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 Leading Stoker, P/KX126729 Wallis George ELCOME


Wallis George ELCOME
Born Horsham West Sussex 29.09.1922
Died Midhurst Sanatorium West Sussex 13.11.1999
Royal Navy Service Number P/KX126729
Volunteered for the Navy on his 18th birthday 29.09.1940. After training he was posted to HMS Javelin and he stayed with her until after the Normandy landings. After this he volunteered for duty in the Far East.
He finished up as a Leading Stoker
Whilst in the Far East he and 3 of his mates sailed to Japan, hijacked a Japanese Train and made the driver take them to Hiroshima after the bomb had been dropped. The area was strictly out of bounds and he told me that they were the first allied forces to set foot in Hiroshima, I would love to know who his 3 mates were.
One of the 4 had a camera and took a series photographs of the devastation. They each had a set of these photographs and I still have my fathers photographs where he and 2 of his mates are in 1 of the pictures. This like a lot of events never seemed important when he was alive but now he has gone I will never know.

With thanks to Mike Elcome (Wallis's son) for this information. For further photographs click here for the gallery.

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