WW2 sub hero returns to Bute

Commander John Lorimer casts an eye over the ship repair yard at Ardmaleish, where he first set eyes on Bute in 1942. With him is Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company director Stan Ferguson.
Commander John Lorimer casts an eye over the ship repair yard at Ardmaleish, where he first set eyes on Bute in 1942. With him is Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company director Stan Ferguson.

A Royal Navy veteran who is thought to be the last survivor of one of the most daring raids of the Second World War paid a return visit to Bute on Friday.

Commander John Lorimer, 91, was part of the 12th Submarine Flotilla - also known as the ‘midget submariners’ - which was based in Port Bannatyne from 1942 to 1945, and which carried out a successful attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in September 1943.

During his visit Commander Lorimer saw round the ship repair yard at Ardmaleish, where the flotilla was briefly based, and met pupils from nearby North Bute Primary School.

* For more on Commander Lorimer’s visit, see the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, May 16.