Submarine Museum welcomes 93 year old Second World War submariner

The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Gosport-based Royal Navy Submarine Museum welcomed a very special guest today (Monday 6th July) as Second World War submariner, 93 year old Bill Anderton, made a 300 mile trek from his Teeside home with his son Graham (62) and two other peacetime submariners, Tug Wilson (67) and Ken “Shady” Lane (68).

Bill served in the Royal Navy from March 1942 and volunteered for service in submarines. By his own admission, it was for the wage!

He served on HMS Satyr and HMS Ultimatum between 1942 until his discharge in 1946. The visit gave an increasingly rare opportunity to briefly chat with Bill about his service – how it was so cold on board and how the camaraderie with his crew mates got them through.

He is one of a declining number of Second World War submarine veterans and was keen to visit the museum and have a “wet” with fellow submariners. The museum’s showcase exhibit HMS Alliance is the official memorial to the courageous men “still on patrol” and Britain’s only surviving Second World War era ocean-going submarine.

See here for link to our youtube channel which features a short interview with Bill https://youtu.be/cWu10MpoTA0

Umbra Crew

Crew of the HMS Umbra.