My father was a submariner, and had previously served on board a Valiant class submarine called HMS Warspite, the second of the class which was launched on September 25th 1965, and which went into service on April 16th 1967.
|My nan, Jean Currie|
"Mum, I'd like you to meet Mrs Wilson".
"And which Mrs Wilson is this son?".
"This is the Prime Minister's wife, Mum".
"Oh, that Mrs Wilson", she replied haughtily, and immediately turned round and walked away!
|My christening - mum & aunt Sheila|
My father was assigned on board Churchill. A few months later I was born in Northern Ireland, whilst my dad was setting off from Helensburgh on his first tour of duty with the boat - he actually received the telegram about my birth whilst at sea. Upon his return, in grand naval tradition I was then baptised on board the vessel in January 1971, with the ship's bell used as the font. I still have the baptismal certificate, as well as images from the day - one of those images is actually in this months's Family Tree magazine in the UK (see right)!
|My christening cert|
Last night my wife came across the Churchill reunion dinner announcement online, which got me interested in having another wee forage online, and after a bit of digging I was astonished to find that there is now a website about the Churchill at www.hmschurchill.co.uk. Even better though, the site has two videos depicting the launch of both vessels, as hosted on the British Pathe site:
Mrs Wilson launches 'Warspite' (1965)
And Nuclear sub launched (1969)
So now I know who my nan insulted with a spot of Bridgeton class!