34 NAVY NEWS, MAY 2008
Meeting in camera
WE’RE expecting to see an im-
pressive array of photographs from
a big Naval reunion taking place
NAVAL veteran John King is
next month – although from our
calling upon ships, establishments
personal knowledge of the Pho-
and RNAs to don their thinking
tographers’ branch not all of them
caps in aid of fi ve children’s
will be publishable...
It seems this is an event that
John, who served from 1953 to
has been on the cards for many
1977, left the service as a Chief
years, but Danny du Feu of the
Naval Photographers Assocation
Petty Officer Stoker, and knows
has finally taken his Phot brethren
from his time that quizzes are a
in hand to make the event a reality
popular staple of life on ship.
on June 6-8.
Teams from RFA Fort Austin
But it’s not just members of
and Cunningham Squadron
the Photographic branch who
in Dartmouth have already
are invited to the celebrations in
signed up to take part in the
Portsmouth and at Whale Island,
BigCharityQuiz, raising money
the party is for anyone who has
for CGD Research Trust,
had anything to do with RN pho- the big day of celebration, with an
Rainbow Trust Children’s
tography, with photographs from evening party planned at the Drill
Charity, Spars, Whizz-Kidz and
the Army, RAF and civil serv- Shed on Whale Island.
XLP Research Trust.
ice equally welcome, and photo- This will include the high-
Keen quizmasters just need
graphic sponsors, suppliers and lights of the RN Peregrine Trophy
to get in touch with organiser
associates. Photographic exhibition, along
Rosemarie Rymer to receive a
Navy News staffers are wary of with a variety of displays. complete quiz pack suitable for
showing their faces for fear of a Find out more by contact- everyone of whatever age.
tide of complaints about lack of ing Danny du Feu on 0116 289 Find out more by visiting www.
picture credits... 8725, 07891 660715 or by email: bigcharityquiz.co.uk
Saturday June 7 promises to be firstname.lastname@example.org
. Rosemarie on 01725 517 977.
● A charcoal drawing of Jack Mantle operating his 2 pounder pom-pom gun on board HMS Foylebank
in Portland harbour, from the National Archives Art of War exhibition
Picture courtesy of: The National Archives UK, ref: INF 3/414
Mantle Hall opens doors
Reunions Contact sheet
A NEW Junior Rates accommodation block has Leading Seaman Jack Foreman Mantle won his
opened at HMS Excellent, bearing the name of Victoria Cross for his actions in Portland harbour on
Victoria Cross hero Leading Seaman Jack Mantle. board the armed merchant cruiser HMS Foylebank.
HMS Galatea (The Black Pig) 1963-88: the Stretton Hotel, Blackpool, on the week-
Ministry of Defence: 0870 607 4455,
The new building, boasting 55 single-living Mantle had previously been mentioned in Calling all ex-crew members with a view to end August 29. All ex-crew members are
accommodation rooms, has been designed to achieve despatches for shooting down a German raider using
a reunion, especially members of the 1st welcome to attend. For booking information,
Royal Navy recruitment: 0845 607 5555,
an excellent rating for environmental sustainability, a Lewis light machine-gun from a French ship.
and 2nd commissions. Anyone interested costs and schedule of events, contact; Bob
should contact Bill Davidson on 01322 Jones at email@example.com
Veterans Agency: 0800 169 2277, www.
as well as the hope of an excellent rating from the When the enemy Stuka dive bombers bore down 221028 or Bob Almey at bobalmey1@tiscali. 023 9236 3752.
junior rates who will make it their home. upon Portland harbour in early July 1940, the 23-
tel: 01485 540125 or Malcolm Yole at
Medals enquiries: 0800 085 3600
Built using the modular method – a familiar year-old sailor was manning his starboard 20mm
SEPTEMBER 2008 RN and RM Service records: 023 9262
also in touch with Fred Brooks, all 1st com-
Friends of HMS Crane 1943-62: will 8672
sight now to many who work around the Navy’s pom-pom gun on board Foylebank. mission.
hold their tenth reunion at the Royal Mari- Falklands 25: 0800 169 2277 (Veterans
establishments – 100 per cent of the modular waste Against the onslaught of more than 20 Stukas,
Harcourt Place (Married Quarters) Hong
time Club, Portsmouth, September 12-13. Agency), www.falklands25.com
materials are recycled and over 33 tonnes of CO2 are blasting away with their guns and dropping bombs,
Kong: Seeking anyone who lived here from
Contact Nobby Hall on 01797 364633 for Royal Naval Association: 020 7352 6764,
1981 to 1984 with a view to a reunion. Con-
saved in the construction process, the equivalent of Mantle fired back in a seemingly unstoppable retort. tact Rob Price at firstname.lastname@example.org
HMS Nubian 1964-66 Commission: RNBT: 023 9269 0112 (general), 023 9266
driving 92,000 miles or around the world three and The record in the London Gazette reads: “Early in
or tel: 01597 810927.
Reunion at the Russell Hotel, Weymouth, 0296 (grants), www.rnbt.org.uk
September 12-14. Book direct on 0845 British Legion: 08457 725725, www.
a half times. the action his left leg was shattered by a bomb, but he MAY 2008 8800211 or contact Jim Rotherham on britishlegion.org.uk
Cdr Mike Phelps (Retd), the former Support stood fast at his gun and went on firing with handgear
HMS Hermione Association: AGM/Reun- 01246 433923. RN Community: www.rncom.mod.uk
ion takes place, May 16-18 at Regina Hotel, 14th Carrier Air Group Association:
Commander of Portsmouth Naval Base, opened only, for the ship’s electric power had failed.
Naval Families Federation: 023 9265
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium. Tel: 0032 57 21 88 88 Reunion at the RNA Club, Leamington Spa 4374, www.nff.org.uk
the new block, saying: “This new accommodation is “Almost at once he was wounded again in many or visit the website online at: http://www. on September 20. All who served with 804 SSAFA Forces Help: 0845 1300 975,
some of the best in the Royal Navy. places. Between his bursts of fire he had time to reflect
for more information and 812 NAS in HM Ships Glory, Ocean and www.ssafa.org.uk
contact Mr E Usher on 01925 824504. Theseus or with either squadron at any time
“It is especially significant to record the brave on the grievous injuries of which he was soon to die,
Royal Naval Museum: 023 9272 7562,
actions of LS Mantle and to encourage the young but his great courage bore him up till the end of the
are invited to attend. Details from Ken Lam- www.royalnavalmuseum.org
HMS Hood Memorial Service: Takes
bert at Kenneth.email@example.com
Fleet Air Arm Museum: 01935 840565,
sailors living here to reflect upon his actions.” fight, when he fell by the gun had so valiantly served.” place on June 1 at St John the Baptist
or 17 Walgrave, Orton Malborne, Peterbor- www.fl eetairarm.com
Church, Boldre at 1100. This year’s guest
ough, PE2 5NR or tel: 01733 234655. Royal Marines Museum: 023 9281 9385,
preacher will be Revd Philip Elston RNR
HMS Matchless Association 1942-46: www.royalmmarinesmuseum.co.uk
who last preached at the 1996 service. In
Reunion for members of Matchless and RN Submarine Museum: 023 9252 9217,
attendance will be a contingent from HMS
other M-class destroyers of the fl otilla are www.rnsubmus.co.uk
Collingwood led by the CO, Cdre Steve Kir-
welcome to attend the 22nd annual reunion National Maritime Museum: 020 8312
by RN. For more information contact Nigel
on September 20 at the Union Jack Club, 6565, www.nmm.ac.uk
Henley at nigel.henley@amfi con.com
London. Contact J Horton, 10 Finch Court, Imperial War Museum: 020 7416 5320,
Coles Close, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0AY or tel: www.iwm.org.uk
RN Photographers Association: RN
Phots, serving and retired, are invited to
River-class Frigate Association: 23rd
come along to a fantastic social gathering
annual reunion at the Royal Navy Club,
at Whale Island, Portsmouth on June 7 from
Leamington Spa, on September 20. Muster
1800. Photographs from the 2008 Peregrine
1100, lunch 1400. Castle-class frigates and
Trophy will be on display alongside other
Flower-class corvettes will also be welcome.
material from photographic sponsors and
Contact Ray Dodd, Clayleaches Farm, Arlies
from years gone by. There will also be an
Lane, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 3PZ or
opportunity to catch up with friends and col-
tel: 0161 338 4298.
Lt A Dunn to MASF as CO on March 17,
leagues on Friday 6th at the Royal Maritime
River Plate Veterans and Families As-
to be promoted Acting Lt Cdr.
Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth from 1930
sociation: 69th anniversary reunion at the
Cdr W M Durning to Fort Blockhouse
and Sunday 8th at the Irish Club, Southsea
Royal Fleet Club, Devonport, September
– C&S as CO on April 3.
from 1200. For full details of the reunion
26-28. Details from: Hon Secretary, J Smith
Cdr N T Griffi n to 846 NAS as CO on
go to the RN Phot Association website at:
or tel: 01302
Tickets are avail-
841806 or write to Lyntondale, Kirton Lane,
Lt Cdr B J Franklin to 829 NAS as CO
able from the Reunion Ticket co-ordinator
Stainforth, Doncaster DN7 5BP.
on August 5.
and can be obtained by sending a SAE to
HMS Tartar Association: The associa-
Lt Cdr T C Green to HMS Blyth as CO
Danny Du Feu, 57 Westover Road, Leicester,
tion are holding their next reunion at the King
on April 22.
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