Ex 4.5 – Sinking of the Royal Oak

Find words that have been written or spoken by someone else. You can gather these words from a variety of means – interviews, journals, archives, eavesdropping. Your subject may be a friend, stranger, alive or dead. Select your five favourite examples and create five images that do justice to the essence of those words.

For this exercise I have used five fragments of prose from a letter from my grandfather to my grandmother (who have long since passed away), written during WW2, and telling the story of his escape from the Royal Oak in October 1939, on which of 1,234 men and boys, 833 were killed or died later of their wounds. I hope one day to revisit these letters as a project.

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National Trust [website]. Dunham Massey ancient trees walk. Available from: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey/trails/dunham-massey-ancient-trees-walk [accessed 9.2.17]

HMS Royal Oak [website]. Available from: http://www.hmsroyaloak.co.uk/index.htm [accessed 9.2.17]

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