NOSTALGIA: Portsmouth Dockyard blast killed my uncle
Last Saturday I mentioned the explosion in HMNZS AchillesÂ when under refit in Portsmouth Dockyard.
This prompted EddyÂ Amey to get in touch telling me about his family who were affectedÂ by the incident which killed 29 dockyardmen. Eddy'sÂ uncle GeorgeÂ was one of those who died.
He says:Â 'I well remember theÂ day of the explosion. I was at Hillside School, Paulsgrove, and in the same class was my cousin Ronald.
'˜Mid-morning the headteacher came into the classroom,Â took my cousin outside and sent him home to hear the news that his father (my uncle George Amey, a dockyard electrician) had been killed at workÂ in the Dockyard.Â He is buried in Wymering church cemetery.'
There must have been relatives of 28 others who were affected like Ronald. If you were can you let me know please.
'¢Thanks to those who spotted my errorÂ in last Monday'sÂ pages about the price of petrol. Of course, I should have said the figure on the sign at the Shell garage, Hilsea, was 40.5p a litre, not aÂ gallon.