By Tony McCrum
Captain Tony McCrum's naval occupation all started in 1932. He survived the sinking of HMS Skipjack at Dunkirk and went directly to serve on minesweepers and at sea in the course of the landings at Salerno. His wartime reviews have been lately released as Sunk by means of Stukas.This booklet covers the second one a part of his naval occupation among 1945 and 1963. Having arrived again in Plymouth from Trincomlee as a lieutenant aboard the destroyer Tarter in November 1945, his first appointment used to be as senior teacher on the RN signs institution in Devonport. There then appointments as Flag Lieutenant; first to Admiral Pridham-Wippell, CinC Plymouth Command after which Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, CinC domestic Fleet, the place he was once additionally Deputy Fleet Communications Officer. He was once in line with the admiral's flagship, the battleship HMS Duke of York which he joined in 1947. The fleet exercised within the Atlantic and Mediterranean and 'showed the flag' in quite a few ports within the united states, Caribbean Islands and the Baltic. In May...
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The captain of the flagship was an old friend and my former captain in HMS Mendip during the war. We all fed at the Admiral’s expense, for which he had some sort of allowance. Many decisions were taken round the table and there wasn’t much social chitchat. The Admiral was a workaholic who preferred to talk ‘shop’, which was never dull, although I would have preferred a more gossipy conversation like my former boss used to indulge in. This admiral was quick off the mark to meals and the pre-dinner drinks session was severely rationed.
It was a hectic social life, which I had not met before. The chief of staff and I looked after the Admiral, and to prepare for these events we had a chief steward, an assistant chief steward, head chef, assistant chef and three stewards. There were also two gardeners, and for boating there was the Commander-in-Chief ’s barge and its crew. We weren’t short of help. Life wasn’t just a long run of entertaining. The Admiral paid visits to ships when they came into harbour and, occasionally, we drove around to visit other naval places up and down the west coast.
This admiral was quick off the mark to meals and the pre-dinner drinks session was severely rationed. You were lucky if you got more than one drink. We travelled all over the country visiting the ships of the fleet. The drill was always the same. Arrive at the ship, the car flying the Admiral’s flag on the bonnet (a red St George’s Cross on a white background, such as you now see at football matches). The Admiral is ‘piped’ on board, meets the captain, Rule Britannia if they have a band, inspects the guard of honour and then meets the heads of departments.
Abandon Ship!. The Post-War Memoirs of Captain Tony McCrum RN by Tony McCrum