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commando ship HMS Albion had just com- pleted
BRITAIN'S i HMS Albion during pre-wetting trials Deaths
Portsmouth. October 14. SEA2 Jamie Harris. HMS Drake
POWEA Jason Ideson. SFM
Canadian Naval Reserves at start ol WWII. Commanded Armentieres then destroyer Gatineau and corvette Dawson. CO of Drumheller in 1943 protecting convoys in Battle of Atlantic. Awarded Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre. Senior officer of the Canadian 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, cleared mines off the Normandy coast before American landings at Utah and Omaha beaches on D-Day, received first DSC and American Legion of Merit. Later CO of air sta- tion at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia then carrier Magnificent. Last appointment as comman- dant of National Defence College at Kingston. Ontario. August 9. Capt Peter Samborne. Commanded Dreadnought, UK's first nuclear-powered submarine in the early 1960s. Attended No 1 Nuclear Course at Greenwich, then 9 month in USS Skipjack. Qualified as engineer offi- cer of the watch. Supervised Dreadnought's first sea trials in 1961, and crossed the Atlantic underwater in 1964. First ship was Liverpool, crippled while escorting convoy WS19. Samborne mentioned in dispatches for control of anti-aircraft gun. Also served in Malaya, Lamerton before joining submarine service in 1944 and joining Tuna, Amphion then on to Reserve Submarine Group, Portsmouth and school at Gosport. Passed Perisher course and commanded Sturdy, Tabard, and Trenchant. September 28. Cdr Tony Rollings. Joined RN as a spe-
September 22. Rear Admiral Tony Storrs. Joined Royal
Graham 1977-95. Aged 49. Derek C. Thornton, RM. Joined in 1950
and served 7 years in Cyprus, Egypt, Malta and Northern Ireland, promoted to corporal 1954. Left service in 1958 to spend more time with family, served for 8 years in RM Reserves in rank of Lt. Served as chairman of RMA Bradford and District Branch for 35 years, and recently vice-chairman of RMA Northern Region. August 19. Victor 'Vic' Rothwell. PO. Ships include
Served 1954-62. Ships include Cheviot, Protector and fishery protection duties. September 8. Harry J. Carter. HMS Bruce Association.
Association. Served in: Sylvia. December 17, 2001.
Munns. HMS Algerines
Served in Indomitable, Implacable, Osprey, Ceylon West and Admiralty. Aged 70. September 15. Arthur
Thomas Albert Neve. HMS Algerines Association. Served in: Bramble. March 18. P.C.E. Richardson. HMS Algerines Association. Served in: Coquette. June 29. John E. Haswell. HMS Algerines Association. Served in: Truelove. August 13. Jack Wright. HMS Algerines Association. Served in: Magicienne.
Thomas Emlyn Owen. HMS Algerines Association. Served in: Friendship. May 17. 2001.
August 20. Ivan B.
cial entry cadet in 1937, served in Atlantic convoys at start of WWII. In Hunt-class Ledbury during Arctic convoy PQ17 then on to Operation Pedestal. Awarded first DSC for part in operation. In 1943 given command of 21st MTB Flotilla and awarded second DSC for part in Normandy landings and mentioned in dispatches for operations off the invasion beaches. Left promising career in RN in 1954 to go to America - decision prompted his then CO to send him to a psychiatrist. Aged 82, August 11. Sir Brooks Richards KCMG, DSC and
Bar. Joined Special Operations Executive in WWII then became ambassador in Saigon and Athens. Commissioned into RNVR at start of WWII, won DSC serving in minesweepers but when Sevra was lost under him, moved to become second-in- command of the Helford Flotilla. Earned a Bar to his DSC by leading a detail of Free French troops to defend a lighthouse crucial for British Forces. Later became head of SOE's French secretariat. Once leaving RN moved into diplomatic service. Blandford RNA. Aged 84, September 13. Martin Scott. Began service in FAA but
Association. Served in: Laertes. August 26. Dawn Barnett nee Howard. Wren
Parker. HMS Algerines
Ganges, Delight, Scott and Albion. Also based Mauritius 1962. Aged 60, December 30,2001. Lt Cdr Roger Standen. September 15. George Shuttleworth. CPO. Served
1925-47. Retained determined spirit learnt from 22 years in RN. Aged 95, September 13.
Assocation and 17th Destroyer Flotilla Association, Atlantic and Russian Convoy veteran. September 11. Mervyn Gumbleton. Fleet Master at
eran, 17 CAG, HMS Theseus. August 25. George Coleman. Ex-HMS Opportune
Arms. Joined RN 1948 at St Vincent, left 1977. Ships and establishments include: Vanguard, Implacable, Bermuda, Hermes, Terror, Ganges, Drake, Raleigh and Bristol. September 25 at Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia. Harry Beetle. Radar Operator. Served
1939-46, mainly in the Western Isle. James
was judged unfit for aerial combat and moved to RN before becoming a RM Commando. As Lance-Corporal was in charge of a carrier-pigeon unit. On leaving Service moved into academia. Aged 76. Kathleen Cory nee Reed. Served with
RNVR at start of WWII, served in minesweepers and infantry landing craft in Far East. On leaving service moved into shipping industry before inheriting and man- aging an estate in Llwyn Madoc, Breconshire. Aged 78, September 11. D.W. Hague. CPO Tel. Served in
Served 1955-69. Ships include: Cleopatra, Bellerophon, Berwick, Brave Borderer. July 13.
Wrens in Belfast during WWII, where met husband Paul Cory, officer in RNVR. In later life, genealogy expert. Aged 78, August 23. Mervyn Bourdillon. Commissioned in
Comrades. Aged 73, September 13. R.R. 'Roger' Edwards. CH. Gl. Many
ships included London, Maidstone, Cossack (v. Altmark), Tyne, Vanguard, Ceylon, Aphrodite, Trafalgar, Mull of Kintyre, Terror. Aged 84, September 1. Lt Cdr Geoffrey James Gellie RANVR.
Pembroke, Southampton, Jervis, Woolwich, Lark and Kent. Instructor at Ganges during Korean War. Aged 84, September 19. Joseph Charles Arthur Simpson. AB.
Cossack Association. Served in Cossack, 1951-52 and 1955-56. Also served in Sheffield and Constance. Aged 81. Alfred Price. HMS Cossack Association.
Charles Hill. YEO Off Signals. HMS
1938-51 in Valiant, Raleigh, Drake, Adamant, Cochrane, amongst others. Saw action dur- ing WWII, particularly in Mediterranean. Awarded 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star and Clasp, and France and Germany Clasp and War Medal. Aged 83, August 11. William Caston.
Association. February. Eric Field. HMS Barham Association,
Association. April. Roy Penny. HMS Barham Association.
April 23. Herbie
Association. August 28. Maurice Coats. L/Seaman. HMS Cheviot Association. August 22. Lt Cdr Brian Watson. RD, RNR. HMS
Barham Association. August. Neville
served in ship 1938-41. April 6. Eric Mundy. HMS Barham Association.
Rawlings. HMS Barham
Albert Smith. RM Musician. HMS Goodings. HMS Cheviot
Served in Wave, 1949-51. Dedicated 40 years to King George V Fund for Sailors, RBL and Eastbourne RNLI. Aged 71. Victor George Britton. Stoker. Served
Volunteered for RANR in 1937, commis- sioned in 1939 and served with RN in Corvettes in North Atlantic. Joined submarine service in 1941: Thorn, Truant, Tribune and Otis. Completed Perisher course in 1944 and commanded H33 and Varangian. Aged 87, September 29 in Melbourne, Australia. R.A. 'Rex' Carey. AB. Submariners Association, Welsh branch. Boats served in: L27. United. Aged 83. Lt Cdr M.L.P. 'Mike' Badham. Submariners Association, Dolphin branch. Served 1946-60 in: Alderney, Thorough, Tactician, Alaric, Untiring (as CO). Israeli, and Rahav (as CO). Aged 76. J.R. 'Doc' Henry. PO M(E). Submariners Association, Gosport branch. Served 1957- 77 in: Aeneas, Alliance (x2), Grampus, Toredo, Anchorite, Amphion, Talent, Astute, Onslaught. Aged 65, W.C.
Submariners Association, New Zealand branch. Served 1937-43 in Salmon, Porpoise and Proteus. Aged 87, September 24. Sidney Arthur James DSM. Leading
Seaman. Joined RN 1939. Survivor from the loss of Galatea in 1941. Then trained for sub- marines at Gosport before serving in U-class boats including Ursula, Upstart, and more before finishing in Unswerving where received DSM. Aged 81, September 7. W. Allen BEM. CEA. Served 1940-67 in Barfleur, Cockade,
One of the few remaining Australian subma- rine commanders and was the first RAN offi- cer
to command a RN submarine. Dave McCubbin. POAM(E). Korean vet-
Served Dauntless, Daedalus, Falcon, Phoenecia. Aged 65. Frank Steanson. RS. Served 1956-68 in
Exeter at the River Plate, Kenya, Shah, Devonshire. Aged 82, August 17. Donald Thompson. Leading Stoker.
Association, served in branch between 1950- 72. October 9.
Mercury 11, Girdle Ness, President, Lion, Collingwood and Cochrane. Cdr W. Fitzherbert. Served: Termagant,
Illustrious, Concord, Indefatigable, Lion, Vigilant, St Vincent, Tyne, Raleigh and NATO. Lt Cdr J.C.W. Ilifle. Served: Niger,
Garth. Lt E.H. Maggs. Served: Peregrine,
Maidstone, Victory and NATO. Commissioned Gunner H.L. Pring.
Arthur, Ark Royal, Caledonia, Victory, Heron and Collingwood. Major P.M. Thompson RM. Served: Portsmouth, Liverpool, Royal Prince, Bellerophon and Royal Marines Eastney. Lt Cdr B.R. Trussler. Served: St Angelo,
Opossum, Llandaff, Teredo, Tudor, Tiptoe. Sleuth, Token and Dolphin.
ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION
Mare. Served in combined operations. October 10. Les Warnett. Brentwood. Derrick 'Curly' Groves. Dorking, welfare
from 1937-49 in minesweeping trawlers, Kent, Russian convoys, Landing Craft Salerno and Normandy. Aged 85. Leslie R. Race. AB(AA3). Redcar and
district. Served 1940-46. Ships include Canton, Lamont. Aged 87, September 8. Len Stevens. Leading Stoker. Sudbury,
Halstead and Hedingham. Served Far East. August 28. Margaret Elizabeth 'Betty' Ralph.
Kingston upon Thames, associate. Aged 72, September 3. Lt Cdr Keith Whetstone. Aquitaine.
Submariner. Cape Town, South Africa, past chairman (twice). Submarines include Teredo, Tabard, Totem, Dreadnought, Revenge, Warspite and Trenchant. August 31.
Served 1949-65, including Ceres, Siskin, Howe, Flying Fox, Dolphin and Diadem. Terence Banks. Chief
officer and social secretary. Argonaut Association. Served in Argonaut throughout WWII from home waters, to the Far East, Russian convoys, to the D-Day landing. September 8. Arthur Bax. PO Cook. Harlow. Served
Vernon Tony' Davies. Weston-super-
Served: Largo Bay and Euryalus. Lt Cdr H.A. Sheppard. Served: Royal
Saker, President, Bermuda and NATO. Capt J.C.G. Field. Served: Broadsword,
ASSOCIATION OF RN OFFICERS Capt R.R.H. Boddy. Served: Charity,
Basildon. Served 1954-56 in Truelove. Aged 66, October 3. A. 'Bert' Fidler. Camberley, founder and
Fierce, Mercury, Terror, St Angelo, Phoenica, President and Salisbury. Capt
life member and treasurer for 40 years. Served in Tug Assiduous, assembling Mulberry Harbour, Arromanches. Aged 82, September 14. Ivan A. Green. Able Seaman. Bexhill-on- Sea. Served WWII
Russian convoys and ships include Redoubt and Merchant Navy's Stirling Castle. September 27. Tom Bailey. Harlow. Served during WWII
Glorious, Kenya, Boscawen, Anson, Drake, Nelson, Orion, Minerva, Duncansby Head, Bellerophon and Osprey. Lt J.G.L. Jackson. Served: Saker and
Urmston RNA, River Class Association. Veteran of the Battle ol the Atlantic. Aged 84, September 19. Lt Cdr Frederick Charles Hard.
Chichester. Joined at St Vincent in 1929. Member of HMS Hood Association, in which he served twice. Commanded four large tugs before becoming Director of Boom Defence and Marine Salvage. Retired from RN after 28 years service to become first harbour- master of Chichester. Aged 89, September 30.
Aged 78, September 12. Martin Bruce 'Jimmy' James. ME1.
Newfoundland. Newfoundland Association. Vic Gardiner. Herne Bay. Served in
as a Leading Torpedo Operator. September 27.
Telegraphist. in LSTs and
ready to sail from her Portsmouth home on November 3 to relieve HMS Bulwark east of Suez. The front-page picture was Albion's deck covered with a spray of water during pre-wetting trials used to wash down all sur- faces should the ship sail through 'fall-out' areas.
her trials second
Dartmouth Training Squadron. The Scouts were welcomed on board and then in turn, their
ship. The visit kept up the links between the Scouts of St Aloysius College
HMS INTREPID visited Malta for the first time in her new role as the Dartmouth
training and the
comed the ship's com- pany from the assault ship into their island homes.
AFTER returning from the South Atlantic, HMS Fearles s resumed her role as the Dartmouth training ship, setting off for the Mediterranean to train up midshipmen and artificer apprentices. Before she went, she stopped
members of the ship's company saw a special showing of the film 'Who dares wins' with its star Lewis Collins.
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RM as CO on 9 Dec 02 and to hold the rank of Local Lieutenant Colonel. Cdr B.C. Payne to 899 Squadron Heron as CO on 22 Nov 02. Cdr M.J. Wainhouse to HMS
Appointments Col F.H.R. Howes to 42 Cdo
Example (Calliope) as CO on 28 Aug 02. Surg Rear Adm I.L. Jenkins
Glasgow as CO on 1 Oct 02. Lt J.D. Gould to HMS
Cdre S.R.J. Gopdall to be promoted Rear Admiral on 3 Oct 02 and to be Director General Training and Education on 7 Oct 02.
to be promoted Surgeon Vice Admiral on 21 Oct 02 and to be Surgeon General on 26 Oct 02. Surg Cdre R.D. Curr to be promoted Surgeon Rear Admiral on 3 Oct 02 and to be Medical Director General (Naval) on 8 Oct 02.
HMS Sceptre as CO on 10 Dec 02.
HMS Trenchant as CO on 10 Dec 02.
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for 30 years. Joined as a boy at HMS Ganges. Served in Greyhound, Norfolk, Shikari, Crossbow and first lieutenant of HMS Reclaim. Also trained personnel on anti-submarine warfare in Simonstown, South Africa. Aged 88, October 4. Stan 'Tommy' Tucker. Aircraft Handlers
Defiance, Diana and HMAS Melbourne (1964-66). Aged 77. Lt Cdr Norman Hefford. Served in RN
Llandudno, president and founder and presi- dent of the HMS Protector Assocation. Ships and establishments served from 1958-67 include Raleigh, Striker, Victory, Vidal, Adamant, Defender, Protector, Sultan, Lofoten and Vernon. Aged 60, September 24. Joshua Moss. Founder member of RNA
Stortford. Trained at Ganges and Bruce, member of both associations. Other ships include Mercury, Implacable, Indomitable, Osprey, Highflyer (Ceylon West Radio sta- tion). September 15. Harry 'Pinky' Pinkerton. A/POM(E).
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Served 1942-46, ships include: Collingwood, Hannibal, Cormorant, Colossus, Holcombe (torpedoes December 1943), Afrikander.
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