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Jack Goodall and the 'Bulwark'

  HMS Bulwark. Imperial War Museum Jack Goodall was my grandmother’s youngest and favourite brother. Born in Otley, Yorkshire on 26 October 1896, Jack was the son of leatherworker James Goodall and his wife Frances (nee White). Otley is almost 60 miles from the sea, about as far away from the coast as it is possible to be in Britain, yet, at the age of 16, Jack enlisted in the Royal Navy. On 30 October 1912, Jack joined HMS Ganges, the Royal Navy’s training ship based at Shotley, Suffolk. Said by those who attended it to be the toughest training school for boys in the world, it was where the Royal Navy turned raw recruits into seamen. Below is a modern photograph of the disused training school, which closed in 1976. In the upper left quarter can be seen the parade ground and the signal mast. The mast was removed from the steam-sail corvette ‘HMS Cordelia’ when she was broken up for scrap in 1904. HMS Ganges. Robert Hanley One of the most anticipated or feared events for the boys

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