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Reunions Where are you now?
MARCH 2009 from Bob Styants at bobstyants@btinternet. partners most welcome. For further details or the website at http://www. HMY Britannia: Seeking Gordon R George Armstrong, Rob Taylor, Roy
RN Communications Association: AGM com or tel: 0121 422 4115. contact Peter Ashley at picamar87@hotmail. or tel: 01889 570358. Johnson. We fi rst met on board Britannia Meakin, R Smith, J Webb and apologies to
and annual dinner will take place March HMS Beaver: Seaman Branch (Global 86) com, tel: 023 9257 1346 or Mike Baker
in 1953 and kept in touch throughout our a few whose names have dimmed over time.
6-7 in Inverness. For more details contact reunion, May 16 in Bolton. Anyone interested or Dave Bateman
RNH Haslar, September 1970, PTS 24:
naval careers until 1971. He was then at Please call Bill Hughes on 01407 831362.
the chairman, Sam McFarlane on 01634 to contact myself, Paul ‘George’ Nolan at at
A picture of myself and my fellow QARNNS
HMS Sultan and I was at HMS Daedalus. I HMS Ganges 1959: Members of 46
684817. or tel: 01204 or Derrick Cornwell at dwandccornwell@
State Registered Nurse Student Classmates
left the Navy in 1971 and I believe Gordon Mess, Exmouth Div joined Ganges in March
APRIL 2009
597104 or mob: 07834 157399.
can be found on the Navy News website
got promotion to Master at Arms. If you 1959. Chris Bell is trying to contact as many
HMS Dido Association: Reunion – April
Corfu Channel Naval Association: HM
OCTOBER 2009 – The picture
know of Gordon’s whereabouts could you old class mates as possible with a view to a
17-19 at the Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth
Ships Saumarez, Volage, Mauritius, Leander,
HMS Arethusa Association: 21st reunion was taken in the Training Division at RN
contact Mr F Paterson at 34 Hayes Road, 50th anniversary reunion in Ipswich in March
and hosted by the Lord Mayor and Lady
Ocean. Corfu Channel incident, October 22,
October 2-5 at the Lion Hotel, Criccieth, Hospital Haslar in 1970. I would like to fi nd
Cadishead, Manchester, M44 5BU or tel: this year. He has managed to contact 15 so
Mayoress of Plymouth. For more details
1946. Reunion takes place at the Britannia
North Wales. All Arethusa families welcome. them in time for the 40th anniversary of us
0161 775 7160. far but would love to have contact with any
contact Colin Bates at secretary@hms-dido.
Hotel, Coventry, May 22-24. All ranks and
Contact Tom Sawyer at roland.sawyer@ all starting our training in 2010. I would be
Chalky White: Has a photograph of others. The reunion should be unique in that
com or see the website at http://www.hms-
commissions and friends are welcome. Full or write to Honorary Secretary grateful if anyone in the picture, or anyone
himself in glasses and a fellow shipmate our old Class Instructor ‘Jack’ Cornwall will or write to 223 Sheldon Heath
details from Elaine Evans at gerardee@aol.
& Founder, HMS Arethusa Association, 6 knowing the whereabouts of any of PTS 24
holding a camera, both taking a cigarette be taking the ‘parade’. Please contact Chris
Road, Sheldon, Birmingham. B26 2UA.
com or tel: 07737 429848.
Sycamore Close, Slingsby, York YO62 4BG Class would please contact me on david@
break (photo on website). Chalky served Bell at or tel:
HMS Ramillies Association: Hold their
HMS Hood Association: AGM at 1600,
or tel: 01653 628171. The class: back,
between 1939 and 1945 and would like to 01461 600678.
annual reunion at the Royal Maritime Club,
34th anniversary reunion dinner at 1900
HMS St Brides Bay 1944-61: Reunion l to r: Maggie Batch, Susan Hunt, Susan
hear from the shipmate in the photo, though Royal Naval Patrol HQ, Stonehouse:
Portsmouth, April 20-24. Further details from
on May 23 at the Royal Maritime Club,
October 9-10 at the Leyland Hotel, Prescott, Liz Sears, Liz Morgan, Liz Birch,
he cannot remember his name. Chalky was a Seeking a shipmate who was based at the
Mrs D Marks. 3 Kendal Avenue, Thornton
Portsmouth. Memorial Service at St George’s
Leyland, Lancs. For details contact Jeff and Sheila McFadyen, Jill Moles, Jill Stubbs,
Stoker Mechanician serving in HMS Atheling, RNP HQ at Stonehouse, Plymouth in 1951.
Cleveleys, Lancashire, FY5 2LY or tel: 01253
Church, Portsea at 1145 on May 24. Service
Margaret Vardy, 13 Meadow Grove, Alfreton, Nicola Barnard; middle, l to r: Carl Fell, Sue
Adamant, Victorious and Bermuda. A Guz He was awaiting his draft to the Regulating
of Commemoration at St John Baptist
Derbyshire, DE55 5TW or tel: 01773 875950. Firth, Mary Early, Catriona Graham, Rowan
rating and demobbed at Chatham. Please School. This rating took two photographs
Lt Cdr Ian Fraser VC Service of
Church, Boldre, near Lymington at 1100 on
HMS Troubridge last Commission 1966- Phillips, Ann Hendry, Rowena James,Brenda
contact Chalky at of me, one in the wireless room and one
Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving
May 17. Further details from vice-chairman,
69: 3rd annual reunion October 16-17 at the Taylor, David Rawson; front, l to r: Pamela
or tel: 01780 753787. outside of Patrol HQ. I hope I am successful
for the life and work of Lt Cdr Ian Fraser
Keith Evans on 01428 642122.
Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth. Contact Wright, Ann Tyson, Margaret Bridgeman,
HMS Cleopatra Old Shipmates in fi nding him, though we are both in our
VC DSC RD* RNR will be held at St Martin JUNE 2009 Bryan Pace at or write Ann Roberts, Margaret Woodhead, Maggie
Association: On the lookout for new 80s now. Contact John James Ramsey, 43
in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, HMS Blackcap, RNAS Stretton: Any to Reliant Realty Group LLC, 10031 Bergin Day, Ann Cahill, Penelope Johnson, Susan
members to join us from both the cruiser Pennine Crescent, Redcar, North Yorkshire,
London at 1430 on Wednesday April 22, shipmates or civilian staff who were here Road, Howell, MI 48843, USA King. Tel: 01482 781690.
and the frigate. Wives and partners are TS10 4AE or tel: 01642 487396.
followed by a reception on site. Dress for between 1942 and 1958 are invited to the RNR Postal & Courier Branch: Reunion
also welcome. We have 270 members and HMS Scarborough: Seeking Colin
the occasion will be Ceremonial Day Dress 21st annual service of Commemoration at will be at the Shanklin Hotel, Isle of Wight,
FEBRUARY 2010 the subscriptions are only £6 per year. If ‘Robbie’ Roberts, he was an M(E)1 and
without sword (1Bs) or a Lounge Suit with St Cross Church, Appleton Thorn at 1200 October 16-18. If you would like to attend
HMS Penelope Reunion: February 19-20 you are interested in joining then contact served on Scarborough at the same time as
medals. Admission to the Service will be on June 7. Standards are very welcome. or require further information about the
2010. For details of the reunion and AGM the secretary Warwick Franklin by email me. I know he transferred to submarines and
by ticket only. Those wishing to attend are For more details contact Bernie Cohen at association contact Nobby Clark at
or membership contact the secretary, Mike at or tel: on leaving the Navy, he ran a public house,
invited to contact Jennifer Taylor at Jennifer. or tel: 0161 946, tel: 07713
Bee at or write to 01752 366611. which he sold upon retiring. Contact Lionel or 023 9262 5110. 1209. 155575 or write to 12 Bentinck Way, West
Secretary, HMS Penelope Association, 1 HMS Condor, Arbroath: In July this year Harness at or
Lynn, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3LZ.
Oddfellows Street, Mirfi eld, WF14 9AB. it will be the the 50th anniversary of my tel: 01787 280165.
MAY 2009 JULY 2009
Undine & Urchin Association: The 2009
joining the Fleet Air Arm and was fortunate HMS Troubridge last commission 1966-
HMS Tenby Association: will be holding Jungly Cocktail Party 2009: This year’s
reunion of the Undine & Urchin Association
to be enrolled in 50 Class, Air Engineering. 69: Looking for ex Troubridge warriors. You
its 16th annual reunion at the Royal Court Jungly Cocktail Party will take place on
in company with Ursa, Ulster, Ulysses,
I say fortunate because in my opinion I won’t believe how many we have found.
Hotel, Coventry, May 1-4. Contact the hotel Saturday July 4 at Hazlegrove House,
Urania and Undaunted, will be held at the
Sports lottery was lucky enough to be in the company of Contact Bryan Pace at
direct on 02476 334171 or contact Ken Sparkford, Somerset. The event is open to all
Westminster Hotel, City Road, Chester
collectively the fi nest group of lads ever seen or write to Reliant Realty Group LLC, 10031
Jones at or offi cers past and present who have served
during, October 16-19. For more details
together in one unit. Where are you all now, Bergin Road, Howell, MI 48843, USA.
tel: 01752 406326. in the Commando Helicopter Force. Tickets
please contact Secretary, Chris Heslop
lads? I wonder if any of you are interested HMS Zinnia: Brother of signalman Fred
Fieldgun Reunion (All Divisions): Stretton and information are available from 847 NAS,
at or tel: 01229
in getting in touch for a possible reunion. Teale, would like to hear from any survivors
Hotel, Blackpool (01253 625688), May 8-10. RNAS Yeovilton: email 847lo@yeovilton.
January 17: £5,000 – ABWS R S Halls,
Some names I remember are: Pete Beasley, of the corvette that was torpedoed August
Contact Tom Wallbank at fi eldgunner58@ or phone (01935) 456342/6262.
HMS Kent; £1,500 – Sgt S A Robinson, 845
HMS Ships Eagle, Undaunted &
Trevor Foster, Dave Owen, Mike Elliot, Tim 23, 1941. Please contact Eric on 01926 or tel: 01524 840471.
NAS Yeovilton; £500 – Lt M J Round, HMS
Excellent Reunion: Reunion for Eagle (1952-
Ridgeway, Jock Robertson, Ian Harrison, 513199.
HMS Ambuscade Association: Reunion
May 8-9 at the Royal Hotel, Crewe. A fun
HMS Duke of York Association: Annual 72), Undaunted (1944-74) and Gunnery
January 24: £5,000 – Mne M Whittle,
packed weekend of activities have been
reunion and AGM will be at the Britannia Branch Association (HMS Excellent) will
FPGRM; £1,500 – AET P J Hillman, 814 NAS
planned and we are expecting a bumper
Hotel, Coventry, September 4-6. Details from be held in Torquay, October 23-26. £110pp
Culdrose; £500 – LOM J L J Caruana, RNAS
turnout so please book early. Contact Mark
the secretary, Rose Cottage, 103 Orchard for three nights. Contact John Bryant, 47
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Brocklehurst at
Park, Elton, Chester, CH2 4NQ or tel: 01928 Lavender Way, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32
January 31: £5,000 – Mne R L Barrett,
or tel: (weekdays) 01925 839592.
725175. 0LR or tel: 0117 947 0122.
42 Cdo RM; £1,500 – PO K Airs, DE&S
Royal Naval Engineroom Association:
HMS Fisgard: S37 joined September Safety Equipment & Survival
Andover; £500 – POAEML S B Latchford,
Navy News is available free of charge as a digital file on memory
17th annual reunion and 40s night on May
1959. 50th anniversary reunion to be held Association: Reunion to be held October 23-
845 NAS.
stick or email from Portsmouth Area Talking News for those with
16 at the Nautical Club, Birmingham. Details
onboard HMS Belfast in Pool of London on 25 at Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth,
February 7: £5,000 – Mne P J Flynn, difficulty reading normal type. Contact 023 9269 0851 and leave a
September 12 (evening). All ex-boys and Leicestershire. Please contact Secretary
RAF St Athan; £1,500 – Mne R J Hopkins,
Gordon ‘Pixie’ Parkes at gordon.parkes@
40 Cdo RM; £500 – POAETL T R Fox, 847
message with a contact number, or email or tel: 01483 823181.
NAS, Yeovilton.
A speaker that will take a USB plug is required but this can be
HMS Llandaff Reunion: Takes place in
February 14: £5,000 – LWEA C J L obtained from the Talking News, or the file can be played back
Coventry from October 30 to November 2.
Palmer, HMS Manchester; £1,500 – Lt A
All ex-Llandaffs are welcome. Please contact
L Storey, HMS Nelson; £500 – AB A J P
through a computer.
‘Slinger’ Wood on 020 8581 5693 or 07961
Johnson, HMS Ark Royal.
124459 or visit the website at http://www.
I am dealing in the Administration of the Estate of Arthur Foster. Does
anybody know the whereabouts of Edward Sidney James and Doreen
HMS Bacchante: 40 year reunion to be
Marian James (nee Verrall). They had a daughter Karen in 1958. The held at the Nautical Club, Birmingham on ■ There may be a delay before items appear, due to
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