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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.

- Welt.N.So 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.



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

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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.



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

players. Leo~

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

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Third-party insurance is compulsory bylaw.

John English

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-

emer-gency com-plete

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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