Wainford, George

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In 1963 AB George Wainford was one of ten survivors of Jutland who recorded their recollections for an episode of the BBC programme the Great War. George is audio clip number 8 at https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/voices-from-the-battle-of-jutland in which he recalls the carnage forward on HMS Onslaught.

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

Transcript: So we fired our torpedoes and there was a terrific explosion and the German ship blew up like that. ‘Cor,’ they said, ‘we got them!’ And the moment somebody said that, either one shell or a salvo hit our bridge. There was a terrific bang, a fire started the port side of the fo’castle, well that was extinguished. And hear a lot of shouting on the fo’castle head so I went to go up there. And a sub lieutenant* was there, he said, ‘Where are you going, Wainford?’ I said, ‘On the fo’castle, sir, to help.’ ‘Keep down below out of it, find something else to do.’ So I thought, ‘I wonder why he said that?’ I found out later that the foremost forward gun had a direct hit, they were all killed and injured. Commanding officer was killed, first lieutenant was killed, warrant officer was killed – that was the three officers. The coxswain at the wheel was killed and there were several more wounded. You know, it was a bit of a shambles really.

  • Harry Kemmis

  1. HMS Onslaught Crew List (Photographs)
  2. HMS Onslaught Crew List (updated in Real-time)