Re: royal engineers,chatham, kent
Hello again, Maria Grimes !!!
And thank you for your remarks concerning the tragic fate of the LANCASTRIA. This sounds so much like the evacuation of Dunkirk underOperation Dynamo, 26 May 1940, in which some 848 vessels from many nations effected the rescue of approximately 338,226 trapped soldiers and civilians, about 2/3 of whom were British. This was a major accomplishment.
I am sorry to learn of the death of your uncle in this activity.
My reference to ship crossings is toa series of listings dated 1942,43,44,45
and 46, which only partially list the many sailings.
You may find them at:
1942 World War II Troop Ship Crossings.
There were many crossings by HMS ships, both between America and the UK, and to the South Pacific. The QUEEN MARY was a star, being large enough to carry a whole division
(15,000 men) at a time. A first in warfare.
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Purely personal: Betty and I have made many trips to England, concentrating on London, but with trips to Canterbury, Bath, York and Brighton as well.
I traveled for the USFDA, and one trip included Chester, which was a special treat for me as my maternal grandfather's (WALTER THOMAS SHROPSHIRE) roots are in nearby Shropshire. In fact, I watched a small boat traverse the lock on the Shropshire Canal at Chester.
Our youngest daughter, JACKI, is also a great fan of the UK, and has enjoyed solo travel
throughout, including Scotland.
We still must visit Wales and hope to reach Liverpool one day.
Have you visited the States ?
Finally, it was my pleasure to provide the little information I had for you.
With best regards,