From Ted’s son Jim:
Dad joined the RN on 7.8.18 and was due out after his 22 years on 7.8.40. Unfortunately there were no discharges due to WW2 so he remained in service until 19.9.45, after having been torpedoed twice in the war. On leaving the Navy he started straight away in the Royal Navy Aircraft Repair Yard (RNARY) Gosport as an Aircraft Radio Electrician, retiring on 11.7.67.
He always referred to his ships sinking under him as ' aquatic sports ' ; one ship was HMS Southwold, but I have no knowledge on the other. The first time Mum received a cable saying " been in the soup" and the second time "been in the soup again" as due to wartime regulations he was not even able to say which ocean he was in.
Married in the Parish Church, Houghton on 8.8.28.
After marriage they lived first at 23 Bevis Rd, North End, Portsmouth, and then at The Gardens, West Ashling, West Sussex. At that time Dad was in RN Barracks, Portsmouth, and caught a train from Bosham station early each day. So that he was closer to the station they moved to 7 Williams Rd, Bosham right next to the station.
Dad was next posted to the newly built HMS Collingwood, Fareham, the RN's wireless training school, which meant a move to 39 St Ann's Road, Fareham in 1937
They moved to 112 Fareham Rd, Gosport in October 1954 right next door to Fleetlands where Dad worked. At that time I was in Hong Kong and Aileen in Australia, so neither of us saw the Gosport house until December 1956 when we both reurned to the UK pretty close together. Aileen had married Aubrey Quintana in Melbourne on 23.4.56.