Stan HoareStan told us, "we lined up on the quarter deck and next thing I remember I was banged against the davit and then slightly washed over the side and I was hanging on like grim death!".
Stan Hoare – Film 1Stan grew up in South West London during the Blitz. He initially worked as an office boy until he was called up in June 1943 when he joined the Royal Navy as a Radar Rating.
Stan Hoare – Film 2Stan recalls his basic training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall. Known as a stone frigate because its a land based establishment. After passing out he heads to the Isle of Man for training in Radar and he details how to understand the different echoes.
Stan Hoare – Film 3Stans first ship was HMS Hart. She was a modified Black Swan-class Sloop and he talks about his sense of pride as he boards her for the first time. First they head to Lamblash and then carry out sea trials around Scapa Flow. Before long hes on his first Arctic Convoy and he details his daily activities aboard ship.
Stan Hoare – Film 4Stan talks about life onboard HMS Hart describing her as a small ship that rolled a lot and in big seas she felt unstable. She wasnt good for sea sickness. He goes on to talk about the ships involvement on D Day and how he felt when he watched a Landing Craft get blown up.
Stan Hoare – Film 5Stan recalls an accident that occurs in The Bristol Channel where in heavy fog their ship carved a hole into the side of HMS Lowestoft. As he was on watch hes subsequently called in front of a court of inquiry. Its the first and last time he was addressed by Admirals! Soon afterwards Stan passes a gunnery course and finds himself shipped off to HMS Duke of York. He talks about the differences between the two ships.
Stan Hoare – Film 6The Duke of York is ordered to join the British Pacific Fleet and set sail for Australia. Its his first time across the line. The Captain of his ship demonstrates his absolute control over the crew when a bucket is lost overboard. His reaction still surprises Stan now.
Stan Hoare – Film 7Remembers having a few to many one birthday and finding himself atop a gun turret absolutely soaked at first thinking he had a little accident before realising there must have been a storm during the night.
Stan told us, “we lined up on the quarter deck and next thing I remember I was banged against the davit and then slightly washed over the side and I was hanging on like grim death!”.