Memories of wartime service protecting Atlantic convoys were rekindled for a 100-year-old Royal Navy Veteran on a special visit to Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. 

Neville Bowen, of Neath, served as a Navy gunner attached to merchant vessels which sailed across the Atlantic bringing crucial supplies to the UK. It was a very dangerous role as the convoys were targeted by German submarines and aircraft. 

Joining Neville were other service Veterans in a visit arranged for an Age Cymru Dyfed project. Neville is one of the Welsh ex-servicemen whose memories are being recorded through the project and archived at the National Library of Wales. 

One of the visiting group, Owen Dobson, is a project Veterans’ Welfare Officer who often meets up with Neville. 

Neville and friends are planning a return visit in May for an event to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic Campaign.