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Re: FAO Peter C Smith
Thank you for this. To know that he was a regular is very useful. It keeps open the possibility that he did serve postwar.
Apologies for delay. I really do not have anything much from 43 years ago but have been searching through what little I have. I can state that I received Mr Mack's manuscript from the publishers William Kimber, with the request to check the facts as far as I could. So I can say that he relied on his memory from his time aboard Intrepid. In the main he did very well and although there were quite a few facts I knew were not quite right, and duly indicated, his recall was excellent, indeed better than most I have been requested to vet. Although he mentions "records he kept at the time" I was not given these. As a seaman gunner he was not writing with Modelmakers in mind of course so if you have located detailed records of her colour scheme between in August 1940 then you are to be congratulated.
I fear I do not have details of his subsequent career other than he attended the Gunnery School and then joined the destroyer Bedouin (see page 107) and then the cruiser Sheffield in June or July 1941, (see page 134) but if you contact the appropriate authorities at either the PRO at Kew or at HM Dockyard Portsmouth they might be able to guide you further. If he been an officer then of course the task would have been relatively simple as the Navy Lists from August 1940 onward would have given you all the details. There are various Web Sites which claim to hold such details of course, and he was a Regular, and if you have deep pockets you could try these.
I am so sorry I am so little use to you, and I promise I will keep looking.
Great, thanks. Actually it's two related questions really!
(1) Do you know anything of George's service career after Intrepid, what ships he served on and did he continue to serve post WW2?
(2) Did you ever see the records he "kept at the time" (Acknowledgements page) ie how detailed were they? In particular did those contemporary notes actually record the three colours of the Semtex he mentions, one of these 3 colours on every 3 ships, on pages 24 & 25 or did these come from his memory?
The reason I am asking all this is because I have now found the original documentation detailing which makes and colours of 'Semtex' were actually applied to the I Class in 1937 and it only partially tallies with Mack's account.
Go ahead - its a long while ago now but I will try to help. Peter
Dear Peter, If you read this is have a question re George Mack of HMS Intrepid.
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