ROBERT WILLIAM OAKLEY

Memories of my Grandfather

By John Oakley

This photo is my Grandfather Robert William Oakley. I think the uniform he is wearing is Coast Guard. It looks as if he is on the quay. I have no idea of the identity the sailors with him. By the band on their hats they would probably been crew members of the Worthing or the Brighton.( Date about 1932) the dog he is holding is a poneranium which he used to look after.

I mentioned the Brighton - this ship was lost at Dunkirk, many Newhaven people died on it I was told at the time; a bomb was dropped down the funnel. Our neighbour was one of those killed.

His cap badge looks like it includes the Newhaven-Dieppe houseflag, rather than the letters CG in coiled rope, which would suggest he was a member of the crew, rather than Coastguard. Andy-Editor

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Robert William Oakley

My Grandfather

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This page was added by John Oakley on 14/08/2015.