Bill belongs to: Royal British Legion Seaman's Mess
Bill was born in South Shields. He left school at 14. After working in a hotel down south Bill joined the merchant navy. During World War Two Bill was in the Arctic convoys and at the D-Day landings dropping off armaments.
Bill was interviewed by Kylea Little on 8 November 2005. The interview took place at South Shields Royal British Legion and lasted 16 minutes and 21 seconds.
Adjusting to life at sea
"Well, not really, no. After the first homesickness and the seasickness would take about ten days, a fortnight"
Well, not really, no. After the first homesickness and the seasickness would take about ten days, a fortnight, then you start to just, you know, you get on with it then. Itís not a thing that hangs on- itís no good for you. If youíre homesick, thatís the worse one. Seasickís bad, but when youíre homesick.
If you felt like sending a card or a letter, you did that- there was no other way of doing it.
Youíd usually expect to be away for three and a half - four months, then you'd come back.
Bill has 17 memories in the memorynet:
Bill's memories with a Wartime theme:
- Submarine in Cape Town
- A Marconigram from the King
- Russian medal
- Medal for the Normandy landings
- Certificate for the Normandy landings
Bill's other memories: