The Book ‘Bismarck, Dorsetshire and Memories’ by Ray Lock

BIsmarck (cover)

A TALE OF TWO SHIPS

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(and sent to me by my dear dad, which I‘m sharing on the www to help preserve his memory, and most importantly, to share his unique eye-witness account of epic battles from WW II through the amazing power of the net. Thanks for your great and loyal friendship to Ray, Tris and Lynn)… one which my father and Shirley greatly valued.

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Issue no 27

4th Jan 2001

TRIS TILLARD often provides us with speakers of heroic achievements in community life but on 21 December he brought us real life War Hero RAY LOCK for a fascinating personal. view of momentous valour at. sea during World War II, Many can only read about these events in

historical records and books, but we were privileged to stand beside RAY as he shared so vividly his experiences.

His tale touched two ships : HMS Dorsetshire of the Royal Navy and the Bismark, the pride of the German Navy. The Dorsetshire was a Cruiser of 10000 tonnes with a crew of 700, and the Bismarck was a Battleship of 50000 tonnes with a crew of 2300, and it completely outgunned the Dorsetshire.

Ray volunteered in Cape Town for service in the Royal Navy when WWII broke out. He was assigned to the Dorsetshire which was the flagship of the South Atlantic Station based in Simonstown. In May 1941, the Dorsetshire was escorting a convoy off West Africa heading north. The captain learnt that the Bismark had eluded the planes and ships shadowing it, to warn of its movements in attacking and disrupting convoys which were the lifelines of embattled and isolated Britain at that stage of the War.

The Bismarck had slipped out undetected from a fjiord in Norway and sailed south. When it was detected` by planes, all ships were ordered to intercept it. The nearest ships were battle-cruisers

Hood and Prince of Wales. A series of blunders by these two placed them in a disadvantageous position which resulted in the Hood being sunk and the Prince of Wales retreating badly damaged. The

Dorsetshire knew that it was no match for the Bismarck and that it could not protect the convoy; so it ordered the convoy to scatter and it steamed off to take on the Bismarck.

On Monday 26 May, the British ships closed in on the Bismarck, which unknown to the British had sustained damage to its steering, and a fierce battle ensued. The Bismarck’s guns were finally silenced, but it would not sink. The Dorsetshire was sent in to launch torpedoes from either side and

these resulted in the sinking of the Bismarck. This proved to be a tremendous morale booster for Britain and Occupied Europe.

The Dorsetshire was then assigned to the Eastern Fleet after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and its entry into WWII. The Japanese swept through SE Asia and the British colonies fell before them. The Dorsetshire and the Cornwall were sent to try to slow down the Japanese Fleet. On Easter Sunday morning 5 April 1942, 70 Japanese aircraft flew low out of the sun and scored direct hits on the

Dorsetshire and the Cornwall, sinking them both in 7 minutes from the start of the attack. Ray was wounded in the attack and took to the sea without being able to don a lifebelt. This proved fortunate as the Japanese returned to machinegun the survivors in the water and those with lifebelts could not dive under water. Ray was in the water for 31 hours before they were rescued and taken to Simonstown Hospital for treatment. He is now one of the very few survivors and eyewitnesses of these major naval battles.

*

“Man is mind
and evermore he takes the tool of thought
and, shaping what he wills,
brings forth a thousand joys,
a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret
and it comes to pass –
Environment is but his looking glass.”

Thanks so much for sharing with me, dad. Your spirit (“driven”) lives on, as I “work” * on sharing your unique story.

* It’s not really “work”, but a “labour of love”.

For further info on my dad’s book, email me at clock@slingshot.co.nz

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www.lulu.com/craiglock“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind”

– Winston Churchill (in an adress to Harvard University in 1943)

– anon

About craig lock

from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life's savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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