The dog days of the sailors aboard Emporer of India

041111 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: James Childs (at the back) and friends sitting astride the 13.5in gun

041111 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: James Childs (at the back) and friends sitting astride the 13.5in gun

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These three photographs come from the collection of Ray Childs, of Milton, Portsmouth, and two of them feature his late father, Chief Petty Officer George Childs, from Buckland.

George survived the sinkings of HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow in 1939 and HMS Fiji, off Crete two years later.

041111 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: The ship's dog in HMS Resolution lying easy

041111 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: The ship's dog in HMS Resolution lying easy

He joined the Royal Navy at HMS St Vincent, Gosport, as a boy sailor, aged 16, in 1928, and his first ship was the battleship HMS Emperor of India.

In the group picture here, George is on the right, looking at the camera. He and his mates had just passed out from St Vincent and were on board Emperor of India.

Shortly afterwards, the old ship was decommissioned and used as target practice in 1931. She was then raised and went to scrap.

The second photograph shows George (at the back) and his shipmates sitting astride the 13.5in gun on what is believed to be Emperor of India, but is not confirmed.

041111 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: James Childs (right) and shipmates aboard HMS Emperor of India

041111 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: James Childs (right) and shipmates aboard HMS Emperor of India

The final picture was taken by George when he was an able seaman in HMS Resolution and shows the ship’s dog at ease using a sailor’s cap as a pillow, a greatcoat as a blanket and a smoke to, allegedly, prevent sea sickness.

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