Large open-ended kit bag of off-white canvas, featuring fourteen brass eyelets around the opening and a rectangular piece of canvas stitched to the side onto which the owner's name is written.
Used by Commander (John) David Latimer Repard OBE DSC during his service as Torpedo and Anti-Submarine Officer aboard HMS Vernon in the early 1950's.
(John) David Latimer Repard OBE DSC, born 2 June 1921, joined the Royal Navy in 1939 as a Naval Cadet. After passing as a Sub Lieutenant in late 1941, he was assigned to HMS Tartar (F43) as a gunnery officer, and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in January 1943. During his service on Tartar, Repard earned the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for a culmination of operations which included the Operation Pedestal convoy to Malta, Arctic Convoys PQ 18 and QP 14 to Murmansk and back, as well as Operations Torch and Husky. In early 1944, Repard was assigned to HMS Byron (K508) as First Lieutenant, taking part in additional Arctic Convoys as well as operations in the North Atlantic and North Sea. On 10 May 1945, Repard was one of the officers aboard Byron who took the surrender of German U-Boats in Loch Eriboll, Scotland, taking from U-1009 her Kriegsmarine ensign as well as its commander's Walter P38 pistol.
Repard's Royal Navy service after the war included service as a Torpedo and Anti-Submarine (TAS) officer aboard numerous ships including HMS Battleaxe and HMS Vernon, as well as service aboard HMS Belfast as Executive Officer from 1958-61. He retired with the rank of Commander in April 1966.