At the grand age of 99, members of the 240FLM Preservation Group carried Eric, or Ernie as he was always fondly known, on his last shout. It was a very personal and moving day for several of the group members attending as they had known or worked alongside “Ernie” as he moved through his career in the Brigade.
A41-(G25 as it was then known) West Hampstead was well represented as Ernie had spent many years there as Sub Officer on the Blue watch and some of his former colleagues from that watch, and the Red and White Watches were on hand to assist with the carrying of Ernie into the chapel of rest.
A quiet gentle family man with an honourable and brave history of service during World War 2 in the Merchant Navy was remembered, and, the revelation that he had been torpedoed twice and spent 7 days adrift in an open boat underpins how little we often know about our peers and the importance of talking and sharing our history.
Farewell “Ernie”, it was a pleasure.
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Imnages below: Pete Weight