Alex McInnes

Alex McInnes volunteered for the Royal Navy in 1942 as a Boy Signalman, aged just 16 years old. He served around the world and was in the Pacific during the last moments of the Second World War.

Alex McInnes

Alex McInnes volunteered for the Royal Navy in 1942 as a Boy Signalman, aged just 16 years old. He served around the world and was in the Pacific during the last moments of the Second World War.

“My first trip was on SS Agamemnon to Esquimalt in British Columbia, Canada across the Atlantic in convoy. I took part in the ‘D-Day’ invasion on the Empire Anvil and Empire Javelin along with American Infantry.

“I was back home for VE Day and met my future wife Daphne for the first-time during celebrations at Trafalgar Square on the 8th May 1945 as she literally fell into my lap. I said ‘don’t get up’ and we married three years later!”

Alex was then posted to the Far East to take part in the Pacific War.

“My final commission was on Destroyer ‘HMS Cossack’ to the visiting Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Tokyo and Hiroshima after the bombs hit. I was demobbed in 1947 as a leading signalman, VS3 Higher.

“I have memories happy and sad, but I am pleased the occasion and the men and women who were part of the war effort will be recognised once again country wide. I will always remember.”