October 22 (Sun) 1944, Greenock, Scotland

After Divisions & Church Service, all midshipmen were assembled on the Quarterdeck, and generally “bottled” by the Commander. There is no doubt that a certain amount of this was earned.

ROSYTH ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, 11 AUGUST 1944. HMS COCHRANE, the base ship, with the Forth Bridge in the background. Image © IWM (A25205). Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205156974

In the afternoon, Midshipmen Excell & WJD of the RNZN proceeded to Rosyth [Ed: NW of Edinburgh] by train for a three day course at the Fleet Firefighting School. After a lot of unnecessary waiting at various places, we eventually arrived at HMS “Cochrane”, where a cabin was allocated to us & we turned in.


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