4 PORTSMOUTH NAVY NEWS 1. IS4 0 4111 GOOD LUCK "NAVY NEWS" '
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For one hundred and six years we've dressed youchaps. We've cut and sewn,
used thousands and thousands of yards of material and Heaven knows how much thread. Wherever the Queen's
Navee sails, our tailoring is seen. Our wool, dyed material is made in West of England mills especially for ourselves. We have been, in fact, good and faith-
ful servants to the Senior Service. Our toast, therefore, front an old servant to
a new, is. .. "Every success to NAVY NEWS"-long may it thrive and give
the service and devotion that we have,
throughout the years, given to many generations of British Officers.
NOTES. Royal Touraaest
ACCOMPANIED BY the Com- mander-in-Chiet. the Directors of the W.R.A.C. and W.R.A.F. watched the final rehearsal of the Royal Tourna- ment club-swinging team on Wednes-
day. May 26, 1954. The Director, W.R.N.S.. who was unable to attend,
was represented by Superintendent, W.R.N.S (Air). The combined Service
team will be performing at Earl'sCourt from June 2-19. and Portsmouth Com- mand Wrens wish them all good luck.
H.M.S. Vernon, represented the Ports- mouth Command W.R.N.S. at Hotel-
olympia in London recently and was awarded a bronze medal. In the Inter-
Service Competition the W.R.A.C. were first. with the W.R.N.S. second
and the W.R.A.F. third, One Wren was
selected to represent each command and make up the Service team in London.
P.O. Wren Lawton (Cook (0)), from
H.M.S. Victory, took part in the Com- mand contest beforehand.
QUEEN STREET PORTSMOUTH Tel.: 4240
SOUTH COAST TAILORS & OUTFITTERS Drafting
applicrions again. This is most imp rtant. 1 here is no objection to volunteering
for particular stations or for particular ships, but the narrower his choice the
kaa lil.ely. of course, that a volunteer wi'l ge; what he wants. When a ship on foreign service or
general service pays off a man may volunteer for another commission, but
he will not normally be allowed to ompe:c more than two consecutive commissions in the same ship.
If a man volunteers for foreign ser-
vice or general service he is only noted as a volunteer until his next draft
there. If he wants more time abroad he must vo'unteer again.
Men may volunteer for particular
billets in home sea service or in port service, but it is usually possible to accept them only if they are due for
that type of service; it is obvious that a man due for overseas service cannot be accep'ed for a port service or home sea service billet. The next-of-kin
adJcsses of men are taken into con- side -a:i 'n when considering their next drafts to port service, and it is there- fore most important that
addresses should be up to date. A man with a wife in Portsmouth may find
himself at Arbroath if his card still shows "Father, Glasgow," Of course
frequently it is not possible to draft men near their homes; for instance
there are not many billets near New-
castle or t.ivcrpol, or in inland towns for men who may live there. If a man re-engages he keeps hi'
original position in his roster; if h is due to go abroad he will be drafted. if he is not he will take his normal
turn. It quite often happens that a man who has left re-engagement until the last moment is overdue for service abroad: he has only remained in this
country because there was not time to send him abroad. Commbaloalng programme The Portsmouth Depot is
commis-sioning the following ships between the middle of May and the beginning of
July: Newcastle and Modeste, foreign service on the Far East Station:
Albion, Glasgow, Saintcs and Chev- ron, general service. The ships' companies of the above
ships have all been detailed. On this occasion Newcastle, although serving
on the Far East Station, is recommis-
sioning at Portsmouth. The future commissioning pro- gramme under the new scheme has not
yet been finally arranged; it 1. hoped to give more details next month. Nodce fordeift.
We always try to give a man six weeks' notice of a draft to foreign or
general service, and at least two weeks' notice of a draft to home sea service
or of a move in port service. This is not always possible because of opera- tional commitments and because other
men may suddenly go suck or have t be relieved for other reasons.
This points brings up the whole
ILM.S. Glasgow is the first ship to commission under the new General Service Commission Schema. The photograph mows the Ip'scoo~ on the jetty about to em~ lathe
hee - r (conl.d.)
question of the "fall over"-the man who cannot take his draft for medical
or compassionate reasons. It is not
pleasant to go sick and it is even less so to suffer one of those domestic up- heavals which may occur to everyone at times, and which may necessitate a man's continued presence near his home. Equally, it is most unpleasant to be drafted at short notice to some dis-
tant shipor station. But for every "fall over" a man must
be drafted to take the "fall over's"
place. Although it is often not possible to forecast domestic emergencies, it is
important that whenever possible men who think they will be unable to take
their drafts should report the fact in good time; otherwise it is almost cer- tain that some other man will be
drafted, generally at short notice, in his place.
Coudon To sum up. we in the Drafting Office
have two jobs, firstly to keep all Portsmouth ships and establishments
manned; and secondly, as Admiralty have put it, "so to direct affairs that men of the same branch and rating over a reasonable period of time share all types of service."
Wrens M Gibrallar
Twenty-two Wren communication ratings, under Third Officer
Matinson, W.R.N.S., recently flew to Gibraltar. They have been lent for
duty on the staff of the Flag Officer. Gibraltar, during exercises which are taking place early this month.
They are the first Wrens to serve in Gibraltar since the war. SP~
Sports officers in the establishments in the Portsmouth Command are:
H.M.S. Collingwood, Third Officer Jarvis; H.M.S. Excellent. Third Officer
Peacock; H.M.S. Mercury, Third Officer Archer; H.M.S. Vernon, Third
Officer Thomas; H.M.S. Victory, Third Officer Gill. Any enquiries about any sporting activity should be made to them.
Cricket Wrens are to be seen out at the nets
on most evenings. Two matches at H.M.S. Mercury at the beginning of May had to be cancelled because of rain.
Fe~ Leading Wren Cobb, H.M.S. Col-
lingwood, and Leading Wren Brewer, H.M.S. Vernon. fenced in Phase III. and Leading Wren Brewer was selected to fence for the Service team. She is also fencing at the Royal Tournament this year.
Sailing Sailing has started in all the estab-
lishments and Wrens are making full use of the facilities available. Athletics
Sports days were held in H.M.S. Excellent on May 18, H.M.S. Vernon
on May 26, and H.M.S. Collingwood The W.R.N.S. at H.M.S. Excellent
held a joint dance with the Field-gun Crew just before Easter leave. The
H.M.S. Excellent Wrens were also invited to H.M.S. Finisterre's ship's
company's dance which was a great success.
Re-Commissioning of H.M.S. Glasgow - - iU. -. - P.O. Wren Rumsey (Cook (0)), of
on June I. They will also take place in H.M.S. Mercury on June 2 and
1LM.S. Victory on June 16. The athletics season Is )ust corn-
training bard. The Inter-Command Wrens at Duchess of Kent Barracks
mencin; and it is hoped that many Wrens in the Command are already
Championships will be held at Pitt Street, Portsmouth, on Wednesday. June 30. and the Inter-Services Cham-
pionships will also be held at Pitt
Street on July 14. This year a com- bined Services (women's) athletics fix-
ture has been arranged with London Universities W.A.A,A. and the Southern Counties W.A.A.A. at Molt'
pur Park on July 31, 1954. Last year Air Command won the
inter-Command Athletics Cup. Come on Portsmouth, let us have it this year!
Training facilities are available at Pitt Street every evening.
has been representing Middlesex in various W.A.A.A. cross-country events
Leading Wren Rudd, H.M.S. Victory. during the winter. She has unfortu-
nately been drafted and is now in the Nore Command.
The Command badminton team was
made up of Third Officer Chapman. Chief Wren Keyes and P.O. Wren Shaw. from H.M.S. Victory, and Chief
Wrens Brown and Heath, and Leading Wren Phippard from H.M.S. Collin;- wood. They were all awarded their Command colours. Chief Wren Brown
was also awarded her H.M.S. CoIling- wood colours, Third Officer Chapman and Chief Wrens Keyes and Brown
The Chief Wrens and Petty Officer
gave a very successful dance on May 27 as a farewell to the Royal Tournament
contingent who have been staying in Duchess of Kent Barracks during their training.
HAVE YOU A PERSONAL PROBLEM?
ASK JOHN ENGLISH Wife's debts
service and although my wife and three children looked very well, when I
I recently returned from foreign
were awarded equivalent Service colours, There is no inter-Service bad- minton, but the R.N. women's badminton turn played a match against a civilian team. The Inter-Unit Badminton Tournament was won by
H.M.S. Victory. Air, Nore and Ports- mouth Commands tied their matches in the Inter-Command Tournament, so the number of sets won and lost were counted and as a result Portsmouth were third.
Wren Keyes played in the Portsmouth Restricted Tournament at the Nuffleld
Wren Thwaites H.M.S. Victory, is goalkeeper for èe England lacrosse
team. Last season she played in all three international matches when Eng- land won all their games. She plays lacrosse for the Seagulls (Sussex)
Lacrosse Club and also for the Southern Counties.
Third Officer Chapman and Chief
U.S. Club and were unlucky to be beaten in the final by two top-rate
opened a drawer at home I found a number of unpaid bills amounting to about £60 in all. While I was away I had been making a very generous allotment to my wife, over and above the qualifying allotment, and the rent of our council house is only Ills. 6d. a week, and there was really no excuse for her to get into these difficulties. I am sorry to say that most of the debts were for luxuries, and I really don't think the tradesmen should have given credit to my wife without my know-
ledge for these things. They must have known her means were only moderate. Am I liable for thesedebts?
wile's debts. A wife, however, has an implied authority in the case of
saries such as food, roof and clothing lot herself and her young children. if a tradesman gives credit to a married
to pledge his credit for neces-
woman he does so at his own risk, and even if the wife incurred credit for things which are normal necessaries, such as groceries, it would be a
that he was already giving his wife an adequate weekly cash allowance for thenecessities of life.
answer for the husband to show
about these debts and try and find out what caused her to get into this difficulty. if there has been any real difficulty about which she has not told you and you think she had an excuse for incurring these debts, then I think
Choosing the right moment, I think you must have a word with your wife
your depot and he will. 1/ necessary. Put you in touch with the Legal Aid Officer wit!, a view to further advice.
you would be wise to go and see the Family Welfare Officer about it in
Buyer beware -
I am now serving in an establish- ment in Portsmouth and my home is
slinC miles away. I am thinking about
in this way than to travel by train. One of my mess mates has recently had a
buying a motor-cycle as I think it would be cheaper to go home on leave
lot of trouble, as he bought a motor- cycle for £50, which the man at the
shop said was in perfect condition. He has now had to pay a bill for repairs
thing about it. I do not want to find myself in this difficulty. I am glad you wrote to me about
this question. There is a Latin tag which lawyers use, "caveat emptor," which means "buyer beware." Any-
body who buys a second-hand motor- cycle is assumed by lawto have
it and is satisfied that it is in good condition. and it is very difficult after
\ made when trying to effect a sale. The
- -.1 motor-mechanic and ask him to give .9 a written report. He would do this for
j about a pound, and this is money well spent in the long run. You should insure your motor-cycle with one of
Third-party insurance is compulsory bylaw.
either privately or in this column. Write to John English, do
All questions will receive an answer, The Editor,
NAvy News, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth. e n c 05
addressed envelope, i a g stamped,
.i sale is completed to bring the seller to book in regard to statements that he
) i'?S!y safe method is to have a motor- cycle looked over by an independent
the reputable insurance companies. of £25 and the shop refuses to do any-
A married man is not liable for his
was held on May 8 at the Savoy Ball- room. The majority of the R.M.B.
Wrens attended and had a most enjoy- able evening.
The annual Royal Marines' hail
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