Personal Account of Corporal L J Boyce, 50th Division Troop Transport Coy, RASC

Personal Account of Corporal L J Boyce, 50th Division Troop Transport Coy, RASC

I was one of many who swam out and was picked up by a boat from HMS Grafton. We were put on a Dutch cargo boat into the aft hold. We had been on board about 5 minutes when "Jerry" dropped a bomb in the forward hold. That was the end of that boat.

We were then transferred to HMS Grafton. After an hour or so we steamed off, next thing we knew HMS Wakeful had been torpedoed. I went out in a lifeboat to pick up survivors, while we were away HMS Grafton was also torpedoed. When I arrived back I found that the part of the deck where I had been lying was gone. After a while we were transferred to another Dutch cargo boat which after a time was set on fire by incendiary bombs. The engine room gone, we drifted until we were picked up by HMS Greyhound, we arrived at Dover at 2pm Thursday 30th May.

I went through the North African campaign and finished up with 786 Pack Transport Company as Company Sergeant-Major.


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