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HMS Glasgow & HMS Arlanza

Here is a chapter on the earlier GLASGOW in which my maternal grandfather Jerry Driscoll served as Yeoman of Signals from January 1916 to February 1918.

“Eventful Voyage”, the book from which this is an extract, is based on a diary that Jerry kept as Yeoman of HMS ARLANZA, and Armed Merchant Cruiser which was mined in the Berents Sea when returning from a diplomatic mission to Archangel. I elaborated his diary to explain the tactics and technology of the blockade of the North Sea in which the AMCs of the 10th Cruiser Squadron had been engaged and a couple of years ago published it a small limited edition book.

The story was taken up by a number of people with interest in naval history, among whom was a lady in Australia whose maternal grandfather , Hubertus Volsteedt (a South African) had also served in ARLANZA at that time as a Boy Seaman. We exchanged details of our grandfathers’ service records and found that after ARLANZA they had gone on to serve together in GLASGOW ; 3½ years over two ships, so it is highly probable that they would have known each other despite the differences in age, rank and specialisation.

I have revised the original little book with details of the other three ships in which Jerry served in WW1 and also added some further detail of the ARLANZA story from recent research. The second edition of Eventful Voyage will be published in mid-July as part of the commemorations of the Anniversary of WW1 being organised in the town where I now live.

With best wishes,

Peter Down

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