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Reginald Amos

RN. British

Born  9 Sep 1920Lincolnshire

Roster information listed for Reginald Amos

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
HMS Naiad (93)Light cruiserLeading Steward11 Mar 1942U-565 (1)

Personal information

From his hand written memoirs of when Naiad was sunk: "We were due to resume the convoys to Tobruk and when we were on the return journey to Alex, in the evening at about twenty past eight there was a terrific bang and we knew we had been hit by a torpedo. I was in the wardroom serving drinks at the bar and the one thing I shall never forget was the dead quiet it went after after we had been hit. All the lights went out, all the electric motors stopped and the throbbing of the ships engines ceased. We later learned we had been hit by three torpedoes which broke the back of the ship. Everybody scrambled on to the upper deck where some small fires were burning. I sat on the side of the ship with an officer called Ltd Commander Guard. He said ,'I think we had better jump as she is heeling over fast.' So I took off my serge trousers and jumped. It seemed a long way down to the sea and when I hit it I sank so deep I thought I was never coming up. When I dud get to the surface I proceeded to tie my lifebelt tighter and blow it up. There was a little red light which was attached to the lifebelt and it was plugged into a waterproof battery. It was very dark and suddenly there were some small explosions on the Naiad which lit her up. She seems to come right out of the water ,bows upwards. She looked huge. I thought if she fell over sideways I would have had it ,but she didn't , instead she went straight down and I can remember the suction pulling me back to the spot where she had sunk. I started to swim around and the water was very cold. I got cramp so I sat in the water and moved my legs. We were told that if we saw flares we should swim towards it but they would only stay alight for so long. So I waited for a flare to be dropped and I eventually got picked up after 2 and a quarter hours in the water."


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