Me and my hero

Bob with his hero.

Bob with his hero.

A survivor from the Type 42 destroyer HMS Coventry tells of his experience to Prince Charles during his visit to Haslar in 1982. Portsmouth-based Coventry was sunk by Argentine Air Force A4 Skyhawks on May 25, 1982, during the Falklands war

Memories needed of the UK’s last naval hospital – Haslar

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A fortnight ago I attended the City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot’s vintage bus show at Fort Nelson and what a day it turned out to be.

While at the fort I came across this life-sized mannequin of Horatio Nelson. Being a hero of mine I just had to have my picture taken alongside him.

My goodness, I was in for a shock. I didn’t realise just how slight the great man was.

He was said to have been 5ft 6in and, I suggest, weighed about seven to eight stones.

I, by comparison, am equal to the commander of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy.

He was 6ft 4in, broad-shouldered and weighed about 17st – all the same as me.

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