Ernest EdwardsAn emotional account of a civilian in war.
Ernest Edwards – Film 1In this the first of 8 films, Edward provides an overview of his NAFFI service.
Ernest Edwards – Film 2He started out as a Catering Assistant in Roedean before moving to Fort Gomer where hes promoted to First Hand. Its from here that hes drafted to HMS Orion.
Ernest Edwards – Film 3Ernest describes his job role serving as First Hand in the canteen on HMS Orion whilst out at sea and gives us an idea of the role of the Orion.
Ernest Edwards – Film 4Ernest details his Action Station. He worked a hoist loading shells for the guns. It was hard physical work, the noise could be deafening and there was no way of knowing what was going on. He goes on to detail some of the onboard entertainment when life was a little easier.
Ernest Edwards – Film 5Edward recalls operations off the coast of Italy. It was an area not without major risk and it was here that you sense Edwards deep attachment for the Orion was formed.
Ernest Edwards – Film 6German shells werent the only danger. In late June 1944, Ernest recalls a horrendous storm en-route to Scapa Flow. Unbeknown to the crew this was the staging point before they sailed South to the English Channel and D-Day.
Ernest Edwards – Film 7Ernest recalls D-day. Its a vivid account. After 6 days the Orions guns are exhausted and they withdrew to replenish.
Ernest Edwards – Film 8After D-Day life onboard the Orion becomes difficult for Ernest. He witnesses some brutality which with the benefit of hindsight he wishes hed done more to act upon. He requests a transfer and sees out the remainder of the war onboard HMS Sirius. Thank you Ernest (and your grandson) for sharing what at times was an emotional interview.
An emotional account of a civilian in war.