Royal Navy month of memories to commemorate Armed Forces Day

PO Medical Assistant Peter Chilcott of HMS Revenge 1984

 

A month of Royal Navy memories culminating on Armed Forces Day will be remembered daily throughout June by the Museums of the National Museum of the Royal Navy as part of a the HMS – Hear My Story campaign to share and celebrate memories of the Navy. Starting on June 1st,  a different memory from Royal Navy veterans, serving personnel and their families will be posted everyday on the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Royal Marines Museum, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum and National Museum of the Royal Navy, linking personal stories to images and films.

One memory to be featured in the Memories Month comes from the former PO Medical Assistant Peter Chilcott who served on the submarine HMS Revenge during the Cold War. He remembers a tricky life saving operation onboard.

“Unable to leave the patrol area at sea, we decided to operate in the sickbay on one of the bunks which had approximately 18 inches free space down one side and at the foot. The doctor operated and I acted as his assistant. Surgery lasted an hour and was successful and we were able to continue the patrol”

As part of Memories Month the National Museum of the Royal Navy is inviting veterans and their families to submit their own personal memories. Via the Museums Facebook and Twitter accounts, memories collected will be entered into an online competition to choose the 3 stories which are: the most poignant, the happiest and the funniest. The overall winner will be featured in a new remembrance exhibition, HMS – Hear My Story which will open in 2014 at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth.

Matthew Sheldon, Project Manager for HMS – Hear My Story said, “HMS is an exhibition where personal stories matter. We are inviting all to take part, share precious personal memories and add these stories to history”

HMS – Hear My Story is a major exhibition situated in the brand new Babcock Galleries at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. HMS will bring the heritage of the Royal Navy together for the first time and tell the undiscovered stories from the ordinary men, women and ships which have made the Navy‘s amazing history over the last 100 years.  For more information about the Memories Month campaign, follow @NMRNP, www.facebook.com/NMRNPortsmouth

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands