A Tribute toward My Pricey Father (In just Memory):
RAYMOND CARRUTHERS LOCK (07/01/1923- 23/02/2009) – In a position SEAMAN RNVR. SA. -67699
as a result of John Bailey
Primary words and phrases (tags): Ray Lock, John Bailey,
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(and shipped towards me some many years in the past by means of my pricey father, which I‘m sharing upon the www towards support maintain his memory, and greatest importantly, towards proportion his one of a kind eye-witness account of epic battles against WW II throughout the remarkable ability of the world-wide-web.
Upon a crisp, nevertheless sunny autumnal early morning former this yr, I developed my direction during the slender still picturesque Harfield Village — one particular of Cape Metropolis’s notable “Chelsea” components. Roadways bearing the names of English counties abound and quickly turn out to be a regular – if not a very little nostalgic – reminder as I ambled throughout Hereford and Leicester, right before acquiring my top spot inside of Sussex …
I welcomed the gentle and soft couch that greeted me upon my advent at No 17, nonetheless no quicker experienced I seated myself than a dapper male seemed and whose immediately hand was simple toward appear in advance inside a straightforward gesture of greeting …
Raymond Lock – “Ray” in direction of his family members and mates — was out of the blue apparent versus his Television set picture as getting a member of the congregation who experienced not too long ago attended abide by the sixtieth anniversary assistance at Simons City, which recalled the sinking of HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE upon Easter Sunday 1942. It was not extended prior to Ray was recounting his individual reports for me …
Born within just the then Southern Rhodesian city of Bulawayo upon 7 January 1923, Ray finished his schooling at the South African Faculty Large Faculty within Cape City. Despite the fact that not still 17 several years of age, he “bluffed” his legitimate day of delivery, and signed upon for the Air Tension inside November of 1939. A distinction of centre quickly found out this intrepid youthful lad going for Simon‘s City, wherever he duly enlisted for provider within the Armed forces. It was nor extended ahead of Ray was revealed for obligation in direction of Klawer Camp upon Crimson Hill – a naval set up that commanded an superior see of the naval foundation within just the bay less than. Continue to, through the Autumn of 1940, be was at sea, eating been seconded in the direction of the 8-inch cruiser — HMS DORSETSHIRE — as an equipped seaman.
Inside of the May well of 1941 — and inside of enterprise with HMS RODNEY, HMS KING GEORGE V and HMS
ARK ROYAL — HMS DORSETSHIRE succeeded within just routing the German battleship BISMARCK within
the North Atlantic Ocean. It is fascinating in direction of observe that Ray Physical appearance was aboard HMS DORSETSHIRE, as the cruiser fired the top torpedoes into the now crippled battleship …
Japan’s obtain into the war within the December of discernment of spirits 1941, opened up a fresh frontier of conflict for the allies and via the conclude of March of`1942, an assault upon the island of Ceylon looked imminent.
Soon ahead of midnight upon Easter: Saturday — 4 April — HMS DORSETSHIRE, down below 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 direction of rendezvous with AdmiralSomervi1le some hundred of miles toward the South at 16.00 upon the after afternoon, and hence be ready toward Supply a united entrance towards the enemy.
Within his definitive analyze upon the Jap attack upon Ceylon entitled “The Utmost Damaging Second”, Michael Tomlinson recalls that “soon once 1 o’çlock (Sunday 5th April) with all gentlemen at move stations, lots of radio contacts have been selected up (as a result of HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE…wi-fi silence was at the moment weakened in direction of tell Admiral Somerville of their placement (and) toward article the enemy shadowing and chance of an air assault. (The Eastern) squandered not a minute upon sighting the 2 cruisers…(and) scored strike just after strike in opposition to the phrase transfer….The line of assault appeared in direction of incorporate been very carefully labored out in just progress…
Youthful Ray Lock, a person of the Dorsetshire’s staff serving a 4 inch ack-ack gun amidships and fuming at their hopelessly confined market of hearth, learned himself flung towards the deck 10 ft listed here as a result of a blast against a bomb. Shaken, he received in the direction of his toes, function upon getting to be again in direction of the gun; nevertheless was startled in the direction of watch just 2 blackened stumps, in which the dual gun barrels experienced been and the relax of the workforce lifeless or poorly injured. Just some season later on, acknowledging a squelching good inside of his sneakers, did he come across them filling with blood and acquired that he was definitely injured within just the upper body and legs …
0nly 8 minutes at the time the 1st bomb strike, her bows rose over the sea, in which by way of previously optimum of her small business were being floundering within the warm oily drinking water, and she was long gone….
Considerably the exact could possibly be mentioned for HMS CORNWALL….Lieutenant Geoffrey Grove relates:
“The moment at 1.40pm the Japanese planes struck, the to start with bomb strike the CORNWALL’s port-aspect, astern…We experienced some thing which includes 15 hits in just with regards to 7 minutes and the terrible previous woman took up a larger sized checklist than at any time and begun in direction of settle….after apparent of the mail (I) became about and waited for her in direction of transfer, which she did reasonably quietly, bows 1st. Her stern arrived up into the air and she slid down, just one propeller revolving slowly but surely.”
Ray was simple in the direction of remember that using deserted mail, he found out himself swimming within a sea that was each scorching 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 in direction of shell out some 7 several hours inside the drinking water, in advance of remaining dragged into a lifetime-boat in direction of undergo a total working day and evening, right before staying rescued by way of HMAS PALADIN and shipped in the direction of Addu Atoll inside of the Maldive Islands. Listed here Ray was transferred in the direction of a service provider deliver in the direction of await the introduction of the medical center send HMNS VITA, aboard which he returned towards South Africa in the direction of the conclusion of April.
Within just his certification for “Wounds and Hurts”, Surgeon Captain OD Brownfeld notes that Ray sustained a “gun shot during (the) still left ankle with (a) fracture of the neck of the astragalus, as nicely as a “shrapnel wound toward the remaining of (the) center of (the) sternum.” Even now, the health practitioner helps make `no point out of the parts of shrapnel that incorporate surfaced during Ray’s human body around the final 60 decades!
Glancing instantly at my perspective, I uncovered how instantly the period experienced handed… a straightforward “picture-get hold of” was demanded towards bear in mind the function and Ray, with baggage packed, was shortly towards return in the direction of Durban…. Together with therefore quite a few gentlemen and girls of his technology, his tranquil unassuming style of course presents a person no sign as toward the psychological agony that he absolutely experienced at therefore youthful an age; Sad to say, his inside braveness and electrical power was in direction of glow forth in the course of an job interview recorded through The Every day Information – a Durban tabloid inside September of 1987: Of system, inside unsafe predicaments we ended up afraid, yet your self consist of towards reply. The bravest matter we did was signing the recruiting variety.”
Shift nicely, Ray
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
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“Person is intellect
and evermore he can take the software of notion
and, shaping what he wills,
delivers forth a thousand joys,
a thousand ills.
He believes in just key
and it will come in the direction of go –
Atmosphere is nonetheless his on the lookout glass.”
Owing therefore a great deal for sharing with me, father. Your spirit (“run”) life upon, as I “exertion” * upon sharing your special tale.
* It’s not very “effort”, yet a “labour of appreciate”.
“The empires of the long term are the empires of the thoughts”
– Winston Churchill (inside an adress toward Harvard College within pomposity synonym 1943)
This suitable poem was published my my gifted and resourceful sister, Glenda Wallace in the direction of commemorate our pricey dads 80th birthday inside of 2003. Thus am sharing. Delight in…
„Listed here we are amassed presently
In the direction of rejoice the beginning of our distinctive Ray
January 7th 1923
Marked the start of tiny R.C
An simply baby was this very little tot
acknowledged in direction of all
As Raymond Carruthers Lock
The S A C was the College or university in the direction of be
The ideal within the place spherical
Not but within Newlands, was this great higher education
Nevertheless inside Orange Highway, might be learned
Existence at faculty for this younger chap
Was crammed with activity and quite a few a jack *
Loads of pranks, he enjoys in the direction of don’t forget
of blackboard dusters mounting the wall
Youthful Ray Lock savored his recreation
Not indeed ’bout’ schoolwork
and what he was taught
However rugby, tennis, cross-region and cricket
Within just truth of the matter this chap saved a wonderful wicket
At 16 off toward war he did move
Lied ’bout’ his age
Therefore no one would realize
Towards the ‚Dorsetshire’ was he delivered
Yet right after a Japanese bombing
Down she went
17 extensive hrs in just the drinking water he swam
5th April 1942
This younger boy, previously a male
The Outdated Mutual his operate soon after the war
For quite a few extensive yrs, virtually 24
Several a sale, experienced this great fellow
Simply because of his socks, which have been just yellow!
Racing automobiles, hillclimbs and a pastime for tempo
Kyalami, KIllarney or any keep track of without a doubt.
Even no brakes could possibly discourage this willing guy
Rushing down Kloofnek
Into a garage he rammed
Vehicle outings towards East London ended up Really uncomplicated
Dashing at 130 mph, created me unwell
Tapping his shoulder I’d yell at previous
Sluggish down previously, By yourself are transferring much too instant!
Anytime the many years of immediate autos experienced sooner or later handed
The golfing bug strike terrible and for plenty of several years did very last
Simply the very same 4 ball would do
Lock and Maddock and Hodson through 2
Every shot analysed, every single blunder
18 extended holes, nonetheless the 19th took the cake!
A Province lover toward the main
Couldn’t stand Naas, that’s for certainly
Gainsford, Dawie and Morne were being his guys
Newlands his floor…that was then!
A stream toward Durban, some 30 yrs in the past
Took him in the direction of the land of the Sharks on your own comprehend
Therefore the stories of Province contain received significantly less and considerably less
And he presently proclaims Natal is the great!
Blue and White bought packed absent
Black and White turned the buy of the working day
Amusing despite the fact that, arrive family vacation
Exactly where do on your own locate him? At Bantry Bay!
Sipping upon the Balcony, is what he enjoys in direction of do
Scanning for Sharks in just the substantial White and Blue!
This is a guy who enjoys toward wager
Fits or notes or even the Satisfied
A story is explained to of the noonday gun
Augie was there, and thus was Dick’s bum!
Oh the online games, he enjoys in the direction of perform
Oh the hrs squandered absent
Augie and Steve could possibly convey to your self consequently substantially added
Alan as well, that’s for guaranteed
I require not notify on your own what Ray enjoys in direction of consume
Oneself all notice effectively, with out taking towards consider
J and B and ice, also a great deal h2o a squander
Much too a lot h2o spoils the style
He on top of that enjoys rum, nevertheless a exceptionally unique sort
Pussers the status, nevertheless thus tough towards obtain
This father of mine
Is a stickler for period
Altho’ he did not made use of in direction of be
Watches are fastened,
Then checked and rechecked
Punctuality is a precedence
Retired at this time, passing the working day
Lunching at Splashes, a stones’ toss absent
A baked potato, fish or toasted cheese
Every thing… still no garlic be sure to!!
A couple of several years back, on your own gave us a scare
We thank God, that this is at present apparent
No awful mooty, towards tension in just your tum
No added pipes, up your bum!
Yourself’re 80 these days and even now within just high-quality fettle
I’ve read it explained „a gentleman of mettle”
However, with a softening inside your middle
Of which God is made up of definitely performed the aspect
Father, yourself actually are outstanding and visual appeal therefore nicely
80 many years aged…that of course doesn’t notify
Thus because of in direction of the whisky, the rum and the wine
Oneself’re maintained inside of alcoholic beverages and that is accurately wonderful!
Inside this letter and within all this pleasurable
A notice of seriousness, for this wonderful chum
Be your self a mate or my Father or only Ray
Get hold of our appreciate for on your own currently
Yourself are one of a kind and important and normally will be
These days the 7th January 2003
Joyful 80th Birthday Father!
Glenda Wallace (nee Lock)