No matter the arm.

We, in the Army take the pish out of the other arms but reading the history of some events, one is always amazed at the basic Englishness of all who serve or have served.

HMS Amethyst April 20th 1949 suffered major damage in an ill advised and almost futile excercise in military endevour. The Commander died in these events and the British Naval Attaché (Lt. CDR. J. S. Kerans) saved a ship in the true British style.

Amethyst had received over 50 hits and holes below the waterline were plugged with hammocks and bedding. During this time HMS Consort was sighted, flying 7 White Ensigns and 3 Union Jack flags, steaming down from Nanking at an incredible 29 Knots
I found this after talking to my father who has served both in the Navy (long and entertaining stories) and the Army with the 17/21st, Blues and Royals and the RAC. It is only now, some 35 years after his service that he is willing to talk and I am able to listen.

As the quote says
"Have rejoined the fleet off Woosung...God save the King."
This website (although almost american in style) is worth a visit. The Link
Geoffrey Weston played a significant part in the control of the ship until Kerans got there. He later joined DALS. Super guy but would not speak about the run except when slightly pished.

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