Tagged Royal Naval Patrol Service

Association Football - A winter's day; a football match, a line of soldiers, some wearing grey coats, watches from the touchline | Image © IWM ART LD 46.
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Football at War – HMS Leicester City

On 8 September 1939, the Football Association declared that all football except that organised by the armed forces was suspended ‘until official notice to the contrary’. This was in contrast to 1914 when professional football had continued during the first year of the war. The threat of air attack and the introduction of conscription made…

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Until End of Present Emergency

Over one million people (923,000 men and 86,000 women) served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Many volunteered after an urgent recruitment campaign to fill the demand in manpower required to meet the maritime threat of Nazi Germany. As in the 1914-18 war, the British Admiralty’s first challenge was to rebuild Britain’s naval…

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Sparrows Nest

I often wondered why we went on holiday to Lowestoft. It was such a long way from Cumbria by car. Now it all made sense. Dad’s service number was JX272920 LT. J 272920 meant Communications Branch. The X, he was employed on a pay scale introduced in the 1930’s. The LT was for Lowestoft. The…