Photos By William Oag, Survivor
The seaman on the left,
sitting taller, is Chief Petty Officer Hugh Douglas Whiting (usually known as
'Tom'). He stayed in Canada for some months as senior P.O. with responsibility
for the ratings who were not immediately fit to return to duties. After
returning to England he continued in the Service until 1945/6. He died in 1964
His son Donald Whiting relates "During my father's time at sea, we had moved from our home, in an area regarded as a prime invasion site, to stay with relatives in a rural village in the north. My mother heard the news of the fate of the Jervis Bay on the radio, but never received the War Office telegram, sent to the former address, informing her that her husband was safe in Canada. When, months later, father was able to return to England he discovered that we had moved, found from neighbours where it was, and arrived unannounced, on foot, and safe and well. Such are the stories behind the pictures."