38 NAVY NEWS, MAY 2010
TROPHY P21504 is a replica of the figurehead from the fifth HMS Centurion, an 80-gun third rate ship built in 1844, converted to screw propulsion in 1855 and finally scrapped in 1870.
The figurehead was sculpted by Mrs M Green of Gosport, mounted on a piece of oak from HMS Victory and presented to HMS Centurion in 1979.
On May 3 1747 the third HMS Centurion had been in Vice Admiral George Anson’s force of 17 ships which defeated a French convoy of seven warships and 30 merchant vessels at the First Battle of Finisterre, during the War of the Austrian Succession. The French, under the command of Commodore La Jonquiere, needed to keep shipping lanes open in order to maintain her overseas empire. Anson in HMS Prince George and Rear Admiral Sir Peter Warren in HMS Devonshire sailed from Plymouth on April 9 to intercept French shipping. When the large French
convoy was sighted Anson made the signal to form line of battle; Warren suspected the enemy was manoeuvring to favour the escape of the convoy, bore down on them and communicated his opinion to Anson – who then sent a signal ordering a general chase.
– Logs L W Tapsell; £500 – Mne D J Boere. April 10: £5,000 – LPT R M H Cronin;
– LH L D Monnington; £500 – Lt B J Swire. April 3: VW Polo – ET P W Smith; £1,500
£1,500 – AB O R Brookes; £500 – LLogs K J Parish.
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The 50-gun Centurion, under a press of sail, was the first to come up with the rearmost French ship, which she attacked heavily and two other ships dropped astern to her support. With three more British ships coming up, including the Devonshire, the action became general. Although the French were inferior in numbers they fought for five hours but, by seven o’clock that evening, had lost six warships and had seven merchantmen captured. The battle had cost them 700 men killed and wounded while the British suffered 520 casualties; after the battle over £300,000 was found on board the captured ships, which were eventually put back into use by the British. Following his victory, Anson was raised to the peerage. The French subsequently assembled another larger convoy which set sail in October 1747; Hawke’s defeat of this fleet in the Second Battle of Cape Finisterre put an end to French naval operations for the rest of the war.
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Culdrose Air Day: Wednesday July 28:
Yeovilton Air Day: Saturday July 10:
Squadron as Captain Faslane Flotilla on June 15.
promoted Rear Admiral and to be National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive (Hydrography) on August 31.
Capt Phillip J A Buckley to 1st Submarine
Cdre Stephen J Chick to become
Commodore Devonport Flotilla on July 1.
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Base Commander Devonport on August 31. Cdr Paul Russell to HMS Edinburgh as CO on May 4. Cdr Paul A Stroude to HMS Argyll as CO on May 25.
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Rear Admiral on March 29 and appointed Chief of Staff (Aviation) on April 20.
Cdre Nicholas R Lambert to be
£1,500 – AB D A Appleby; £500 – WO1 S R Lewis. March 27: £5,000 – Mne D J Kent; £1,500
March 20: £5,000 – CISSM D A Shaw;
my father, Roy Allan ‘Jimmy’ James and his brother, Leslie Gordon James. Roy served in HMS Bulwark as a steward and was also involved with the Suez crisis in 1956. Leslie, an AB, also served in the Indomitable as well as other ships. Both brothers boxed for the Royal Navy and if anyone has any information regarding the boxing, we would like to hear from you. For those with internet access there are some pictures at
335-royal-navy-boxing.aspx Contact Allan James on 0121 476 0621.
HMS Undaunted: Seeking information as to the whereabouts of the ship’s bell of HMS Undaunted. I served in Undaunted in 1974 when three of my children were christened by the Padre, Roger Devonshire. When the ship was scrapped I put in a bid for the bell but was unsuccessful. If it can be found and is available for sale, I would be very interested. Contact Den Wood at den.wood@talktalk. net or tel: 01524 736908. RN Boxers: Seeking information regarding
Lt Cdr Des Evans. Served 1969-2003
in HMS Hermes, Aurora, Southampton, RFA Argus, Invincible, Ocean also RNAS Lossiemouth, Culdrose, Portland and Yeovilton. March 22. Aged 53. Maurice Matthews. AB. Served in Cheviot (1952) and a member of the association. March 16. Clifford McAree. L/Sea. Served in Cheviot 1950 and a member of the association. February 18.
Peter Daines-Sadler. Ldg/SM. Served 1940-46 in Verulam, 26th Destroyer Flotilla, Russian Convoys, D-Day and Eastern Fleet. March 5. Aged 85. Fred Smith. AB. HMS Sparrow Association wreath-layer for Wednesbury Armistice Day. February 26. Aged 80.
Lt Cdr Peter Plumb. Served 1960-
94 at St Vincent then served in Roebuck, Orion and Diana, on front drag ropes at Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral, London, BRNC, Glamorgan, Jupiter, Ariadne, HMAS Torrens (1978-80), Cambridge and Liverpool. Part of Guard of Honour at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Staff of FOST Portland, Staff Offi cer Eaglet RNR Unit and Deputy Area Offi cer North West Area Sea Cadets. March 31. Aged 65. Alan Hill. Served in Welcome. Royal Naval Engineroom Association. March 19. Aged 78.
Barry Stone. L/Sto. Served in Diana, Dunkirk and Implacable.
Engineroom Association. April 6. Aged 78. Lt Harry Jones. Served in Aurora as a Boy in 1941 operating in the Mediterranean as part of Force K from Malta. Founder of HMS Aurora Association. April 11. Aged 88.
HMS Victorious, Trespasser, Affray, Penn, Tantalus, Ambush, Montclare and Adamant. Retired 1975. President of Windsor RNA. March 10. Aged 87. Lt Donald Hodgson. Served 1943-46. At D-Day landings and in command of LCT(A) during World War 2. Windsor branch. March 8. Aged 84.
ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION
Capt W Burn. Served for 31 years in
Anne Coull Stevenson. WRNS (W).
Served 1943-47 at Dundee, Helensburgh and Chatham. West Lothian RNA. February 20. Aged 84. Margaret Mills. WRNS. Served for three years mostly at Mercury. Founder member of Sudbury, Halstead and Hedingham branch. March 13. Aged 81. Wally George Norman. Served in Berwick for D-Day landings. Member of West Ham branch for 40 years. December 21. Aged 86. Brian J Parker. CY (POSY in RAN). 1961-73 at Ganges, Mercury,
Montclare and Offi cer’s Steward Fort Blockhouse, Dolphin. Wigston & District branch for 30 years, 12 years on the branch committee. March 24. Brian Holden. CERA. Served in Leander, Cambrian, Rapid, Blake, Ulster, Ark Royal, Endurance, Royal Marines Poole and Protector. Soham & District RNA and SAMA82. February 13. Aged 68.
John Matthew ‘Jackie’ Turpin. Seaman.
Served 1943-45 at Collingwood, Whale Island and in Myngs, Russian Convoys and Singapore. Known as one of the boxing Turpin brothers and author of the book Battling Jack. Leamington RNA and Russian Conoy Club. April 8. Aged 84. Roy Peace. AB. Served in Belfast and a member of HMS Belfast Association also Wetherby RNA. Aged 84. Stanley Clark. RM Diver. Served in Burma, North Africa, Egypt and Normandy landings. Lydd and Dungeness RNA. March 22. Aged 87.
Wizard, London, Centurion, St Angelo and Undaunted. Served in the RAN 1973-79 in Cerberus, Stalwart, Stuart and Harman. Canberra RNA and its chairman for four years; also HMS Ganges Association. March 26. Aged 63. Ken Caley. PO Gunnery branch. Served 1938-53 joining as a boy sailor at Ganges where he later became an instructor; also one of the fi rst to be trained on Radar. Served in Cornwall (China Station), Liverpool (Russian and Malta Convoys), Melbreak (D-Day) and Belfast (Korea). Rushden RNA. March 24. Aged 88. Eric Stretton. Served in Maidstone,
Barry Stone. LME. Served in Protector,
Zephyr, Flying Fox, Implacable, Diana, Alaunia and Dunkirk. Diana Association, Stokers Association and South Gloucestershire RNA. April 6. Aged 78.
Henry ‘Harry’ Butler. AB. Served 1941- 46 joining Glendower (former Butlin’s holiday camp) and served with DEMS in fi ve merchant and troop ships; present at D-Day. Hanworth branch. March. Aged 86.
LST & LANDING CRAFT ASSOCIATION
V R Lock. Served on board LST 366. February 16.
Sydney Charles Hook DSM. Enlisted
1939 and spent six years in the service taking part in Dunkirk evacuations and bomb disposal. In 1942 he sailed to America on the Queen Mary to await the building of LST 403 in Baltimore shipyard. Upon his return he took part in the landings in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno and Anzio where he was awarded the DSM for bravery. A founder member of the LST and Landing Craft Association. March 3. Aged 89. Alan Mellor. Served on board LST 238.
March 14. J A Tate. Served on board LCH 101, LSI(L) Glenroy, Naval Party 2422 and Thane. March 21.
Percy Kent. AB. Served in Serene. Richard Charlton. AB. Served in Rattlesnake. January 29.
Sub Lt Stanley Nunn. Served in Hound
and Orestes. March 14. Aged 92. Allen Hill. SM. Served in Welcome. March 25. Aged 78. Bob Scott. PO. Served in Mutine and Espiegle. March 27. Aged 86. Len Taylor. L/Sto. Served in Ready. April 2. Aged 86.
FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION
Thomas Merryweather. LSA(Air). Served 1945-48 at Condor, Fieldfare, Fulmar, Daedalus and Hornbill. Essex branch. February 12.
Michael Armitage. AM(E)1. Served 1945- 47 at Gosling, RAF Hednesford, Daedalus and Sanderling. Yorkshire branch. February 27.
Fred Burgess. LAM(A). Served 1943-46 in Implacable with 801 Naval Air Squadron. Hitchin branch. February 20. Frank Warrington. CAF(A). Served 1939-51 at Vulture, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Daedalus, Landrail, Activity, Blackcap, Battler, Gannett, Merlin, Argus, Chaser, Kestrel, Waxwing and Saker. Watford branch. January 22. William Woodall. AF1. Served 1941-46. Birmingham branch. January 20. Douglas Lewis. CEL(A) Served 1936-50.
Yeovil branch. January 8. William Boys. AM(L). Served 1945-47. Great Yarmouth branch. 2010.
HMS UNICORN ASSOCIATION Edgar ‘Boz’ Bosworthick. Chief Air
Artifi cer A/E. In 1935 at aged 16 he became a Halton Apprentice (RAF), 31st entry and after three years was sent to 1(F) Squadron at Tangmere. When the Fleet Air Arm was formed in 1938 he transferred and served in Ark Royal IV, Furious, Nigeria, Unicorn (as Chief Air Artifi cer A/E 1942-46) and Terrible (later became HMAS Sydney); also air stations Daedalus, Heron, Landril, Owl, Kestrel, Curlew, Goldcrest and HMAS Albatross in Bowra, Australia. Volunteered to assist in training for HMAS Sydney for three years and retired after 22 years service. Secretary for Halton
Wing Association (HANWA) and also RNA branch Secretary. Founded HMS Unicorn Association in 1987. March 19. Aged 91. Frederick L Wood. CPO Writer in Unicorn 1949 when she was in the Reserve Fleet; also served in Howe, Orion, Eagle, Furious, Adventurous, Forth, Western Isle, Burghead Bay and Drake, Lanka and Scotia. December 21. Aged 90. David ‘Taff’ Williams. AB. Served 1948- 55 in Unicorn (1949-51), Anson, Dryad, Gambia and Drake. February 17. Aged 79. Joseph Ainley. Leading AF/E. Trained at RAF Hednesford Technical Training School then RNAS Dekhela, Alex, based in the Ponam Islands where Unicorn took repaired aircraft. March 9. Aged 88.
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