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Peter Patrick Johnson
Peter Johnson's medal receipt stub
Here are Peter's medals:
Peter Johnson's medals
Peter was awarded the 1939-1945 War Medal (top left), Defence Medal (top right), Pacific Star (bottom left), and the 1939-1945 Star (bottom right).
Like many sailors, Peter served on several ships while in the Royal Navy, from HMS Duke starting from March 8, 1944 to HMS Drake (a shore establishment ending on June 26, 1946. Here is a list of ships Peter served in:
|HMS Duke||Shore establishment||Stoker 2nd Class||March 8, 1944||March 8, 1944|
|HMS Royal Arthur||Shore establishment||Stoker 2nd Class||March 9, 1944||March 21, 1944|
|Passage||Stoker 2nd Class||March 22, 1944||March 22, 1944|
|HMS Duke||Shore establishment||Stoker 2nd Class||March 23, 1944||May 23, 1944|
|HMS Shrapnel II||Floating training establishment||Stoker 2nd Class||May 24, 1944||June 30, 1944|
|HMS Imperieuse||Floating training establishment||Stoker 2nd Class||July 1, 1944||July 18, 1944|
|HMS Drake||Shore establishment||Stoker 2nd Class||July 19, 1944||August 15, 1944|
|HMS Pangbourne (J37)||Minesweeper||Stoker 2nd Class||August 16, 1944||January 31, 1945|
|HMS Lucifer||Shore establishment||Stoker 2nd Class||February 1, 1945||February 7, 1945|
|Passage||Stoker 2nd Class||February 8, 1945||February 8, 1945|
|HMS Drake||Shore establishment||Stoker 2nd Class||February 9, 1945||March 7, 1945|
|HMS Drake||Shore establishment||Stoker 1st Class||March 8, 1945||March 8, 1945|
|HMS Golden Hind||Shore establishment||Stoker 1st Class||March 9, 1945||April 14, 1945|
|HMS Lewes (G68)||Destroyer||Stoker 1st Class||April 15, 1945||April 24, 1945|
|HMS Golden Hind||Shore establishment||Stoker 1st Class||April 25, 1945||April 25, 1945|
|HMS Montclare (F85)||Destroyer Depot Ship||Stoker 1st Class||April 26, 1945||June 10, 1945|
|HMS Furneaux||Shore establishment||Stoker 1st Class||June 11, 1945||June 14, 1945|
|HMS Montclare (F85)||Destroyer Depot Ship||Stoker 1st Class||June 15, 1945||December 31, 1945|
|HMS Aorangi||Troopship||Stoker 1st Class||January 1, 1946||January 2, 1946|
|HMS Chaser (D32)||Escort Carrier||Stoker 1st Class||January 3, 1946||January 20, 1946|
|HMS Golden Hind||Shore establishment||Stoker 1st Class||January 21, 1946||* No date|
|HMS Drake||Shore establishment||Stoker 1st Class||* No date||June 26, 1946|
* Sometime between January 21, 1946 and June 26, 1946, Peter served on HMNZS Gambia which at the time was still in the hands of the New Zealand Navy.
HMS Duke was a shore training establishment at Great Malvern, Worcestershire and was intended for new intake stokers.
HMS Royal Arthur was a converted Butlin's holiday camp.
HMS Shrapnel II was a pair of old ships, HMS Resolution and HMS Revenge, used to train stokers at Southampton.
HMS Imperieuse retained the old ships HMS Resolution and HMS Revenge as HMS Shrapnel II but was joined by several other older ships.
HMS Drake is the shore training estalishment at Devonport, Plymouth
HMS Lucifer was the name given to the naval base in Swansea on the River Tawe, which was home to a minesweeping fleet, their main function was to safeguard crucial British shipping lanes by keeping the Bristol Channel clear of mines.
HMS Golden Hind was a manning establishment on the Warwick Farm Racecourse, Liverpool, Sydney, Australia.
The Destroyer Depot Ship, HMS Montclare (F85) was a converted Canadian Pacific Steamship Company liner.
HMS Furneaux was a Royal Navy depot at Brisbane, Australia.
The troop transport ship HMS Aorangi was a converted Union Steam Ship Company liner.
The Escort Carrier HMS Chaser (D32) started life as USS Mormacgulf before being transferred to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease program in 1943.
My thanks to Peter's grandson, Stephen Moss,for supplying the information about his grandfather. Stephen obtained his grandfather's records from whatever the Royal Navy had. He also received a letter which among other things said, "Please find enclosed copies of the documents requested as follows: Central record card of Service, Medal Entitlement card and Pay & Victual trace." The "Pay & Victual trace" part is interesting. For the purposes of accounting and supply many Royal Navy ships used a shore establishment and sailors such as Peter Johnson may well have spent more time at sea in various ships than these service records indicate.
For example, the records say that Peter was at HMS Drake, the shore training estalishment at Devonport, Plymouth on March 8, 1945, but the next day he was at HMS Golden Hind, a manning establishment on the Warwick Farm Racecourse, Liverpool, Sydney, Australia!