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The Road To Liberation - 6th December 1940


Good morning everyone


The explore yesterday was not to go as planned and will be rescheduled in the new year. This morning the plan is to use some drainage inspection cameras to investigate some of the drainage and ventilation pipework in HO19 as well as setting up some more remote monitoring incase of the lockdown in Jersey becoming more strict.

It's still very stormy out there so stay warm and have a great day.

Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 6th of December 1940

Today would be the 159th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,616 days remaining. "Superior Council of the States issues a statement concerning the prices to be paid for 1941 crops. December" Leslie Sinel Civilian working at the Evening Post (Jersey)



Further afield

80 years ago today

6th of December 1940

HMS Regulus had left Alexandria on 18th November 1940 for a patrol in the Adriatic. Her failure to return 80 years ago today signalled her loss with all hands. It is believed that she struck a mine in the Straits of Taranto.


The below sailors were lost:


G. Baker, Chief Engine Room Artificer

L. Bellamy, Able Seaman

W. Blair, Stoker 1st Class

W. Brown, Stoker 1st Class

C. Bulger, Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class

J. Burton, Petty Officer

H. Coe-Smith, Chief Petty Officer

F. Currie, Lieutenant Commander

F. Davis, Stoker Petty Officer

P. Dudd, Able Seaman

O. Duffay, Petty Officer

W. Fielden, Weapons Engineer

G. Forrester, Leading Stoker

A. Green, Lieutenant

F. Hackett, Able Seaman

R. Hitchcock, Electrical Artificer 2nd Class

T. Hopcraft, Able Seaman

E. Horwood, Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class

F. Johnson, Stoker Petty Officer

S. Jones, Petty Officer

A. King, Leading Signalman

N. Kirby, Leading Signalman

W. Kirby, Leading Telegraphist

A. Leech, Leading Seaman

F. Mack, Telegraphist

D. Mann, Petty Officer

T. Manton, Stoker 1st Class

R. McAteer, Petty Officer Cook

J. McClure, Petty Officer Telegraphist

E. McGhee, Leading Stoker

J. McMilling, Leading Seaman

J. Mitchell, Leading Telegraphist

R. Morton, Stoker 1st Class

J. Mullens, Chief Engine Room Artificer

G. Muntz, Lieutenant, Peer of the Realm

P. Norris, Leading Seaman

W. Perry, Able Seaman

R. Pretty, Able Seaman

N. Pringle, Stoker Petty Officer

J. Richardson, Leading Seaman

A. Robertson, Leading Seaman

O. Round, Lieutenant

W. Shaw, Stoker 1st Class

E. Smith, Leading Seaman

J. Smith, Petty Officer Telegraphist

R. Smith, Shipwright

E. Sylvester, Leading Seaman

F. Tanner, Stoker Petty Officer

A. Targett, Petty Officer

T. Tulip, Leading Stoker

W. Twine, Stoker 1st Class

M. Walker, Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class

J. Westcott, Leading Stoker

G. White, Petty Officer

J. Whyte, Stoker 1st Class

W. Wilkinson, Able Seaman



The December book recommendation is "The Americans on D-Day"

This book has 450 dramatic photographs captured in northern France during the first day and week of its liberation and is available on kindle! Click the photo to find out more. It also would make a fantastic Christmas Present.



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