one bar, Yangtze 1949 (D/SSX 661314. D.H.Wharton. Ord. Smn. R.N.). Lightly toned, extremely fine. (1)
Ex Douglas-Morris collection.
Signalman D.H.Wharton enlisted in May 1946 as a Boy for 12 years service and was eventually discharged in November 1951, sold with hand written service details. He also attended the Dinner at the Dorchester Hotel for the Ship's Company paid for by the Directors of the News of the World.
Sold with copy of his signed Statement of events on 20th April 1949.
At about 0830 on the 20th April, 1949, I was closed up on the Flag deck when I heard what sounded like rifle fire from the North Bank on the ships Starboard Bows and I heard loud reports from the North Bank and I saw a splash about 100 yards on the Port Bow. The ship was then straddled. The Captain ordered take cover and no fire returned. Some thirty minutes later, I heard an explosion which seemed to be at the top of the mast, all the halyards then fell to the deck, and also glass from the ariels was flying around. I then took cover and then assisted to carry the wounded to the Mess Deck. Frequent shelling of the ship continued and I was wounded at about 1050 by a shell which exploded in the After end of the Port Passage.