In the days of the British Empire one seventh of the world was ruled from London.
At the time we had a navy unequalled in the world.
The men who served in it sailed to places most would only have known from books.
The China Station was one such location where many ships and men from this area would have served.
One such man was Alfred Dines, the late father of Richard Dines who has sent me many photographs from the Far East station.
I hope there are perhaps a few remaining from the senior service of the time who might just remember such occasions.
In the picture above we see the Portsmouth-built cruiser HMS Suffolk anchored in Shanghai in 1937.
We stay with foreign climes with a picture taken in 1945 in Egypt.
I believe these men are from Portsmouth and other British dockyards.
They were sent out to do their bit, mostly unrewarded, in Egypt.
Working in the dockyards of Port Said and Alexandria they repaired hundreds of ships damaged through gunfire and bombing.
On the right is another picture from John Edwards’s collection this time of young seamen serving in HMS Howe in 1946.
Does anyone recognise the faces?