granddad was born in Newhaven on November 16, 1919.
World War II broke out, he was away on his fishing boat and they
were sunk by a German War Boat. I have heard that this was the
first commercial vessel sunk in the war.
Anyway, they were adrift a
while, and when they eventually arrived back at the harbour, one
boot on and one boot lost, the constable
was waiting for granddad to arrest him because he had missed his
call up for the Navy!
I don't know the name of the fishing boat or
captain, and can't seem to find anything about it. Most of my
relatives are now dead, so I can't verify the facts. My
granddad was very reluctant to speak of his time in the War."
Karen Allott: October 5, 2011