HMS VICTORY 24-Jan-1944 to 14-Feb-1944
Straight after his promotion it seems that Dad was sent back down to
as it say he was two weeks additional to Victory for a Divisional Course.
Additional meant that he didn’t sign on to the establishment but it was just
for a course. As we learned when Dad was first in Victory it is not the wooden walled
ship of Nelson fame but an accounting place for people moving about. Previously
Dad was posted to Victory I and III. This time there is no number and so it
refers to an actual barracks that where on Queens Street in Portsmouth where matelots were housed whilst
on courses! I have found a confidential letter to Dad directing him to report
to RN Barracks, Portsmouth
for a divisional course. I do remember seeing a short booklet with just ‘OLQ’s’
on the front and Dad told me it stood for Officer Like Qualities and was given
him during Officer training so this may have been at this time.