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(Originally donated by Bill Glossop in 2010.)
One of the names at the top of the card is Pincher Martin. William Golding, most famous for his novel, ‘The Lord of the Flies’, also wrote a story in 1956 about a sailor who was torpedoed during the Second World War, called Pincher Martin.
This coincidence led to further research. William Golding lived latterly in Cornwall, so it is plausible that he could have met our Naval hero should he have come from that area. Alternately, in the Navy anyone who has the surname Martin is called Pincher after a famous Commander –in- Chief, Mediterranean, of the 1860’s, who was known to be very alert.