36 NAVY NEWS, DECEMBER 2008
Where are you now? Deaths Reunions
HMS Dryad: Seeking Pauline ‘Po’ Davis, are reserved by Churchill on a fi rst-come HMS Mohawk: Alan ‘Smudge’ Smith is Capt T H P ‘Hugh’ Wilson. Wartime aboard Corbrae. Stourbridge and District DECEMBER 2008
Wren (Radar). Stationed at Dryad and fi rst-serve basis. I have had a tremendous trying to contact Dave Follet who was on the service in Tartar and Scylla. Commanded branch. Aged 82. Portsmouth Field Gun: Portsmouth
accommodated in Belfast Mess, Duchess of response to support this function, and no Mohawk 1963-65. Contact Alan at alsmutt@ Jewel 1955-57, Leopard 1962-64, Alice B Palmer. Past associate member Field Gunners and Friends Christmas Social
Kent Barracks, Portsmouth 1960-61. Married doubt this will be bigger than the last. Please gmail.com
or tel: 01395 277048. Commodore Hong Kong 1967-68. Member Thurrock branch. October 8. Reunion, December 5 at the GIs Club, Whale
name was Edwards, returned home to the make cheques payable to HMS Churchill HMS Quorn: We are pretty old chaps of RYS, RNSA and Royal Lymington Yacht Frank H Darkin. AB. Served 1941-46 in Island. Start at 1930 till late. Contact Pete
Railway Inn in the Ruabon area of Wrexham. Association for £40 per person. A deposit now, but I wonder if anyone reading this was Club. October 4. Aged 90. Pembroke and Pelican. Thurrock branch. Ruddock 023 9229 4635 for further details.
Sought for many years by close friend and of £10 per person is required byJanuary 20 on HMS Punjabi or HMS Quorn in WW2. Lt Cdr John Gordon Roe. Joined as a November 5. Aged 87.
fellow Wren (Radar) Jill Hynett (married name 2009. Application forms are available from Would be great if us 85-plus year-olds could
cadet from Pangbourne College to Danae Tommy Kelly. Ldg Stoker. Served in
Hind). Po, or anyone who can help, is asked WO2 Andy Broadbelt at andybroadbelt@ swap memories. I live in Ocala, Florida, and
HMS Duchess Association: Reunion from
1939. Submarine service 1942-44 then joined Royal Arthur, Raleigh, Belfast, Mull of Kintyre,
to contact Jill Hind on 01752 511302 to hotmail.com
or visit the website at http:// am a native of Birmingham. Contact Kenneth
March 6-8 at the Royal Hotel, Skegness. All
a cruiser. Present at the Japanese surrender Indomitable, Wrangler, HMN Salvage Craft
arrange a long overdue reunion. www.hmschurchill.co.uk
or tel: 01436 Tipper at firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to 597 NE
commissions welcome. For details contact
under Mountbatten in 1945. Served destroyer E15 and MFV 1019. Founder member Bolton
HMS Ark Royal: Frank is ex-US Navy 679513. 45th Terrace, Ocala, Florida 34470, USA.
Adrian ‘Sharkey’ Ward at adie.ward@
fl otilla home command; then First Lieutenant RNA. October 31. Aged 81.
1959-63, and is looking for an Ark Royal HMS Collingwood: Can anyone help me HMS Raleigh: Cunningham 04, ‘Greenies’
or tel: 01522 872998 or write
in Concord when she entered Yangtze River Peter Ayres. Ldg/Seaman LTO. Served
Alumni organisation. He served aboard the entry (January 1979). Looking for a get
to 17 Marne Gardens, Lincoln, LN1 3UQ.
contact John Phillips Artifi cer (New Zealand to support Amethyst. Admiralty Intelligence 1940-46 in Pembroke, Collingwood, St
USS Hancock 1960-63 and was attached to Navy) of Maori descendants who served at together next year (2009) as it will be 30 division 1951-53 and commanded Pluto and Vincent, Eglinton, Marlborough (Eastbourne),
the 7th Fleet operating in the West Pacifi c. HMS Collingwood in 1959-62. Had family years since that cold winters day when we Lysander. Attached to Admiralty touring the Tyrian and Liverpool. Bexhill-on-Sea branch.
HMS Decoy Association: The next
The Hancock and Ark Royal ported together connections with Scotland. Also if anyone all strted life in the Mob. Would like to hear Fleet on fact-fi nding missions. August 12 in October 27. Aged 87.
reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn,
in Subic Bay, Phillipines. This is where we remembers Wren Maureen Burrows who what you lot are up to these days. Contact Carcassone, France. Aged 88. T Finn. Birkenhead RNA. February.
Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2TA, from
made friends (three from the UK and four served at the same, I would love to hear from Nick McCullen ‘Mac’ at themccullens@ Lt James Edward Holder. Served 1953- R Major. Birkenhead. October.
April 17-19. Open to all Decoy shipmates.
from the US). We visited each other’s ships, you. Contact Maureen ‘Little Mo’ Woodage btinternet.com
or tel: 023 8077 9812. 86 starting his career as an Apprentice W McAllister. Birkenhead. March 25.
For further details contact:Malcolm Dobson,
went to town together and took group at email@example.com
or tel: 01189 HMS Repulse 1941: Tommy Burns is now at Fisgard; then Caledonia, Pembroke, C Kennedy. Associate member,
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
photos. Frank was 17 and the other guys 785221. 89 years old and wonders whether there are Sheffi eld, Loch Alvie, Royal Arthur, Pembroke, Birkenhead. March.
were about the same. As we are coming up Devonport Command Field Gun any more survivors of the Repulse around? Gambia, Caesar, Victory, Sultan, Minerva, L Kennedy. Associate member,
HMS Black Prince Association: Reunion
to our 50 year anniversary it would be great Association: Annual memberships due He also has some photographs of that time, BNM Libya, Cavalier, Sultan, Hampshire, Birkenhead. April.
at Daunceys Hotel, Weston Super Mare from
to make contact. If you were one of the January 1 2009. New members welcome.
which he would like to share. Contact Tommy
Bulwark, Collingwood, Falmouth, Tamar and M Salem. Associate member, Birkenhead.
April 24-27. Excellent programme planned,
guys mentioned contact Frank Scannell at Also membership available to supporters.
through his brother at herbert.burns38@
Centurion. September 22. Aged 72. July.
and former ship’s company, associates and
Any queries or concerns contact Paula
or tel: 028 2766 8696.
Peter Mulvaney. Chief Radio Electrician. P McCann. Associate member,
friends are welcome. Details from William
HMS Berryhead: Hugh Alan Jennings is Garnham at email@example.com
St Brides Bay: I am trying to contact
Served 1949-71; in Tenby 64-66 and a Birkenhead. August.
Edge at firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: 0161
trying to contact an old mate, Robert ‘Bob’ 01803 322320.
any of the National Servicemen of the 6th
member of the association. October 7. Aged Raymond Sidney Ling. L/Sig. Served
775 9136 or write to 8 The De Traffords,
Whitlam, a CPO Electrician. One of the ships S50 1964 Fisgard/1965 Caledonia
commission – March 1956 to August 1957.
79. 1939-46 in various escort vessels at Dunkirk,
Higher Irlam, Greater Manchester, M44 6LP.
Bob served in was the Berryhead. Upon Artifi cer Apps: Anyone knowing the
Should any other seaman branch personnel
John Martin ‘Jumbo’ Smith. WO PTI. D-Day, Russian Convoys, Atlantic and Far
HMS Middleton (L74) Association: 25th
leaving the Navy he was offered a job in whereabouts of any of the following, please
like to contact me I would also be pleased
Served 33 years in Belfast, Eagle, Jamaica, East; survived three sinkings. Beccles RNA.
annual reunion at the RNA Club, Leamington
Brunei and was there for several years. When let me know: Geoff Aze, Kenny Bell, Nick
to hear from them. Contact George ‘Jock’
Fyfe, Tiger, Aurora and Dryad. September October 30. Aged 88.
Spa on April 24-25. Old shipmates
the job fi nished he returned to the UK where Burden, George Carter, Pete Coney, Stu
Henshilwood at Gnthenshilwood@aol.com
19. Aged 79. Charles ‘Charlie’ Dawson. PO Stoker
and friends of our Hunt-class destroyer
he lived at one time with his wife Caroline in Courtney, Paul Cutler, Dickie Daw, Pete
or write to The Old Manse, 51 High Street,
John Campbell. Leading Seaman Quarter Mechanic. Served 1939-48 in North Atlantic,
are welcome to attend what may well be
Somerton, Somerset. If Bob reads this or Emery, Geoff Greenwood, George Haigh,
Olney, MK46 4EB.
Deck, Cox’n CS1 Barge, 1948-50. HMS Malta, Russian Convoys; survivor HMS
our fi nal such gathering. If not already in
anyone knows of him could they contact Alan Rob Johnson, Sam Thurbon, Scouse
HMS St Vincent, Duncan 106, March
Liverpool Association. August. Manchester 1941 (Operation Pedestal).
touch with our association, please ask for
or write to 2/9 Nina Wallace, Bob Wilson. Contact Clive ‘Hoss’
7, 1967: Survivors of Duncan 106 who are
W Shallcross. AB Seaman. Served aboard Wansbeck. September 29. Aged 92.
details from Mike Alston, 6 Belmont Park
Parade, Arundel, Gold Coast, Queensland, Horsley, 18 Almond Walk, Barrow-in-
still alive and kicking and would like to get in
Opportune during WW2. AB QR3 rating. Thomas H Rees. CPO Comms.
Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6HT or tel: 01628
4214, Australia. Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0RJ or tel: 01229
touch contact your old classmate, Clive Todd
HMS Opportune Association. October 6. Served 1974-86 at Ganges and Coventry,
HMS Birmingham 1976-79: Looking 825212.
Gordon Cleaver. Leading Seaman. Yarmouth and Mercury; a Falklands veteran.
com or write to 23 Grove Terrace, Penarth,
for anyone interested in possible reunion, HMS Ganges: We joined June 5, 1951 Joined St Vincent 1948. Whilst serving Scarborough RNA who also served at
Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2NG.
HMS Auriga, S69, Last Commission
especially standby crew in Camell Lairds in the annex then main establishment, aboard ML 1323 as a Leading Seaman on a Scarborough Wireless Station. October 25. 1968-72: Reunion to be held on May 8-9
and work-up to fi rst deployment or anyone Collingwood Division, Class 7, 43 Mess. familiarisation patrol off the western side of Aged 57. at the Comfort Hotel, 6-8 Marine Parade,
else who just wants to meet up again. Dave Reynolds, Arthur Cullen and myself. Hong Kong the motor launch was attacked Ted ‘Ditchem’ Slinger. L/Sea. Served Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 1RD, tel:
Contact Jim Scarratt at jim.scarratt@ The three of us rose to the dizzy heights and seven of the 11 crew including the 1940-46 in Faulknor, 21 Russian convoys.
01255 422716. If you contact the hotel to
or tel: 0776 468 of Instructor boys. Where are you now? captain were killed and Gordon, aged 21, Late branch PRO and committee man make a booking, quote ‘Auriga Reunion’.
7761 or write to 14 Crud-y-Gwynt, Mynydd Contact Mr R Fisher on 01562 741003. assumed command and with the help of Perth, Western Australia RNA; also secretary For more details contact Les Parfi t on 01255
Isa, Mold, Clwyd, CH7 6TB. HMS Hecate: I am trying to contact Cdr Stoker Clark brought the boat back to safety of Arctic Convoy Veterans Association. 240425.
Scott Bouvier: I am trying to fi nd Scott Gobey, who served in the Hydrographic and was decorated for his resourcefulness November 6. Aged 87. HMS Whitesand Bay Association:
Bouvier, an old friend from Primary School. Service and commanded HMS Hecate and courage. Chairman of the Hong Kong
ASSOCIATION OF RN OFFICERS
Reunion at the Royal Maritime Club, Queen
We are having a Chisenhale Class of 1983 around 1980. I believe his fi rst name may Flotilla Association. October 28. Aged 75.
October 18: £5,000 – Lt N M Locke, HMS
Lt Cdr B R Bezance. Served: Roebuck,
Street, Portsmouth on May 12. All ex-crew
Renion early next year and we would love have been Chris. Please contact Paul Lee Maureen Patricia Cherriman (née
Vengeance (Stbd); £1,500 – AET1 M J Baker,
Theseus, Modeste, Raleigh, Ganges,
members and their families are welcome.
for Scott to be there. We have managed to at email@example.com
or write to 32 Apley Waller). Chief Wren Telegraphist. Served
Culdrose 829 NAS; £500 – Cpl C I Langley,
Whirlwind, Scarborough, Victory and
Contact Frank Stanley on 01872 540217.
trace all bar fi ve classmates and even the Way, Lower Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, Abbotsinch, Daedalus, Lascaris and Nore.
HMS Eagle: Last commission 1969-72:
teachers will be attending. Scott would now CB23 6DE.
HMS Collingwood WO & SR Mess and the
Lt Cdr B Collins. Served: Maidstone,
‘Nautical Extravaganza’ week-end reunion
be 36-37 apart from that all I know is that he Maurice Edgar Holloway: Trying to fi nd
October 25: £5,000 – ETWE S Collett,
RNCCA. October 30. Aged 77.
Seawolf, Totem, Gateshead, Ariel, St Vincent
at the Northern Hotel, Aberdeen, May 15-
is in the Royal Navy. Scott if you get to see the whereabouts of Maurice Holloway who
HMS Collingwood; £1,500 – Lt Cdr A Flynn,
Anthony ‘Tony’ Smith. AB. Served in
17. Following on from our brilliant and well
this message or if you know Scott, please was a Telegraphist of HM Signal School,
Yeovilton 846 NAS; £500 – Lt M M G Fidler,
Acteon, Ulster, Wilton, Lindesfarne, Vernon,
Cdr M Cudmore. Served: Victorious,
attended past two reunions, all ‘Eaglets’ plus
ask him to get in touch. Fingers crossed Portsmouth. He was awarded the ‘Order of
DPA, GBAD AW.
Victory, Bermuda, Volage and Bruce.
Goldcrest, Seahawk, Condor, Fulmar, Heron
wives, partners and guests very welcome to
and thank you! Contact Nicole Cuthbert at the British Empire’ by HM the King for an act
November 1: £5,000 – LPT J Wilkins,
President of HMS Actaeon Assocation,
and Ark Royal.
make this one even better. ‘Meet & Greet’
or tel: 07917 of bravery in Malta on October 10 1934. If
NOC Sonthofen; £1,500 – Lt Cdr P Deeks,
member of HMS Bruce Association and
Lt Cdr A J Finch. Served: Apollo, Ulster,
on the Friday followed by the choice of
862862. anyone knows him or of him please contact
HMS Vanguard (Stbd); £500 – CPO D
newsletter editor for the last 12 months.
Myngs, Glory, Excellent, Newfoundland,
whisky distillery and Nautical Museum tours
HMS Churchill: Please visit our new Kim Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walker, HMS Torbay
October 27. Aged 75.
Petard, St Angelo and Terror.
on Saturday, followed by a nautical dinner,
or tel: 01342 834828.
November 8: £5,000 – MEM2 S Bennett, Lt Stephen Walter Pakenham FAA.
Lt Cdr E Harwood. Served: Raleigh,
dance and entertainment including Sea
look forward to seeing you all at next year’s HMS Loch Fyne 1962-63: Trying to HMS Vanguard (Port); £1,500 – Lt Cdr W Served at RAF Syerston for No27 Naval
Armada, Widemouth, Woodbridge Haven,
Cadet ‘Ceremonial Sunset’ and ‘Up Spirits’.
major function in York on September 26. make contact with RO1 Thompson, part E Bennett, HMS Sultan; £500 – Cdr M C Pilots Course 1952-53 and resigned his
Victory and Cochrane.
(All commissions 1952-72 very welcome).
The cost of the function is £40 per person of the ‘G’ Branch during this commission. Snow, RAF Northolt. commission late 1950s to become a priest
Cdr F H Hughes. Served: Gannet and
For details contact main organiser Bill Melvin
and the cost of each room is £108 double Mike Sleight, Dave Skinner and Reg Ball are November 15: £5,000 – ETME(SM) W in the Church of England. October 12. Aged
(ex-LPTI), email email@example.com
room bed and breakfast. The rooms are communicating. Please contact Mike Sleight Norton, HMS Vengeance (P); £1,500 – Mne 78.
Lt Cdr J R T Jarman. Served: Royal Oak,
mobile 07740 439987, home 01224 820603
the responsibility of the individual to book, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: 01685 N C Byrne, Cdo Logs RM Chivenor; £500 – Alfred Wright. AB. Served 1940-45 in
Mercury, St Angelo, Osprey and Rocchan
or write to 4 Middleton Crescent, Bridge of
but I can inform you that a vast majority 877425. WS J P Watkins, HMS Illustrious. Kingston, Hasty and LST 430. October 19 at
Rear Admiral M D Kyrle Pope DL CB.
Don, Aberdeen, AB22 8HY
Bridlington. Aged 87.
Served: Saker, Royal Prince, President and
HMS Saintes Association: Reunion at
Thomas ‘Tam’ McMullan. L/Ck. Served
the Queens Hotel, Llandudno, May 15-18.
1962-85 in Pembroke, Heron, London,
Maj Gen Sir Jeremy Moore KCB MC
All former shipmates and relatives invited.
Cochrane, Neptune, Bulwark, Caledonia,
Capt P A Pinkster. Served: Gambia,
Contact Ron Miles, 38 Cypress Close,
Forth, Laymoor, Gannet and Gurkha. March
Glasgow, Hornet, Ocean, Whitby, Puncheton,
Honiton, Devon, EX14 2YW or tel: 01404
12. Aged 62.
Ursa, Duncan, Osprey, Saker, Ariadne, Royal
Jack Taylor. Air Fitter (E). Served 1945-
Arthur, Harman and Nelson
HMS Fleetwood Association: is holding
46 onboard Unicorn and a member of the
S/Lt I R T Robertson. Served: Vengeance
its ninth annual reunion at the North Stafford
association. September. Aged 83.
Hotel, Station Road, Stoke on Trent from
Joseph ‘Lofty’ Molloy. Able Seaman.
Lt E K Salmon RNVR. Served: Kingsmill
May 17-20. All members of crews aboard
Served onboard Unicorn 1942-43 and a
Lt Cdr E E Sims. Served: St Angelo,
during 1936 to 1959 along with their wives or
member of the association. October 2. Aged
Gambia, Flowerdown, Collingwood, Lion
partners will be made most welcome. This is
the chance that Midlanders and Northerners
Lt Cdr Frederick William ‘Bill’ Sadler.
Rear Admiral A B Webb CB. Served:
have been waiting for, so they don’t have to
Joined 1933 as a Writer, commissioned as
Devonshire, Nile, Howe, Stag, Excellent,
travel so far. Please contact Keith Rayner on
a Sub Lt 1950 and retired as a Lt Cdr 1962.
President, Royal Prince, Belfast, Phoenicia,
01642 281392 or Frank Allen on 0116 238
The Royal Naval Association
Served in Resolution, Crane, Sparrow,
Hermes, Terror, Sultan and Drake.
6715 for further details.
Royal Oak, Vanguard, Ramillies, Opposum
Lt Cdr R H Whitfi eld. Served: Excellent, JUNE 2009
and Modeste; also Devonport, Portsmouth,
Once Navy Always Navy
Daedalus, Fulmar, Albion, Collingwood, Dreadnought Association: Reunion at the
Chatham, Lowestoft and Yeovilton with
Heron, Bulwark and Centurion. Allesley Hotel in the village of Allesley near
his fi nal posting at Flying Fox (RNVR
Unity, Loyalty, Patriotism and Comradeship
Coventry on June 6. All ex-Dreadnought’s
establishment). Represented the RN at
welcome. For further details see the website
cricket and soccer. November 4. Aged 94.
P W ‘Bill’ Butters. Sto 1(MID). Served
George Woodford. AB. Served 1948-
1942-46 in submarine Otway and X-craft.
Who can join?
please contact Bruce Allan at bruce_allan@
51at Ganges and Forth. Associate member
Barrow branch. Aged 84.
or tel: 01206 322313.
of HMS Cossack Association. October 11.
R ‘Bob’ Farley-Hulse. PO Elec. Served
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