Today marks the start of National Share A Story Month. Every week, we want to share an inspirational story from our archives, and ask you to share your stories with us.
Our first story is about the life of Lieutenant Albert Edward Pryke (‘Ted’) Briggs (1923-2010). It is a tale of courage. At only 18 years of age, Ted was one of only three crewmen, out of a total of 1,418, who survived the sinking of HMS Hood after a fatal shell hit from the German battleship Bismark. Briggs attempted to swim away from the vessel but was pulled under by her, as she started toward the ocean bottom.
He remembers struggling, giving up hope, and then miraculously being propelled to the surface. After spending three hours in the water, near dead from hypothermia, he was rescued by HMS Electra. His courage saw him through the D-Day Landings and the Suez Crisis in 1956. His story, medals and personal items are on display in the HMS – Hear My Story exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Now we want to hear from you: tell us your story of a time you when you were brave and used all your courage to overcome a situation where you were you struggling and close to giving up hope.