Family of hero who died during WWII hear his voice from beyond the grave
The family of a Royal Navy officer killed in one of the great tragedies of The Second World War have heard his voice again in rare recordings.
Robert Terence Grogan kept a ‘diary’ of vinyl discs in which he recounted his voyages.
They went missing years ago but were bought by a historian after turning up on eBay.
Commander Grogan, known as Terry, perished alongside 1,415 other men when the battlecruiser HMS Hood blew up in May 1941.
A 15-inch shell from the German battleship Bismarck had set off an explosion in Hood’s magazine.
Hood had intercepted the pride of Hitler’s fleet as she sailed to ambush convoys.
Terry, who joined the Navy in the 1930s, recorded his voice on vinyl and sent the discs to his family.
He would describe his life and trips across the globe. Several discs were made on the cruiser HMS Emerald, from 1934 to 1936. In one talks to his family about docking while the ship was re-fitted.
He said: “Well, hello dear. Oh, I forgot to give my signature tune (three whistles).
There we are.
“It’s been a long time since I recorded and sent you anything. I got back from camp on Tuesday last and I wrote a letter to you just before to catch the mail and so this is the next mail, My best love to you all, God bless you, goodbye darling.”