THE LAST known UK survivor of HMS Jupiter has unveiled a lasting tribute to those who served on the destroyer during the Second World War by opening a new road in Evesham.
Harold Lock, who was serving on the destroyer when it was sunk by a mine off the coast of Java in 1942, officially unveiled the Jupiter Road sign at Redrow’s Laburnum Gardens development at a ceremony last Thursday (November 27).
The road has been named in recognition of HMS Jupiter, which was adopted by the formerly named Evesham Borough Council.
Mr Lock, 91, lied about his age to join the Royal Navy at just 14 years old. When HMS Jupiter sank he swam through miles of shark infested waters to reach land, only to be met by Japanese soldiers.
He was then held captive for more than three years until the end of the war.
The road naming ceremony was organised by Redrow in conjunction with Evesham Town Council, Wychavon District Council
and the HMS Jupiter Association.
The name for the road was suggested by Evesham Town Council and a framed picture and certificate of appreciation was presented to the council during the event.
Mayor of Evesham Coun Charlie Homer said: “As a town, we are proud of our historical link with HMS Jupiter. Evesham adopted this vessel during the Second World War as part of the War Weeks initiative and it is fitting that this link is recognised with the naming of a road in the town.
“I am sure that the name will instil a sense of pride in the new residents of Jupiter Road and give them a specific connection to Evesham’s recent past.”
Ken Williams, secretary of the HMS Jupiter Association, said: “The Evesham area adopted HMS Jupiter as its own and raised money for the ship. We appreciate that this special relationship is being remembered even after all these years.”
Pauline Turnbull, sales director for Redrow Homes Midlands, added: “It’s a great honour to be able to remember those who served on board HMS Jupiter by naming one of the roads at Laburnum Gardens after the destroyer.
“It was a pleasure to be able to meet Mr Lock, who is without doubt a hero, and to celebrate what he and his comrades did for this country.”
Harold Lock (right) was the special guest in a special road naming ceremony. Evesham Mayor Coun Charlie Homer addressed guests. (s)