HMS Gloucester 1941 by Jack Croasdaile.JPG
Gloucester under attack, 22nd May 1941
Roger Heap (1911-2001) was with
Jack in Marlag, and they must have known each
other well. Roger was Navigating Officer (Lt
Cdr) on the cruiser HMS Gloucester when it was
sunk by dive-bombers off Crete in May 1941. He
was the only serving officer to survive -
survivors were heavily machine-gunned in the
water. Whilst in Marlag, one of the German
guards gave Roger a magazine because it
contained an article about the sinking of the
Gloucester. The article included a photograph
taken from a Stuka as it dived on the Gloucester
which was swerving to avoid the bombs. Using the
photograph, Jack painted a watercolour of the
In April 1943, Roger was transferred to Colditz
where he spent the rest of the war.
It is thought that the watercolour remained in
Marlag, and Jack contacted Roger after the war
and sent him the painting and magazine.
Source: David Heap (Roger's son)
Two watercolours showing the
cemetery belonging to the naval and maritime
internees of Marlag and Milag Nord in
Westertimke during WW2. The cemetery was
laid out by the voluntary labour of the officers
of the Merchant Navy. They were painted by
Commander J L Croasadaile of the Royal Naval
Reserves. He was chief officer of the
liner "Queen Mary" at the outbreak of the war.
These watercolours are in the Submariner's
Museum at Gosport, Hampshire.
They were donated to the museum in 2000.
catalogue entry reads: Service and other
documents relating to ERA J WILKINSON. Prisoner
of war and Red Cross letters and pamphlets
(including information on POW parcels),
telegrams and newspaper cuttings referring to
ERA Wilkinson's imprisonment (HMS STARFISH) and
eventual death from kidney failure. Death
certificate in German and translation.
Photograph of graves at Naval Cemetery. Two
watercolour paintings - one of graves at POW
Cemetery, Westertimke and the other of Friedhof
gate. Both painted by Commander J L
Croasdaile in 1944.
Thanks to Mr George A Malcolmson,
Archivist, Royal Navy Submarine Museum,
Buckley, P. N. IWM 81_5_1_logbook p.29.jpg
Buckley, P. N. IWM 81_5_1_logbook p.37.jpg
drawings were found by Clare Makepeace, a PhD
student at Birkbeck College, London. They
are in the private papers of Admiral Peter
Buckley in the Imperial War Museum (http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030004519
). Peter Buckley was a submariner and was
a prisoner at the same camp(s) as Jack
The fireside picture is fascinating. One would
imagine that it is Jackís image of himself with
his wife by the fireside. But by that time his
wife was dead, and I guess he would have known
it. So if it is of him, one imagines it is
looking back, not forward.
itís looking back, where are his children? I got
the impression that he doted on his nephew (my
father), so would imagine that his own children
would be even more important to him. So is he
looking forward, as the title suggests? Or is it
picture above the fireplace is of a 3-funneled
ship. I suspect that it is the SS
Majestic; Jack had been Chief Officer on this,
the Cunard flagship. Compare this view
found on this website (click image for source)
interpret is as follows:
attacked, hospital, view from POW camp (Oflag
IXA, see picture below). Time spent in
to his MI9
questionnaire, Jack was not wounded, and
went almost straight from capture (June 10th
1940) to Oflag IXA (July 1st 1940) which
suggests that he did not spend time in
hospital. Peter Buckley (in whose notebook
the drawing was found) spent time in hospital in
Norway, so the implication is that the hospital
refers to him. The ship is actually more
like a submarine, and the scene doesn't match
the Vandyk paintings, so this looks like it
might be HMS Shark, Buckley's ship.
(POW) with walking stick in front of POW huts.
Again, the suggestion
that this is Peter Buckley.
camp. Is that an outline of Africa
at the bottom, perhaps marking allied victories
in North Africa (el Alamein in 1942?)
camp. Aircraft flying over. News of Italian
1944 End of war?
Spandenberg Castle Oflag IXA.jpg