The photographs within this collection have been very kindly supplied by Mick Whild, son of Albert George Whild who served on HMS Ausonia as a Stoker 1st Class from May 1944 until the 23rd January 1946.
All photographs are copyrighted by Mick Whild unless otherwise stated.
Albert George Whild was born in Acocks Green, Birmingham and joined the Ausonia just as she re-commissioned as a Repair Ship in the beginning of May 1944, he would have sailed on board her from Portsmouth up to the Clyde, where she performed sea trials and then in June, left England for the Far East. After 8 months in Aden and a short refit in Bombay, he and the ship arrived in Trincomalee, Ceylon. During this stage of the war, any leave taken by crew members of HMS Ausonia, was restricted to a few select areas and it should not, therefore be surprising, that Albert’s photographs are very similar to those taken by other shipmates, during this period.