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Sergeant Luke Taylor RM. Joined the Royal Marines 1997. Shot and killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base in Helmand province, Afghanistan March 26. Aged 33. Page 6.


Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo KCB. Joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1942 as a naval airman and earned his wings in Ontario. He was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant RNVR and trained as a Seafire pilot at Yeovilton. As a member of 887 Naval Air Squadron he joined the carrier Indefatigable in 1944 on Russian convoy duties and covered attacks on the Tirpitz. Indefatigable joined the British Pacific Fleet late 1944 and contributed to attacks on Japanese installations in Sumatra, Formosa (Taiwan) and the Japanese mainland. As he was launching from the flight deck she became the first British ship to be hit by a kamikaze pilot 1945. Post war he transferred to the regular Navy and became a qualified flying instructor and returned to the US in 1949 to fly Phantoms and Banshees with the first East Coast jet squadron, ashore and in the carrier Philippine Sea. Back in Britain in 1951 he converted to jets, learned to fly helicopters and was type-qualified in the four-engine Lancaster bomber; he commanded the Navy’s first jet training squadron to embark in Ark Royal. Early promotion to commander in 1956 was followed by two staff jobs and command of the new frigate Lowestoft. Promoted to captain at aged 39 he was appointed to his first Ministry of Defence post as deputy director of Naval Air Warfare. Appointed in command of the new frigate Juno and the 5th frigate squadron and commanded Ark Royal 1969-71 becoming a national figure after he was exonerated by an official board of inquiry following a collision with a Soviet destroyer. 1972 he was promoted to rear admiral as Flag Officer Carriers and Amphibious Ships, then as Director of Naval Manpower and Training, followed by Vice- Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) and acting First Sea Lord. He was appointed KCB in 1977 and retired as a full admiral in 1978 while only 54. His autobiography Collision Course: Lygo Shoots Back was published in


2002. President of the St Vincent Association. March 7. Aged 87.


Rear Admiral Ian Robertson, CB, DSC. Commissioned as a temporary acting sub- lieutenant (Aircrew) RNVR and qualified as a pilot 1942. After flying Lysanders at Arbroath he joined 827 Naval Air Squadron flying the Fairey Barracuda and at the age of 22 was awarded the DSC for his courage and skill duing anti-shipping operations off the Norwegian coast flying from the carriers Furious, Implacable and Victorious; taking part in the first Fleet Air Arm attack on the Tirpitz (Operation Tungsten). Selected for transfer into the RN 1944 he was promoted to lieutenant and gained watch-keeping experience on board Obedient 1945 then qualified as an instructor teaching sub- lieutenants to fly. Promoted to commander, he was senior airman at Culdrose and in Albion. His first command was Keppel and as a captain in 1963 he commanded Mohawk, Culdrose and Eagle in 1970. As


a rear-admiral he commanded the reserve fleet and reserve personnel and was Director of Naval Recruiting; he retired in 1974 and was appointed CB that year. In retirement his charitable work included being director- general of the Navy League, supporting Sea Cadets and the Girls Nautical Training Corps (later renamed the Sea Cadet Association). February 22. Aged 89. Rear


Admiral Nicholas Poland CB.


Entered Dartmouth under the King’s Cadetship scheme. When war broke out he was a young lieutenant and second-in- command of Eclipse which was bombed during the Norwegian campaign and had to be towed back to Shetland to bury her dead. After survivor’s leave he was drafted to coastal Forces and his first command was torpedo boat No.32 in which he saw action in the North Sea, the Channel when based at Dover and after his MTB was shipped to Alexandria round the Cape, he also took part in various operations in the eastern Mediterranean. 1942 he qualified as a torpedo expert and was appointed to the Naval Air Station in Mull of Kintyre which was responsible for the armament of Swordfish and Barracuda aircraft to Furious in which he took part in the Fleet Air Arm’s most successful attacks on the Tirpitz (Operation Tungsten). He converted to the Torpedo and Anti-Submarine (TAS) specialisation 1947, completed a tour as torpedo and Asdic


(sonar) officer of a submarine


squadron becoming a commander in 1950 and appointed to the air warfare division of the Admiralty. He promoted a series of highly classified projects including the establishment of the under water test range in the Bahamas and as the national representative on the NATO Standing Group in Washington, formulating NATO defence policy; he was appointed CBE in 1962. His final post as a captain was Director of Undersea Warfare in the MOD. Promoted to rear-admiral he was chief of staff to the C-in-C Home Fleet from 1965 to his retirement in 1968. Appointed CB 1967. in 1992 he published The Torpedomen. March 10. Aged 95.


Lt Cdr Peter J C Cobby. Joined as a boy seaman 1945 and served in Vanguard; by 1949 he was a leading seaman in a minesweeping trawler in the Mediterranean serving as her chief boatswain’s mate. 1951 he qualified as a diver and drafted to the Mediterranean Fleet Clearance Diving Team responsible for clearing ports and harbours of munitions left over from WW2. Between 1954-58 he was a senior diver in the minehunter Brenchley, qualified as a clearance diver 1st class and as an instructor and studied for promotion to sub lieutenant. During his course in 1957 he was called from the classroom to West India Dock in London where a giant German mine had been found lying in the mud; he and two other divers made repeated dives and worked by touch in the dark to render it safe and were awarded BEMs for their skill and gallantry; he worked on a similar mine discovered off the breakwater of Portland Harbour in 1969, and received a commendation from his


Commander-in-Chief. After returning to sea as a watchkeeping officer (1958-59) in the diving tender Reclaim he became officer-in- charge of the Admiralty Experimental Diving Team overseeing underwater demolition and radiography trials. 1961-62 he was navigator in Eastbourne then 1st Lieutenant and diving officer of the minehunter Dingley. 1965- 67 he taught at the Joint Services Bomb Disposal School then diving training officer at Vernon until 1968. He returned to Reclaim for deep diving trials and salvage and was involved in raising the crashed Aer Lingus Viscount Flight 712 from the seabed south- east of Ireland; he wrote the procedures for rendering safe Polaris missiles and located an experimental torpedo lost in Loch Long in Scotland. He was loaned to the US Navy 1970-73 and spent a record-breaking 21 days in a pressurised bathysphere at a simulated depth of 1,000ft; he also helped to salvage a US Marine Corps aircraft that had crashed off the coast of North Carolina. Appointed officer-in-charge of the RN Saturation Diving Team and Deputy Superintendent of Diving, he was responsible for the conduct and safety of dives in support of physiological experiments at depth but discovered that the Navy was not going to continue its diving research and he resigned from the Service. He became head of a deep-diving school at Fort William, which became regarded as the most advanced civilian diving school in the world. February 2. Aged 82. Lt Cdr ‘Cherry’ Westwood FAA. Joined as a Naval Airman 2nd Class and had pilot training in Canada. In 1943 with 880 Naval Air Squadron he was flying the Seafire IIC (modified Spitfire) from Indomitable giving fighter cover for convoys in the Mediterranean during the invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky); Indomitable was torpedoed and limped back to Malta. Three weeks later his squadron rejoined the carrier en route to America for


repairs but disembarked


when passing Gibraltar to await Stalker destined for the Salerno landings. From Stalker he flew seven 80-minute sorties for the first two days and on the third day his controls malfunctioned so he diverted to a small airfield at Montecorvino and was caught between the Allied forces and the enemy, with German artillery firing over his head at American troops trapped on the beach he took cover in a trench. Later his aircraft was refuelled and he flew to Malta. 1944 he was appointed flying instructor at RNAS Yeovilton and post-war flew Fireflies in a secret trials unit in Worcestershire. 1949-51 he was senior pilot of 728 Naval Air Squadron and after spending five years as an air traffic controller he transferred to the RAF. February 1. Aged 90. Lt Cdr Michael Wallrock RNR. Enrolled in the Thames Nautical Training College, the square-rigged Worcester 1937 where he earned the post of Chief Cadet Captain and places in the boxing, rugby and cricket teams. At outbreak of war he was a cadet in the four-masted barque Abraham Rydberg after which he joined Jackal employed in convoy protection. Upon entry to


Malta one of his flotilla was mined and he picked


up many of the oil-soaked survivors in Jackal’s


campaigns to prevent Crete falling and later his ship’s boats rescued nearly 700 from Sphakia. The remainder of 1941 Jackal fought against Vichy French naval forces off Lebanon, escorted or provided diversions for Malta convoys before being torpedoed by an aircraft off Derna in North Africa. After repairs in Alexandria she was bombed and set on fire and had to be sunk by a torpedo from Jervis which was crammed with the survivors of three ships. Appointed to Eridge as navigator, with four other Hunts, his ship bombarded Mersa Matruh and sank an ammunition ship but was later torpedoed by an E-Boat and was towed to Alexandria by the Aldenham but was assessed as beyond worthwhile repair. Onboard MTB309 he was lucky to survive the assault on Tobruk with a deck full of 100 octane petrol cans stowed between the torpedo tubes. Appointed as navigator to Pakenham 1943 in company with


southwest of Marsala sinking a torpedo boat but was damaged and taken in tow, which was abandoned because of threat of air attack and Pakenham was sunk by torpedo from Paladin. He then joined the newly-built Hunt-class Talybont that fought several engagements of varying success against German torpedo boats in the Channel then assigned to the American sector off Omaha Beach supporting the Normandy invasion and in a successful battle off Le Havre; for these actions he was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French and was twice mentioned in dispatches. He accepted the surrender of six U-boats in Loch Eriboll while assigned to the “lease-lend” frigate Rupert which was returned to the US 1946 and her crew repatriated in the Queen Mary. After qualifying as a square-rig master mariner in late 1947 he helped to run the Outward Bound Sea School operating the Prince Louis sail training vessel. February 17. Aged 90.


Lt Cdr Peter John Angell DSC. Joined the Royal Navy as a Special Entry cadet in 1937 and was under training on board Southampton when war broke out.


taking charge of a small boat to help evacuate beaches at Dunkirk he was in Hood witnessing the bombardment of the French fleet 1940. He volunteered for the submarine service and within a year was the junior hand in the submarine Trident on operations off Norway. 1941 he became liaison officer in the Polish submarine Sokol which penetrated Navarino Bay and torpedoed the Italian destroyer Aviere; two weeks later Sokol torpedoed the 2,000-ton Italian tanker Berbera. Aged 23 he passed his Perisher course and commanded the training submarine H34. 1943 he was given command of Sea Rover in which he sank nine Japanese vessels and damaged two more off the coast of Malaya and Sumatra; he was awarded a DSC. Post war he accepted the surrender of German U-boats at Londonderry and served in Eagle during the Suez Crisis 1956; he took his ‘Golden Bowler’ in 1959. February 18. Aged 92. Dennis ‘Squire’ Wilkins. Fleet Air Arm Pilot. Joined the FAA 1943 as an observer (navigator) in the Swordfish ‘Stringbag’ but transferred to the role of pilot, going solo 1946 after 11 hours in a de Havilland Tiger Moth; his first deck-landing was on Implacable 1947. He flew Fireflies with 812 Naval Air Squadron from Ocean in the Mediterranean (1948-49) and survived a


suffered an engine failure at 5,000ft making a wheels-up landing in a Scottish field in 1950. During the Korean War he was lent to the Royal Australian Navy and flew from Vengeance and Sydney (1953). A mainstay of the England rugby XV for three seasons he captained the Royal Navy XV in 1952-53 season and played again for the Navy 1956; he played 13 times for England. His last flight as pilot was 1957 and his last appointment was as battery commander at the Royal Tournament Field Gun competition 1958. January 30. Aged 87. Lt Cdr Condie Sandeman. Joined as Special Entry Cadet (Executive branch) 1939.


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(Scapa/Iceland patrol), Channel and Atlantic convoy escorts, Orion (Mediterranean) and Dauntless. Specialised in Torpedo Branch and later transferred to Electrical Branch upon its inception; Forth (Mediterranean), exchange service with the RAN early ‘50s and ASWE, Portsdown. Took original ‘Golden Bowler’ under first redundancy scheme late ‘50s. March 13. Aged 90. Chiu Yiu Nam GM. Seaman RFA.


Appointments included Norfolk forced landing when his Seafire XV After Paladin she attacked a convoy whaler. His flotilla took part in


(1968) and shore bases Victory, Sultan and Centurion. Member of NSBRA and BP Club. March 13. Aged 80. Cyril Norman Fairman. CPO Cox’n. Served 1942-46 at Ganges and aboard H44, L26, Severn, Spiteful and Stoic in the Arctic, Mediterranean and Far East including Malta GC and Leros/Samos replenishment operations and as Cox’n to Lt Cdr Donald Cameron VC (Tirpitz Attack) in S class boats 1946. February 2. Aged 88. Brian William ‘Wally’ Walder. Ldg Signalman. Served 1948-62 at Ganges, Bruce, Morecambe Bay, Saintes, Lascaris, Liverpool, Gilkicker, Indomitable, Coquette, Mercury, Charity, Central, Ceylon, RNB Portsmouth, Undine and Rocket. April 2. Aged 79. David George MacLeod. PORP1. Served 1946-57 St Vincent and Ganges, HMS Duke of York, Loch Fada (Derry Flotilla), Redpole, Mauritius, Kenya, Boxer and Bulwark also RNXS HMS Cambria (South Wales). Member of Ganges, Loch Fada, Kenya and Duke of York Associations. March 20. Aged 82. Frederick ‘Fred’ Hodgkinson Page. AB. Served 1941-46 in Antrim and Tartar; Russian and Malta Convoys and Operations Torch, Husky and Avalanche. January. Aged 91.


David ‘Taff’ Watkins. ERA. Ex-RHS


Holbrook. Served 1943-57 in Fisgard, St Kitts, Superb (Cruiser) and submarines Alarm, Sirdar, Sentinel, Sea Scout, Excalibur and Springer. April 6. Aged 84. Thomas


‘Tom’ Dixon. AB. Served


in Vespa 1943-45 and a member of the association. April 8.


ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION Michael ‘Mike’ John Savage RM. Life member of Chesham and Amersham branch. Founder member and secretary for 20 years, treasurer for ten years to present day; as deputy Standard Bearer he carried the old standard at the re-dedication in 1991. February 28. Aged 76. James ‘Jim’ Rose. Able Seaman. Served 1947-50 in Royal Arthur, Narvik and Kenya. Norwich branch. March 4. Aged 83. Margaret Josephine Bannerman (née


Stewart). Cook. Called up 1942 and served in Ganges and at Blundelsands (Liverpool). City of Glasgow RNA and Life member of WRNS Association. March 24. Aged 89. Keith ‘Dusty’ Miller RM. Served on board


Glasgow, Sheffield, St Vincent, Bermuda and RM Barracks Eastney. Enrolled Royal Fleet Reserves 1961. Maidstone RNA. Aged 76. Eddie


Thwaites. FAA. Former Social


Secretary Maidstone branch. March 18. Victor ‘Vic’ Witney. AB Gunner. Served at Royal Arthur, Victory, Excellent


and


Finisterre, Lancaster Castle and Argonaut. Branch Chairman for many years and later a Life Member of Watford branch. March 14. Aged 83.


Ron ‘Nocker’ White. AB. National Serviceman 1957-59. Served on board Ocean and Apollo. Vice President Hartlepool


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Operational honours


The Operational Honours list, which recognises service on operations in Afghanistan and national operations for the period April 1 2011 to September 30 2011, is below. AFGHANISTAN


Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE): Maj Gen Edward Grant Martin Davis, Royal Marines


Helicopter flight deck party and also trained in firefighting on board RFA Sir Galahad. When she was hit by Argentinian bombs in the Falklands, wearing a protective asbestos suit, he fought his way through smoke and flames into the bowels of the ship bringing men to safety and although 48 seamen and soldiers were killed, at least ten owed their survival to Chiu. He remained reluctant to be recognised officially for his bravery however in 1983 he agreed to fly from Hong Kong to London where the Queen invested him with the George Medal. He retired from the RFA 1989 for health reasons; representing one of the last generations of locally-recruited sailors he returned to live in Hong Kong. February 14. Lt Arn Wilson. Commanded X6 X-craft


during World War 2. Aged 94. John Kerley. ERA. Served onboard Peacock 1952-55 and a member of the Association. March 1.


aboard Peacock as a Signalman 1947-49 and a member of the association. March 29. Roy Leslie Goby. PO Seaman. Served


Robert George ‘Bunts’ Ramson. Served


aboard Peacock 1945-47 and a member of the association.


Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE): Cdr Carol Ann Betteridge, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service; Lt Col Alexander Nicholas Janzen, Royal Marines; Col Oliver Andrew Lee, Royal Marines


Member of the Order of the


British Empire (MBE): Maj Niki Richard Dalgliesh Cavill, Royal Marines; Capt Ross Drinkwater, Royal Marines; CSgt Stephen Scott, Royal Marines


Distinguished Service Order


(DSO): Lt Col Ewen Alexander Murchison, Royal Marines Conspicuous Gallantry Cross


Robert A Thompson. CPO Ck. Served 1959-81 at Pembroke, Vernon, Jaguar and Minerva. March 3. Aged 76. Bertie Leonard Harding. CPO Writer. Served 1949-72 on board Implacable (1950-51), Theseus (1956-57) and Bulwark (1963); also in Malta (1955) and Hong Kong


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(CGC): Cpl Simon Wright-Hider, Royal Marines Military Cross (MC): Medical Assistant Liam Matthew O’Grady, Royal Navy; Cpl Paul Anthony Vice, Royal Marines; Marine Mark George Williams, Royal Marines Mention in Despatches (MiD): Cpl Ross William Adams, Royal Marines; Maj Aleck Michael George Burrell, Royal Marines; Sgt Robert Alfred Driscoll, Royal Marines; Maj Nicholas Paul Foster, Royal Marines; Acting Cpl Craig Haslam, Royal Marines; Capt Joseph Patrick McElvenney,


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Air Engineer Mechanic Michelle Ping, Royal Naval Reserve; Acting Cpl Michael Owen Rossi, Royal Marines Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS):


Chaplain David Alexander Conroy; Sgt Alexander James MacNeil Farrant, Royal Marines; Cpl Lewis William Frisby, Royal Marines; Lt Benjamin Paul Kirby; Lt Victoria Susan Long, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service; Lt Col Dominic Peter May, Royal Marines; Maj Matthew Charles Parker, Royal Marines; Acting CSgt Mark Ian Ramsey, Royal Marines; Lt Cdr Peter John Selwood,


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Royal Naval Nursing Service; Chaplain Scott James Sinclair Shackleton; Lt Col Matthew Stovin-Bradford, Royal Marines; Sgt Matthew Gerard Weites, Royal Marines; Acting CSgt Adam Whittle, Royal Marines REST OF THE WORLD Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE): Cdr Robert Paul Dunn; Cdr Colin Nicholas Owen Williams


Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE): Lt Col Leonard Anthony Brown, Royal Marines; CPO Logistics (SC) Stephen Lewis


Distinguished Service Cross


(DSC): Lt Cdr James David Byron Queen’s Gallantry Medal


(QGM): Acting Colour Sergeant Adrian Thomas Lister, Royal Marines Queen’s Commendation for


Valuable Service (QCVS): WO2 Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) Jeremy Bean; PO (Diver) Mark Stuart Cocking; Rear Admiral Russell George Harding; Cdre John Matthew Leonard Kingwell; Able Seaman Warfare Specialist (Tactical SM) 2 Bruce Alan Morley


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branch. Associate member DLI Hartlepool and REME Billingham. March 14. Aged 76. Mostyn Thomas. Served 1943-46 with Coastal Forces. Sunderland RNA and a Founder member and Secretary of North East branch of the Coastal Forces Veterans. March 18. Aged 86. Charles William ‘Bill’ Nicholson. CPO CEM(L). Served 1945-68 on board Bermuda, Roberts, submarine


Acheron, St Kitts,


Delight, Leeds Castle, Rame Head, Rhyl, Forth and as CPO in charge of electric and electronic Close Range Gunnery Systems on board Gambia (1958-61). Upon leaving the RN he worked on the Polaris guided missile programme on assignment with the US Navy in Florida. Member of HMS Gambia Association and the RNA. March 25. Aged 84.


Harold Riley. S&S branch (Jack Dusty). Served 1942-46 in Indomitable in the Mediterranean (Invasion of Sicily) was torpedoed and sent to USA for repair. Asbury shore base in New Jersey then to the escort carrier Premier used to ferry aircraft from USA to UK. Took part in mine laying operations and attacks on shipping off Norway; Hornbill at Oxford, then Highflyer at Trincomalee. President of St Helens branch. March 26. Aged 88. Alfred Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Jones. Served Lossie,


WW2 in Atlantic Convoys and


Burma. Long-term Chairman Conway British Legion and full member Llandudno RNA. March 25. Aged 86. Keith Burns. LMA Submariner. Served in submarines Churchill (1970-73) and Superb (1974-77). Spennymoor and Ferryhill RNA. April 6. Aged 65.


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Peter Robertson. L/Cook. Served aboard Rinaldo. Aged 83. Don Danby. S/M. Served aboard Marvel. February 18. Aged 83. Harry Amos. AB. Served aboard Plucky.


March 12. Aged 77. Canon Peter Oades. Tel. Served aboard


Loyalty. March 22. Aged 88. John Hyatt. AB. Served aboard Lioness. April 10. Aged 78.


FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION Lt Cdr George M Warren RNVR. Joined 1940 and flew various Fleet Air Arm aircraft at RNAS Yeovilton (759 NAS), Aboukir 1941 (700 NAS), Western Desert 1941 (806 NAS), Ratmalana Ceylon 1942, Indomitable (Pedestal) and Victorious (882 NAS Torch), USA, Hawaii and S W Pacific. RNAS Eglington 1943 (787 NAS), Wittering & Tangmere 1943-45 and IFDF Boscombe Down 1945; retired 1946. Cotswold Fleet Air Arm Association and Hon. HMS Victorious Association. April 1. Aged 91. Thomas ‘Tom’ R Chisnal. AM1(A). Served 1939-46. Wrekin branch. November 2011. Roy Turner. AM(A). Served 1944-1946.


Joined the Birmingham branch in 1985. March 20. Aged 86.


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