A Tribute to My Expensive Father (In Memory): RAYMOND CARRUTHERS LOCK – ABLE SEAMAN RNVR. SA. -67699

A Tribute to My Expensive Dad (In Memory):
RAYMOND CARRUTHERS LOCK (07/01/1923- 23/02/2009) – ABLE SEAMAN RNVR. SA. -67699
by John Bailey
Vital words and phrases (tags): Ray Lock, John Bailey,
Flotsam and Jetsam, publications, the E-book ‘Bismarck, Dorsetshire and Memories’, autobiography, war tales, memoirs, Royal Navy, military services heritage, naval battles, naval historical past, South Africans
Sourced from
FLOTSAM AND JETSAMVol. 50 August 2002 No 209
(and despatched to me some several years in the past by my expensive father, which I‘m sharing about the www to assist protect his memory, and most importantly, to share his unique eye-witness account of epic battles from WW II from the remarkable ability of The web.
On a crisp, but sunny autumnal morning previously this yr, I created my way throughout the slim but picturesque Harfield Village — certainly one of Cape Town’s popular “Chelsea” areas. Streets bearing the names of English counties abound and instantly become a relentless – Otherwise slightly nostalgic - reminder as I ambled by way of Hereford and Leicester, ahead of reaching my greatest location in Sussex …
I welcomed the soft and comfortable sofa that greeted me on my arrival at No seventeen, but no faster experienced I seated myself than the usual dapper gentleman appeared and whose appropriate hand was swift to come back forward within a sincere gesture of greeting …
Raymond Lock – “Ray” to his family and friends — was instantaneously recognizable from his Television picture as becoming a member in the congregation who had not too long ago attended the sixtieth anniversary services at Simons Town, which recalled the sinking of HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE on Easter Sunday 1942. It was not long before Ray was recounting his own experiences for me …
Born in the then Southern Rhodesian town of Bulawayo on seven January 1923, Ray completed his instruction within the South African College Highschool in Cape City. Despite the fact that not but seventeen many years of age, he “bluffed” his genuine date of birth, and signed on with the Air Drive in November of 1939. A improve of coronary heart quickly discovered this intrepid young lad heading for Simon‘s City, wherever he duly enlisted for assistance while in the Navy. It had been nor extended before Ray was posted for duty to Klawer Camp on Red Hill - a naval installation that commanded a wonderful see from the naval base from the bay underneath. Even so, through the Autumn of 1940, be was at sea, possessing been seconded towards the 8-inch cruiser — HMS DORSETSHIRE — as an equipped seaman.
During the May well of 1941 — As well as in firm with HMS RODNEY, HMS KING GEORGE V and HMS
ARK ROYAL — HMS DORSETSHIRE succeeded in routing the German battleship BISMARCK in
the North Atlantic Ocean. It really is fascinating to note that Ray Glimpse was aboard HMS DORSETSHIRE, since the cruiser fired the final torpedoes into the now crippled battleship …
Japan’s entry in the war inside the December of 1941, opened up a new frontier of conflict for the allies and by the end of March of`1942, an assault on the island of Ceylon seemed imminent.
Shortly before midnight on Easter: Saturday — 4 April — HMS DORSETSHIRE, under the command of Captain Augustus Agar VC and HMS CORNWALL, under the command of Captain P C WnMainwaring (or was it Manwaring??) sailed with the Ceylonese port of Colombo. Their objective was to rendezvous with AdmiralSomervi1le some hundred of miles on the South at sixteen.00 on the subsequent afternoon, and so be capable of present a united entrance towards the enemy.
In his definitive analyze within the Japanese assault on Ceylon entitled “The Most Unsafe Moment”, Michael Tomlinson recollects that “shortly immediately after a single o’çlock (Sunday fifth April) with all Gentlemen at motion stations, quite a few radio contacts were picked up (by HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE…wi-fi silence was now broken to notify Admiral Somerville in their placement (and) to report the enemy shadowing and risk of an air assault. (The Japanese) wasted not a instant on sighting the two cruisers…(and) scored strike following strike in the term go….The line of assault seemed to are already carefully labored out in advance…
Younger Ray Lock, among the Dorsetshire’s crew serving a four inch ack-ack gun amidships and fuming at their hopelessly restricted industry of hearth, observed himself flung for the deck 10 feet down below by a blast from a bomb. Shaken, he obtained to his feet, intent on receiving back on the gun; but was startled to determine only two blackened stumps, wherever the twin gun barrels were and the remainder of the crew lifeless or poorly wounded. Only a while later, noticing a squelching sound in his sneakers, did he uncover them filling with blood and realized that he was very seriously wounded from the upper body and legs …
0nly eight minutes after the 1st bomb hit, her bows rose over The ocean, the place by now the vast majority of her organization were floundering in the new oily h2o, and he or she was long gone….
Substantially the identical could be mentioned for HMS CORNWALL….Lieutenant Geoffrey Grove relates:
“When at one.40pm the Jap planes struck, the primary bomb hit the CORNWALL’s port-aspect, astern…We experienced one thing like fifteen hits in about 7 minutes as well as the weak previous Lady took up A much bigger record than ever before and commenced to settle….once clear of the ship (I) rotated and waited for her to go, which she did fairly quietly, bows initially. Her stern arrived up in to the air and he or she slid down, a person propeller revolving slowly but surely.”
Ray was fast to recall that acquiring abandoned ship, he identified himself swimming in the sea which was both warm and lifeless tranquil, excepting for just a layer of oil that had by now begun to ooze up and out on the sunken cruiser. He was to invest some 7 several hours vendre sa voiture à une casse within the drinking water, right before getting dragged into a lifetime-boat to endure an entire day and night, ahead of remaining rescued by HMAS PALADIN and transported to Addu Atoll within the Maldive Islands. Below Ray was transferred to the service provider ship to await the arrival of the hospital ship HMNS VITA, aboard which he returned to South Africa in direction of the tip of April.
In his certification for “Wounds and Hurts”, Surgeon Captain OD Brownfeld notes that Ray sustained a “gun shot as a result of (the) left ankle with (a) fracture in the neck with the astragalus, in addition to a “shrapnel wound into the remaining of (the) middle of (the) sternum.” Nevertheless, the health practitioner will make `no mention on the parts of shrapnel that have surfaced throughout Ray’s body over the past sixty many years!
Glancing abruptly at my observe, I spotted how swiftly time had passed… a quick “photo-contact” was necessary to remember the function and Ray, with baggage packed, was quickly to return to Durban…. Like a lot of Males and women of his period, his silent unassuming fashion absolutely presents just one no sign as on the emotional suffering that he surely endured at so young an age; however, his interior bravery and toughness was to glow forth for the duration of an interview recorded from the Daily Information – a Durban tabloid in September of 1987: Certainly, in risky predicaments we have been fearful, but You need to respond. The bravest matter we did was signing the recruiting kind.”
Go nicely, Ray
John Bailey
Sourced from
Vol. fifty August 2002 No 209
“Person is intellect
and evermore he usually takes the Software of assumed
and, shaping what he wills,
provides forth a thousand joys,
a thousand ills.
He thinks in solution
and it concerns move -
Setting is but his hunting glass.”
Thanks a great deal for sharing with me, dad. Your spirit (“driven”) lives on, as I “work” * on sharing your unique Tale.
* It’s not likely “get the job done”, but a “labour of affection”.
“The empires of the long run are classified as the empires on the thoughts”
- Winston Churchill (in an adress to Harvard University in 1943)
- anon
This great poem was penned my my proficient and inventive sister, Glenda Wallace to commemorate our expensive dads 80th birthday in 2003. So am sharing. Appreciate...
"Here we are collected currently
To rejoice the beginning of our Unique Ray
January 7th 1923
Marked the delivery of very little R.C
An only little one was this small tot
identified to all
As Raymond Carruthers Lock
The S A C was the College to be
The most beneficial from the place round
Not however in Newlands, was this fine faculty
But in Orange Avenue, may be identified
Lifestyle at school for this youthful chap
Was stuffed with sport and many a jack *
Many pranks, he likes to recall
of blackboard dusters climbing the wall
Young Ray Lock relished his Activity
Unsure 'bout' schoolwork
and what he was taught
But rugby, tennis, cross-country and cricket
In actual fact this chap retained a fantastic wicket
At 16 off to war he did go
Lied 'bout' his age
So no person would know
To your 'Dorsetshire' was he sent
But after a Jap bombing
Down she went
seventeen prolonged hours in the h2o he swam
5th April 1942
This young boy, now a person
The Outdated Mutual his function once the war
For numerous extended years, Pretty much 24
A lot of a sale, had this great fellow
As a consequence of his socks, which have been only yellow!
Racing cars, hillclimbs and also a passion for speed
Kyalami, KIllarney or any observe without a doubt.
Even no brakes could deter this eager guy
Rushing down Kloofnek
Right into a garage he rammed
Vehicle visits to East London have been extremely brief
Dashing at 130 mph, designed me Ill
Tapping his shoulder I might yell eventually
Slow down now, You will be heading too rapid!
Once the decades of rapidly cars experienced ultimately handed
The golf bug hit undesirable and for many years did very last
Only the exact 4 ball would do
Lock and Maddock and Hodson by two
Each shot analysed, Just about every error
eighteen extended holes, though the nineteenth took the cake!
A Province fan on the core
Could not stand Naas, that's needless to say
Gainsford, Dawie and Morne had been his Adult men
Newlands his ground...which was then!
A transfer to Durban, some thirty many years back
Took him for the land of your Sharks you understand
And so the tales of Province have acquired less and fewer
And he now proclaims Natal is the greatest!
Blue and White acquired packed absent
Black and White grew to become the get in the working day
Funny while, arrive holiday getaway
Exactly where do you discover him? At Bantry Bay!
Sipping on the Balcony, is exactly what he loves to do
Scanning for Sharks in the large White and Blue!
This is the gentleman who likes to bet
Matches or notes or maybe the Satisfied
A tale is instructed from the noonday gun
Augie was there, and so was Dick's bum!
Oh the online games, he loves to Engage in
Oh the several hours wasted absent
Augie and Steve could tell you so considerably more
Alan much too, that is obviously
I need not inform you what Ray likes to drink
You all know very well, without having to Consider
J and B and ice, too much drinking water a squander
Too much drinking water spoils the flavor
He also loves rum, but an incredibly special type
Pussers the identify, but so hard to find
This dad of mine
Is often a stickler for time
Altho' he vendre sa voiture à un particulier did not was once
Watches are established,
Then checked and rechecked
Punctuality is a priority
Retired now, passing the working day
Lunching at Splashes, a stones' throw away
A baked potato, fish or toasted cheese
Nearly anything... but no garlic please!!
A couple of years back, you gave us a scare
We thank God, that this is now obvious
No dreadful mooty, to drive inside your tum
No far more pipes, up your bum!
You might be 80 nowadays and continue to in good fettle
I've read it said "a man of mettle"
Nevertheless, which has a softening inside your heart
Of which God has seriously played the component
Father, you truly are great and appear so properly
eighty years previous...that confident won't tell
So thanks to the whisky, the rum along with the wine
You might be preserved in alcohol and that is just fantastic!
With this letter As well as in all this enjoyable
A Notice of seriousness, for this high-quality chum
Be you an acquaintance or my Dad or simply Ray
Get our appreciate for yourself today
You might be Specific and treasured and generally are going to be
Today the 7th January 2003
Satisfied eightieth Birthday Father!
Glenda Wallace (nee Lock)

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