From Forces Network.
A man whose uncle died in one of the greatest tragedies of the Second World War has found his voice diaries on eBay.
Robert Terence Grogan, aka Terry, died when HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck during the Battle of the Denmark Strait in 1941.
Only three men out of 1,418 survived when the HMS Hood sank, and many of Mr Grogan’s family – including his nephew Peter Jefferson – never met him.
But Mr Grogan used to record his voice onto vinyl using specialist equipment and mail them back to his family in the UK.
He used his own personal equipment that he transported with him wherever he went.
Thanks to his countless recordings, the Royal Navy sailor’s voice would be regularly heard around the family home even after his death.
His nephew, then just 10, would gather round with his family and listen to the records, but over time the cherished recordings became lost.
The now-73-year-old was amazed to be able to hear his uncle’s messages again for the first time in decades after an historian noticed the rare pressings on sale for £20 on eBay.
Mr Jefferson, a former radio announcer for BBC Radio Four and the voice of the shipping forecast for many years, said:
“He was all over the place, India, the Middle East – wherever the ship was at the time. They were recorded over a number of years.
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