To face a gathering of young naval personnel who are undergoing something similar to myself with a gap of 75 years gave me a personal relationship with them and enabled me to relax and let it flow.

RN veteran Jimmy Baynes

Chief Petty Officer Norman Brindley who attended the talk with the Phase 2 trainees said: “The trainees found the whole experience very humbling and informative. Many of them felt compelled to shake Jimmy’s hand and were in awe of his life story.

"To see someone who went through so much during the war will hopefully inspire the next generation of sailors to great things.”

To mark the special occasion the First Lieutenant of HMS Collingwood, Lieutenant Commander Mark Wilson, presented Jimmy with a framed photograph of the Fareham site from the 1940s.

Jimmy said of his day “It is difficult to accurately express my feelings.  To face a gathering of young naval personnel who are undergoing something similar to myself with a gap of 75 years gave me a personal relationship with them and enabled me to relax and let it flow.

"I’m so pleased to learn that I had entertained them and their appreciation is something I will treasure."

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

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