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Last survivor of the sinking of the final Royal Navy ship in second world war, HMS Vestal, talks of experiences ahead of VJ Day

As VJ Day looms on August 15, the last survivor of the final Royal Naval vessel to be sunk in the second world war has recalled the experience that nearly took his life.

Vince Matchett was a sailor on HMS Vestal, an Algerine-class minesweeper and part of the East Indies Fleet along with Pincher, Plucky, Recruit, Pickle, Rifleman, and Chameleon.

A young Vince Matchett in the Royal Navy. (39098323)
A young Vince Matchett in the Royal Navy. (39098323)

Vestal was sunk on July 26, 1945, while participating in Operation Livery.

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