Written by Paul Sefton (great nephew), edited by Natasha Ellakirk.
Assistant Steward Albert Ernest Pinkney
Naval Auxilary Personnel ( MN) serving with RN on HMS Avenger
Albert served on HMS Avenger, an escort carrier, which took part in Russian Convoys PQ18 and QP14 I believe. Prior to this he had taken part in the Dunkirk evacuations, though I am unsure on which ship. Following the Operation Torch landings in North Africa in November 1942, he was coming home to get married when the ship was torpedoed and sunk and he was KIA with most of the ship’s crew. He is remembered on the Naval monument at Liverpool’s Pier Head. My late mother remembers him being the life and soul of the party on his leave in Liverpool, with Albert and friends gathered around the piano playing and singing songs! I remember vividly, from being a toddler up into my teens, his photo at my Gt Grandads house taking pride of place and looking over us! It aided my interest in everything nautical and I, followed by my twin brother, both joined the RN aged 16 years of age and travelled extensively with them.
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We have been privileged to work with the Russian Arctic Convoys Museum Project and to support it every endeavour since it was launched. It is important both for Russia and the United Kingdom to preserve memories of this most heroic page of our War time Alliance as a tribute to the Veterans and for the sake of future generations.
Andrey PritsepovConsul General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh
What a wonderful setup. You are doing the memory of these brave men proud!
Andrew ChoongCurator, National Maritime Museum
Now I can envision what Dad talked about!
What an experience
This has been valuable for my research. Thank you.
VisitorWellington, New Zealand
Brings local history to life.
A wonderful and comprehensive display – many congratulations for keeping history alive.
Visitor Kent, UK
Tells the story well.
Very touched by the stories of all these brave men.
Thank you for bringing the history of both countries together. Спасибо огромное!
Fascinating to return to where my Dad was based in the Royal Navy.