A veteran of the Second World War conflict against Japan will be one the survivors of the Pacific conflict to join with Prince Charles for a national memorial on VJ Day tomorrow.
Roy “Doug” Miller, 96, from Croydon, joined the Navy in 1940 as a 15-year-old having lied about his age.
“It was my duty,” he said. “We had no idea what to expect and nothing could prepare us for what we would witness over the next five years.”
At the beginning of the war, Doug was involved in the Russian convoys on board the Halcyon class minesweeper HMS Bramble.
But he counts himself as one of the lucky ones. He was transferred to the Illustrious-class aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable which was able to handle 48 aircraft, just before Bramble was sunk in December 1942, with the tragic loss of all lives.