On the great day I was actually on a short break from boarding school in Northumberland, with my brother and parents in Patterdale, Ullswater.
My father needed a well deserved break he was serving with the Royal Navy as a Lt. Commander (Commissioned Toothwright – Dentist) on board HMS ANSON (BATTLESHIP) on the Russian Convoys to Murmansk. He was awarded the O.B.E. for saving the lives of several sailors from a destroyer which was sunk by enemy action in Scapa Flow. He had to dive into the freezing water, negotiate watertight doors and assist men to ascend to the surface, luckily he was an olympic standard swimmer.
I later proudly watched him parade in the VJ PARADE on 15 AUGUST 1945 when we also commemorated the life of his younger brother, Lewis Fry Malone, who was killed in action flying over North Africa at the age 29 years.
HMS Anson photo from web resource