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Brompton memories sought

LOCAL volunteers in the Brompton Research Study Group are looking for memories of Brompton. If you visited, worked or lived in Brompton near Chatham in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, then the researchers are keen to hear from you. If you are in the neighbourhood, there is an open day on January 13, 2012, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive in Chatham. This session is part of a bigger project exploring what it was like to live in Brompton from the age of sail onwards.

partnership of local residents and organisations, including English Heritage, Royal Engineers Museum, and Chatham World Heritage.

preserve real-life stories from the area, as well as a wider range of sources including the census, local newspapers and maps. The results of the project will be made available to the public next year. For more information, contact Nicola Moy on 01634 334319 or chathamworldheritage@

production cycle for our January issue, entries for the Deaths’ column and Swap Drafts must be received by December 2

Due to a short It is keen to document and The research project is a


HMS Illustrious Associationa Annual Service of Remembrance will be held at St Mary Aldermary, Bow Lane, London on Tuesday, January 17th, 13.00 to 14.00. Contact F Garton 07985 196908.


83 Recruitment, HMS Ganges 1966: Looking for members of 332 Class for a reunion with their Chief, Harry Burgon. Those not yet found are Ken Hall, Jim Hutchison, Steve Jenkins and John Clarkson. The reunion will take place at the King Charles Hotel, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5QT from February 3 to 4. Please get in touch with Keith Morison at keithmorison@ or tel: 07925 192984.

HMS Vernon: Roedean School seeks those who served at HMS Vernon 1940- 45 for reunion Spring 2012. Contact Zoe Marlow, Roedean School, Roedean Way, Brighton BN2 5RQ. HMS Brilliant: 30th Anniversary Reunion takes place from March 23 to 25 at Livermead House Hotel, Torquay. Further details at

MARCH 2012 APRIL 2012

68: The third reunion will take place at the Maritime Club, Portsmouth from April 13 to 14. All ranks, rates and partners welcome. For full details contact Nigel Jest at or tel: 07531 546185.

HMS Aisne, last commission 1965-

Annual reunion takes place at The Ramada Bristol City Hotel, Bristol from April 27 to

30. All members of the association

welcome. For details please contact Andrew Nunn Hon. Sec LCFA at andrew. or tel: 0117 950 5835 or see the website http://www. Membership is open to all who served on any of the Loch Class ships or their variants (Bay Class, Admirals Yachts, survey ships and repair ships). Some of these types of ships have their own associations but you can always join both.

MAY 2012

HMS Impregnable/Drake Association: Reunion will be held in Plymouth from May 11 to 12. Former personnel from Impregnable and Drake ships (including Drake Association) are welcome to join us. Further information can be obtained from the secretary or tel: 0121 532 6141. HMS Ganges Association: Next year sees the 30th anniversary of the formation of the HMS Ganges Association and we will celebrate this special occasion at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool from May 11 to 14. The reunion not only reunites old boys who trained together, but also those who have become friends from meeting at previous reunions. If interested, contact the association at communications@ or tel: 0845 900 2782 for more details, including the easy payment

at hawkins75@blueyonder. Loch Class Frigates Association:

scheme and disabled facilities at the hotel. HMS Ambuscade Association: The 10th Anniversary Reunion will take place at the Crewe Arms Hotel, Crewe from May 11 to 13. This special reunion will also commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War so is expected to be the biggest ever. The weekend includes a day at Chester Races as guests of the Cheshire Regiment, an informal Friday night gathering and the Association Dinner on the Saturday with entertainment from Shep Wooley. Contact Mark Brocklehurst at or see the website at or tel: weekdays on 01925 839592. HMS Cavalier Association: Reunion will take place from May 18 to 21 at the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea. Further information can be obtained from David Shardlow at or tel: 01163 678134. HMS Cambrian Association: Our next

reunion for all who served on board the ship at any time will be at the Apollo Hotel, Birmingham, over the weekend of May 18, 19 and 20, 2012. Any old shipmates not yet in touch should contact Don Macdonald on 01344 774386.

HMS Solebay Association will be

holding its 15th annual reunion from May 18 to 21, at the De Vere Barony Castle Hotel, near Edinburgh EH45 8QW. A full weekend of activities is planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ship paying off for the last time. All ex- Solebays and their guests are welcome. For further details contact Malcolm Clarke at or tel: 0117 962 2500 (evenings).

801 NAS Falklands Reunion: A reunion for those who served on 801 NAS Sea Harriers during the Falklands will be held at RNAS Yeovilton on May 26. For further information contact John Keenan at john. or tel: 07780 661569.

OCTOBER 2012 HMS Arethusa Association: 24th

annual reunion from October 5 to 8 at the Three Queens Hotel, Burton upon Trent. All welcome. Contact Tom Sawyer, Honorary Secretary

at or tel: 01653 628171 or write to 6 Sycamore Close, Slingsby, York YO62 4BG, North Yorkshire.

Bay Class Frigates Association: Reunion at the Esplanade Hotel, Scarborough from October 12 to 14, 2012. All ex-Bay Class welcome. Contact Doug Turk

at or tel:

01252 378629 for details. HMS Lowestoft Association: Reunion

will take place at the King Charles Hotel, Gillingham, Kent from October 26 to 28. All who served in HMS Lowestoft during her 25 years in service (1961-86) are welcome to attend. For further details please contact Richie Farman at richiefarman@ or the website http:// tel: 07775 793778.


Ask Jack

Derek Lynch who he was at school with until 1966. They both attended Strathbungo Secondary School, Glasgow and left in June 1966. Derek went for commission in the Royal Navy at this time and remained in the service for several years. Bill doesn’t know what rank he attained. If Derek reads this or someone knows of his whereabouts could they contact Bill at williegyoung@yahoo. or tel: 01236 739109. Derek Crowter: Mr B Crowter is searching for his cousin Derek Crowter. He has written to his last known address in Portsmouth to no avail. He believes that Derek may now be in the Bracklesham/Selsey areas. If anyone knows of Derek’s whereabouts could they contact his cousin at Flat 24 Mayfield, 74 Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 5NU.

Derek Lynch: Bill Young is trying to find

during the final commission of HMS Diomede before she was sold on to the Pakistani Navy. My daughter was christened onboard just prior to the de-commissioning, using the ship’s bell for the ceremony. Her name was engraved as the last person to be christened when a Royal Naval ship. Recently I have been trying to find the whereabouts of the bell to take my daughter Catherine Mary White (now aged 24) to see the bell. It was my understanding that the bell was passed to Hull City Council for safekeeping as there was an affiliation between the council and the ship, but upon making enquiries with the council they can throw no light on the transfer of the bell to themselves. Could anyone who may know of the whereabouts of the bell contact me David White at or write to 19 Liddiards Way, Purbrook, Waterlooville, Hants PO7 5QW.

HMS Diomede: I served as a CCWEA

Artie Shaw: Edward Poller is seeking former shipmate Artie Shaw. Artie was a radio operator when Edward was serving on Gurkha, Nubian and Cochrane in the 1970s and early 1980s. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Artie could they contact Edward on 07763198902 or write to 11 Shawhead Avenue, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire ML5 4HT. RNAS Yeovilton, Nigel A Dark: I left the UK in 1968 and have been living in South Africa since then. I last saw my friend in 1963. His name is Nigel Andrew (or Alexander) Dark and I know that in 1964 he was at the Naval Flying School, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset. He would now be 66 years of age. During the ten years that I knew him, he was always interested in ships and aircraft. He made contact with our old school two years ago but unfortunately they didn’t make a note of his address. If anyone knows of his whereabouts could they contact Peter Fielding at jagmg@ or write to PO Box 1328, Scottburgh, 4180, South Africa. HMS Whitaker: Stanley Fox was serving

on board Whitaker (K-580, formerly DE-571) shortly before it was destroyed by U483 in November 1943. Stanley was serving as a wireless telegraph operator until being discharged from the frigate in late October. He would like to make contact with any surviving shipmates or their families. Contact his son Christopher on xanthus@hotmail. com.

Contact sheet Royal Navy recruitment: 0845 607 5555,

Ministry of Defence: 0870 607 4455, Veterans Agency: 0800 169 2277, www. RN and RM Service records: 01283 Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity: 023 9254 8076, RNBT: 023 9269 0112 (general), 023 9266 0296 (grants), British Legion: 08457 725725, www. Naval Families

4374, Seafarers UK: 020 7932 0000, www.

Federation: 023 9265 SSAFA Forces Help: 0845 1300 975, RN Community: Medals enquiries: 0800 085 3600 Royal Naval Museum: 023 9272 7562, Fleet Air Arm Museum: 01935 840565, RN Submarine Museum: 023 9251 0354, National Maritime Museum: 020 8312

227912, Royal Naval Association: 023 9272 3823,

HMS Bruce Association: I am compiling a Book of Remembrance of persons who served at HMS Bruce between 1947 and 1950. If anyone knows of such persons who have died between 1950 and 1990 could they let me know as soon as possible please. I require Name, Initials, Rank and year of death. Contact the Secretary Mr D T Heath on 0121 532 4058 or write to 72 Westmead Drive, Oldbury, Warley, West Midlands B68 8QB.


Lt Cdr Anthony Spender DSC. Joined as a Special Entry Cadet 1937 and served as a midshipman in Barham when war broke out and was also on board December 1940 when she collided with her escort Duchess in the Mull of Kintyre. He moved on to Manchester and then Excellent. Promoted to S/Lt he volunteered for submarine service and served with Tribune (Atlantic convoys) then Seraph (as 1st Lt) for covert operations. 1943 he took command of Sirdar which, during sea trials, made an involuntary dive taking her way beyond the normal diving depth for an S-class submarine and burying her bow in mud. After attempting various manoeuvres in a bid to break free he was left with the unscientific option but well- worn trick of ‘dancing ship’ where the crew formed a chain climbing up to the stern carrying weights and danced. Suddenly after a shudder the depth gauges spun round and Sirdar shot upwards. After this he took Sirdar to join the Eighth Fleet, patrolling off Malaysia and Borneo and sinking a number of enemy vessels for which he was awarded a DSC. Setting sail from Fremantle, Sirdar spent 49 days on patrol over the Christmas of 1944 which was the longest time away from base for any S-class submarine – a new record. Post-war he spent two years mainly in the Far East as captain of Affray before joining the training ship Devonshire. After a spell with the Fleet Air Arm at Yeovilton and in Malta, he joined Naval Intelligence in Hong Kong. After further spells in Gibraltar and at the Admiralty in London he left the Navy in 1969. He returned to sea with the Merchant Navy in the 1970s. October 10. Aged 91. Ken ‘Johno’ Johnson. PO FC1. Served 1942-57 in St George, Howe, Ajax, Finisterre, Liverpool, Vernon, Agincourt and St Vincent. August 18. Aged 84. Derek Robinson. ERA. Served in Sheffield. Standard bearer for RNERA and HMS Sheffield Association. October 16. Aged 80.

David George Frances. LAM FAA. Served 1953-66 in Centaur, Victorious, Seahawk and Yeovilton. October 14. Aged 74. Geoffrey Emerson. Ordinary Seaman. Joined Ganges and served in Charity and the aircraft carrier Warrior; also Liverpool (1950-52) and a member of the association. October 15. Aged 77. ‘Jack’ Walsh. Served in Nelson and Caprice. RN Engineroom Association. October 24.

‘Mick’ Mitchell. LME. Served 22 years in HMS Reggio, Chaser, Leopard, Brocklesby, Verulem, Undaunted and Wakeful. RN Engineroom Association. October 30. Aged 75.

Served 1940-45. After basic training she was drafted to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich where she served Sir Winston Churchill on a number of occasions. October 27. Aged 89. Trevor ‘Brummy’ Cartwright. Served as an AB, Bosun’s Mate on board Peacock 1953-54 and a member of the association. October 19. Pat Beresford. CSPTI. Served 1946-71.

Leslie ‘Les’ Blackie. Ldg Telegraphist. Joined St George 1940 and first ship Indomitable; saw service in Mediterranean and Korea. October 25. Aged 88. Mary Weedon (née Farminer). Ldg Wren.

Joined Ganges as a Boy Seaman and on the PT staff of numerous ships and shore bases including Glory during the Korean conflict. PTI for the FAA Field Gun Crew on six occasions between 1961-71. Fleet Air Arm Association. October 5. Aged 79. Harold Prior. Leading Seaman. Gunnery branch. Served in Ganges and Far East. Ships included Ladybird, Constance and Belfast (Korea). November 11. Aged 78.

ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION Donald Short. AM(E) FAA. Served 1946-49 RNAS Donibristle (Merlin). Greater Manchester Fleet Air Arm Association. October 18 whilst on holiday in Spain and where the funeral took place with the Spanish RNA Standard being carried by an ex-member of the FAA. Aged 83. Jeffery ‘Dolly’ Gray. Master at Arms.

TS Arethusa boy aged 11 (before it moved from Greenhithe to Upnor). Served 1934-63. HMS Ganges (later returning as an RPO), survived the tragedy of HMS Dasher and later served in submarines P555, Oberon and Proteus; then as Master at Arms at HMS Pembroke and Chatham. Margate RNA, East Kent Submariners Association and the oldest member of T/S Arethusa Association. October 13. Aged 92. Ron Farley. Served in the REME.

Associate member of Henlow RNA. October 12. Aged 79.

John ‘Johnny’ Thomas Hogg. RM Colour Sergeant. Served WW2 mainly in Italy between 1943-45. Founding Vice Chairman and Vice President of Dursley & District RNA and became a Life Member in 2002. October 24.

Lt Edward George Smith RNVR. Served 1940-46 in Northern Sky, Dochet, Cailiff and Gleaner. Southern Ontario branch. July 9 in Royal Marines Museum: 023 9281 9385,

6565, Imperial War Museum: 020 7416 5320,


Cdr Robert G Pedre to be CO HMS Richmond from January 10 2012. Lt Cdr Roderick J Strathern to be CO HMS Victory from December 12.

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Sports lottery

£1,500 – PO L T Searle; £500 – Capt G J Havis RM.

October 22: £5,000 – PO K J McHugh;

£1,500 – Mne D P Boswood; £500 – AB1 J A Screen.

October 29: £5,000 – PO J A Henry;

£1,500 – LH D Weston; £500 – AB2 J A Mulcahy.

November 5: £5,000 – Lt Cdr A Flynn;

£1,500 – AB2 A Frankland; £500 – AB1 S Collins.


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November 12: £5,000 – AB1 C Jones;

Canada. Aged 93. Leslie ‘Les’ Baker. CWEM. Boy Seaman

in St George and served 1939-69; survived sinking of Barham 1941. Joined RN Commandos landing with Q Commando June 6 1944 at Jig Beach Gold close to Arromanches, Northern France. Post-war he returned to General Service and joined the newly formed electrical branch in 1947 serving in various ships then at Collingwood 1962 as an Instructor till end of Service. Norwich RNA September 25. Aged 88. Fred Dearlove. Stoker 1st Class. Served 1943-47. Norwich branch. October 8. Aged 86.

Richard ‘Richie’ Earp BEM. Chief Mechanician. Served 1937-66 in Blackwood, Neptune and Londondery. Member of HMS Newcastle Association and Founder member of Havant RNA. October 7. Aged 94. Antony ‘Tony’ R Green. LMEM. Served in Ursa,

1954-66 Ausonia, Raleigh,

Pembroke and St Angelo, Malta; submarine service 1962-66 at Dolphin, Onslaught and Astute. Life Member of the RNA attending Sevenoaks and Paddock Wood branches also a member of Medway Submariners Association. October 3. Aged 74. Joyce Clark. Associate member Luton RNA. Wife of William ‘Nobby’ Clark. October 12. Aged 87.

James Swallow. Served as the Leading

officer’s cook on board Anson and later second cook at the Commander’s residence Chatham. Hertford branch. November 4. Aged 84.

Ronald ‘Ron’ Edwin Barton. TAG. Served in the Far East during WW2 taking part in the Palambang raids. Bexhill on Sea RNA. October 7. Aged 86. John ‘Brad’ Bradbury. Founder member of Southend Club and former treasurer also member of HMS Belfast Association. September 7. Aged 81. Jack Swift. AB. Served 1943-46 on Malta convoys. Member and Standard Bearer of Selby RNA. October 30. Aged 86. James Albert ‘Brummie’ Seddon. Able Seaman. Served 1954-62. Assistant Welfare Officer Nuneaton branch. September 26. Aged 74.

John ‘Jack’ Albert Southall. Served

World War 2. Member and auditor Swaffham branch. September 13. Aged 85. Richard Gordon Bannister. Stoker Mechanic 1st class. National Service 1947- 49. Secretary of Derby RNA from 1996. Aged 82. October 10. James Brewer. Chief Stoker. Served

throughout WW2 and an Arctic convoy veteran. President of Bradford RNA. November 1. Aged 88.

HMS DUKE OF YORK ASSOCIATION All members below were at the Japanese

Surrender in Tokyo Bay on September 2 1945:

Sir Henry Leach. Served as Lt onboard 1943-45. April 26. Aged 87. J D Evans. Served as Signalman onboard 1943-44. July 20. Aged 86. N M Riddell. Served as Seaman onboard 1944-46. February 1. Aged 87. G E Benstead. Served as Signalman

onboard 1945-46. October 19. Aged 86. B W Catling. Served as Joiner onboard 1941-45. May 15. Aged 90. G W Cutler. Served as Seaman onboard 1941-45. October 15. Aged 92. W E Hopkins. Served onboard as Stoker 1944-47. April 4. Aged 84.

SUBMARINERS ASSOCIATION Lt Cdr F N O ‘Nick’ Bartlett. Submarine

Service 1946-52 in Thorough, Truncheon, Totem and Andrew. Dolphin branch. Aged 89.

J R ‘Jeff’ Gray. PO LTO. Submarine

Service 1943-44 in P555, Oberon 1 and Proteous. East Kent branch. Aged 92. J A ‘John’ Kemp. Sto.Mech. Submarine Service 1951-54 in Alcide and Selene. Plymouth branch. Aged 81. P D ‘Lofty’ Powell. M(E)1. Submarine Service 1961-69 in Narwhal. East Kent branch. Aged 72. A ‘Tony’ Green. LME. Submarine Service 1960-66 in Onslaught and Astute. Medway Towns branch. Aged 74.

LST & LANDING CRAFT ASSOCIATION E A Reed. Served LCF 9, 12, 13, 37 and

42. Ilford. June 9. V C Wood. Served LCIs and LCTs. East Peckham. July 22. E E Spanton. Served LST 401. Kettering. September 19. C E Berrett. Served LCI(L) 214, 386 and LCI(L) Flotilla 265. Bracknell. October 8. Bill Robinson. Served LSI(S) Prinz Albert. Liverpool. November 6.


Jack Dale. Sto.1. Served in Beaumaris. Associate member. October 8. Aged 87. Fred Hitching. L/WMn. Served in Fancy. October 30. Aged 88. Phil Willis. Served in Lioness. October


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