Doug belongs to: Royal British Legion Seaman's Mess
Doug was born in South Shields in 1919. He joined the merchant navy at 15 with great ideas of adventure. During World War Two Bill was in the Arctic convoys and at the D-Day landings dropping off armaments.
Doug was interviewed by Kylea Little on 15 November 2005. The interview took place at South Shields Royal British Legion and lasted 55 minutes and 5 seconds.
In a Calcutta Park
Photograph of Doug taken in a park in Calcutta. Doug was working on the Stag Line ship Garedenia at the time. He is wearing 'tropical whites', which were bought in India and were worn when going ashore. The photograph was taken in 1938.
Doug has 20 memories in the memorynet:
Doug's memories with a Work theme:
- Joining the merchant navy
- Swimming with sharks
- The Spanish Civil War
- The Spanish Civil War part two
- The Russia convoys part one
- The Russia convoys part two
- The D-Day landings
- Continuous Certificate of Discharge
- Port Saint John
- Going to sea
- In a Calcutta Park
- Wage slip
- British Seaman's Identity Card
- Merchant navy badge
Doug's other memories: