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NAVY NEWS, MAY 1996 7 Letters

• HMS Daedalus Maintenance Group, 1919 - and the ghost that got into the picture.

Daedalus shows its team spirit...

but no reference to any Wrens. There were in fact about 20 WRNS in Daedalus at the time, mainly employed as secretaries and dri- vers. One of these, an ex driver, is a neighbour of mine, Mrs Bobbie

described the early days from 1917 to the Armistice. Mention was made of 31 staff officers, 95 pupils and 550 men -

I READ with interest your article on Daedalus in which you

tograph of the Daedalus Maintenance Group, taken in the Transport Yard in 1919. About a week before it was taken, one of the maintenance team

Capel, who celebrated her 97th birthday last month. She married one of the RFC pilots, Fit Lt H.M.Moody, MC, who was sadly killed

Learner bikers deadline

MOD Police are advising learner motorcyclists to take note of new legisla- tion which comes into force on July 1. Anyone riding bikes

under 125cc on L plates or full car licences since before 1990 must under- go compulsory Basic Training and take the test before that date or risk breaking the law. "Average waiting times

for a test range from seven to 11 weeks so people should contact their nearest Training Centre as soon as possi- ble," warns Sgt John Shears at HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

ARMED Forces Minister Nicholas Soames visited RN Hospital Haslar last month to mark its move to becoming the single Joint Service core hospital.

Core hospital gets high-tech care unit

sive care unit - one of the most advanced in the country -was unveiled there by the Surgeon General, Surg Vice-Admiral Revell. The unit will provide intensive

Earlier, a new high-tech inten-

care and high-dependency care for servicemen and women of all three services, including patients evacu- ated from abroad, and will also serve the general public in Gosport, Fareham and South East Hampshire. A dedicated laboratory allows rapid analysis of samples and there

is a fully self-contained isolation cabin. Vital power lines and med- ical gas pipes are routed direct to the bedside through booms sus- pended from the ceiling, thus avoiding trailing wire and other hazards.

trolley unit designed by Haslar staff have been taken by a compa- ny which intends to produce it commercially as the 'Haslar Mobile'. • Lt Susan Fletcher plugs

Specifications for a specialised

'patient' LNN Steve Kirby into Haslar's new Intensive Care Unit.

in a flying accident, and later married another pilot who eventual- ly retired as Air Vice Marshal A.J.Capel, DSO, DFC, later High Sheriff of Somerset. She appears in the second row, fourth from the right in this pho-

was killed in an accident on the base. When copies of the picture were distributed, the group was shocked to see the umistakable


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face of the dead man looking over the left shoulder of the man wearing a white cap in the back row, fourth from the left. This area was enlarged and all agreed at the time that it was him

- while everyone else is wearing a cap, he is bare-headed. The photograph has been the subject of a TV documentary in Australia. I wonder if any of your readers know anything about this unexplained phenomenon. - J.Roberts, Taunton. • If it is a fake, it was done in appallingly bad taste! Can anyone sup- ply any further details?- Ed

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