Weapons Engineering Artificer (Apprentice)
I. R. WILLIAMS
HMS Coventry


I Remember Ian

By Paul Sutherland



Ian "Stumpy" Williams had been an apprentice at HMS Collingwood and joined HMS Coventry for the "Sea Training" phase of his apprenticeship. I knew him through his girlfriend at the time Lydia "Lil" Greedus. He regularly attended the "Collingwood Bop" nights where a number of us were on the committee of the JR's Club (I was a Young Weapons Mechanic at the time). When Lil heard the news about Ian she was heartbroken (understandably). We travelled to Coventry Cathedral for the memorial service later that year. We felt it was the least we could do. Ian was a typical young apprentice with his whole life ahead of him. He will always be remembered whenever "The Coventry" is mentioned.

Paul B Sutherland (Ex CPOWEA (AD) (SM) D173071D)