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William (Bill) Hughes DSC RN

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Biographical Notes

Born 13th September 1902 in Liskard, Wallasey.

He served his apprenticeship at Cammell Lairds shipyard and sailed as Engineer with the Bibby Line until enlisting in the RNVR in 1939. He served in HMS Victory from 23rd October 1939 to 23rd November 1939 when he joined HMS Dunedin.

He loved the Navy life and joined the RN. As an engineer he was a member of the boarding parties despatched when Dunedin was intercepting foreign vessels. The most notable of these interceptions was the Hanover in March 1940. She was prevented from scuttling herself and was towed to Kingston Harbour, eventually to be converted into an auxiliary aircraft carrier, HMS Audacity. For his part in preventing the scuttling Bill was awarded the D.S.C. He survived the sinking of Dunedin but died before the Nishmaha found the rafts.


He left behind his wife Alice, son Peter and daughter Annette.

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Godber, SF Biographical Notes

Extracts from Royal Naval Records Office

Date and place of birth            06-09-20,Nottingham Nottinghamshire.
Occupation prior to entry     Machinist,
Personal description  on entry
Height                               5ft-7ins
Chest                                  34 1/2 ins
Hair                                    Brown
Eyes                                   Hazel
Complexion                     Fresh
Wounds Scars or Marks          Birthmark rt side of   body
Religion                              Church of England
Date of entry                     24-10-38
Period of engagement             7 & 5 years
Official Service Number       ssx27433
Port division                           Portsmouth
Ship/Shore establishments
HMS VICTORY                       24/10/38-14/11/39
HMS DUNEDIN                      15/11/39-24/11/41
Ratings Held                             Ord Telegraphist 24/10/38 to 14/11/39
                                                        Telegraphist 15/11/39 to 24/11/41
Character                                    Very Good Throughout