01 April 2008

At last, recognition of service and suffering

Ted Jones, one of two living survivors of the Royal Marines Band of HMS Exeter was honoured at the weekend with a presentation at Glenelg.

The photo above shows Ted receiving a commemorative plaque from the RM captain who, with a senior NCO, travelled to Australia for the occasion.

Ted only served on one ship, HMS Exeter , which was sunk by the Japanese in the Battle of the Java Sea. As a consequence, he spent more time ashore as a Prisoner of War than he did afloat. He was 19 when he was captured and 22 when released.

It took a long time to find him and to recognise his service and suffering (about which he speaks little) but this has now been done in a most appropriate manner.

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