Fred Brisley (Deceased)
I was Googling my grandad Fred Brisley when your page popped up. I read a message that had been sent in with fond memories of him by a man named Terry. It named my grandad's ships, including HMS Gloucester, and said that he must have been transferred off before it was sunk, however this was not the case.
My grandad, and shipmates, were given shore leave in the Mediterranean (I can’t remember where) and they went to visit a few of the local watering holes. Grandad got a little bit too tipsy and passed out and missed the Gloucester sailing. When he woke up, he was, obviously, in a bit of trouble. Grandad was arrested and thrown into jail. Within days HMS Gloucester was sunk, and with her went most of the crew. My grandad was immediately released. He was previously of impeccable conduct and his missing the ship entirely out of character. The Navy decreed that his missing the Gloucester was an Act of God, and it wasn’t his time!
My grandad carried on serving in the Navy as the report said and was actively involved with the ‘Fighting G’ Club, up until his death. He was very proud of his service, and his whole family are proud of him.
I thought you might like to know.