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.
Joining the merchant navy
"I joined the MN because one of my four brothers, he went to see in the early 1920s or 30s"
I joined the Merchant Navy because one of my four brothers, he went to sea in the early 1920s or 30s and I wanted to do the same.
It was a hard life but as you know the, it was depression time and there werenít many alternatives for school leaving boys to do. The, the only alternatives they had were farming, the coal mines or go to sea. There were, the shipyards were in decline at that time and it was very, very hard for school leavers to get jobs, to learn trades or professions.
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: