Whaplode sailor’s ship models preserved

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The war-time heroics of a Whaplode sailor will be remembered for ever.

Able Seaman Wilfred Buffham, who died in 1995, earned the Distinguished Service Medal for his part in landing operations in the North African campaign.

When Allied Forces arrived he was in the vanguard, manipulating the boats as they brought soldiers ashore, and at one time was almost up to his neck in water.

He was aged just 24 at the time and had already been torpedoed, yet before the war his life had been much less exciting, as he had followed his father to work on a local farm and had married a year earlier.

It was while clearing her mother’s house that Wilfred’s daughter Yvonne Knowles came across three Royal Navy ship models her dad had made during his war service in the Royal Navy.

Terry Day, secretary of the Spalding branch of the Royal Naval Association, arranged for them to be donated to Marshland Maritime Museum in Clenchwarton. They were in shipshape condition, having received some minor repairs from RNA member Shipmate Terry Carter.

The models can now be viewed at the museum, fulfilling Yvonne’s wish that they should not be lost or forgotten.

Viewing at the museum, on Main Road, is by appointment only. Contact Mike and Jo Smith on 01553 765530 or email mmmuseum@btinternet.com