James was sent to HMS Royal Arthur a shore establishment near Skegness (a former Butlins holiday camp) it was the communications branch for ratings & officers. He was part of class 101 where signalmen, telegraphists, coders & wireless operators were trained.
His Battleship was the King George V & he was a leading telegrapher going to Scapa, Spitsbergen & Murmansk
We believe he was part of a team who were asked to help the Americans aboard the USS Tuscaloosa as American signals were different from ours. My sister Claire was in Scotland, on holiday at Poolewe around 2014 where she met & chatted to Bruce Hudson, Vice Chairman of the museum project. She saw our Dad on a DVD called Hurricanes to Murmansk at the exhibition in the school.
In 2005 Dad took our Mum back to Murmansk for the 60th Anniversary & he walked with the veterans. We have a photo of him with one Russian General and one American General at a hospitality event.
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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.