Sketch by Jack Chalker

Service Record

Alfred King

Official Service number: Devenport KX 89493

Date and period of engagement: 15 September 1936 for 12 years

Ships/Shore establishments served on:

 

HMS Drake - Shore Base

15 Sep 1936 - 15 Feb 1937

       

 

HMS Fearless

16 Feb 1937 - 27 Apr 1939

Fearless was an "F Class" destroyer of 1,375 tons. Launched in May 1934 at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, she had four 4.7 inch guns and eight 21 inch torpedo tubes. She was involved in the Spanish Civil War in 1937 before teaming up with HMS Brazen to sink U.49 off Harstadt in 1940. In June 1941, again with other ships, she helped sink U.38 west of Cape Trafalgar, only to suffer torpedo damage one month later from Italian aircraft whilst screening HMS Ark Royal. Fearless caught fire, lost all power, and when judged too damaged to tow, she was sunk north of Bone by Forester on 23 July 1941.

 

 

HMS Drake - Shore Base

28 Apr 1939 - 29 Jun 1939

 

 

HMS Aberdeen

30 Jun 1939 - 18 Sep 1940

 

 

HMS Drake - Shore Base

19 Sep 1940 - 10 Mar 1941

 

 

HMS Exeter

11 Mar 1941 - 28 Feb 1942

See HMS Exeter

 

 

 

HMS Drake  - Shore Base *

1 Mar 1941 - 12 May 1946

 

 

HMS Keir

13 May 1946 - 31 Jan 1948

 

 

HMS Harrier

1 Feb 1948 - 10 Sep 1948

 

 

HMS Drake - Shore Base

11 Sep 1948 - 15 Nov 1948

 

Released to shore in Class A on 15 November 1948

* He was a Prisoner of War in Japanese hands in Fukuoka Camp in Japan from 1 March 1942 untill 2nd September 1945

 

Ranks / Ratings held:

 

Stoker 2nd Class

15 Sep 1936 - 15 Sep 1937

Stoker 1st Class

16 Sep 1937 - 29 Jun 1940

Acting Leading Stoker

30 Jun 1940 - 29 Jun 1941

Leading Stoker

30 Jun 1941 - 18 May 1946

Stoker Petty Officer

19 May 1946 - 15 Nov 1948

 

Character: Very Good

 

Granted 3 Good Conduct Badges:

 

 

 

Granted 1st

15 September 1939

 

Granted 2nd

15 September 1944

 

Granted 3rd

15 september 1948

 

 

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