When I was just 17, I joined my first ship H.M.S. Devonshire at Scapa Flow.
Being Devonport Division sailors, “Devonshire’s” crew was familiar with the legend that Drake’s Drum should never be taken away from Devon, except perhaps in time of war.
I served on the Devonshire twice. Firstly, from 29th. May, 1939, (my 17th birthday) to 30.11.1940.
HMS Devonshire’s crest (Badge) “Argent, a lion rampant gules, crowned or, and with tongue and claws azure.”
On Saturday, March 18th, 1950 whilst on passage from Jamaica to Gibraltar, H.M.S. “Devonshire” celebrated her twenty-first birthday.
A burly leading seaman was lowered into the dhow and had a large, sharp, damage control axe swung down to him.