With regards to Ron Kelly’s letter in the April 2015 issue of Sea Breezes, about discharge books during the war, with the entry, died in service and the question asked; how were they kept, on board or ashore.
I know my father served throughout the war without being sunk; so I imagine the original was being held ashore in an offi ce which was bombed and destroyed. This may explain how the book survived.
I have always wanted to fi nd out if there is a way that I can find out which ships my father served on prior to February 1941 which is when he first used this book when he joined the Orient Lines Orion. He was aboard her until March 1942; I believe she was one of the last troop ships to leave Singapore before it fell to the Japanese. I hope this may shed some light on this matter, if anyone can advise how I may find out my father’s service prior to the issue of this book I would be most grateful.
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