Royal Navy veteran Carl Whitby, of Mickleover, talks to Jane Goddard about his service in the Far East during the Second World War.
WHEN he thinks about all those who did not come back from the Far East campaign during the Second World War, Carl Whitby knows that he is a very lucky man.
During more than two years with the Royal Navy stationed in the Tropics, he saw no fighting and the most critical incident his ship had to deal with was swelling rice in its hold!
Even at the age of 89, Carl’s memories of those long-gone days are as sharp as if they had happened yesterday.
And he treasures these rare photographs taken during his time sailing between the likes of India, Singapore, Malaysia and Burma.
Born in Canal Street, Derby, in 1923, Carl attended Ashbourne Road and Kedleston Road Schools before following the well-worn path of many Derby lads in those days to become an apprentice at the Loco Works.
He was signed on as an apprentice fitter and turner in November 1937. When the war started, his job was on the list of reserved occupations so it was not until 1943, aged 19, that Carl volunteered for the Navy. Continue reading