A Tribute toward My Pricey Father (Within just Memory): RAYMOND CARRUTHERS LOCK – Equipped SEAMAN RNVR.

SA. -67699

A Tribute in direction of My Expensive Father (Within just Memory):
RAYMOND CARRUTHERS LOCK (07/01/1923- 23/02/2009) – Capable SEAMAN RNVR. SA. -67699
via John Bailey
Magic formula terms (tags): Ray Lock, John Bailey,
Flotsam and Jetsam, textbooks, the Reserve ‘Bismarck, Dorsetshire and Reminiscences’, autobiography, war studies, memoirs, Royal Armed service, military services historical past, naval battles, naval background, South Africans
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(and delivered in the direction of me some decades back through my pricey father, which I‘m sharing upon the www toward aid help save his memory, and optimum importantly, in direction of proportion his exceptional eye-witness account of epic battles towards WW II all through the extraordinary electrical power of the world wide web.
Upon a crisp, nonetheless sunny autumnal early morning previous this calendar year, I manufactured my route throughout the slim nevertheless picturesque Harfield Village — just one of Cape Metropolis’s notable “Chelsea” sections. Roads bearing the names of English counties abound and suddenly grow to be a continual – if not a minor nostalgic – reminder as I ambled in the course of Hereford and Leicester, just before achieving my best desired destination within just Sussex …
I welcomed the comfortable and soft couch that greeted me upon my advent at No 17, yet no faster experienced I seated myself than a dapper male seemed and whose directly hand was simple in the direction of appear in advance within a honest gesture of greeting …
Raymond Lock – “Ray” in the direction of his loved ones and close friends — was all of a sudden visible towards his Television set impression as getting a member of the congregation who experienced lately attended the sixtieth anniversary support at Simons City, which recalled the sinking of HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE upon Easter Sunday 1942. It was not very long just before Ray was recounting his individual reviews for me …
Born in just the then Southern Rhodesian city of Bulawayo upon 7 January 1923, Ray accomplished his education and learning at the South African School Substantial Higher education inside of Cape Metropolis. Though not but 17 many years of age, he “bluffed” his legitimate day of delivery, and signed upon for the Air Strain in just November of 1939. A difference of centre quickly discovered this intrepid younger lad going for Simon‘s Metropolis, where by he duly enlisted for support in just the Military. It was nor prolonged in advance of Ray was released for accountability in direction of Klawer Camp upon Pink Hill – a naval set up that commanded an Terrific see of the naval foundation within the bay right here. Nonetheless, via the Autumn of 1940, be was at sea, using been seconded keyboard cat in direction of the 8-inch cruiser — HMS DORSETSHIRE — as an in a position seaman.
In just the May possibly of 1941 — and within small business with HMS RODNEY, HMS KING GEORGE V and HMS
ARK ROYAL — HMS DORSETSHIRE succeeded in just routing the German battleship BISMARCK inside
the North Atlantic Ocean. It is intriguing toward be aware that Ray Seem was aboard HMS DORSETSHIRE, as the cruiser fired the best torpedoes into the now crippled battleship …
Japan’s accessibility into the war in just the December of 1941, opened up a clean frontier of conflict for the allies and through the conclude of March of`1942, an assault upon the island of Ceylon looked imminent.
Soon just before midnight upon Easter: Saturday — 4 April — HMS DORSETSHIRE, beneath the control of Captain Augustus Agar VC and HMS CORNWALL, beneath the management of Captain P C WnMainwaring (or was it Manwaring??) sailed towards the Ceylonese port of Colombo. Their intent was in the direction of rendezvous with AdmiralSomervi1le some hundred of miles in the direction of the South at 16.00 upon the soon after afternoon, and thus be in a position in the direction of demonstrate a united entrance toward the enemy.
Inside his definitive research upon the Jap attack upon Ceylon entitled “The Utmost Unsafe Instant”, Michael Tomlinson recalls that “before long following a person o’çlock (Sunday 5th April) with all adult men at move stations, lots of radio contacts had been selected up (as a result of HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE…wi-fi silence was previously ruined towards inform Admiral Somerville of their situation (and) toward post the enemy shadowing and prospect of an air assault. (The Jap) squandered not a instant upon sighting the 2 cruisers…(and) scored strike as soon as strike against the phrase transfer….The line of assault looked in the direction of consist of been very carefully labored out within just progress…
More youthful Ray Lock, one particular of the Dorsetshire’s group serving a 4 inch ack-ack gun amidships and fuming at their hopelessly constrained sector of fireplace, discovered himself flung towards the deck 10 toes underneath through a blast in opposition to a bomb. Shaken, he obtained toward his toes, goal upon starting to be again in direction of the gun; still was startled in direction of check out basically 2 blackened stumps, exactly where the dual gun barrels experienced been and the take it easy of the group useless or poorly injured. Merely some season later on, realizing a squelching stable inside of his sneakers, did he track down them filling with blood and uncovered that he was genuinely hurt within just the upper body and legs …
0nly 8 minutes once the initially bomb strike, her bows rose about the sea, wherever by way of at this time greatest of her business enterprise had been floundering within just the sizzling oily h2o, and she was absent….
A lot the similar may perhaps be explained for HMS CORNWALL….Lieutenant Geoffrey Grove relates:
“Whilst at 1.40pm the Japanese planes struck, the to start with bomb strike the CORNWALL’s port-aspect, astern…We experienced anything at all together with 15 hits within just concerning 7 minutes and the bad aged woman took up a much larger listing than at any time and started out towards settle….the moment distinct of the deliver (I) became in close proximity to and waited for her towards shift, which she did relatively quietly, bows initial. Her stern arrived up into the air and she slid down, a single propeller revolving slowly and gradually.”
Ray was easy toward bear in mind that taking deserted mail, he identified himself swimming in just a sea that was either heat and useless tranquil, excepting for a layer of oil that experienced now started in the direction of ooze up and out of the sunken cruiser. He was in the direction of pay back some 7 hrs in just the drinking water, ahead of staying dragged into a lifestyle-boat towards face up to a entire working day and night time, just before remaining rescued as a result of HMAS PALADIN and delivered towards Addu Atoll inside the Maldive Islands. Listed here Ray was transferred towards a service provider send toward await the advent of the clinic deliver HMNS VITA, aboard which he returned in direction of South Africa in opposition to the stop of April.
In just 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 effectively as a “shrapnel wound towards the still left of (the) wheels on the bus center of (the) sternum.” Having said that, the medical doctor helps make `no point out of the components of shrapnel that contain surfaced for the duration of Ray’s system about the very last 60 yrs!
Glancing all of a sudden at my keep an eye on, I uncovered how all of a sudden the period experienced handed… a simple “image-get hold of” was required towards remember the function and Ray, with luggage packed, was before long in direction of return in direction of Durban…. Including therefore numerous adult males and ladies of his technology, his tranquil unassuming style sure provides one particular no sign as towards the psychological agony that he absolutely suffered at consequently youthful an age; Sad to say, his inside courage and electrical power was in direction of glow forth through an job interview recorded by way of The Each day Information – a Durban tabloid inside September of 1987: Of system, within just harmful circumstances we ended up frightened, yet by yourself comprise in direction of reply. The bravest factor we did was signing the recruiting variety.”
Move nicely, Ray
John Bailey
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“Guy is thoughts
and evermore he requires the resource of strategy
and, shaping what he wills,
delivers forth a thousand joys,
a thousand ills.
He believes within mystery
and it arrives in the direction of go –
Planet is nonetheless his wanting glass.”
Owing consequently considerably for sharing with me, father. Your spirit (“powered”) life upon, as I “operate” * upon sharing your special tale.
* It’s not exceptionally “effort and hard work”, nevertheless a “labour of delight in”.
“The empires of the long term are the empires of the head”
– Winston Churchill (in just an adress in direction of Harvard Faculty inside 1943)
– anon
This exceptional poem was composed my my gifted and innovative sister, Glenda Wallace in the direction of commemorate our pricey dads 80th birthday in just 2003. Hence am sharing. Get pleasure from…
“In this article we are amassed currently
In the direction of rejoice the start of our unique Ray
January 7th 1923
Marked the delivery of very little R.C
An simply little one was this small tot
acknowledged towards all
As Raymond Carruthers Lock
The S A C was the Higher education towards be
The least difficult within the region spherical
Not still in just Newlands, was this wonderful university
Nevertheless within Orange Road, may possibly be discovered
Existence at college for this more youthful chap
Was loaded with video game and numerous a jack *
A good deal of pranks, he enjoys towards remember
of blackboard dusters soaring the wall
Younger Ray Lock savored his activity
Not certainly ‘bout’ schoolwork
and what he was taught
Nevertheless rugby, tennis, cross-state and cricket
Inside of reality this chap retained a good wicket
At 16 off in the direction of war he did move
Lied ‘bout’ his age
As a result no one would comprehend
Toward the ‘Dorsetshire’ was he delivered
Nonetheless just after a Japanese bombing
Down she went
17 lengthy hrs inside of the h2o he swam
5th April 1942
This youthful boy, at the moment a guy
The Aged Mutual his get the job done at the time the war
For numerous very long a long time, nearly 24
A lot of a sale, experienced this good fellow
Simply because of his socks, which had been just yellow!
Racing cars and trucks, hillclimbs and a pastime for tempo
Kyalami, KIllarney or any monitor yes.
Even no brakes may well discourage this eager gentleman
Rushing down Kloofnek
Into a garage he rammed
Automobile visits toward East London ended up Pretty uncomplicated
Hurrying at 130 mph, designed me unwell
Tapping his shoulder I’d yell at final
Gradual down at this time, Your self are relocating way too instant!
Whenever the several years of instant autos experienced ultimately handed
The golfing bug strike undesirable and for innumerable many years did closing
Merely the exact 4 ball would do
Lock and Maddock and Hodson by means of 2
Each individual shot analysed, every oversight
18 extended holes, however the 19th took the cake!
A Province lover toward the main
Couldn’t stand Naas, that’s for guaranteed
Gainsford, Dawie and Morne have been his males
Newlands his floor…that was then!
A shift towards Durban, some 30 decades in the past
Took him in direction of the land of the Sharks oneself realize
Thus the stories of Province comprise bought significantly less and fewer
And he presently proclaims Natal is the least complicated!
Blue and White obtained packed absent
Black and White grew to become the acquire of the working day
Humorous When, occur getaway
The place do oneself locate him? At Bantry Bay!
Sipping upon the Balcony, is what he enjoys in the direction of do
Scanning for Sharks within just the massive White and Blue!
This is a person who enjoys in direction of wager
Suits or notes or even the Achieved
A story is instructed of the noonday gun
Augie was there, and as a result was Dick’s bum!
Oh the game titles, he enjoys in the direction of engage in
Oh the hrs squandered absent
Augie and Steve may perhaps notify on your own as a result a great deal added
Alan way too, that’s for certain
I will need not convey to your self what Ray enjoys towards consume
Yourself all notice very well, without the need of taking toward believe
J and B and ice, much too a lot h2o a squander
Much too significantly h2o spoils the style
He too enjoys rum, still a fairly exclusive form
Pussers the reputation, nevertheless therefore difficult toward uncover
This father of mine
Is a stickler for year
Altho’ he did not utilised towards be
Watches are mounted,
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
One thing… however no garlic you should!!
A number of decades in the lust quotes past, your self gave us a scare
We thank God, that this is currently crystal clear
No awful mooty, in direction of pressure inside your tum
No far more pipes, up your bum!
On your own’re 80 currently and however inside of high-quality fettle
I’ve listened to it claimed “a guy of mettle”
Still, with a softening inside of your center
Of which God is made up of truly performed the component
Father, by yourself truly are best and search thus effectively
80 many years previous…that of course doesn’t notify
Consequently because of in direction of the whisky, the rum and the wine
Yourself’re maintained in just alcoholic beverages and that is basically high-quality!
Inside this letter and within just all this entertaining
A be aware of seriousness, for this high-quality chum
Be by yourself a buddy or my Father or merely Ray
Attain our delight in for yourself currently
Your self are distinctive and valuable and constantly will be
These days the 7th January 2003
Satisfied 80th Birthday Father!
Glenda Wallace (nee Lock)

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