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Beautiful picture of my dear father. So proud of him. He was quintessentially English in the true noblest sense of the word and was prepared to put his life on the line to defend a certain idea of freedom which had nothing to do with jingoism or nationalism.
Hi my grandfather was a stoker on Walney and managed to survive badly injured. He spent time in hospital before coming home. I am keen to find out more about what happened and why. He was Albert Edward Victor Harriott. I’m on email@example.comHarriet, I found out about your brave father (MC) from Saul David, author of the new book about the SBS, Silent Warriors. I highly recommend the book, and it has a full chapter on Oran. Like you, I know a lot about Oran, as my father Lt. JCC Pagnam, 2 SBS was part of the landing - and his CO would have been your father. I only found out about your father / name from an e-mail I received from Mr. David today. I have compiled a lot of information specifically about Oran over the years, and as confirmed by Mr. David, both your father and mine suffered tremendously following that fearful and tragic night. I cannot believe why Command ever approved the landing, given the firepower from ashore and Vichy French ships. And worst of all, the SBS torpedoes malfunctioned, And out fathers took the brunt, and from the citation, my father rescued several Americans, and your father absolutely deserving his MC. If you have any details of the circumstances of your father's MC, I would LOVE to hear about it, or any details in electronic format. Hopefully, you will receive this message, if not, I will try other means. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (540) 460-4014. I live in Virginia, USA, but originally from the UK (Isle of Wight). Best wishes, Joe Pagnam