Geoffrey was called up in 1942 and joined the Royal Navy. He was sent to Butlins in Skegness for initial training and then went on to torpedo training. Geoffrey’s first official position was to make identity discs while waiting for his ship. He served on HMS Woolston L-49, a Convoy Escort ship from Sheerness to Rosyth in charge of depth charges.
His ship was part of the fleet that put to sea in July 1942 in an attempt intercept the German battleship Tirpitz.
On Saturday 8 May 1945 they were the first ship in to liberate Norway. Geoffrey saw the German E-boats but they left very sharpish as they arrived. The crew received a thank you scroll from the King of Norway.
After the war Geoffrey married Sylvia and had two daughters, Janice and Catherine. He then went into the greengrocer business and also had a very successful insurance business. Geoffrey retired in 1990.
Print taken from the book ‘A TIME TO FIGHT Living and Remembering WWII’