Have just reached the grand age of 89 yrs ,joined the rn at 17 in 1944 left in 1948 as a/b se would love to hear from some of the older members .
Up spirits and stand fast the Holy Ghost
Mike Johns(Monday, June 29 15 07:25 pm BST)
Thanks for sorting out the new venue, it was great as were the staff.
So pleased Pixie that you are staying on as Secretary, you would be a very hard act to follow!
Taff Jones(Monday, June 29 15 06:45 pm BST)
Got back from the P.U. aound 1600. Great time had by all. Many thanks to all who contributed. Great to seen new faces as well
George Cunningham(Monday, June 29 15 01:07 pm BST)
Would just like to thank Pixie and all the others who organised a great weekend My wife and I had a smashing time (apart from the sunburnt face):) We are looking forward to the next one.
Craig Codling(Monday, June 29 15 11:52 am BST)
Just back from the reunion and just want to say a huge thank you to Gordon and the committee for yet another smashing weekend. The venue was excellent, food brilliant and the company a joy to be
with. Can't wait for next year!
Gordon Parkes(Wednesday, March 18 15 07:56 pm GMT)
Dinky, if you read this I have sent you 3 emails to your ntlworld address
D p knight(Wednesday, March 18 15 05:33 pm GMT)
I have email pixie but have had no reply .i have been a member but did not pay my subs for last year and wanted to know how much it would cost to renew my membership. D knight ex1771sqd hms
Charlie Bainbridge(Sunday, February 15 15 10:51 am GMT)
Unfortunately I don't use facebook, or at least not yet. But I am being encouraged to do so, as I gather more people pick up news using that.
Just to give you a report back on Chris's funeral, I would like to say he had a very good send off. He was well represented by about ten of us from the Association. His brother Geoff did him proud
with the speech he gave in the church, and incorporated the essence of what Keith Davies had sent up, reflecting Chris's life in the Navy. Geoff acknowledged all the condolences sent, and anybody
that donated to one of the charities that had been set up on behalf of Chris.
In my eyes I would say that from start to finish all the events from arriving at the church, then on to the Crematorium, followed by the Reception, was a relaxing and poignant (moving) time, yet
quite jovial with more than one or two laughs reflecting the good memories of Chris's life. I am sure Chris would of been pleased at the way the events took place that day.
I can only imagine that Judith was calling and he just had to be with her once again.
God Bless them both, they won't be forgotten.
Charlie Bainbridge(Friday, February 06 15 11:27 am GMT)
Hi everyone, this message is just about a "Pause for Thought". Looking at the "In Memory Of" page. It's amazing how many people have passed away since these reunions started, and just lately, more
so, over the last couple of years how many have died. Of course we are all getting older, but so many of them passed away far to early, well before their prime. When you look back at the names,
everyone of us will have a different fond memory of them, all relating to their unique character, remembering the close friendship and reliability of them in times of need. What has made me poignant
at this present time, is the reality of it all, that we can't live forever. Which is why when you think of these reunions we have each year, it's all the more important to come along and meet your
old buddies and have a bit of reminiscence time before it's all to late. Sadly none of us will see Chris Cooke again. A very dear friend to me and I know many others, alongside his wife Judith as
well. I was hoping that there would of been many more years of that friendship to come. Keith Tilson and myself visited Chris in Sheffield Hospital just 6 days before he passed away. He said to us
that he was looking forward to the reunion in June, and that was how we left him, saying "see you at the do Chris, will be looking forward to it". Sadly that wasn't to be. Which makes you realise how
short life really is.
It has to be said, that these reunions over the years has created many fond and happy memories of past and present members and we must thank the chaps on the committee who do a fantastic job of
organising these events. I for one look more forward to these reunions than I do going away on holiday. And yes, I do usually have fantastic holidays. It is no mean feat spending so much time making
sure that all things go smoothly at theses gatherings over a whole weekend. Well done to each and everyone on the committee, too many name to mention. But I will be there again this coming June,(by
the way, it's two days after my birthday) to say to them, "thanks once more for a great weekend".
So for those members that haven't been along, or have missed out for a few years, or if you know of someone wanting to join the Association, please try your hardest and come along.
That's you, Eric French (Froggy), Alan Pratt, Alan Ruddy (Nipper), Harry Schwartz, Adrian Thompson, Lance Fulford-Owen, Cliff Hickinbottom, and there is many more names.
I.m sorry I did,nt find this site before,did,nt know it existed.Imust be one of the few SE,ratings to join the RN reserve and get demoted from aKillock to able seaman.Anyone else get done like that.
Kevin Dredge(Thursday, December 18 14 06:35 am GMT)
Hi there, I received a message yesterday from Paul Moss, pleas read -
Kevin, just today that George Bain has had a stroke last week. I believe he is in Taunton hospital with his partner at he side. Please you pass on the info to the SE association, will let you know if
I hear more, cheers mate paul.
Matt.Gilmore(Tuesday, November 04 14 02:04 pm GMT)
Whilst selling poppies this year an oldish lady approached our stall & asked if she could make a donation because having tried for two hours she could not get through to the R.B.L. office
,naturally we said yes & she handed over an envelope & left with our thanks. We decided to put the donation in the collecting can so opened the envelope. One of out collectors said it\'s a
nice donation, £90.00 but when I checked he had read the cheque wrong, it was £ 9000.00. Could have knocked us all down with a feather. We are currently trying to trace the lady to thank her
Gwynfor Jones(Monday, June 23 14 07:26 pm BST)
Looking forward to the next P.U in Bristol. Looks a great place
John Vitti(Tuesday, May 27 14 04:30 pm BST)
Nothing to do with me, honest! Next time we'll shake the counterfoils more vigorously. Well done.
Regards, John V.
Philip and Melodie Pike(Saturday, May 24 14 09:54 am BST)
We had a great weekend as always. Thanks to the committee for all the hard work required to make it happen. Looking forward to the next one wherever it is. As some of you may have noticed, we
actually won some raffle prizes this year.
Scrumpy(Wednesday, May 21 14 09:02 am BST)
Yet another brilliant reunion
a big pity that the turn out this year was down a bit. Well done to all for a great weekend
Keith Bonson(Tuesday, May 20 14 09:44 am BST)
Another excellent R.U.
Thank you to the Committee.
Also for the Raffle Prizes.
We had a better journey home than coming.
Nigel (Phil) Trigg(Thursday, May 08 14 02:29 pm BST)
Trying to trace John Goldby SE HMS Hermes 60's era.Phil Trigg badger 2F3 mess.
Jim Corbett(Tuesday, May 06 14 08:52 am BST)
Has anyone got any idea if Reb (Red)Williamson went back to the Shetlands? There is a chance I may be going there during June
Roy Colbeck(Sunday, April 20 14 10:13 am BST)
Sadly Reg Moore passed away 10th April this year, he was a member of the Gt Yarmouth FAA Assoc. he served as a SE rating in the RN 1944 to 1948.
J G Jones(Wednesday, April 02 14 07:57 am BST)
To all my oppo's, please note that my e-mail address is now email@example.com. My Hotmail one has been lost
J G Jones(Thursday, March 20 14 07:18 pm GMT)
Just to tell you that I have had to change my e-mail. It is firstname.lastname@example.org as from now
Leo(Monday, February 24 14 11:09 pm GMT)
Hi all, it with great sadness I have to inform you that one of our dear friends has passed away. Shawn Clinton USA PR1 Served on exchange circa 1995 at Daedalus. RIP Shawn
Adrian Thompson(Tuesday, February 11 14 09:06 pm GMT)
The two names missing on the photo with Daly,Aherne, Cox, Thompson, Foreman, Boland taken on board HMS Centaur 1964/5 are, SubLt Golightly and CPO T.F. Houghton.
SPUD(Monday, January 13 14 05:02 pm GMT)
A SHOOTING trip turned into a nightmare for 59-year-old Roger Fullbrook when he stumbled and blasted off most of his left foot.
He had been enjoying a sunny day out with the Warmwell Estate shooting syndicate when the accident happened.
Mr Fullbrook, of King Street, Portland, said he had unloaded his 12-bore shotgun to cross a fence and had just reloaded it when the accident happened.
He added: "I bent down to release my dog and as he ran off into a hedge I stumbled, the gun flew out of my arms, hit the ground barrel first and went off, catching me across the top of my left
"I thought, 'That was really stupid!' and shouted into my radio for help. Everyone came and, while I was bleeding, it was contained by my wellington boot."
One of the syndicate was a paramedic and he looked after Mr Fullbrook until a paramedic from Weymouth arrived, giving him fluids and painkillers and calling the Dorset and Somerset Air
Mr Fullbrook said: "They flew me to Odstock Hospital in Salisbury where I spent ten days and had three operations. The first cleared out debris in my foot from the blast, the second cleaned it up and
the third amputated most of my left foot."
Mr Fullbrook, a carpenter-joiner, is now at home on crutches waiting for a prosthetic foot, but he has nothing but praise for the air ambulance crew whose skill and speed on January 17 'saved me a
great deal of pain and discomfort'.
He said: "They just got me there so quickly and efficiently. They were brilliant.
"I wanted to do something to say thank you, so when our syndicate held its end-of-season dinner we decided to donate the £90 raffle proceeds to the air ambulance."
A spokesman for the air ambulance said they were delighted at the donation and Mr Fullbrook said he was also able to help two other people.
He said: "My left wellington boot was blasted to bits but I was able to give the right one to a friend whose boot had a leak! Also, because of my injuries I could not attend the syndicate's shoot the
following week, so consultant orthopaedic surgeon Peter Rauh - who operated on me - went in my place!"
Roger Mills(Friday, January 03 14 02:59 pm GMT)
Hi everyone ! And happy new year ! I was in 3E2 Mess, HMS Eagle ,during 1967,with NA(SE) Johnson (deceased) NA(SE) Taff Mathews (ditto) NA(SE) Archie McClaren (ditto ) and NA(SE) Spider Webb (lives
in Gosport ??) ; Also , I was in the Royal Guard for the Duke Of Edinburgh at Yeovilton in 1964 , and this year it will be 50 years on ; any of your members in the Royal Guard too ?? Would love to
arrange a reunion with them ( I'll be in the Swordfish Enclosure this July ) .
Cheers ! Roger Mills , Tewkesbury , ex-REM (A) 1964-74
scrumpy(Tuesday, December 31 13 10:56 am GMT)
A happy new year to you all
Jackie Thomas(Saturday, December 21 13 10:47 pm GMT)
Sincere good wishes to all friends of the late Tommo (Bill Thomas) for a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a safe and very healthy 2014.
scrumpy(Friday, December 20 13 04:41 pm GMT)
Just to let you know it is Ken Warne's 50 anniversary on Sat 21 I wish him and Mo a really happy anniversary go for it kid.
Ken Warnes(Friday, December 06 13 06:00 pm GMT)
George Porton is seriously ill in Hospital (South Africa)his daughter is keeping me updated and I will keep everyone updated, he had an operation which seems to have gone well, but apparently its
left him with no memory? part of his foot was amputated, and he is having problems with his heart and breathing
Ken Warnes(Tuesday, December 03 13 06:42 pm GMT)
Well after advertising the RNSESA Christmas Cards,ONE Person has ordered some (Scrumpy) our Vice Chairman!
I know times are hard but this takes the biscuit? I have a box of cards in my loft (shop now closed) and I think they will be going to the dump!What a bloody waste of time, why do I bother
Jeff [Ginge] Duffey(Sunday, November 17 13 08:29 pm GMT)
Nice looking site, thanks lads.
Dave Philpot(Tuesday, November 12 13 02:38 pm GMT)
Whole heartedly agree with John. A great day to march past the Cenotaph and then remember those colleges that we knew and lost in the FAA. Followed by a very long lunch "at sea" on the Tattershall
Castle. We managed to get back to our digs at about 18:30. Bravo Zulu all concerned
John Vitti(Monday, November 11 13 08:06 pm GMT)
Just want to say what that I was proud to stand next to my comrades this Remembrance Sunday in Whitehall. The sun truly shone upon us. We marched in step (most of the way)!
The private ceremony at the FAA memorial was very dignified and moving. The afternoon culminated in a very pleasant session aboard 'The Tattersall Castle' on the Thames, the FAA took over the ship,
I'm told it was the first sea-going draft for some...
A very memorable day indeed, there were times when the hair on your neck bristled, immensely moving.
Ken Warnes(Tuesday, October 22 13 06:57 pm BST)
Anyone wanting a set of Christmas cards, by John Vitti £4 a set including postage
Cheques and P.O.s made out to RNSESA, send to Ken Warnes,
Sheffield S21 1EL
Gareth Taff Jones(Tuesday, September 24 13 08:38 pm BST)
Good pic of Dave " Flipflop " with that Kaitai in Singers. He hasn't aged a bit!!
Roy Jeffery(Tuesday, September 03 13 07:31 am BST)
To the Cornwall Contingent - Hi Boys and Girls - Thanks for your company at the soiree last evening and especially to Kevin for my extra mushrooms - a most enjoyable evening
Keith Spiller(Monday, August 19 13 07:43 pm BST)
Scary seeing so many "Old and Bold" members of the branch still around.
Mike Johns(Wednesday, July 31 13 10:36 pm BST)
Scrumpy,I have the home address for Nigel Hewitt, give me a bell.
Scrumpy(Tuesday, July 30 13 02:17 pm BST)
Just got a parcel from Fred Whitbread containing a very large White Ensign should go well at the reunion.
Scrumpy(Sunday, July 28 13 10:45 am BST)
I am trying to get in touch with Nigel Hewitt if any one knows his email address or his home phone No could you please let me know.
all the best to every one
Mike Johns(Tuesday, July 16 13 12:06 pm BST)
A Big Thank You goes to Stan Humphries for his very generous £100:00 donation to the RNSESA funds.
John Vitti(Friday, July 12 13 05:30 pm BST)
Ispoke to Betty Fielding yesterday. Brian is now stable. The infections he contracted in hospital have now been addressed and he has had scans to determine if it is possible to go ahead with
open-heart surgery next week. So all being well, Brian should operated next week. He is in good spirits and has started to eat well after losing a lot of weight initially. Keep your fingers crossed!
Ken Warnes(Monday, July 01 13 09:08 am BST)
spoke to Betty Fielding this morning Monday 1st July, Brian is hoping to have another stent or valve fitted today? now been in 1 Month, lets wish him a speedy recovery, my Mother is seriously ill in
hospital, so not online much
Taff Jones(Saturday, June 22 13 08:53 pm BST)
Happy birthday Charlie. See you at the next P.U.
Helen and Jay Massey(Saturday, June 01 13 05:16 pm BST)
Dear Fred and Ellen, we are so sorry to hear that you are unwell Fred. We wanted you to know we are thinking of you and will pray for a successful outcome on the 14th and a positive final prognosis.
Take great care both of you. Best, Helen and Jay.
John Vitti(Thursday, May 09 13 09:19 pm BST)
Hi Jay & Helen,
I hope you're grand tour is progressing well, despite the weather. By the way, those few nice days we've just had was our summer, we are now in autumn!
I asked my daughter the best way of downloading the reunion photographs. She reckons you should contact Ken Warnes who took most of the shots. Ask him to e-mail The photo's via attachment to your
e-mail address, that's if nobody else comes up with another way. That way you are assured of decent definition. I'm sure Ken will oblige being the kind hearted guy he is. He can be contacted at 01142
489858 or KENNETH.WARNES@sky.com The 'do' was rather good wasn't it? Good to see old faces once again.
Regards John V.
Helen and Jay Massey(Monday, May 06 13 10:08 pm BST)
G’day from Helen and Jay,
Thank you so much to everyone for the wonderful warm welcome we received at the reunion, and for making our trip from Australia so worthwhile. We were quite overwhelmed by the acceptance from
everyone and dearly hope we are able to attend another reunion in the future…..God willing! We appreciated very much the dedication of Pixie and the other “Elves” whose hard work made the weekend
such a happy, successful and fun time. We loved the photographs on the website and would be very grateful if someone is able to tell us how we can copy some of them. Thank you again for a superb time
and lovely company. Keep well and keep smiling! Tots up!! Helen and Jay :)
Kevin Dredge(Saturday, May 04 13 11:21 am BST)
Both Glenda & I had a great weekend, good to see so many old & a few new faces. Our thanks go to the committee, again for their sterling efforts in making the event possible. We both look
forwards to the next one. Take care everyone.
Philip Pike(Friday, May 03 13 03:59 pm BST)
Melodie and I had a great time as always and would like to thank all parties involved with the planning and running of our tenth anniversary reunion. Looking forward to seeing you all again next
Mike Johns(Thursday, May 02 13 05:06 pm BST)
Whilst at the Re-union Keith "Scrubber" Bridges made a donation of £20:00 for the RNSESA and the sale of slops (as found in a box and brought in by the daughters of the late Jan Prewer) netted
Dave Philpot(Tuesday, April 30 13 09:20 am BST)
Both Daphne and I thought that was the best reunion yet; so thanks to all the committee for organising the weekend. Loved the magician only can't get rid of my twisted 10p piece now!! Very moved by
the dedication at the National Memorial Arboretum.
John Vitti(Monday, April 29 13 05:00 pm BST)
Clare and I thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic wee-end at Bosworth. It was great seeing old faces who made an extra special effoert to attend this anniversary reunion. I see we have a provisional date
for the next knee's up, put it in your diaries now and get set for another 'do'! Many thanks to those members of the committee who worked tirelessly to produce such a high standard pss-up. Well done
to all concerned.
Mike Johns(Friday, April 19 13 08:23 pm BST)
Camborne Schools in "Association News", cheers Mike Burn
Taff Jones(Sunday, April 07 13 03:38 pm BST)
Just had a look at the R.N rugby team v the French & noticed not ONE officer selected!Bit different to my time on 848 where we erks played all the games to the final under lights in Singers &
all the officers got selected for the final!!
Mike Johns(Wednesday, April 03 13 07:38 pm BST)
I do agree with Ken Warnes, so many thanks to Pixie and Aly for the behind the scenes work re the Re-union and also to Mike Burn for his first class job as Webmaster.
Ken Warnes(Sunday, March 31 13 01:27 pm BST)
A Big Thank you to our Secretary and his wife Aly for all the hard work put in to make this years Re-Union better than ever, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes!
Ken Warnes(Thursday, March 28 13 10:08 am GMT)
if anyone has a Birthday at the Re-Union would you let me know please
Ken Warnes(Thursday, March 28 13 09:42 am GMT)
93 booked in now for the Re-Union, come on you lucky 7 lets make it 100! plenty of Rum, come and meet your old mates, some from Singapore,USA, and down under
Ken Warnes(Sunday, March 10 13 10:14 am GMT)
There is still time to book in for the Re-Union, Come on you Rum Rats,Quiz on Friday Night,(with prizes)and Bowling and splice the mainbrace on Sunday after the trip out.Rooms are getting scarce so
if you are coming get booked in
Ian "Willie" Carr(Friday, March 08 13 04:26 pm GMT)
Sorry to hear the sad loss of John Phillips.....Randy Eddy where have you been??? You was my Divisional Officer when I changed branches back in 1986 along with Carl "George" Foreman & Karl
Wrightson, glad to hear your doing okay!
Mike Burn(Tuesday, February 19 13 06:27 pm GMT)
Condolences to Chris and his family at the sad loss of their beloved Judith.
Brian Cox (CHOPPER)(Friday, February 08 13 12:12 pm GMT)
I am trying to contact an ex Met rating by the name of PETER JONES married to GERALDINE who was my best man in 1963. As it is our Golden wedding this April i wonder if anyone knows of his whereabouts
Taff Jones(Monday, February 04 13 11:59 am GMT)
Next re-union is 26,27,28th April
Jessie James(Thursday, January 31 13 04:56 am GMT)
When is the next reunion
dennis p knight(Tuesday, January 22 13 04:37 pm GMT)
i wonder if there is any of the older se members going back to 1944 to 1947,i would hear from them
Dave Philpot(Saturday, January 19 13 12:47 pm GMT)
Hi Randy, Knew you would go far. I ended up doing 35yrs (until 2000)and then 12yrs in the Civil Service recruiting for Office for National Statistics. I retired in Oct 2012. Daphne says Hi
Randy Eddy(Saturday, January 12 13 07:00 pm GMT)
Dave, good to hear from you. I made LCDR and retired in 1997. I now manage the Aircraft Powerplant Shop for Fedex Express. Living in Memphis, TN. What about you?
John Vitti(Thursday, January 03 13 09:12 pm GMT)
Just a thought for Scrumpy and his family, Chin up you ol' sod, we're all rootin' for you. Get well soon.
Ken Warnes(Wednesday, January 02 13 01:20 pm GMT)
It is very sad news about John Phillips, he did a lot of work on behalf of RNSESA with Historic Flight etc, he will be sadly missed R.I.P.
Ken Warnes(Tuesday, January 01 13 05:30 pm GMT)
Having looked at the website again, I must congratulate Mike our Webmaster on doing a splendid job.No-one ever comments on how well he does with the News/Birthdays etc and the graphics are brilliant.
Well done Mike
Dave Philpot(Tuesday, January 01 13 11:26 am GMT)
So very sad to hear the news of John Phillips. RIP
Fred Ward (Sharkey)(Monday, December 24 12 02:42 pm GMT)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!See you at the Reunion.
Jackie Thomas(Friday, December 21 12 08:02 pm GMT)
For all friends, colleagues, associates of the late Tommo (Bill Thomas)- Sincere wishes for a very safe and happy Christmas. May 2013 bring you peace, good health and prosperity. Warmest Regards,
Ron Jennings(Thursday, December 20 12 11:25 am GMT)
A very Happy Christmas to you all.
Please make every effort to attend the reunion I promise you won't regret it
Andy Kleboe(Tuesday, December 18 12 02:06 pm GMT)
Happy Christmas and a happy new Year to you all from the tropics,not celebrated much in Thailand but you can't have it all.
Ken Warnes(Tuesday, December 18 12 09:15 am GMT)
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to ALL,Join us in April for the 10th Anniversary Re- Union,plenty of Rum,Bowls competition, Quiz Night,but most of all wonderful to see old friends. come on get
booked in, we are all getting to old to worry
Taff Jones(Friday, December 14 12 07:21 pm GMT)
Merry Crimbo & a happy new year to you all.Please make a great effort to come to the re-union in April.
Mike Johns(Thursday, December 13 12 02:39 pm GMT)
Wishing all Members of the Association, and their families, a very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2013. See you at the re-union.
Dave Philpot(Tuesday, December 11 12 03:39 pm GMT)
Hi Randy, Remember you at Seafield and a couple of "very" boozy parties at the home you rented. Did you make Flag rank in the USN!!
John Bonar(Monday, December 10 12 04:19 pm GMT)
Hi Randy, I remember you, please get in touch!
Randy Eddy(Saturday, December 08 12 02:41 pm GMT)
Nice to see the site. Was wondering what happened to most of the lads I served with at Seafield Park back in 1984 - 1986.
Scrumpy(Saturday, December 08 12 01:36 pm GMT)
I wish all the membership a very happy Christmas and a happy new year and look forward to seeing as many of you at the reunion as can attend
Andy Kleboe(Friday, October 26 12 07:08 am BST)
Does anyone know of or have heard from the following- Pete Rudder(Derby) Micky Swindle,or Ricky Young(London) all at Yeovilton in the 60's.
Andy(Wednesday, October 24 12 05:35 pm BST)
Hi all who know me ,just to let you know that I re-married today,I don't think I will be venturing UK wise for some time as I have another house to build, I might even add an extra visitors room if
Thailand sounds good!!
Don MacGregor(Thursday, October 18 12 03:11 am BST)
Do you have any info on Jock Argo, SE rating. Served with him at Lossie when he was a killick.
Looking to contact Bob Cook, was mates with Jan Prewer & me in 52/55, was on 890 with me at Yeovilton in 54/5 was a great mate, spent many happy weekends at his house & driving about in his
M.G. he will be about 78/79 now. email@example.com
Taff(Monday, October 01 12 09:40 pm BST)
I've been told that Bat has passed over the bar. He was a great guy. I did my 3's with him & then did not see him till the re-unions started. We had a few wets together to make up for lost time.
Dave Philpot(Monday, September 10 12 10:16 am BST)
Hi - I know John Phillips has been unwell recently, but are we still going to "stroll" past at the Cenotaph this year? Will also ask on Facebook page.
Taff Jones(Saturday, September 01 12 09:18 pm BST)
3 S.E. ratings mentioned in this months Navy News for sporting prowess. What's Happening to the branch ? What with that lad with the huskies as well.Times are a'changing!!!
georgeporton(Sunday, July 29 12 01:00 pm BST)
HI nearly lost the plot the reaper didn.t quite catch me.Since my recovery Ive had nothing but memory recall.browsing through association news its amazeing how many guys that I remember ALL our
yesterdays and more great me old mates George Porton S.A.
Roger Mills(Saturday, July 14 12 03:33 pm BST)
Served in Eagle 1966-69, in 3F2 mess with several NA(SE)shipmates ; Taff Mathews,Archie McClaren,Spider Webb,Johno Johnson ( SW diver)and NA Buntain or similar name (Scottish I think). Great guys
& great times, but sadly Johno, Taff & Archie no longer with us, I believe ? (Diving accident/heart attack/booze ? )
Roger Mills (REM(A)) Winchcombe, Glos.
Ken Warnes(Tuesday, July 03 12 10:28 am BST)
No Excuses you Old Sea Dogs, get booked in for the 10th Anniversary Re-Union, next April at Bosworth Hall. Plenty of Rum for Tot Time,sippers and gulpers to first timers.come and enjoy a great
weekend, Good Food and Good Company
Pixie(Monday, July 02 12 03:26 pm BST)
A message for Gus Pearson.
Just in case you read this your email keeps bouncing back so could you send me an email please.
Taff Jones(Thursday, June 28 12 06:52 pm BST)
Thanks Flipflop for your charitable effort. That was about my lot as well!!The present Jack can't have much dosh left to get merry.Any more efforts ?
John Vitti(Wednesday, June 27 12 04:41 pm BST)
Firstly, G'day cobbler, to our Aussie SE. Your FAA will soon be bigger than ours with your proposed carriers..
Secondly, Nipper, re gold badges. I'm sure years ago sailors use to make a paste of cream of tartar/water than applying it to the gold braid, allowing to dry then brush off. Never tried it myself cos
me badges are not too old......I lie like an 'airy egg! These days sailors have yellow rayon thread badges...how common!
Dennis Elliott(Wednesday, June 27 12 08:39 am BST)
Great Idea, just came across the site while sufing the net.
I am a retired RAN LASE, served on HMAS Melbourne, Sydney, Vendetta and Stuart.
Good luck for the future
Nipper Ruddy(Sunday, June 24 12 11:01 am BST)
I am donating my No1 uniform to a memorabilia museum.Pleasecan anyone advise me on how to clean gold badges.
Dave Philpot(Friday, June 22 12 04:30 pm BST)
I used to pay into the "Save The Atlantic Inn" Porthleven charity most nights of the week!!!!!!!!!!
Mike Burn(Thursday, June 21 12 06:33 pm BST)
Now that's a charitable thought Taff!!
Taff Jones(Thursday, June 21 12 04:12 pm BST)
All I ever see in the Navy News & also a lot on this site is news on just about every charity one can think of.I'm sure we did not do as much for charities when we were in. Were we too piso ?
Vic Warrington(Saturday, June 16 12 02:30 am BST)
Thanks for the info.
John Vitti(Thursday, June 14 12 11:31 am BST)
Hi Vic, the last address I had of Nige's was:-Cottage 2, Venton Vednan, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0RG.
Tel. 01326 56246 I hope this is some use to you.
Vic(Wednesday, June 13 12 02:09 am BST)
Does anyone have Nig Hewitt's contact details?
John Vitti(Friday, June 01 12 08:44 pm BST)
Cheers for that snippet Gwynfor, will try to use it in the next newsletter. Nigel was my Naval Airman at Ballykelly for a while, a great guy. I've not seen him since the first reunion at Cadbury 20
od years ago. How time flies! His artwork is exceptional.
Gwynfor Jones(Thursday, May 31 12 07:08 pm BST)
Please google RNAS Culdose & scroll down to Images for Rnas Culdrose, you will find a great pic of Nig Hewitt.Evidently he's the last sailmaker left in Culdrose.He was S.E when I knew him in the
John Vitti(Tuesday, May 08 12 04:41 pm BST)
Tried the website recommended by Gwynfor on the e-maiL. Sure enough Intrepid's 1st. commish book was there which I was instrumental in putting together. I had a browse through Albion's 60's books,
there's a good photo of the troops from the ships SE complement all in an SS5! Worth a look folks.
gwynfor Jones(Sunday, May 06 12 06:57 pm BST)
Re-Dave Philpot,that was my first day in Yeovil.It was a Sun night & I woke up in the Sick Bay on Mon morn!!!Hay-Jahans was not amused!!
Dave Philpot(Sunday, May 06 12 10:16 am BST)
Gwynfor that's because you used to throw yourself in monsoon drains and break your wrist when Lance F-O tried to pull you out.
Gwynfor Jones(Wednesday, May 02 12 08:27 pm BST)
I see a NA/SE Evans from Yeovilton did the branch proud by coming 2nd in THE ABSA Sled Dog Championships. He trains 3/4 times per week.Have the times changed so much ? I know I did not enjoy
Yeovilton but it was not THAT bad!!!
ken Warnes(Tuesday, May 01 12 09:32 am BST)
Its a year away for the next big re-union, a mini re-union is arranged for 25th May, at Bristol, short notice due to illness etc, look in Association News for details, few rooms left, come on you Rum
Ken Warnes(Saturday, April 21 12 09:42 am BST)
Organised a mini re-union at bristol, may 25th, check your mails from Pixie,not many rooms left and they will go at the end of the month so come on get booking
Dave Philpot(Sunday, April 15 12 10:12 am BST)
Just had Rick and Marion Bradley visit and showed him the website and is interested in joining (maybe). Rick came to SE as an ex chef (know the joke about no ever pased the chefs course) and ended up
doing 22 with us. They live in Porthleven
Jay Massey(Thursday, April 05 12 01:44 pm BST)
From Jay Massey I have just celebrated my 70th birthday in true ozzie fasion BBQ and drinks in 32 degrees ended up with pussers rum (yum) looking forward to the reuion in 2013 be there or be square
Ian Smith(Tuesday, March 27 12 07:26 pm BST)
I like what I have seen so far guys...well done!
Mike HARRIS.(Friday, March 02 12 09:20 am GMT)
Did a firefighting course at HMS Sea Eagle in Culdrose,prior to joining HMS Fearless,back in the sixties,this safety and survival association sounds brilliant.Been back from New Zealand two years.was
firefighter-first responder there.best wishes for this site.ps was awarded Pingat Jasa Medal,in 2011.
Carl (George) Forman(Tuesday, February 28 12 07:21 pm GMT)
Coming up to leaving the service after 27 yrs will be joining the association then. In the meantime i organising a branch dinner for the 24 May 12 at the Victory Services Club, London. I have 10
places still available for ex Senior Rates if interested. This is a black tie event. The cost is £55pp. Anyone interested in attending please contact me at YEOVLTON-SESMR@mod.uk.
Nipper Rudddy(Tuesday, February 21 12 01:23 pm GMT)
Ref Dickie Unsworth.
I last saw him (c.1967) at the R.A.F hospital Wroughton. I and a.n.other SE(??) went to see him from V.L.after an incident with a motor bike.
"Lend us a quid and we can go to the Podi for a quick half - back on board to listen to the news" meant back in the early hours,after a taxi to Somerton.
Never a dull moment with Dick.
John Vitti(Saturday, February 18 12 09:39 pm GMT)
Firstly, Hi Joe, great to see you've surfaced, your name has cropped up often by the troops wondering where you are. Now we know. I remember you from the section at Culdy, I was but a sprog in those
days, anyhow, glad you're aboard. Secondly, people are asking about Joe Herft. The last I saw of him was again at Culdy. Mid 67. He was due to go outside and I remember him and Dickie Unsworth
plotting to travel South America on mopeds! I kid you not. They use to sit for hours working out their routes using aeronautical maps, where they would stay, where they could get petrol etc. I left
to join Albion before he went outside. I did hear later that he'd applied to join the Canadian Mounted Police but was turned down, after that nothing. Dickie Unsworth went up to West Freugh in
Scotland where he ran the SE Section for the crabs, sadly he passed away a few years ago. It's a long time ago now but the memories are still vivid of those very colourful characters,
Joe Tweed(Saturday, February 18 12 02:33 pm GMT)
Joe tweed again anyone else who thinks they may know me and would like to contact me. telephone me on 01522 690235 Lincoln number.
joe tweed(Saturday, February 18 12 01:32 pm GMT)
Hi Jay at long last you have found Joe Tweed from Lincoln, still alive and kicking. Be good to hear from you. Are you on skype or face book??? if your on skype my contact address pamela.tweed1.
Ron Cook(Wednesday, February 15 12 06:31 pm GMT)
anyone know the whereabouts fo either Joe Heft or Roger mitchell ??
John Bonar(Tuesday, February 14 12 06:56 am GMT)
In New Zealand at present and just picked up e mails etc. Glad to see that Chris Cooke is on the mend and but sad to hear of the passing of Jan Prewer. Gwynfor Jones take note I am not ignoring you?
and I wont be home until April 10. Thanks to John Vitti for looking for Dave Morris.
Gwynfor Jones(Monday, February 13 12 05:25 pm GMT)
Cheers John and Pixie for your efforts. Much appreciated.
John Vitti(Sunday, February 12 12 04:28 pm GMT)
Further to my last comment, I had another call last night from that guy. He said Dave had joined the Prison service after leaving the mob. He then lived in a small village outside Colne called
Trawden. His address was Skipton Rd. (no number). However he no longer resides there. So if anyone out there has any connections with the Prison service can you check it out? At least one thing is
proven, people do read these messages in papers.
John Vitti(Saturday, February 11 12 04:50 pm GMT)
Re: Dave Morris
As stated earlier, I put an advert in the Colne/Burnley local papers to try to contact the elusive Dave Morris. The editor asked me to put it into letter form which I did. This has gone to print
recently. This morning I received a phone call from a guy who went to school with Dave and remembers him coming home in 'his sailor suit.' He rckons he still lives in the Colne area and was getting
his mate to check him out, he said he'd get back to me on it. Might be on to something.
Regards John Vitti
Alan (George) Cunningham(Tuesday, February 07 12 10:14 am GMT)
Just want to say that the new site is great. Thanks to all involved, Hoping to get to the next re-union in 2013.
mick paleschi(Tuesday, January 31 12 04:57 pm GMT)
really good new site very impresive and interesting
Jay Massey(Thursday, January 26 12 11:59 pm GMT)
Where are they now photo'with Roger Fullbrook the left of the photo is John Tyrell and the one lying down is (Brad) Bradley.Now I wan't to find Joe Tweed and Baz Stephens before I get to UK next
Keith Bonson(Wednesday, January 25 12 10:37 pm GMT)
Hi Chris It is good to see that you are back home and on the mend. Look after yourself.
Chris Cooke(Wednesday, January 25 12 08:08 pm GMT)
Where are they now. The photo with Roger Fullbrook far right, the person far left could be John Tyrell, he was at Brawdy mid 60's
Chris Cooke(Tuesday, January 24 12 12:14 pm GMT)
Thank you to the members who sent get well cards whilst I was in the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro under going emergency surgery on a twisted and scarred bowel. Also Daphne and Dave Philpot and John
Vitti for their posts in the Visitors book. I have an Ileostomy at present but hope to have it reversed when I have regained some of the 19lbs I have lost. I have been home over a week now and hope
to answer the e-mails.
Nipper Bonson(Sunday, January 22 12 03:00 pm GMT)
Happy Birthday Fred from the both of us.
John Vitti(Friday, January 20 12 07:59 pm GMT)
Spot on Jim, well nearly, it's the 18th. Which makes me a capricorn along with Jesus Christ! We are supposed to lack humour, warmth, always seeing the dark side of life, continual plodders, never
satisfied with our lot and generally old men before our time. As everyone knows, I'm nothing like that............just don't tell that to my wife though. Anyhow, happy new year (Kong Hay Fat Choy)
and happy birthday to your daughter, from a very grumpy ol' man.
Jim Corbett(Thursday, January 19 12 03:32 am GMT)
Hi Mr Vitti.. sorry I never managed to send you best wishes for your birthday yesterday, so belated birthday wishes to you !!!
Idid think it was arround now and thought it was the same as my daughter's which is today... so put in revision to the planner for that..
All the best
Dave Philpot(Friday, January 13 12 06:54 pm GMT)
All the best to Chris Cooke, hope you continue to make an excellent recovery. Best regards to you both. Dave & Daphne Philpot
JOHN VITTI(Monday, January 09 12 07:38 pm GMT)
Excellent news about Chris Cooke. Keep up the progress Chris, our thoughts are with you.
Regards John Vitti
Taff Jones(Sunday, January 08 12 05:13 pm GMT)
Thanks John, Pixie gave me some addresses and I have phoned them but no joy yet.
Dave Philpot(Saturday, January 07 12 07:26 pm GMT)
I also remember Dave from B5 Mess days at Culdrose in the late 60's. I once hitchhiked with him as far as Weston-super-Mare one cold November Friday afternoon. We travelled across Bodmin Moor on the
back of an open lorry in our No.2 uniform, pussers burberry and hat on the side of our grip. He had regular rides with lorry drivers who used to wait for for him. He then did it all in reverse on
John Vitti(Thursday, January 05 12 08:34 pm GMT)
Read your comments with a hint of nostalgia. I use to travel up the line from Culdy with Dave. He was in our mess Battenberg 5. He usually travelled with me as far as Manchester and then had an awful
slog up to Colne/Nelson way, a right awkward place to get to after over 12 hours overnight from Redruth! Anyhow, my boss's boyfriend comes from that area. He told me that the Colne Times and the
Burnley Express cover those areas of E. Lancs. Therefore, I put in a little ad in the papers asking Dave to contact me if he sees it, it's a long shot, but one never knows. I'll let you know if there
are any developments. Regards John Vitti.
Just popped in to have a look around having had an uncontrollable urge to be a nuisance. Nice site, no doubt met loads of you during our service. Best wishes
Taff Jones(Sunday, December 25 11 09:46 pm GMT)
Can I take this opportunity to ask if any of the members know the whereabouts of Dave Morris.He joined up with John Bonnar & myself at Ganges in Jan 63. I have asked a few members but no joy.
Some haven't even answered, which isn't nice.He was on 2's course with Ken, Kevin & Flipflop I believe. It will be 50 years in 2013 when I joined up & Col Newsham ex handler has asked me to
trace as many lads as I can with a view for a re-union.Please e-mail me with any news. He came from Nelson/Burnley. Merry Xmas to you all
Fred Ward ( Sharkey)(Saturday, December 24 11 06:06 pm GMT)
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2012 Fred.
Dave Philpot(Friday, December 23 11 09:18 am GMT)
A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all and families of the association.
Dave & Daphne
Andy Kleboe(Thursday, December 22 11 10:11 am GMT)
Happy Christmas to you all from the tropics Thailand especially the commitee for this years re-union, they don't do Christmas out here and they've shifted the New Year ,It's 2054 here, that would
make me 111 years old!.
I don't feel that bad just yet!
Jackie Thomas(Wednesday, December 21 11 09:11 pm GMT)
Compliments of the Season to all good mates of Bill Thomas from yesteryear. Wishing you a very safe and Happy Christmas and good health and peace in 2012. Warm Regards, Jackie Thomas
Gwynfor Jones(Monday, December 19 11 09:42 pm GMT)
May I take this opportunity to wish all shipmates a Merry Xmas & a Very Good New Year. Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.Roll on the next re-union!!
Dave Philpot(Saturday, December 03 11 08:44 am GMT)
You have to join the association Paddy and get a password then you will see lots more about the association.
Paddy McNirlan(Thursday, December 01 11 08:59 pm GMT)
Hello all, I was told about this site a few months ago and had a look through loads of old photographs of past and present SE's, which as a serving member I found it good to see some old faces. Does
anyone know what happened to the link for the photo's went?
John Vitti(Thursday, December 01 11 06:58 pm GMT)
Whilst in London for the Remembrance Service the other week-end, my wife and I went to se the famous Lord Mayor's parade through the streets of London, very impressive it was too! It took one and a
half hours to pass, very colourful and imaginative floats taking part. The services were well represented, but what got right up my nose was one of the 'crabs' entries. '70 Years of life saving!'
They had this bloody big artic low loader with SAR Crewmen, SE's Mountain rescue teams etc. They got quite a chuck up from the crown who openly showed their appreciation. So how come the crabs can do
this? Why can't the FAA promote what we do?
No wonder joe public doesn't know what the navy does, nobody ever tells him. Sone times the silent service is too silent. Tt's about time Pussers PR teams start shouting our corner for a change
Jim Corbett(Monday, November 28 11 05:26 am GMT)
Hi folks, anyone out there got a recording of this year’s Remembrance parade; I would like to get a copy from anyone who has. Unfortunate but the person I asked in UK to do for me never managed to
get it done and it was not shown over here in Singers – only some snaps. Would be very much appreciated if anyone could help out.
Chris Callaghan(Friday, November 25 11 11:00 pm GMT)
Hi Roy. 'Control' and 'Home' will get you to the top of any page or document on your PC. Hope that helps.
Roy Jeffery(Friday, November 25 11 12:12 pm GMT)
Cant beleive it!!!!
A back to the top button in a flash.
Roy Jeffery(Thursday, November 24 11 10:48 pm GMT)
Just popped in to play catchup (as you do)- got me hooked again for a couple of hours. Tis a great site - a credit to the website "marshalls". Any chance of a "Back to the top BUTTON" sometime,
otherwise happy to keep scrolling.
Kindest regards to everyone
Roy J (Ex SURVO)
Dave Philpot(Tuesday, November 15 11 06:15 pm GMT)
Well done to all who turned out on Sunday at the Cenotaph. We really managed a good march past thanks to Kev Dredge calling out the step. If anyone has anypictures can you email them to me. Thanks
Chris Callaghan(Monday, November 14 11 01:45 am GMT)
Best set of reunion pictures for years. Who'll own up to being the snapper? Oh, and who took the photographs?
Ellen and Fred Whitbread(Monday, November 07 11 01:08 am GMT)
Fred and I back in the states, thank you again for such a great reunion! Also, this site has been put together extremely well, thank you for all your hard work! God bless us every one, looking
forward to April 2013!
To All SE Members:
On behalf of Fred and myself, we want to take this opportunity to express our deepest thanks and appreciation for all the hard work gone into making this, OUR FIRST REUNION ATTENDED, such a
meaningful experience! We also want to say how happy we are for all the wonderful friendships renewed (and newly acquainted --for Me, that is!) and for the one-third of the membership in attendance!
Those that I met were delightful, I am only sorry that the other 2/3's were not there to have the privilege of meeting ME! LOL! YOU 2/3 really missed out on something very special, as we are all of
us not getting any younger, life is indeed short, and we need to treat each and every day as a gift and be grateful for the chance to meet and greet each other in love every chance that we get.
Having passed through a difficult harrowing year health wise ourselves, Fred and I feel truly blessed to have been at this function and have every intention of returning in 18 months time APRIL
Very special thanks to SCRUMPY, KEN, and PIXIE from me -- you know why! XOX !!! -- the Pussers rum rep, and any others whose hard work led to such a special reunion. I, for one, having been there in
years past and in another lifetime, know that many wives also contributed behind the scenes, as WE ALL know that behind every good man stands an even better woman! LOL!
Thank you all again, we are still in the UK travelling to various family members' homes, and fly back to Florida on November 2nd. The weather here, although cool and crispy, has been beautiful,
another reason to give thanks!
God bless you every one!
Ellen and Fred xx
Scrumpy(Sunday, November 06 11 09:35 am GMT)
I like the new reunion news heading Mike well done
Lt J.S.(Wednesday, November 02 11 08:19 pm GMT)
Lt J.S.(Wednesday, November 02 11 08:00 pm GMT)
Good Evening Gordon,
I have unwittingly stumbled upon your website whilst looking for the Lee On Solent FAA Association page and thought that you may want to contact me for a possible visit/update on the state of play of
the SE branch. Although an “AV” I am the current Survival Equipment Training Officer at HMS Sultan and I am sure that we may be able to support you in some way. I also sit on the SE working group
meetings where I have considerable reach to all of the Naval SE Agencies where I could inform them of “their” association. If you would like me to contact you then please get in touch using the email
Regards & best wishes to you all.
Chris Cooke(Tuesday, November 01 11 05:54 pm GMT)
Another very good Reunion, albeit the numbers attending are reducing although we saw a few new faces who had not attended for a few years. Pity it had to move to 18 months before the next one-will
that mean even fewer numbers as people are not getting any younger! Sory Mick and Pixie for not commenting on how good the new website is.
Coiln (Ginge) Parratt(Tuesday, November 01 11 03:17 pm GMT)
Great weekend as usual. Pity about the room, who did I upset?!!! Great photos although I think there was something wrong with the cameras. Surely we don't all look THAT OLD!!!
Mike Johns(Monday, October 31 11 07:52 pm GMT)
My thanks to those who organised the re-union, a great weekend. Thanks also for supporting me in my new committee role and to Terry Gledhill and Charlie Bainbridge for their help. I look forward to
seeing you at Weston.
Kevin & Christine Wardle(Wednesday, October 26 11 07:10 pm BST)
Thanks to all who organised the reunion weekend, once again it was a great success and enjoyed by all. I always look forward to seeing all the old faces and was very pleased to see Fred & Ellen
Whitbred after so many years. I cannot understand why there are so many members that have never attended one of these functions!
Kevin & Glenda Dredge(Tuesday, October 25 11 06:35 am BST)
Another great weekend, our thanks to all that turned up & especially the Committee. It was again, a thoroughly enjoyable event. Again some new faces turned up, Fred from the States, my very first
Chief at Seafield, he hadn’t change a bit. My only question is where does Pixie Pike put all that ale & rum, he never seems to get older (or wiser) & still has that youthful abundance for
fun, please don’t change a bit. Looking forwards to the next one, our best wishes to everyone.
Keith Bonson.(Friday, October 21 11 11:24 am BST)
Another wonderful weekend. Thanyou to the Committee.
Wheres my cake.
Ken Warnes(Friday, October 21 11 09:06 am BST)
Great weekend,everything went well,Good food,Good company,The Entertainment was superb (Pixie Pike)dont you ever change, jaw still hurting from laughing!Thanks to Dave & Daphne for organising the
trip, next mini re-union April 13/14th York Hotel,Weston SM £80 BBEM per person for 2 nights let me know if you are interested
Pixie Pike(Thursday, October 20 11 01:52 pm BST)
Many thanks to everyone who made the reunion the success it was and to everyone who made the effort to attend. It was great. I have started serious bowls practice to win the next time. Regards to
John Phillips(Wednesday, October 19 11 08:13 pm BST)
Jane and I had a great week-end at the reunion.The next outing for the association is on the 13th of November at the RBL Remembrance Day Cenotaph Ceremony.I still have a large number of tickets
(15+)for the event,so don't be shy step up to the plate and join us on this great state occasion.
John Vitti(Tuesday, October 18 11 06:42 pm BST)
Great week-end, much enjoyed in excellent company, well done to all who organised it. I hope the bar staff didn't get too seasick, every time I went in to the bar, the lanterns were swinging wildly!
Dave Philpot(Tuesday, October 18 11 05:16 pm BST)
Many thanks again to the committee for a great reunion. Well organised as ever.
Taff Jones(Monday, October 17 11 06:44 pm BST)
My thanks to all who organized the Re-union. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Great shame we wont meet again till 04/2013. I'll be drawing my pension then!!!
Jay Massey(Saturday, October 15 11 05:07 am BST)
I am looking for a couple of S.E. mates who left the Navy in 1968.
1. Baz Stephens.
2. Joe Tweed.
Anyone with knowledge or whereabouts please E-mail me Cheers Jay Massey.
Taff Jones(Saturday, September 24 11 11:09 pm BST)
So sad to receive Pixie's e-mail about Jim Wearmouth. Him & I sank a few tots on the Bulwark when 847 came on board. I was on 848. RIP shipmate. .
Taff Jones(Friday, September 23 11 08:46 pm BST)
Not long now for the re-union. I hope as many as poss turn up. Here's looking forward to seeing you all.
Jeff Duffey [ ginge ](Wednesday, August 24 11 02:33 pm BST)
Hi to all,ive been off line for a while,now back fireing on all cylinders now.
Well done to all concerned on the re-launch of web site.
Jeff Duffey [ ginge ]
ron cook(Sunday, August 14 11 09:34 pm BST)
I am looking for a couple of guys who were in the S.E. branch but converted to Aircrewmans branch
!. Roger Mitchell believed living in Virginia Water
2. Joe Herft
Anyone with any knowledge or whereabouts plse E-mail me
Harry Schwartz(Thursday, August 11 11 08:31 pm BST)
My original password is no longer recognised.Any help welcome
Tomo (tomlinson)(Tuesday, August 02 11 09:49 am BST)