Peter, a veteran participating in IWM's We Were There programme of events

9 Questions...

  • Where do you call home?

    Urmston, Greater Manchester.

  • What conflict(s) do you discuss when volunteering for We Were There?

    The Nigerian Civil War (Biafran War).

  • How were you involved in that conflict?

    My ship had to visit Port Harcourt on the Bonny River. As Radio Officer, my station had to close completely – under Radio Silence (always the case in a war zone). I therefore helped on the ship’s bridge, doing whatever I could.

  • How long have you been volunteering for WWT?

    Since the programme began, as one of the original Serving Stories volunteers.

  • What do you enjoy most about participating in WWT?

    It’s great fun, interacting with youngsters and answering their many interesting (and unpredictable) questions. Working with other veterans from different services is also good fun – there’s lots of inter-service banter, as well as camaraderie that always exists in the services.

  • Tell us your favourite moment so far during the sessions?

    It’s difficult to pick one occasion – I enjoy them all.

  • What’s your favourite object in IWM’s collections and why?

    Ha, the Morse Keys! They’re something I still use today and offer help to Scouts, Sea Cadet and trainee radio amateurs, etc. with learning the ‘art’.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

    I do other volunteer work, particularly as a STEM Ambassador. That gets me into schools and working with youngsters even more. I also train meteorology and oceanography students – my favourite science subject.

  • What is your favourite biscuit?

    Fruit shortie.

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