Derek A. Lee - HMS Sardonyx
November 12, 2011
Good afternoon, Mac,
I happened on your blog when I was googling to see if my late husband and father-in-law were still listed as "living" on a U.S. site. (They were!!)
I was most interested in your information about the WWII data. Derek, my father-in-law was indeed the person who signed that photo. I'd recognize that signature anywhere. (see "Harold Leslie Papworth, was Chief Officer on the Yorktown, and the only officer to survive, along with a few other crew members, 26/09/1942")
His military history is a most interesting tale, and if you are curious about it, I'd be delighted to help. To comment on the "fine and imprisonment" section, I would tend to take exception to that, since he was accepted into the RNVR by special exception letter from Winston Churchill.
At one point he held equal ranks of Lt. Commander in RNVR, USN, and U.S. Army (I'm not sure what that rank is.)
He died in 1985, and all his *best* stories started with, "When I was a
I'd be happy to share with you any information I have, though much of the documentation has gone to a Marine in Carolina who was producing a documentary on the Burma era of his career.
I presently live in Richmond, VA, and work as an RN here.
Let me know if you have any interest.
My thanks for your E-mail.
I would be pleased to receive anything you care to share about Derek with me and with your approval would add it to our piece on Ahoy.
I am always pleased to be able to add snippets to my articles that expand on the subject or person involved..
Do you have the letter from Winston Churchill?
With my very best wishes,