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Alastair Wilson

    I regret that I cannot point you to a source of information about the Gunner’s inventions, but, on the assumption that they related to his current experience, I would suggest that the probability is that they related to torpedoes or mines, but less likely to have been electrical, since a destroyer’s electrics were pretty basic, and not very likely to have encouraged him to put on his thinking cap.
    You might also add minesweeping to your list of possible inventions.
    The standard history (the only [full] history) of the Torpedo Branch is Rear Admiral E N Poland’s The Torpedomen : HMS Vernon’s story 1872-1986, [Westbourne 1993], ISBN 0-85937-396-7.
    I have just looked through the relevant chapters, but can find nothing to help you. The book has a lot of interesting detail, but was execrably produced. I have somewhere an original typescript [for this book] which is about twice as long as the finished product. I will see if I can lay my hands on it, to see if there is anything which will help you.
    You might also try contacting Lieut. Commander Rob Hoole, who is the Vice-Chairman and webmaster of the MCD [Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving] Officers’ Association. There is a great deal of historical information to be found on their website, although it mostly relates to WW 2 and later. [The Association’s website is at]