He fought for his country and died for his family.
A true warrior for peace.
Service with the Royal Navy
son of William Midgley and Lavinia nee Milnes of Cawthorne. Born 24th July
1919 in the former Toll
House, Cawthorne, South Yorkshire. Whilst serving in the R.N.
as P.O. in WW2, saw action on H.M.S. Cumberland in the Russian convoys
to Archangel and after the war (1947-9) action on H.M.S.
London during the Chinese Revolution in the Yangtze Incident when H.M.S.
Amethyst was trapped on the Yangtze
and the London tried to help rescue her.
Dad's recollection of the Yangtze Incident
1949-1953 Based at Chatham Naval base, lived Harrow
Road , Hempstead, Kent, Strood and Rainham .
1953-1956 Served at H.M.S. Ceres, lived in married quarters. Wetherby, North Yorkshire as C.P.O.
1956-1959 Served with British Forces, N.A.T.O., Naples, Italy.
1960-1963 Served at H.M.S. Ganges, near Ipswich, Suffolk.
1963-1965 Served at H.M.S. Collingwood, Fareham, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
1965-1968 Served on H.M.S. Supply and H.M.S. Triumph moored in the Straits of Johore, and H.M.S. Terror, Singapore following the Indonesian insurgency with a tour of duty to Mombasa and Freemantle.
1968-1969 Served at Rosyth nuclear submarine base in Fife, Scotland.
1969-Retired from the R.N. and enlisted with the Royal Australian Navy, commencing service at H.M.A.S. Nirimba, Quaker's Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
Service with the Royal Australian Navy
Pat retired from the R.N. in 1969 and with all
the family except Tim, who was travelling in North America, boarded the
Italian cruise ship the Achille Lauro* at Southampton Docks which sailed
on 7th September 1969. * This ship was later hi-jacked by extremists
and set on fire in the Mediterranean.
Pat took up a post as Lt. Commander R.A.N. at the shore based station of H.M.A.S. Nirimba, at Quakers Hill west of Sydney, N.S.W. Here he worked as the Captain's secretary and I/C of the stores and Pay Office. In 1985 he retired as Lieutenant-Commander, R.A.N. Captain's secretary at H.M.A.S. Nirimba.
After his retirement Pat continued to reside at 82 Stahls Road, Oakville until his death 1n June 1999, one month short of his eightieth birthday.
A long and travelled career.
These mist covered mountains are only for me
But the home is the loneliest and always will be
Some day you will return to me, your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer yearn to be brothers in arms
Through these fields of destruction, baptisms of fire
There are so many different worlds
Now the sun's gone to heaven, moonlight at night
John Patrick Midgley, for King, Queen, Country and Family
©Tim Midgley 1999, revised August 2010
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