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Edward Meyers
I have previously told you that AB Edward Meyers was up the Foremast checking electrical connections to the ships searchlight.
I have more information from both his daughter Mis Edna Meyers and his other grandson Edward Weager that he was standing in for the watch of someone else.
According to Miss Meyers, when he was fished out of the water, he had been in the water for between 6 and 9 hour, he was very close to death and they thought he was dead. He was taken to the mortuary and laid out when someone realised that he was still alive. According to my Aunt, he was revive by that British magical elixier of a cup of hot tea!
He later went on to serve in submarines.
In WW2 he was at Singapore at the time of teh sinking of the Repulse and the Prince of Wales on HMS Tenedos. They escaped to Colombo where they were bombed. He was thrown from the deck down a hatch to the bowels of the ship. He was seriously injured and to his death still carried pieces of metal in his brain.
After WW2 he served as Submarine Attack Teacher at HMS Dolphin.



Posted by Charles Weager on 11 September 2018
Edward Meyers
I am the grandson of AB Edward Meyers.
Edward was up the foremast checking Electrical connections to the
searchlights. He was, I am told, thrown into the water. Somehow he managed to survive the cold, depending on which story, between five and nine hours before being found clinging to a piece of drift wood.
He subsequently went on to serve in submarines. He rejoined for WW2 and was at the fall of Singapore and the Battle for Leyte Gulf. He retired as Attack Teacher at HMS Dolphin in 1960.
To anyone reading, your relative from WW1 can be remembered on the "Lives of World War One" web site. This will be permanent national memorial under the umbrella of the Imperial War Museum.
Posted by charles weager on 09 August 2018
Sgt Reginald Walker RM
My late Uncle's father died on HMS Natal. My uncle was born after his father's death. Anyone know anything more about him or his family?
Posted by Adrian Tucker on 29 June 2018
Memorial to Captain Eric Percy Coventry Beck at Maxstoke in Warwickshire
I have just visited St Michaels Church in The Warwickshire Village of Maxstoke Where their is a memorial to Cthe Captain it is in the form of a crucifix surmounting two stone blocks set in the wall of the churchyard .the side facing the road is inscribed as a war memorial with the names of fallen parishioners in the "Great War" the other side is inscribed to his memory and underneathrather puzzingly" and his wife Violet who died with him"
Posted by William Arnold on 10 June 2017
HMS Natal survivor
My Grandfather, Royal Marine Arthur William Penfold was a lamp trimmer on HMS Natal. The events according to his daughter (my Aunt) were:
He had been ashore the previous day on a drinking spree with a number of his friends from the ship. He returned alone to the ship on the last boat of the day. His friends stayed ashore to continue drinking and they rejoined the ship on the first boat the following day. They were by then late for duty and 'arrested', and locked in the ship's Brig. My Grandfather watched the 'arrest' of his friends.
After the explosion the ship began to roll over and my Grandfather was able to jump into the water and swim ashore. His fiends were still locked in the Brig.
It was one month to the day after his marriage, and had he stayed ashore with his friends the subsequent family line would not exist.
I have donated my Grandfathers and my Fathers (a RM in WW11) service record documents to the Royal Marine Museum in Portsmouth.
In the process the museum archivist related to me that her Great Grandfather was also on the ship. He was ashore watching a football match at the time of the explosion. Then he and others went out in boats to pick up the survivors still in the water.
Posted by Alec Penfold on 06 June 2017
Thank you for your story about your Grandfather's "lucky" escape. I have always wondered about the two sailors who lost their lives because they were locked in the brig. Now we have some indication about why they were there.

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