Able Seaman James Chaytor of Chamberlains was my Grandfather. He joined the Royal Navy Reserve in 1902 at the age of 18 and trained as a gunner on the HMS Calypso before going overseas at the start of WW1 in 1914.
He saw action on several Royal Navy ships on convoy duty and on a decoy ship in the Mediterranean. Before returning home in 1919 he served on a minesweeper in the North Sea. He was very proud of his service but, like so many others, never wanted to speak of any of the horrors he had witnessed.
He received the Royal Navy Long Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and five other medals for his service. He was part of a contingent of Royal forces servicemen who were chosen to represent Newfoundland at the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary. The Coronation Medal was pinned to the jacket of his naval uniform by Queen Mary herself.
He was given a hero's welcome and escorted to his home by a large group of family and friends who met the train at Manuels Station when he arrived home. He was and still is a hero to me.
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