Landing on Gold Beach

I joined the Royal Navy in August 1943, aged 17, starting my training at Chatham and Skegness at HMS Arthur. After training, I was sent to Scotland on HMS Nith in December 1943 as a stoker. Spent two months in dry dock whilst ship was converted to headquarters ship. Then we went to sea training at Weymouth and Portsmouth. Then on the night of 5th June we set sail to Normandy, landed 231st Brigade on Gold Beach, J16 Green at 0725 on 6.6.1944.

On the night of 23rd June at 2355HRS, was hit by German guided bomber, eight ship's crew killed, two injured. In Feb 1945, I was sent to Far East Rangoon landings. Returned home March 1946.

Photo: Alfred Lee, age 94. Stoker, Royal Navy 1943 – 47. Gold Beach 07:25 D-Day 6th June 1944. HMS Nith – Headquarters ship, Legion d’Honneur medal

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