My maternal grandfather – Arthur Gibson (1911-1997) – and George Smith (1924-2016) both sailed on the Royal Navy Patrol Service (RNPS) the HMS Beaumaris Castle
Author’s Note: My maternal grandfather – Author Gibson – used to tell my mother and her sister about the day he and his comrades-in-arms had
Three crewmembers of the HMS Beaumaris Castle – Arthur Gibson, John Youngman and George Smith – all serving in the Royal Navy Patrol Service (RNPS)
Among the body parts were Xmas presents and photographs of relatives, as well as other personal items. The recovered bodies were carefully taken back to the HMS Beaumaris Castle where they were laid-out in the biggest space possible – the cleared Mess Hall.
My maternal grandfather – Arthur Gibson – for instance, served aboard the minesweeper HMS Beaumaris Castle (of the Royal Navy Patrol Group), keeping the sea-lanes of the North Atlantic clear of Nazi German U-boats and sea-mines, so that the Atlantic Conveys could take much needed aid to the USSR.