34 NAVY NEWS, DECEMBER 2007
KETTON and District
Lt Holland gave a speech on Peter Reed, who was accompanied
branch held their first
camaraderie in today’s Navy and by his daughter Tracy.
that of Nelson’s time. Also among the 85 diners
Trafalgar Night dinner
Members of Margate branch were the chairman and members marina
at the Masonic Hall, welcomed two standards from of Ford HMS Peregrine FAA
Holland at their Trafalgar Day Association, who were celebrating
Branch chairman S/M
parade, the result of Ramsgate Taranto Night.
John McGowan welcomed
branch hosting overseas visitors. Four Sea Cadets from the marina
Some 55 shipmates and guests Chiltern unit greeted guests to
guest of honour Lt ‘Dutch’
also enjoyed a Trafalgar Night Chesham and Amersham
Holland and his partner Gayle dinner at the Swan Westgate. branch’s dinner, held at the RBL
McLaren from the Naval The branch chairman told in Chesham.
Section at RAF Wittering,
members at their monthly meeting The cadets, who were
● Some 60 shipmates from East Anglia, including members of the D Boat Association, gathered to
raise the profi le of the newly-refurbished Marshland Maritime Museum. The event was held at the and they were joined by more
that he had returned from the accompanied by members of their
home of Mike and Jo Smith at Clenchwarton, near King’s Lynn, next door to the museum which they than 30 members of the RNA,
HMS Jamaica reunion with a staff, also piped Hands to Dinner,
own and run. Among the guests was Martin McClure, drawmaster on the BBC’s National Lottery show,
cheque for £300 for the Sea cadets The Side and Carry On.
RAFA and the RBL.
who drew the raffle which raised £136. For more information on the museum contact Mike on 01553
of TS Jamaica, the Margate unit. Trafalgar celebrations were the marina
The room was decorated
765530, or email email@example.com
He also presented the contents focus of Redruth and Camborne
with Naval memorabilia, and
of the collection box – £121 – branch in recent weeks.
much raised by the sale of effects The main event, a pasty supper,
of late shipmate Bob Fyles. was held at the Redruth RBL,
Bexhill-on-Sea members were where shipmates from St Austell, marina
on parade four days out of five Falmouth and Helston branches
over the long weekend. and the Ganges Association
On the Thursday members, (Cornwall Division) also joined
along with the branch standard, the fun.
THE new president of the 8th
attended the funeral of S/M Arthur Later that week the Ganges
Destroyer Association is Cdre
Pittock, who died aged 89. Association were the hosts as
Arthur was a member of the Redruth and Camborne joined
He succeeds Cdr Oliver Wright,
RNVR before joining the Navy in them for a Trafalgar Day lunch.
who has stood down after 14 years
1939 before being discharged on And the following day the
because of ill health.
medical grounds in 1943. branch was well represented
The Association represents
The following day 65 shipmates – including the standard bearers
members of the 15 destroyers
and guests attended their Trafalgar – at the Trafalgar Day events in
which formed the 8th Destroyer
Night dinner, at which the Oration Madron (see below).
Flotilla and Squadron, protecting
was recited from memory by 91- Almost 150 members and guests marina
British interests in the Far East
year-old Harry Waddingham. of Selsey enjoyed a Trafalgar
between 1945 and 1963, many
On Trafalgar Day itself several Night dinner which was delayed marina
seeing action in the Korean War,
shipmates went to the Eastbourne because it was so successful.
Malaysia, Indonesia or Borneo.
branch thanksgiving service. The Solent View restaurant
The association meets annually
Members were struck by the was the only venue in Selsey big
in Scarborough, and as other
excellent turn-out by Sea Cadets enough to cope, so the dinner
reunions have dwindled in
and Marine Cadets. could not take place until the end
numbers the group has welcomed Monday brought the
of the holiday season.
crewmen from other destroyers as monthly branch meeting, at
After chairman S/M Fred Flood
associate members. which wartime Telegraphist
had spoken of Selsey’s successful
For details contact Sid Hindle Air Gunner S/M Ron Barton
year, guest of honour Cdr Paddy
McClurg, RNA General Secretary,
on 0113 253 5269. gave a vivid description of
Fleet Air Arm operations
spoke of Nelson and Navy life.
against the Japanese in
The chairman’s wife, June, gave
● Japan branch chairman S/M Peter Button (centre) accepts a print of HMS Monmouth during the junior
rates’ run ashore in Yokohama the Far East.
a rendition of Rule Britannia.
At least two Falklands veterans marina
More than 150 shipmates and marina attended the Market Harborough
friends from Plymouth met up for dinner – one of whom was the
a weekend of commemorations at
THE RN Mine Watching
Service was established in 1952
Trafalgar and the Falklands
and renamed the RN Auxiliary
were the main themes of the
Service (RNXS) in 1962. Visitors to Japan
guest of honour, RNA vice
president Cdre Adrian Nance.
Cdre Nance, who was serving
in HMS Sheffield when she was
weekend, which saw 11 branches hit by an Exocet missile, spoke of
Although disbanded in 1994,
represented (from as far afield the Falklands and Nelson’s battle.
there are now plans to ensure the
as Cardiff and Watford) as Among the 80 or so shipmates
organisation does not fade away.
well as the associations of HMS
All personnel who served for 12
Diana, Glasgow Old Boys, RN
years or more were awarded the
Electrical Branch and the ship’s
RN Auxiliary Service Medal, and
make their point
and guests listening was branch
member Capt Alistair Swatridge
RFA, another Falklands veteran.
company of HMS Bulwark. Guest of honour at York’s dinner marina
a number of ex-RNXS members
Guests of Honour were Cdr was RNA president Vice Admiral
are creating a Medal Roll to
Tom McAuslin and his wife Helen John McAnally, who spoke while
commemorate medal recipients.
– Tom was in the medical branch walking round the tables.
Maurice Cocker would like
A RUN ashore for junior rates
teeming capital Tokyo. agreed to a friendly game of darts
in hospital ship Uganda during Readings were taken from log
to hear from all those who have
the Falklands, and is now CO of books written at the battle, and
on board HMS Monmouth
But on this occasion the Black against our visitors.
the medal, with the following
the MDHU in Derriford; his wife the branch secretary took the role
information: full name, unit and
was going very well – until
Duke, now approaching the end “I am afraid to say we were
of her global deployment, put no match for their sharp eye and
is an ex-Army nursing officer. of Nelson for a dramatisation.
rank/rate; date of award of medal
their hosts overstretched
into the port of Yokosuka, near steady hand – the RNA were
A church service was conducted marina Chard branch combined their
and any Bar; date of enrolment;
Yokohama, site of a major US soundly thrashed.”
by the Rev Mike Brotherton, Trafalgar celebrations with their
details of other medals held.
The night out was organised by
Navy base and some 70 miles By way of consolation, the
Chaplain to FOST. 20th anniversary bash.
Mr Cocker can be contacted
members of the Japan branch,
from Tokyo. branch was presented with a print
Littlehampton members and marina During the event, attended by
at 10 Ellerbeck Road, Cleveleys,
who are keen to make sure that
Japan branch chairman S/M of the sailors’ frigate, signed by her
guests enjoyed dinner, dancing 70 guests, branch president S/M
Lancashire FY5 1DH.
junior sailors from any visiting Peter Button said: “We chose a CO, Cdr Tim Peacock.
and a raffle at their dinner at the Jim Noble presented S/M Roy
Royal Navy warship get a chance
Maltravers Social Club. Lovell with a certificate his vice
venue in the lively Motomachi “This certainly eased our
to hit the town. area of Yokohama. feelings of inadequacy, and our
Guest of honour was Area 3 president’s jewel and certificate
Often the chosen venue is “The evening was going well, woeful performance in mastering
National Council member S/M for 21 years as branch secretary.
somewhere in the heart of the until we got a little cocky and the correct procedure for hand-
A GROUP of Ganges boys held
launched missiles was soon
their first reunion 50 years after
Discounts for veterans, too
forgotten as the evening unfolded.”
joining the training establishment.
The enthusiastic Japan branch
Around 15 Old Boys and their
pride themselves on providing
instructor, ex-Yeoman Hoffmeyer, A REMINDER from Crest The scheme, which is backed
a touchstone for all things RN
and their wives marked the half- Publications – the official Forces by the MOD and has no annual
in the Land of the Rising Sun,
century since the boys joined Discount and Benefit scheme subscriptions, can be accessed and ensure a friendly face for
Collingwood Division 43 Mess
is open to all veterans as well as online at www.forcesdiscounts-
Association shipmates and ex-RN
Classes 352/361 Sparkers/
serving personnel, reservists and mod.co.uk
and offers hundreds
people in Japan.
Buntings in October 1957.
MOD civil servants. of discounts and special offers.
Aloha Monmouth – pages 26-7marina
● Standards are paraded past Capt Philip Thicknesse
Service held at Madron
THE annual parade celebrating the victory at Trafalgar and marking the
death of Nelson took place at Madron, just outside Penzance.
On her way home from Trafalgar in 1805 with the news of the battle,
HMS Pickle first passed her information to local fishermen in Mounts
Bay, and to commemorate the event a service is held in Madron parish
church every year.
The salute was taken by Capt Philip Thicknesse, CO of RNAS Culdrose,
which supplied the band, and there was a good turnout of standards.
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