A Tribute towards My Expensive Father (Within Memory):
RAYMOND CARRUTHERS LOCK (07/01/1923- 23/02/2009) – Ready SEAMAN RNVR. SA. -67699
by way of John Bailey
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FLOTSAM AND JETSAMVol. 50 August 2002 No 209
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(and shipped in the direction of me some several years in the past as a result of my expensive father, which I‘m sharing upon the www in direction of assist maintain his memory, and utmost importantly, toward proportion his one of a kind eye-witness account of epic battles in opposition to WW II in the course of the remarkable energy of the web.
Upon a crisp, nevertheless sunny autumnal early morning previous this calendar year, I manufactured my direction throughout the slender nonetheless picturesque Harfield Village — a person of Cape City’s well known “Chelsea” parts. Roadways bearing the names of English counties abound and abruptly come to be a regular – if not a minimal nostalgic – reminder as I ambled during Hereford and Leicester, prior to accomplishing my best place inside of Sussex …
I welcomed the gentle and tender couch that greeted me upon my advent at No 17, still no faster experienced I seated myself than a dapper man looked and whose directly hand was easy towards arrive in advance inside a trustworthy gesture of greeting …
Raymond Lock – “Ray” toward his family members and close friends — was quickly noticeable in opposition to his Television set impression as becoming a member of the congregation who experienced not too long ago attended the sixtieth anniversary assistance at Simons Metropolis, which recalled the sinking of HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE upon Easter Sunday 1942. It was not extended right before Ray was recounting his particular studies for me …
Born within just the then Southern Rhodesian metropolis of Bulawayo upon 7 January 1923, Ray done his education and learning at the South African Faculty Superior Faculty in just Cape City. Whilst not nonetheless 17 decades of age, he “bluffed” his correct day of beginning, and signed upon for the Air Strain inside of November of 1939. A big difference of middle before long discovered this intrepid more youthful lad likely for Simon‘s City, where by he duly enlisted for provider inside of the Armed service. It was nor extended in advance of Ray was released for responsibility in direction of Klawer Camp upon Purple Hill – a naval set up that commanded an perfect opinion of the naval foundation inside the bay beneath. Having said that, via the Autumn of 1940, be was at sea, using been seconded toward the 8-inch cruiser — HMS DORSETSHIRE — as an in a position seaman.
Within just the May perhaps of 1941 — and within just organization with HMS RODNEY, HMS KING GEORGE V and HMS
ARK ROYAL — HMS DORSETSHIRE succeeded within just routing the German battleship BISMARCK in just
the North Atlantic Ocean. It is appealing toward notice that Ray Appear to be was aboard HMS DORSETSHIRE, as the cruiser fired the very last torpedoes into the currently crippled battleship …
Japan’s access into the war inside the December of 1941, opened up a fresh frontier of conflict for the allies and as a result of the finish of March of`1942, an assault upon the island of Ceylon looked imminent.
Before long right before midnight upon Easter: Saturday — 4 April — HMS DORSETSHIRE, beneath the management of Captain Augustus Agar VC and HMS CORNWALL, underneath the manage of Captain P C WnMainwaring (or was it Manwaring??) sailed against the Ceylonese port of Colombo. Their intent was in the direction of rendezvous with AdmiralSomervi1le some hundred of miles in direction of the South at 16.00 upon the soon after afternoon, and consequently be equipped toward clearly show a united entrance towards the enemy.
Inside his definitive exploration upon the Eastern attack upon Ceylon entitled “The Optimum Harmful Instant”, Michael Tomlinson recalls that “quickly as soon as just one o’çlock (Sunday 5th April) with all adult men at stage stations, lots of radio contacts ended up selected up (via HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE…wi-fi silence was already destroyed towards tell Admiral Somerville of their point (and) in the direction of article the enemy shadowing and opportunity of an air assault. (The Jap) squandered not a second upon sighting the 2 cruisers…(and) scored strike the moment strike versus the term move….The line of assault looked toward include been diligently labored out inside progress…
More youthful Ray Lock, a person of the Dorsetshire’s team serving a 4 inch ack-ack gun amidships and fuming at their hopelessly constrained sector of fireplace, found out himself flung in direction of the deck 10 toes right here via a blast versus a bomb. Shaken, he acquired towards his toes, goal upon having again in the direction of the gun; still was startled in the direction of check out basically 2 blackened stumps, where by the dual gun barrels experienced been and the take it easy of the staff lifeless or poorly injured. Basically some season later on, recognizing a squelching stable within just his footwear, did he track down them filling with blood and figured out that he was critically injured in just the upper carbonic anhydrase ii body and legs …
0nly 8 minutes when the 1st bomb strike, her bows rose earlier mentioned the sea, in which by means of at the moment optimum of her enterprise had been floundering inside the warm oily h2o, and she was absent….
A great deal the exact might be stated for HMS CORNWALL….Lieutenant Geoffrey Grove relates:
“The moment at 1.40pm the Japanese planes struck, the very first bomb strike the CORNWALL’s port-aspect, astern…We experienced just about anything together with 15 hits within regarding 7 minutes and the undesirable previous female took up a larger checklist than at any time and began in direction of settle….the moment distinct of the mail (I) became close to and waited for her in the direction of move, which she did relatively quietly, bows initial. Her stern arrived up registered mail into the air and she slid down, a person propeller revolving little by little.”
Ray was easy toward remember that consuming deserted deliver, he discovered himself swimming inside of a sea that was both of those very hot and useless tranquil, excepting for a layer of oil that experienced now started out towards ooze up and out of the sunken cruiser. He was toward pay out some 7 several hours within just the h2o, ahead of becoming dragged into a daily life-boat towards stand up to a complete working day and evening, right before currently being rescued through HMAS PALADIN and shipped in direction of Addu Atoll in just the Maldive Islands. Right here Ray was transferred in direction of a service provider deliver toward await the advent of the clinic send HMNS VITA, aboard which he returned in direction of South Africa from the conclude of April.
Inside his certification for “Wounds and Hurts”, Surgeon Captain OD Brownfeld notes that Ray sustained a “gun shot during (the) remaining ankle with (a) fracture of the neck of the astragalus, as perfectly as a “shrapnel wound temerity guild in direction of the remaining of (the) heart of (the) sternum.” On the other hand, the physician produces `no point out of the areas of shrapnel that comprise surfaced in the course of Ray’s human body higher than the last 60 a long time!
Glancing instantly at my check, I discovered how all of a sudden the period experienced handed… a straightforward “picture-make contact with” was demanded in direction of try to remember the party and Ray, with luggage packed, was shortly towards return in the direction of Durban…. Such as hence plenty of gentlemen and gals of his technology, his relaxed unassuming vogue definitely presents one particular no indicator as toward the psychological agony that he unquestionably experienced at therefore younger an age; nonetheless, his inside courage and vitality was in the direction of glow forth through an job interview recorded via The Day by day Information – a Durban tabloid within September of 1987: Of study course, in just destructive predicaments we ended up worried, yet oneself incorporate towards respond. The bravest factor we did was signing the recruiting sort.”
Shift very well, Ray
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“Guy is brain
and evermore he will take the instrument of strategy
and, shaping what he wills,
provides forth a thousand joys,
a thousand ills.
He believes within just key
and it will come in direction of go –
Surroundings is nevertheless his searching glass.”
Owing thus considerably for sharing with me, father. Your spirit (“run”) life upon, as I “do the job” * upon sharing your special tale.
* It’s not definitely “operate”, yet a “labour of delight in”.
“The empires of the long run are the empires of the thoughts”
– Winston Churchill (within just an adress toward Harvard Faculty inside 1943)
This suitable poem was created my my gifted and artistic sister, Glenda Wallace in the direction of commemorate our pricey dads 80th birthday inside 2003. Consequently am sharing. Appreciate…
„Right here we are accumulated nowadays
Towards rejoice the beginning of our distinctive Ray
January 7th 1923
Marked the delivery of small R.C
An simply just kid was this little tot
identified toward all
As Raymond Carruthers Lock
The S A C was the College or university in the direction of be
The excellent inside the place spherical
Not nonetheless inside of Newlands, was this wonderful college or university
Nonetheless in just Orange Highway, may well be learned
Daily life at university for this youthful chap
Was loaded with activity and numerous a jack *
Plenty of pranks, he enjoys toward don’t forget
of blackboard dusters mounting the wall
Youthful Ray Lock relished his video game
Not certainly ’bout’ schoolwork
and what he was taught
Yet rugby, tennis, cross-state and cricket
Inside of real truth this chap saved a high-quality wicket
At 16 off in the direction of war he did move
Lied ’bout’ his age
Hence no person would notice
Towards the ‚Dorsetshire’ was he delivered
Nonetheless when a Japanese bombing
Down she went
17 very long hrs within just the drinking water he swam
5th April 1942
This younger boy, by now a guy
The Aged Mutual his operate the moment the war
For quite a few prolonged yrs, virtually 24
Plenty of a sale, experienced this fantastic fellow
Considering that of his socks, which ended up merely yellow!
Racing autos, hillclimbs and a interest for tempo
Kyalami, KIllarney or any observe yes.
Even no brakes may prevent this ready male
Rushing down Kloofnek
Into a garage he rammed
Automobile excursions towards East London had been amazingly straightforward
Rushing at 130 mph, created me unwell
Tapping his shoulder I’d yell at previous
Gradual down previously, Your self are likely also immediate!
Once the decades of immediate autos experienced at some point handed
The golfing bug strike lousy and for plenty of many years did ultimate
Just the identical 4 ball would do
Lock and Maddock and Hodson by means of 2
Each and every shot analysed, just about every error
18 extended holes, however the 19th took the cake!
A Province admirer in the direction of the main
Couldn’t stand Naas, that’s for indeed
Gainsford, Dawie and Morne ended up his males
Newlands his floor…that was then!
A transfer in direction of Durban, some 30 several years in the past
Took him toward the land of the Sharks on your own comprehend
Consequently the stories of Province comprise acquired a lot less and significantly less
And he at present proclaims Natal is the least difficult!
Blue and White received packed absent
Black and White grew to become the get of the working day
Amusing although, occur family vacation
Where by do yourself obtain him? At Bantry Bay!
Sipping upon the Balcony, is what he enjoys in direction of do
Scanning for Sharks within just the huge White and Blue!
This is a male who enjoys toward wager
Suits or notes or even the Fulfilled
A story is explained to of the noonday gun
Augie was there, and consequently was Dick’s bum!
Oh the online games, he enjoys in direction of perform
Oh the hrs squandered absent
Augie and Steve could possibly inform on your own thus a great deal even further
Alan much too, that’s for yes
I want not convey to your self what Ray enjoys in direction of consume
On your own all notice effectively, without the need of feeding on towards imagine
J and B and ice, way too considerably drinking water a squander
Way too a lot drinking water spoils the flavor
He much too enjoys rum, yet a Really exclusive type
Pussers the track record, nevertheless hence tough towards track down
This father of mine
Is a stickler for season
Altho’ he did not utilized towards be
Watches are established,
Then checked and rechecked
Punctuality is a precedence
Retired at present, passing the working day
Lunching at Splashes, a stones’ toss absent
A baked potato, fish or toasted cheese
Almost everything… however no garlic be sure to!!
A couple of several years in the past, yourself gave us a scare
We thank God, that this is by now very clear
No terrible mooty, toward stress inside of your tum
No added pipes, up your bum!
Oneself’re 80 nowadays and nonetheless within just great fettle
I’ve read it explained „a male of mettle”
Still, with a softening within just your center
Of which God consists of incredibly performed the component
Father, your self genuinely are fantastic and search thus nicely
80 a long time previous…that certainly doesn’t convey to
Hence owing in direction of the whisky, the rum and the wine
Oneself’re managed within just alcoholic beverages and that is simply just good!
Within just this letter and inside all this pleasurable
A take note of seriousness, for this fantastic chum
Be by yourself a close friend or my Father or exactly Ray
Attain our enjoy for by yourself these days
Your self are exceptional and important and normally will be
These days the 7th January 2003
Satisfied 80th Birthday Father!
Glenda Wallace (nee Lock)