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2 months ago

Lindisfarne Historical Society Inc

Today is the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944 - Operation Overlord. This was, and still is, the greatest amphibious assault in history. And today we can honour the efforts of one Tasmanian who helped to ensure the invasion of France was successful. Kenneth ‘Ken’ Hudspeth was born in Echuca, Victoria in 1918. In 1919 his family moved to Tasmania, where his father became Principal of Hobart Technical College. Ken trained as a teacher before joining the Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve in July 1940. He transferred to the UK in early 1941 and was on corvettes on North Atlantic convoy escort duties until mid 1942. He volunteered for ‘hazardous service’ and commenced training in the new midget submarines known as X Craft. As lieutenant, he was made CO of X-10. His first major action was Operation Source in September 1943, using X Craft to attack the German battleships Tirpitz, Scharnhorst and Lutzow in Norwegian fjords. X-10 suffered significant equipment failure approaching the Scharnhorst, which almost crippled the sub, forcing Hudspeth and crew to withdraw. He was awarded the DSC for his efforts, while two Victoria Crosses were awarded to other skippers. Hudspeth (in X-20) was involved in preparations for Operation Overlord. Surveys of the proposed Normandy landing beaches were done in January 1944. Periscope reconnaissance of the shoreline and echo-soundings were carried out and at night, X-20 would approach the beaches. Divers swam ashore and collected beach samples in condoms! For this work, Hudspeth was awarded a bar to his DSC. Two days before D Day, X-20 and X-23, were in position off the French Coast, to act as navigational beacons for invasion fleet and help them land on the correct beaches. This was Operation Gambit, where the X Craft had radio beacons and echo sounders to help direct Canadian and British ships to the beaches. At 0500 on 6 June 1944, X-20 raised its periscope and mast with navigation lights (facing seaward) and waited. The X Craft were in danger of being hit by German artillery fire directed at the approaching Allied fleet as well as the risk of being rammed by Allied landing craft heading for the beaches. Yet their mission was a complete success. Ken was awarded a second Bar to his DSC ‘for gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the coast of Normandy'. He was demobilised in 1946. Ken returned to his occupation as a teacher and retired in 1979. He was a long time member of the Maritime Museum, being a made a Life Member in 1996. He died in December 2000. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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He was one of my teachers at Tech.

3 months ago

Lindisfarne Historical Society Inc

The talk and the book both sound most interestingDon’t forget that Robyn Everist is going to give a talk on Sunday 26th May at 2.00 at Oak Lodge. Her topic is the experiences of some of the female convicts assigned in the Coal River Valley. Robyn is an entertaining speaker with a passion for history - you won’t be disappointed! Copies of her book (shown below) will also be available for sale for $25. Robyn is generously donating $5 to the Society from each copy sold. ... See MoreSee Less

The talk and the book both sound most interesting

 

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How can I get a copy?

3 months ago

Lindisfarne Historical Society Inc

Cars heading towards the Floating Bridge from the Eastern Shore. Rose Bay High School under construction on the hill. Linc AA116_1_132 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Lesley Jackson

Kerrie Lamont Wow!

5 months ago

Lindisfarne Historical Society Inc

Collectors Roadshow from 11:00 to 15:00 on Sunday 7th April 2019 at Rosny Farm, organised by Clarence City Council. See advertisement for details. ... See MoreSee Less

Annual General Meeting
Monday 25th March
2pm@LCAC, Lincoln St
Guest Speaker Reg Watson
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7 months ago

Lindisfarne Historical Society Inc

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