[ April 19, 2017 ]
A VETERAN has been sharing his Royal Navy memories more than 66 years after he first joined up.
John Mundy, 83, who now lives at Croft Meadow care home in Tanyard Lane, Steyning, gave a moving talk to fellow residents and staff about his career which has taken him all over the globe.
Originally from Surrey, John signed up on 21 October 21, 1951, at just 17 and a half years of age. He said: “It was hard to get a job back then. I miss all the moving around of the Navy and the comradeship of all my friends there. The Navy really taught me the value of friendship.”
Throughout his career in the Navy he visited Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Malta, Caribbean, the West Indies, Falkland Islands, crossing the Equator and the Arctic several times.
“I spent time on three ships and a submarine, I really enjoyed my time stationed in Malta best of all. One of my favourite memories from my time in the Navy is when our ship was sent to the Arctic for cold water trials – but when we got there, it just wasn’t cold enough.”
John is married to Audrey Mundy who also resides at Croft Meadow. They have three children, two boys and a girl. Care home manager, Sharalee Thrumble, said: “The residents really enjoyed John’s presentation. We invited family, friends and of course our residents to listen. We even had a sing song with John leading a round of What will we do with the drunken sailor? As a resident John is a real character and likes to tease staff and have a joke.”
“We created this display to increase residents’ self-esteem and promote what active lives they used to live as people can forget.
“John summed it all up best by saying ‘I wish everyday was like this’ so we are hoping to do this again in the near future.”