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    Oliver O

      In my eyes my Grandfather was a remarkable man.

      During WW2 he served as a signalman on a fair number of ships. He survived sinking twice including during an Arctic convoy on the Edinburgh (for which he left a memoir).

      I’ve been told a number of stories by my uncle, but there are two snippets that I find particularly intriguing. After completing the outward leg of one convoy, he volunteered to serve aboard a Russian ship.

      Later in the war, after the capitulation of Italy he served in some capacity on an Italian submarine.

      Can anyone tell me if these sorts of exchanges were common? And more particularly if there’s any way that I might be able to find any record of this service?

      Frank Scott

        As you are a direct relation the procedure for getting a copy of his service records is simple- GOV.UK

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