Among the many people whom I met during my researches was
Mr Angus Jones, (Royal Marine Commando) whose’ younger brother Jimmy served
on HMS Aphis in the
and grand daughter Paige. 2002
Angus also independently confirmed (from conversations he had with his brother Jimmy) that it was Aphis and Scarab that engaged and disabled the two German Corvettes Unterseebootjager-6083, which had formerly been the Italian Capriolo, and Kemid Allah following the landings in Southern France. Jimmy was always concerned that the facts in the American account of this incident were not accurate. As Douglas Fairbanks Jnr stated the action was all but over when USS Endicott arrived. (See excerpt from interview with Lieutenant-Commander Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. - United States Navy Reserve The American version gives different view of the incident.)
Jimmy always stated that Lieutenant-Commander Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. was a true gentleman, a leader of men and respected by all the crew. Angus was able to provide a copy of a signed photo of Douglas Fairbanks Jnr dated 1944 addressed to Jimmy and signed “Best Wishes, Douglas Fairbanks”.
In addition Angus also provided additional information
regarding the Adoption of HMS Aphis by the
The following are extracts from correspondence.
From: Town Clerk [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
you for your email regarding HMS Aphis. I am attaching two photographs of the
plaque & ship that are on display at Warminster Town Council offices
known as Dewey House. The Plaque was found in a skip in the early 70's when
was presented to the people of Warminster for their efforts in raising funds
towards Warship Week. The Plaque measured 18" X 14" and weighs
20lbs. I know that our local
The museum is run by three very elderly gentlemen who have a wide knowledge of all things relating to Warminster so I am sure that they could inform you better than I.
Their address is:
I hope that this information is useful to you.
From: Angus Jones [email@example.com]
There is a man in
Thanking you in anticipation.
All the Best,
From: Town Clerk [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Dear Angus Absolutely no problem at all.
Angus is a man with a rich and varied life experience. He was kind enough to supply the following details which I have included here. Note that though the combatants may change as history moves on the geography and human fall-out remains much the same. His records and sites relate to the 1956 Suez Crisis.
(Ex 42 Commando Royal Marines)
From: Angus Jones
Note that in the web site addresses below instead of Angus they have used Agnus. They said that this was for security reasons. I have no idea why.
I am not sure if you know of the
My two older brothers served in the Royal Navy in
WW2. One was in the
If you would like to read my little stories the web site addresses are:
www.britains-smallwars.com/suez/Agnus/Approval.html “Don’t Cry, The Shooting is Over for Now”
www.britains-smallwars.com/suez/Agnus/Approval2.html “After the Ceasefire”
www.britains-smallwars.com/suez/Agnus/Approval4.html “Suez Crisis Postal History, An Egyptian Perspective”. One of the stamps shows British Paras being shot out of the sky. The last of these concerns postage stamps.
The address for the Audio slideshow by Capt Derek Oakley is:
A top marine recalls the
Angus also provided the following items – I have used his words to describe them wherever possible.
I have here a small pocket size booklet LA
CORSE LIBEREE. The text is in French. On the back in
Jimmy’s writing - ‘
(Click to enlarge)
LA CORSE LIBEREE
(Click to enlarge)
Jimmy with his Dad and older sister Margot 1945
Jimmy (x) with shipmates aboard Aphis
(note 6 inch gun behind Jimmy)
Royal Navy Embarkation Card WW2
Christmas Greetings 1944
Angus Jones – present day