Len Dennett, born in Kent in 1920, had an affinity with the Welsh, as most of his school chums were the sons of Welsh miners working in the Kent coalfields. He trained as a chef then got a position on a private yacht, the Davydon. In 1939 he was on this vessel on a canal near Calais in France. There was a few days delay prior to crossing back to England because of the outbreak of the war. On the 14th of November 1939 he joined H.M.S. Hergar, reg. 161241, on a T124 admiralty agreement. This vessel acted as escort for the east coast fishing fleet from Grimsby to Yarmouth and also did boom defense work. Len was paid off after this vessel was in a collision with the minelayer H.M.S. Salamander.