Peter Pitman was a young man cut down in his prime when the HMS Dasher was devastated by a massive internal explosion whilst sailing on the Firth of Clyde. Now we are looking for his next of kin.
Of 528 crewmen aboard, 379 were killed – despite the best efforts of those manning life boats from nearby Brodick and Ardrossan. We can only imagine the desperate attempts those lifeboats made and the things those on board them witnessed.
An extraordinary WW2 photograph album contains a picture of Petty Officer Pitman, standing outside the home of the Casey family in New York. A family that took 150 photographs of Commonwealth Servicemen that enjoyed their hospitality.
Charming notes written by Eleanor Casey, reveal details about Peter Pitman that give us insight into his life, and life in the 1940’s.
Peter apparently, smoked too much. His love of smoking matched by his love of music and dancing. He played a good game of tennis and played badminton with the family during his visits.
Eleanor notes “we are very fond of Peter”, which indicates the personal investment the family made into the servicemen that passed through their home.
Having compiled Peter Pitman’s family tree we now know we need to find the following people in the following areas. We wish to send them a copy of the photograph and the page of notes about him from the album.
The family of Diana Oxby nee Pitman who married a Robert Oxby in Cardiff. Diana died in 1996 and lived in the SW15 area of London.
The family of Josephine Dahm nee Pitman who married a Claudius Dahm in Portsmouth’ They had a Daughter called Kristina Dahm and then moved to Bergen in Norway. We believe they then has 2 more children in Bergen. Josephine passed away in 2005. If you have any contacts in Bergen please ask them if they know Kristina or her family.
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