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James Wilfred Cuming

CPO Telegraphist


My late Father James Wilfred Cuming died 1973 was a member of the crew of HMS Peterel a CPO I believe he used to receive Christmas cards from Captain Polkinghorn when I was a child! It is good to find out facts about this period of painful history.

I would like to know more or hear from anyone with a connection to these events or anyone who knows anything about the survivors of HMS Peterel 
Best wishes 
Clive James Cuming

James and two others from the crew were ashore at the time of the sinking, the two others were captured by the Japanese but James evaded them, managed to obtain false papers from friends and worked for an American/Chinese spy ring throughout the war.


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Andy Wade (Webmaster)

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Clive J D Cuming