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.
"It's got to be good in a confined space"
It’s got to be good, you're in a confined space, you know. Especially aft if you’re, say, with 15 deck hands and 15 bloody firemen, there’s got to be a code. Otherwise it would be ridiculous, you wouldn’t live together. You have to use your common sense. Now and again, you have your bust ups, but you would usually wait to get ashore for that!
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: