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27 November 2014

27th November 1944: gas iron for young widow

27 Mon. Cold, dull morning, some weak sun later. More stripping of wallpaper in sitting room. Did some shopping locally. Bought fish in Wimbledon. Further repairs to fence for Mrs. Veale. She borrowed our gas-iron. Also she got me to witness a document for her in respect of her late husband’s will. I am deeply sorry for her: she is a dear girl: Mr. Veale went down with H.M.S. Isis he was 34, A brave man: we knew him. Rocket at 11.15 p.m. in NE

HMS Isis (notes from Wikipedia): Isis took part in the evacuation of Greece in April 1941. On 19 February 1943 she and the frigate HMS Hursley and a Vickers Wellington medium bomber-attacked and sank the German submarine U-562 in the Mediterranean Sea northeast of Benghazi.
Isis was hit in 1941 off BeirutLebanon after the Battle of Crete. She pursued two Vichy French destroyers which escaped. A Junkers Ju 88 aircraft then attacked and severely damaged her. Hero tried to tow her HaifaPalestine. The tow rope snapped, but the engines were started and she successfully reached Haifa.
Isis struck a mine and sank off the Normandy landing beaches on 20 July 1944.

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