to 1945 War Medal, Merchant Navy Veterans badge, M.N. lapel badge, Battle of the Atlantic Veterans badge

Ian Hawks

Photo:1945 pay slip.

1945 pay slip.

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Ian Hawks.

This page was added by Ian Hawks on 24/05/2012.
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My late father, from Hadleigh, served in the Merchant Navy throughout the Second World War.  He was awarded a George Medal and Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea in 1941.  He was captured by the Vichy French aboard the Royal Navy prize ss Criton ex French, and imprisoned in West Africa in concentration camps at Conakry, Timbuctoo, and Kankan, from then on, and for the remainder of his life,  he was known as The Man From Timbuctoo.  After the war he became Commander of HMRC Vigilant,  and then joined the Port of London Authority in 1953.  He died in an accident in September 1972.

His brother Derrick, who also lived in Hadleigh, was Commodore of Strick Line until he retired in about 1970.

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On 01/06/2016