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James R. Pardoe

HMS Eclipse Journal Frozen guns James Pardoe

Information & photos by James R Pardoe

Commander JR Pardoe OBE RN served on the Russian Convoys in 1942 on the battleship HMS Duke of York then on the destroyer HMS Eclipse, part of the close escorts to JW53/RA53 in 1943.

James has written his memoirs which, as he says, shows a glimpse of life through the eyes of a 17 year old Royal Navy midshipman. He also kept a RN journal while aboard HMS Shropshire & HMS Duke of York. Journals were not allowd on destroyers as they contained classified information which might fall into enemy hands.

Photo: Frozen ships' guns

Photo: HMS Duke of York

Photo: HMS Eclipse

Photo: Midshipman's journal