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22 NAVY NEWS, JULY 1995


Calling Old Shipmates


HMS Lord Roberts (D-Day Landings) Mr.J.Laurent, 3 Rue St Andreas Berg, 14800 Touques, France, would be pleased to hear from those who served in the ship during the landings. S/Lt Richard Kendall: If anyone knows


the whereabouts of Sub-Lieut Kendall, who won the Distinguished Service Cross for an attack on the German battleship, Tirpitz', please contact Mr. Keith Robinson, Mere house, The Street, Betchworth RH 7DJ (tel 01737-843094). J5N and MV Ovula (1942-1944): Mr.J.Pegler, 102 Oxtails Way, Glocs GL2 9JW, wants to hear from DEMS ratings who, on May 19,1942 sailed from Liverpool in the troopship Mourton Bay, and from those who served in the Dutch tanker Ouvla (Feb 1943 - Feb 1944), especially ABs Jim Fisher, Ted Whatley, Les Heap, Bob String- er, Joe Morris, Ken Harrington, Geordie Nicholson. Ken Phillips and Freddie Fletcher. HMS Vanquisher (1942-45): Mr Stanley Armstrong, ex-AB, 11 Nettlehill, Ballyma- cash, Lisburn, Co Antrim, N.Ireland BT28 3HA wants to hear from Alan Ridley of New- castle, Ron Carrol of Bristol, Roy Bently, ex-England footballer and other old shipmates. HMS Salisbury (1974-78): Mr.G.'Fritz Lmdhorst, 9 Conway Close, March, Cambs PE15 9SU (Tel 01354-51571), wants to get in touch with former members of the ship's company with view a reunion. HMS Llandaff and HMS Vernon (1959): Mr.W.Russett. 3 Snowdrop Walk, Stockton Avenue, Fleet, Hants GU13 8ST (tel 01252- 627393), CPO TAS1 in the Llandaff and first president of the new Mess at Vernon, would be pleased to hear from old shipmates MTE Rosyth (Caledonia. Drake Div, 1940-41). Mr JV Parsons, 11 Elm Green. Hailsham, E Sussex BN27 1TD (tel 01323- 440900) seeks news of old shipmates. City of Glasgow RNS Branch. Anyone interested in forming such a branch is asked to contact D.J.M.Simpson, secretary of Rosyth and West Fife Branch RNA, 13 Forthview Rd, Blackball, Edinburgh EH4 2DR (tel 0131 332 2871). HMS Condor 1959. Jinny Carr, The Hag-


gin Stables. Ampleforth, York YO6 4DA (tel 01439 788243) seeks ex-Wren Air Mechan- ic Helen Moss, who also served with her in HMS Seahawk. Reunion for FAA Wrens who joined in 1959 planned at York. Oct 7. HMS Parrett (River Class Frigate) Hong


S G Cooke of 3 The Florins, Waterlooville, Hants PO7 5RJ, Tel 01705 263441 is anxious to hear from the following ex- members: Patridge, Thomas, Jacobs, Wei- lard, Melton. Boon, Young, Lee. Adams, Oakes, O'Brien, Harding, Radford. Hems- ley, Conning and Weir. LI Cdr Falwasser and the Naval detach-


313 King's Squad RM (Deal 1938-39): Mr


ment who flew from Mingladon to Moulmein to activate minesweepers in the port: members of 45 Indian Beach Group would like to hear from you. Contact E J W George, 6 Daneshay, Northam, North Devon, EX39 1DG. Tef Bideford 474160.


dis (1970-77) Stu Fleming would like to hear from old shipmates. 180 Lower Fairmead Rd, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 5SS. Tel 01935 26137. HMS Genista (Flower class corvette) Don Maclver would like to know if anybody has a print of the ship's company photograph taken in Durban in 1945. Write to 2 Datchet Garth, Tilbury Rd, Boothferry estate, Hull, HU4 7EP. HMS Newcastle (Cruiser) All Far East Commissions 1952-58 who are interested in a reunion in 1996 should contact Bill Thompson, Hill Crest, Mickle Hill, Blackball Rocks, Hartlepool, TS27 4FD. Tel 0191 586 3068. HMS Cavalier 1944-72. Mr Sid Anning


HM ships Ganges, Mohawk and Charyb-


would like to get in touch with former ship- mates. The association already has 400 members. Tel 01752 768201. HMS Morcambe Bay, Far East Station (1949-56): Geoff Harrison of 18 Tamella Rd. Botley, Hants, SO30 2NY, Tel 01489 787111, would like to hear from shipmates interested in a reunion. HMS Birmingham. Dido or Z class des- troyermen who attended the Danish libera- tion parade on May 8 olease contact ex LSig Doug Hayes (HMS zephyr 1945) with a view to exchanging photographs. 35 Eastwood Rise. Leigh-on-Sea. Essex SSG 5BS. Tel Southend 522708.


er CPO on the staff of Flag Officer Plymouth in the early 1980s: Mr RN McMorran of 36 Mansefield Court, Bathgate, West Lothian EH48 4HE Tel 01506 656550 would like to hear from you, and from any of his ship- mates from 1956-74 in Victorious, Bulwark, Ajax, Troubridge, Lowestoft, Berwick, Kep- pel. Vernon, Neptune and Chatham. HMS Glowworm: A survivor would like to


John Morgan (HMS Vernon 1964) and lat-


Kong 1945. Jack Dusty would like to hear from any old shipmates. 17 Great Central Ave South Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 6TT. Tel 0181 845 5434 Shipmate KC Hay den of Whangarei, New Zealand, sends greetings to shipmates of LST 1021 and HMS Crispian, whom he would like to hear from, especially his going ashore dppo Ron Hartley of Norris Green, Liverpool. Reg Hanford would like to contact ship-


hear from any other survivors. Please write c/o Ms Ann Packwood, 9 Inskip, Birch Green, Skelmesdale. Lanes WM8 6JT. Tel: 01695 724942. HMS St George 1944-45 and HMS Triumph 1946-49. Don Freeman of 67 Okura River Rd. R.D.2, Albany, New Zea- land, would like to contact any Exmouth 144 boys or any of the electrical party on HMS Triumph's first commission. 539 Royal Marine Flotilla members who


mates from HMS Empress of India and Im- pregnable 1927-28. HMS Hood 1928, Tiger 1929, Rodney 1933. Hermes 1939, Pala- mares 1943-44 and HMS Cardiff 1944-46. 118A Station Rd, Llanbaff North, Cardiff, SWales.


served aboard LSI Empire Spearhead and LSI Empire Halberd on D Day and served in the South Pacific during WWII please phone DTW Howard on 01727 867243 if you would like to meet in Portsmouth for the VJ celebrations.


At Your Service Reunions


JULY


ion July 8, 1000hrs HMS Drake. Details: Derek Pearce. Tel. 01752 366778.


Devonport Field Gun Association reun- AUGUST


tel, Nottingham. Details: D Lewis, 122 Mill Lane, Portslade, Sussex, BN41 2FH. Tel. 01273 881330. HMS Wave fourth reunion Aug 17/18, The Claremont Hotel, 324 Hagley Rd, Edgbas- ton, Birmingham. Details: Tommy Dootson, 3 Bealey Ave, Radcliffe, Manchester. Tel. 0161 794 8857.


4/5 at Worcester. Details: O.J. Barton, 2 Albert Rd, Worcester WR5 1EB. All welcome. HMS Vengeance reunion, Aug 12, Novo-


HMS Tremadoc Bay second reunion Aug SEPTEMBER HMS Daedalus grand reunion Sept 1 cel-


ebrating 50th anniversaries of VE and VJ Day and the achievements of naval aviation. HRH the Duke of York will be guest of hon- our. Tickets £25 from the Fleet Air Arm Officers' Association, 94 Picardilly, London W1V OBP. Tel. 0171 499 0360. TEL (S) (1942-45) Association Sept 6 at Carlisle. Details: Vic Simmons, 11 Bisley Close, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 8PN. Tel. 0181 337 5760. HMS London (1941-45) reunion Sept 8. In London. Reply by 8th July enclosing s.a.e. to Lt Cdr G Bruty, 2 Caradon Court, Haw- kins Close, Derriford, Plymouth PL6 6LL. Tel. 01752 791064. HMS Diana fourth reunion 8/9/10 Sept at


ver, Fishguard, Gorleston, Hartland, Land- guard, Lulworth, Sennen, Totland and Wal- ney are invited. Details: Sid Simkin, 67 Orchard Way, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 ONY.


the Bristol Marriot Hotel. New members welcome and wives welcome. Details: Jim Woolley Tel. 01565 651058 or Bill Tuck on


HMS Tanatside reunion Sept 22 to 25 at


at Portsmouth RNA Club, Lake Rd. Sept 23 Buffet Dance at the Petty Officers Mess. HMS Nelson, Portsmouth. Details: please send SAE to Robin Kane, 3 Shoebridge Av- enue, Eastburn, Keighley, Yorkshire, en- closing s.a.e. or tel: 01302 708135. HMS Nubian 1964-66 reunion Sept 23 at


01323 845156. HMS Comus Comrades reunion Sept 22


reunion Oct 7 to be held within the main Submarine Old Comrades reunion at HMS Dolphin. See notice board on arrival. De- tails: D Summer, 1 Newgate St. Bingham. Nottingham NG13 8FD. Tel. 01949 837062. RBA 93 — all Regulators, third reunion at


the Province of Natal Hotel, Weymouth at 1930 hrs. Details: Jim Rotherham Tel 01246 433 923 or Tommy Breaks on 01734 345771. HMS Hesperus 1940-45 reunion Sept 30


reunion dinner at the Sailors Home Club, Queen St, Portsmouth on Oct 13. Guest of honour will be Rear Admiral N J Wilkinson, JSDC Greenwich. Details: J A Stych. 74 Broadsands Drive, Alverstoke Gosport PO12 2TJ. Tel. (home) 01705 589742 or Victory Building ext 27520. DESA 20th annual convention Oct 10 to


Whaiey Club, HMS Excellence, Oct 7 (week- end of entertainment.) Details: Tony Had- leigh Tel. 01705 738902. RN Writers Association 108th annual


at the Manor Hotel, Yeovil. Details: C A Bungy Edwards, 69 Oak Grove Place, East Hunsbury, Northampton NN4 OSB. Tel. 01604 763273. River Class Association tenth reunion


Sept 30 at the RNA Club, Riverside, Ade- laide Rd, Royal Leamington Spa, at noon. Details: Peter Horrell, Spriddlestone Lodge, Wembury Rd, Plymouth PL9 ODQ.


OCTOBER


2 to 7 at Lowestoft. Details: John Dunn, 12 Grampian Way, Oulton Broads, Suffolk NR32 SEW. Tef: 0171 703 7215.


RN Patrol Service 20th reunion from Oct


The Claremont Hotel, Hagley rd, Birming- ham. All welcome. Details: Brian Snow Tel. 0160 486 4205 or Mike Lyons Tel. 0150 264 9882. HMS Columbine (K94) reunion Sept 9 at


the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. Details: Jim Heys, 3 Water Lane. Edenfield, Lanes BLO OLU. North Eastern School ol Wireless Tele-


graphy reunion Sept 9 at Ashfield House. Weston Lane. Otley. West Yorkshire. Any former trainee, radio officer or RN wireless telegraphist of 1940-46 (or later Bridlington) are welcome. Details: Cyril Leyden. 55 Cross Green, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 1HE. Tel. 01943 850613. HMS Sikh reunion Sept 14 at Portsmouth


Over to You


Sailors Home Club. Details: W Wright, 45 Herrick Close, Southampton SO19 6NF. Tel. 01703 404710. HMS Caledonia 1937-39 Boy's Seamen & Communicators dinner Sept 16 at More- cambe Lanes. Anyone wishing to join the association or make bookings should con- tact Jim Duckworth, 87 The Hove, Murdi- shaw, Runcorn WA7 SEE. Tel. 01928 718109. HMS Antrim AGM Sept 17 in Weymouth.


Details: Mel Camp Tel. 0121 553 1504 or Jim McKee on 01305 778410. Cutters Association reunion Sept 20 at


The Bull Hotel, Peterborough, from noon. Crew members from HM ships Banff, Cul-


E. McDonald, 143A Newton St. Millom, Cumbria, LA18 4DT (tel 01229-773530), would welcome news from anyone who may have known her late father, or who may have a photograph of him. He served in minesweepers during World War I and his family had a trawler business in


Close, Aldwick Bay. Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 4HR (tel 01243-267629), would be grateful to see any photograph of Cdr C. R. G. Thompson RN, who was lost when the Martin was sunk off Algiers on Nov 10, 1942 Any photographs would be returned. HMS Beryl (1941-43): Mr. Albert R. Sanders, 34 Vandyke, Gt Hollands, Brack- nell, Berks, RG12 SUP, would like to hear from anyone who knew his uncle, ex-CPO John Frederick Earnest Tubb, who served in HM trawler Beryl during the siege of Malta. William Bond Cowell (1914-1919): Mrs.


HMS Martin: Mrs. G. Tyler. 8 Hunter's "Blue Tapestry" book on history of the


WRNS by Vera Mathews (Director WRNS 1939-46), and signed by her. is available on exchange of any other interesting naval memorabilia (tel: 0121 779 3525). Bugler Derek James Nash RM, served


HMS Liverpool 1942, discharged 1956. Ter- ry Easingwood, 17 West Park Close, Leeds LS28 2ED (tel: 0113 2666418) has some family news for him. HMS Beacon (1867-1888). Info sought on


17 Wymans Lane, Swindon Village, Chel- tenham, Glos GL51 9QA, would appreciate any memories and the loan of photos and/ or commissioning books. TASI Association tie and blazer sought


screw gun vessel by Mrs T. Alker, Bryn-y- Mor, Uandegfan, Anglesey LL59 5YA. Also of Surgeon Michael Kearney of the Beacon who died in 1879 and whose grave is in Bahrain. Admiral William Gladstone Agnew. Au-


rora Association is seeking his last resting place. Call 01274 875495 (expenses refunded).


Thors Oak, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, SS17 7BU (tel 01375-678086), wants to trace the relatives of ex-Ldg Stoker Ginger Davies, to tell them about his heroism. He joined the Navy at Chatham in May 1934 Naval Party 860P (1943): Mr. F Cook. 87 Hedhingham Road, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 3HQ, would like to hear from anyone who knew his father, ex-CPO Tel F. J. J. Cook, to find out what he was doing during the Sicily/Italy landings in 1943. Football supporters: Mr. D. A. Branson


Fleetwood. HMS Naiad (1940-42): Mr. H Ring, 25


E. Swain, 2 Lindsell St. Greenwich, London SE10, is now in possession of Mr & Mrs Marcham, 12 Barton Close, Beckton, Lon- don E6 4QE (tel: 01701 4741760). The fly- leaf is signd by Mr Swain's shipmates and Mr & Mrs Marcham would like to return the book.


Machinery Handbook 1941 belonging to


1234, 1282, 1070, 1031, 105 and 106. Con- tact W. Getgood, 28 Sunnymead, West Green, Crawiey, Sussex RHll 7DX. HMS Azalea 1944. John Pulley. 6 Pea-


Barker, 2E Branksome Wood Rd. Bourne- mouth BH6 2BY is seeking info on behalf of the National Trust. HMS Eagle 1952-72. Author Neil McCart,


RN on Brownsea Island 1939-45. John


for ex-TASI now in Tasmania. Contact J. C. Collier. 82 Marine Cresc. Worthing BN12 4JH (tel: 01903 504754). Photos available of MLs 1221. 1368,


cock Lane, Ruspidge, Cinderfort. Glos L14 3EU, is researching the sinking of USN's LST 501 and 531 off Slapton Sands April 26-27, 1944 and would like to hear from anyone in Azalea at the time or who remem- bers the incident. Tel. Maurice Henry Steel, served 1911-


FRIDAY THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER 1995 AT HMS DAEDALUS


A GRAND FLEET AIR ARM REUNION


Are you serving in the Fleet Air Arm, retired from the service, or have you been associated in any way with naval aviation. If so, you and your family are eligible to attend the Grand Air Arm Reunion taking place at HMS Daedalus on Friday, 1 September 1995.


This prestigious all ranks event is being organised by the Fleet Air Arm Officers Association to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE and VJ days. In addition, the occasion will also pay tribute to the achievements of the Royal Navy in military aviation from the early beginnings during World War One, right up to the present day.


A reception and luncheon will be followed by a presentation featuring a "Review of Naval Aviation". There will be live interviews with some of the naval aviators and others 'who were there'. Many distinguished guests will be attending. Aircraft of the Royal Navy Historic Flight and other vintage aircraft will be on view together with the band of the Royal Marines who will be 'Beating Retreat'. It promises to be a splendid occasion and a wonderful opportunity to meet friends and shipmates.


Tickets, £25.00 per person, can be obtained by writing to The Fleet Air Arm Officers Association, 94, Piccadilly, London, W1V OBP. Please mark the envelope 'Reunion' and ensure you give the name of each person attending.


WE VERY MUCH HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE


(ex-RAF Sgt), 29 Chaulden Terrace, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 2AN, is researching a book on the lighter side of the terraces and would like to hear from football sup- porters, male or female, willing to complete questionnaires on the game. HMS Hunter (1944): Mr. Ralph Banks. La Pinconnerie, 86260 Angles Sur L'Anglin, Vi- enne. France, wants to trace former FAA pilot, S/Lt (A) Gwyndaf Emus Thomas RNVR who was shot down over Provence. August 24, 1944, and subsequently helped by the French Resistance enabling him to rejoin the Hunter, Sept 3, 1944. mv Breconshire (March 25-27,1942): Mr.


with sticky backs) are collected by M. Noonan. 31 Worsley St, Southsea, Hants. PO4 9PR, who seeks other collectors. WWI hospital ships. John Sturges, 52 Greenpark Rd, Northenden, Manchester M22 4DR seeks info, as well as info on Exercise NMMTB 2012 in the Artie in 1949. and Joint Services expeditions and HM ship visits in Antarctica. Souvenirs, photographs and mail covers also sought. HM submarine Parthian was adopted by


Ron Blackhouse, Stockhill Fold, Bradford, BD10 9AY (tel 01274-614142), seeks infor- mation about the last days of the ship com- manded by Capt Hutchinson RN, Marsax- lokk, Malta and her involvement with RAF marine craft. He would also like to know about Kalafrans (1916-1918) and after the RAF left in 1946 when the FAA (RNAMY) took over. Photo appeal. L. E. S. Oxford, 29 Medina


Ex-LEM Raymond Dobson (1939-50) Mr Dobson's son, ex-LRO(G) Mr Paul Dobson, 11 Balmoral Drive, Ferrybridge, Knottingley, W. Yorks. WF11 8RQ, is seeking info from his late father's shipmates, and about HM ships Ganges. Victory, Lanka, Ukussa, Mayina, Vernon, Marlborough, Colling- wood, Hawkins, Queen Elizabeth, Comus - and any asociations relating to those ships as well as to HM ships Fearless and Intrepid. Zapper stickers (small ship's badges


45. His grandson, M. A. Glynn, 23 Craig Was. Letterston, Dyfed SA62 5SQ (tel: 01348 840956) seeks info from shipmates about his career.


mingham Association is holding a service of remembrance for VJ day. The service will be held in St Matin's-in-the-Bull Ring. Birmingham, at 1830 on August 20. All members of the Royal ana Merchant Navy are welcome. HMS Vanquisher bell is being sought by


Far East Prisoners of War The Bir-


14 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. All RN de- stroyer-escort sailors are invited to join the association and attend. Details: John Cos- grove. 926 National Press Building, Wash- ington DC 20045, USA. HMS Triumph (light fleet carrier 1946-65)


first reunion Oct 20 to Oct 22 Charnwcod Hotel, Skegness. £34 for the weekend. De- tails: E Buckner, Tel. 01228 514570. RN Shipwright Artificers Association


grand dinner dance at The Royal Sailors Home Club, Portsmouth on Oct 20. Tickets £18.50, names asap to Len Radice, 1 Farth- ingdale Terrace, Peacock Lane, Ports- mouth PO1 2TL (tel: 01705 752211). Also one-off grand reunion at the Club on Oct 19, 1996 preceded by dinner dance on Oct 18, 1996. Details: Larry Gorsuch on 01705 737107 or Jim Loveridge on 01703 848042. Names asap.


4th Submarine Squadron (Australia) 360 Squadron reunion at RAF Wyton,


and AGM at The Moat Hotel. Southampton, Oct 28, with rededication of Mercury 1939- 45 memorial in Hamble Churchyard, Oct 29. Details: Mike Ball, 4 Stonehill Close, Bra- myard, Hereford HR7 4XD (tel: 01885 482065). 14th C.A.G. 812 Squadron and N.F.U.


HMS Glory (1949-52) reunion Oct 28 at the RNA Club, Leamington Spa. Details: Ken Lambert, 17 Walgrave. Orton Malborne. Pe- terborough PE2 5NR. Tel. 01733 234655. HMS Ark Royal (1953-78) and all Devon- port-based senior rates 15th annual reunion on Oct 28 in the WO & Senior Rates Mess, HMS Drake. All ex Ark Royal senior rates, all who later became a senior rate on the Ark or similar Devonport big ships are wel- come. Details: Michael Bennett, 6 Launces- ton Close, Southway, Plymouth PL6 6DD. Tel. 01752 778432 (evenings and week- ends) or 01752 552466 (working hours). HMS Moorsom (K567) and Cranstoun


(K511), 17th Escort Group proposed reun- ion Oct or Nov in Blackpool. Anyone inter- ested should contact John Wickens, Tel. 01442 251231 (Herts) or Harry Rawson Tel. 01460 234583 (Somerset).


the H Boats Association) AGM and reunion in Portsmouth, Oct 28. Send sae for details to the Secretary, The Survey Ships Associ- ation, The Elms Guest House, 48 Victoria Road South, Southsea, Hants. PO5 2BT. (tel/fax: 01705 823924). TS Mercury Association annual reunion


1900 on Oct 28. Details from Fit Lt L. Holleworth, 39 Sqn RAF Marham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. The Survey Ships Association (formerly


Alf Wood, management committee member, TS Vanquisher (Nuneaton SCC unit), 21 Caldwell Caravan Site. Bradestone Rd, Nuneaton, Warks CV11 4QT. The ship was


broken up in 1946. The LST and Landing Craft Association


Boston, Lines during Warship Week 1942. The Guildhall Museum, South St, Boston PE21 6HT (tel: 01205 365954) would like to hear from anyone who served on the sub- marine and would welcome photographs, etc.


Ave, Newport, Isle of Wight seeks photo- graphs of Churchill visiting HMS Ramillies in Iceland in 1941 and Earl Mountbatten visiting HMS Birmingham in Madras in 1947.


phatch School who joined the RN in 1951, is sought by his old schoolfriend John Clark, Sheephatch Reunion Association, 57 Fortescue Lane, Rugeley WS15 2AD (tel: 01889 578496). Tel. Robert Antony Ford was lost at sea


Peter (Jumbo) Johnson, ex-boy of Shee-


names of bars, etc. sought by Bill Campbell, 45 Findon Gdns, Belfast BT9 6QL. U-boat victims. Information on British


Malta runs ashore. Stories, recollections,


tor (1939), HMS Ajax (1941), who returned to Worktop, Notts in 1946, is sought by Bessie Buddu of 10 New St, Stockbridge, Hants SO20 6HG, who was staying with his parents when war broke out. Tallies plea. Ex-CPO Caterer Clive Mor-


and most foreign ships sunk by U-boats 1939-45 offered by Roy Beveridge, 61 Park- side St, Rosyth, Fife KY11 2LP (send sae). Cap tallies. Ken Holder, 19 Pilley Cresc, Cheltenham GL53 9ES (tel: 01242 628078) seeks tallies from HMS Braganza, Salstette II, Keppel, Edinburgh, and a small, teak bar- rel from HMS Sirdar (and/or knowledge of same). Mr G. H. Cooke, formerly of HMS Protec-


on May 13, 1940 in HMS Valentine. His sister, Mrs Joan Cuddon-Large, 13 Little Larchmount, Saffron Walden, Essex, would like to hear from anyone who knew him.


Dexter St, St Catherines, Ontario L2S 2L8, Canada, Is seeking surviving crew members of the L26 which suffered a bat- tery explosion in St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia in Feb 1944. Mr Sherwin is a former member of the ship's company of HMCS Port Colborne which assisted. He is prepar- ing a history of the ship for Port Colborne museum.


HM submarine L26. Murray Sherwin, 39


needs help to name the landing craft in which the following RN personnel were killed during the D-Day landings: Lt Cdr Douglas Dawson RNVR, S/Lt Anthony Bas- set RNVR, OS John Bray, AB Cyril Challis, TEL John Harrison, Wireman Ernest Sea- gar. Also, anyone who knows the circum- stances surrounding the death of Robert Geordie Harrison who was in ICT A 2191. Contact John Murphy, 47 Valley Drive, Kingsbury, London NW9 9NJ. Tel: 0181 204


ing craft for Normandy landings. One of these craft carried a base drum from the village of Cromarty. It is believed to have been carried as far as Tahiti during Far East landings. The drum is back in Cromarty's Courthouse Museum. If you have more de- tails please contact: Ken Scott, Garden Cot- tage, Inshes, by Inverness, Scotland. Tel: 01463 232261 HMA Hereward (1941). Mrs E.Williams, 2


HMS Gleneamcarried Royal Marine land-


Hillbury Park Estate. Alderholt, Fording- bridge, Hants SP6 3BW. Tel. 01425 654555 seeks information from survivors of Hereward who may have known her father CPO Jack Reed who was lost when the ship was sunk off Crete in 1941. HMS Clio of the North Wales, Chester


and Border Counties Training Ship Society. Anyone with details about the ship, or about George Henry Lock born 1890, contact: Dorothy Squires, 6 Hyde Close, Sway, Lym- ington, Hants S041 6AJ.


FIFTY YEARS ON


ris Is seeking cap tallies to decorate his bar, The Jolly Sailor Pub, 18146 Sherman Way, Reseda, California 91335, USA. He will re- fund costs and asks ex-RN visiting to con- tact him at his bar. HMS St Issey 1940. S. J. Cant on 01245 562764, wishes to contact ERA J. W. Thom- as RNR (or family) for historical reasons. MMS 1019 and VMS 350 (USN). Ex-Sig


FCPO Chris Jones, 60C Hulbert Rd, Bed- hampton. Havant, Hants PO9 3TG. is seek- ing info about the instructor invented by Lt Ralph Leslie Cross who served 1914-22. Last known whereabouts of one of the trainers was at the School of Seamanship. Auckland, NZ In 1984. Boy seamen who trained at HMS Gan-


Patrick Griffiths, 46 Chilton Drive. Stoney Creek, Ontario L8J 1M2, Canada (tel: and fax: 905 561 4761) seeks info on these minesweepers sunk on July 2, 1944 off Cherbourg. Cross Modulator Steering Instructor. Ex-


Mrs Kathy Stiger (wife of Cdr H. B. Stiger SAN), 14 Cruywagen Rd, Froggy Pond, 7996 Simon s Town, Republic of South Africa, seeks info.


ges, St Vincent, St George, Bruce Impreg- nable, Caledonia, Wildfire, are asked to contact Tom Robson, 23 Avon Court, New- ton Aycliffe, Co Durham DL5 7LR, who is researching for a book. South African Naval Diving from 1939.


A LOOK back at the Royal Navy's war time operations half a century ago this month.


time routine, except for the minesweepers who were busier than ever. For all those Hostilities Only sailors and Wrens awaiting demo- bilisation "Age and Service Group" was the password to release back to Civvy Street, but in the East there was still much work to be done. In South East Asia the minesweepers were clearing the ap- proaches to those ports we expected soon to repccupy. The British Pacific Fleet had finished its maintenance period in Sydney and returned to its operational station.


In home waters the Fleet was making the uneasy change to peace-


nese mainland by the British Pacific Fleet and US battleships. HM ships King George V. Formidable. Black Prince, Newfoundland and five destroyers. 23. FAA aircraft from HMS Formidable attacked targets in the Inland Sea. 25. HM submarine Stubborn sank Japa-


nese patrol boat East of Surabaya. Java. 26. HM minesweeper Vestal sunk by Ka- mikazi attack off Phuket Island, Siam.


1. Allied air and naval bombardment of Balikpapan prior to landing by 7th Austra- lian Division. HMA ships Arunta, Hobart, Shropshire, Kanimbala, Manoora and Westralia. 17. First combined attack on the Japa-


dine, Ulysses and Urania shelled targets on South Honshu. This was the last occasion that a British battleship used her guns in action against enemy targets.


land Sea. 29. HMS King George V escorted by Un-


31. Midget submarines — X Craft — launched from HM submarines Spark and Stygian sank the Japanese heavy cruiser Takoa in the Singapore Straits. Lt Fraser and LS Magennis awarded the VC. Two other X Craft cut the telegraph cables between Singapore, Saigon and Hong Kong.


28. FAA aircraft attack targets in the In-


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