Escape of "essential skills" personnel from Singapore

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by daisy1942, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. daisy1942

    daisy1942 Junior Member

    Many, many years back,my husband contacted by phone the Naval Historic Branch when it was in central London. We were (and still are!) researching what Dad was doing in Singapore just before it fell in February 1942. A gentleman confirmed that the ship Dad escaped on, a waterboat called DAISY, had been briefly seconded into the RN.
    I am trying to find out the followig:
    1) Are there surviving records of when and how DAISY was seconded.
    2) I believe that DAISY was crewed for this period by RN personnel, does any record survive of who these men were. I believe it to have been 1 P.O. and 5 or 6 ORs.
    3) The RN men on DAISY were, I believe like a number of other men, authorised to try and escape because they had essential skills. Is there a surviving list of the men who were given such authorisation?
    4) Where would I find any of this information?

    Many thanks for any ideas and suggestions.

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