Faunce, Bonham de Laune

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In 1963 Midshipman Bonham Faunce was one of ten survivors of Jutland who recorded their recollections for an episode of the BBC programme the Great War. Bonham is audio clip number 2 at https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/voices-from-the-battle-of-jutland .

There is also a 23 minute audio clip at https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/voices-of-the-first-world-war-jutland .

I was frightened, yes, I make no bones about it. The worst part was before we opened fire, there were all these guns going off, shells were landing all round. I don’t think any of the shells were aimed at us but there were ships on either side of us. They were landing in the water with a large crash and an explosion. Great columns of white foam going up and I really didn't know what was going on. Once our own ship’s guns were answering back, it seemed to be alright. There's quite a considerable difference not knowing, not being able to see what was going on or who was hitting you.


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