6 TRAMPS ABROAD George R. Deaklns NAVY NEWS In fleinotiam llamas Arthur George Wilkes,
Air Artificer 1st Class, L/I"X. 75592, H.M.S. Heron. Died November 23,
graphist, 1)/I. 942494, lI.M.S. Zest. Died lh'ceinber 3, 1957. Licut.-Cdr. V. C. Martin, R.N.,
ILM.S. S-jnderling. Died Deceniber 4, 1957.
818171, 1I.M.S. Anuada. Died December 7, 1957.
Lieut. I. S. Nicoll, R.N., H.M.S. Goldcrest. Died December 9, 1957.
1I.M.S. Collingwood. Died Decent- her II, 1957.
Lieut. N. I. Lipsconibc, R.N.,
H.M.S. Goldcrest. Died December 12, 1957.
Joseph Sullivan, A.B., C/JX. 890067, H.M.S. Jufair. Died De-
cember 17, 1957. David Iiannington, Radio Electri-
cal Artificer (Air), L/FX. 855886. L1.M.S. Seahawk. Died I)eceiiiber
19, 1957. Geoffrey Levitt, Naval Air Mech.
(EE). LI". 963793, H.M.S. Black- cap. Died December 23, 1957.
TWO DAYS to Christmas (and by the time this article is in print, if it is ever
my vintage car each morninj) in a box
produced. it will be 360 days to Christmas, 1958!). Two days to Christ- mas! I'm broke but happy. My house is festooned with greetings cards, holly, balloons and mistletoe. Presents for the
children are colourfully wrapped but refuse to be hidden atop of the ward-
robe as the pile becomes mountainous and reaches for the ceiling. My young son, home on holiday,
(costing the earth) bicycle which he had for his birthday two months ago
cancels out any more presents for the
complete with stocking), but nowt for Torty the tortoise, who sleeps peace- fully (apart from the racket set up by
next 10 years! There's a stick of rock for the budgerigar, a tin of meat for the cat (nicely wrapped, of course,
eyes the pile hopefully, having been assured so many times that the new
of leaves in the garage. As I write I wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a very special
ing to be, for printing at the end of the week. I've just rung his office. The
greeting to the Editor, who will be at his desk as usual trying to sort out such ill-written articles as this is prov-
sweet, provocative voice of his secre-
ary's issue will also be late, for I have a "draft chit" to the West Country, but if my car splutters and coughs as
tary answered. It appears that he is out "gunning" for me. This article should have been in days ago. Febru-
it did this morning then I had better start pushing it now. February's
"Tramps Abroad" should be very apt. I am typing this article in the Gun-
nery Office at Whale Island. A very subdued Whale Island, for Christmas
leave has already begun. Lecture rooms
are vacated and locked, the parade ground looks the loneliest stretch of
I 1 1,j - r Licut.-Cdr. C. J. May, R.N., Robert Chisholm, P.O., P/JX. David Bowler, Ordinary Tele- January, 1958
Royal Hospital School Holbrook
THE SUMMER term ended with a courage in her sad bereavement, is
Education. The term had produced its usual medley of work, worship. cricket, swimming, ath ics, boating
great influx of visitors on speech day now temporarily teaching her late hus- when the prizes were presented by band's classes. Viscount Ha ilsham then Minister of
and many other summer activities and Royal Dockyards and there has been Howe House once again retained its lOll per cent, pass of the IS boys who
position at the head of the King's entered Artificer Apprentice Exantina- Banner Competition.
obtained 183 passes at "O' level and ship in the Electrical Branch and seven passes at "A" level in the July B. V. II. Smith has recently, been Generat Certificate of Education.
Forty-three boys tions. J. I-Iodgson obtained a Cadet-
awarded a Royal Navy Scholarship i..
During 1957 over 50 boys have entered the Royal Nas' and the
gravel on earth with a host of seagulls washing vigorously in shallow puddles left by the overnight rain. This office is like ice. Grey ashes
are heaped in the cold fireplace and my fingers are numb as I tap out each letter on this antiquated machine. The
subject of this article was to have been Dar-es-Salaam. in East Africa! 1 had
so many useful pieces of information written on the hack of a Christmas card which I have mislaid, probably hanging in my dining-room some- where, and I can't remember enough juicy details to shape an intelligent
essay. I have only the wonderful memories of a week spent there in 1954 and of the many delightful new friends I made.
I remember the small but perfectly shaped harbour and the narrow en-
Greenwic h Holbrook. The autumn term began
trance through palm-covered shores. and that it is the capital of Tanganyika
Territory. . . . That would just about earn mc half a mark in a geography examination, plus another half a mark
Ex R.N. personnel for the Royal Australian Navy
The Royal Australian Navy is seeking the services of ex Royal Navy ratings who left the service not more than five years ago and those serving personnel whose engagements are shortly due to expire.
Serving R.N. ratings cannot be accepted for entry into the R.A.N. until they have been released from the R,N.
The following categories are required: Seaman
Signalman Telegraphist E.R.A.
Engineering Mechanic Electrical or Radio Electrical Electrical or Ordnance Artificer Sick Berth Writer
Stores (S) or (V) Steward Cook (5)
Naval Airman (A.H.)/(S.E.) Naval Airman Mechanic (A), (E) or (0) Aircraft Artificer or Mechanic
Electrical or Radio Electrical (Air) Electrical Artificer (Air)
The Royal Australian Navy offers you a 6-year engagement with
good pay and conditions of service. Prospects in the R.A.N. are excellent and In many branches immediate or early advancementto former R.N. rate is possible.
Accepted applicants and their families will be given FREE passages to Australia in the same ship under the Migration Scheme. Families will be accommodated in migrant hostels until they can find perma- nent homes for themselves.
If you are interested, please write for details enclosing your R.N. Service Certificate to ROYAL AUSTRALIAN Naval
LIAISON OFFICER, Australia House, Strand, London, W.C.2 on temperature! Tropical shirt and
shorts-lovely! The cast coast of Africa has a higher temperature than the west under the same parallels of latitude due to the warm currents set-
ting in from the Indian Ocean-- the moisture, too, is higher. Another half a mark, please, for I remember rich
tropical hush with mangrove predomi- nant, of banana and coconut trees and
the richness of its game-of antelope and elephant, rhino, hippo, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard, the numerous crocodile in swamp and river, and the
teeming bird life by lake and shore. And snakes, too, many venomous. Oh! and another half a mark for exports.
could remember "Gtinncry" as well!
many of the districts. To cap my essay. if you can call it
sal, hemp, coffee and cotton, . . Not had. Wish that I
copra, maize, ivory, beeswax, gums and resins . .
What else? Oh, yes! The daily dosage of malaria pills, for the tsetse fly infest
such. I'll draw you a typical village of the territory. . . . But first to open up
my pile of Christmas mail which has
just been dumped on to my desk. Later.-A card here from the Editor.
A HAPPY Niw YEAR TO YOU Alt.. ROM NAVAL SIHPW1IIGIIT
ARTIFICERS' ASSOCIATION (Portsmouth)
THE ANNUAL dinner and (lance of the Royal Naval Shipwiight Artificers' Association was held on December 4 and was evidence of the success of the association (luring the past three
years. Sixty-two members and guests attended the dinner and a further 40
members and their guests joined the (liners for a most successful and enjoyable dance afterwards. Shpt. Licut.-Cdr. G. Sopp. M.B.E..
RN. (Retd.), the president of the association was present but the chair-
man. Chief Shpt. Art. T. Brushwood
was unable to he present through illness and the toast to the association was proposed by the secretary, Chief Shpt. Art. R. Abrams. The social
secretary. Shpt, Art. J. Gtar. who was also toastmaster for the dinner,
is to be congratulated upon the efforts he and his assistants made and the success they achieved.
Now I've got to dash out and buy him one!
scon master after1'' f ' to the school both at
with a severe Asian 'flu epidemic and
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Left to right: Mr. C. Millar (Director of Greenwich Hospital). Mr. T. A, I.unisden (Second Master). Earl of Selkirk (First Lord), Mr. N. A. York
(Headmaster), Rear-Admiral R. Ewing (Naval Secretary to First Lord), Rev. L. Griffiths (Chaplain), Mr. K. '1'. Nash (P.PS
. to First Lord)
sented by Mr. I'. A. Lumsden, M.B.E.. stands at £396 and work has been who was retiring front his post of
1958. at one time seven of the eleven schoola special service for past and present
houses were being used as "hospi-members of the school and their fami- tals" in addition to the infirmary. Aslies will he held in St. Anne's Church the epidemic was declining, one of thein
11. M. Ellwood. who showed exceptionae welcome. Mrs"]h NOSTALGIA
experienced, and how the more har- rowing
occasions fade in one's
memory? The following is an example of what I mean.
Travelling f r o m Edinburgh to London, I bumped into an old ship- mate of mine and an event in the Adriatic in 1943 came hack to me. Our
ship's main task was to patrol the Dalmatian coast during the nights, to ensure that no German shipping
slipped over from Northern Italy with supplies and troops. Our day was
spent in harbour, either Ban or Brindisi: and here the lads did well
for themselves at the Navy clubs or in the local wine shops. The rate of
exchange was then 400 lire to the pound, vino was 2d. a glass and local
"champagae," which was delicious. came to 5s.-I00 lire. Incredible Sight
One night we proceeded front l3ari, full of shipping just
replenish our Army. We left our petty officer torpedo instructor ashore, as he had to attend the dentist. That nigh he Gerniati aircraft visited Bari in
force, and although we were, by that time, well into the middle of the Adriatic, we both saw and heard the
explosions as the bombs found their a rgets -- -maiiy of them ammunition
ships. When we returned to Ilari the following morning it was an incredible
sight we beheld. Some 22 ships had been sunk and the harbour was lit- tered with debris. A mine-sweeper, just ahead of us. clearing the channel, hit a mine and sank like a stone. After
rescue operations, and as we could riot enter Ban, we were directed to
Brind isi, and our devoted 'I'. I. rejoined its the next day. lie heralded his arrival by kissing the (leek as he walked on board, staggered forward to the mess and beseeched its to give him a tot
ISN'T IT amazing how one remem- bers the happy times one has
His story of the previous evening, somewhat incoherent, was that whilst
enjoying a glass of wine on the water- front with sonic R.A.S.C. men and
several local beauties, they were watch- ing across the harbour hundreds of
Italian prisoners of war unloading the recently arrived ships; the whole illum- inated h' dozens of large arc-lamps, which lii list have outlined the harbour front the air as clearly as if it had been
shipmate and his companions dived for cover arid saw no more; but they heard plenty. Explosion followed
explosion. glass flew everywhere, and It seeiiied hours before the quiet which
follows the storm prevailed. lit fact, he raid only took about IS minutes.
Anyway. our shipmate vowed over my tot, before consuming it in one gulp, that he would never again set foot on Italian soil. This vow he kept!
lection of what followed very shortly afterwards. for we went to Alexandria for a short refit and sonic leave, The
ship's company appeared to get billeted all over the Middle
Although I had quite forgotten the Ban raid, I have a very vivid recol-
East: in places as far apart as Jeru- them-elves
salem, Jedda. 'I'd Aviv, Cairo. and some, of course, just staved ashore in Alexandria.
I was lucky to he one of 12 ratings who sta 'ed at the I'i Igrim House Boat
which nestled alongside, and belonged to. the (rezi ra Sports ('lob in Cairo. Admitte(IIv. the waters around us did not look particularly inviting, but
living as we were, in the lap of luxury. who would bother about river water
We gave ourselves up wholly, and solely II) the task of studying this
- th. but that's another story!
treat city --both by day and by night. the Great Mosque, the Pyramids, the Sphinx. and the I
lt'sh pots of Egypt-
Then it happened! One of the trniii U nit (in ships blew tip and our
masters. Mr. (. Ellwood, developedAdmissionis by the dockyard main polio and died ten days later.
Dockyard. Portsmouth. gate and all friends of the school will On Sunday. January 5. at 6.30 p.m.,
at the commemoration service and Dartmouth, dedicated a tine oak alms dish pre-
The Chaplain of the Fleet preached in preparation for future entry to
' l's' Sr vie' pu in ban(] in preparation for c un- veilingof the Memorial on June 15.
The War Memorial Fund now '
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