Martyn Coombes was by his own admission 'Army barmy' when he was a young man but when he failed to get a commission, he chose a different path which took him to sea. In 1982, he was an Assistant Purser onboard the educational cruise ship SS Uganda. Despite her apparent short fillings for long distant sailing, Uganda was requisitioned by the MOD and sent to the Falklands as a hospital ship. Martyn's role of Purser continued but he also found himself acting as a stretcher bearer.

Martyn Coombes


Educational Resources

WW2 D-Day veterans
WW2 Convoy veterans
Our Secret WW2
The Korean War
WW1 War recordings