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War Diary of Captain Alan W. Willis (Lieut.Cmdr. R.D. R.N.R. Ret’d )

personnel .In the whole of his service in L.S.T.s he sailed a staggering 63272 miles ! That is where this brief history should finish, but it is worth noting that the connection with Cardiff had one final and very rewarding twist. For when he was eventually to sit for his Masters’ Certificate in December of that year, Alan met up with a young lady at Cardiff Technical College who was attending a Government sponsored secretarial course (for people whose studies had been interrupted by war). Sheila had been a Wren during her service time, trained as a ship-wright and did much of the hands-on heavy engineering work involved in converting Thames barges to landing craft- including welding and painting - would you believe! But that is another story. They married in March 1947,had two fine children -Penny and Douglas and, as far as I know, have lived happily ever after. MEDALS General Service Medal 1939 /46 Burma Star Africa Star Victory Medal with Oak Leaf (mentioned in despatches) Atlantic Star Reserve Decoration France/Germany Clasp Page 1 1
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