My Wife's Grandfather servered on Boom Defence ships in WW2 and from his naval servie record, it appears that he only served on mainland shore bases. So I think that his medal entitlement would have been teh Defence and War medal, but would appreciate a second diagnosis !
His ships were as follow:
HMS Pembroke IV - 16/04/1941 - 23/04/1941
HMS Wildfire - 24/04/1941 - 01/07/1941 - Sheerness
HMS Proserpine - 02/07/1941 - 18/08/1942 - Boom Defence depot Scapa Flow Lyness Naval Base, Hoy
HMS Wildfire - 19/08/1942 - 17/07/1944
Lent to HMS Pembroke between 22/11/1942 - 28/11/1942
HMS Beehive - 18/07/1944 - 12/11/1944 - Boom Defence Guard at Felixstowe Costal base for MTB / MGB
HMS Rooke - 13/11/1944 - 29/01/1945 - Boom Defence Central Depot at Rosyth
HMS Wildfire - 31/01/1945 - 19/12/1945
Family say that he served on HM Barndale, which I think was at Rosyth, although find reference to it later being at Anzio landing ?
He was injured on one of the boom vessels somewhere while it was loading coal and was locked overboard.
There is a reference on his records for war gratiuty paid in 1952 with HMS Wildfire No: 1208, which I am not to sure on ? Perhaps pension !
One thing I am disappointed with is that although it gives shore bases, he must have served on a ship but these are not recorded ? HMS Barndale for example.
The other question I have is that in his photo in uniform he wears the rating badge of a 3rd class Quarter deck gunner and not the rating badge of boom defence as a pin and chain ? Would this mean he did not work on the nets, but would have been responsible for the protection of the ship and what type of gun would this have been ? A bren or lewis or something heavy calibre ?
Again as a quarter deck gunner I would have thought that his records would have shown a ships name ?
I also attach a photo of HMS Barndale, which had a long life until scrapped in 1970.
Any help or advise would be most welcome.