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Dear All. I would like to wish everyone, and especially those I know and served with, a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year. Very best wishes. John.

Added: December 23, 2016
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Have just read Lottie's post REF the sad passing of Brian Beecher, my first RPO watch leader in Chatham 1975. The funniest most genuine bloke a newbie could wish for, a great family man who got the 'balance' right. Remembered mostly for the wisest of all lessons . Remember lad 'the Crown is worn on your arm....not on your head'.Sad day.

Added: December 6, 2016
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My name is Mike Potter and I am trying to track down MAA Paul Shears who I served with during The Falklands in HMS ACTIVE. We are organising a 35th Anniversary Reunion next year but have no contact details for him. If anyone can assist, please get in touch.

Thank you

Mike Potter


Added: November 25, 2016
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Have just applied to join the Association and am very pleased to see quite a number of old acquaintances from the seventies and eighties. I hope this online medium is successful and goes from strength to strength as it enables ex branch veterans who cannot always get down South to keep in touch. Kind regards to all those who remember me (and perhaps don't want to)! :D

Added: November 1, 2016
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I am looking for any information relating to my great-uncle, Alfred Alexander Hughes, who was an RPO in WW2. His service number was C/224719 and was stationed at H.M.S. Lynx.

The information I do have is that he was awarded the MBE in 1941, apparently for his work in organising the little boats at Dunkirk although I don't have any provenance for that as yet. I have a copy of the entry in the Supplement to the London Gazette of 1st Jan, 1941 and I have seen his M.B.E. which is held by his grandson.

He fell down the stairs at Admiralty House, Dover in Jan 1945, suffered a head injury and subsequently died at County Hospital, Dover on 3rd Jan, 1945.

Many thanks.


Added: October 8, 2016
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Sorry to inform you of RPO Victor Gardener, Crossed the Bar Feb 2016 here in southern Spain

Added: May 11, 2016
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Sad to read of the recent passings of Billy Budden and "Taff" Hanigan. Billy and I were classmates on the same MAA(Q) Course and I recall that he was a jovial but highly professional regulator. Bill Hanigan was my FMAA on the old Bulwark and whilst he possessed a somewhat fearsome reputation, I always found him to be an approachable and supportive manager who was very fond of his Thomas Hardy literature; again a model professional. Good to see names in the guest book from our past; my very best wishes to all.

Added: January 22, 2016
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I am trying to trace a Regulator Lamps Lamprell. We served together on HMS Yarmouth before he changed branches to Regulator. We played rugger for the ship.

Hope you can help, sincerely, Terry Gosling.


Added: January 13, 2016
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Dear Sir

Currently I am researching the career of MAA James Cobbledick for his daughter Marion. In January 1945 he transferred from the Seaman Branch of the Royal Navy to the Regulating Branch. As an RPO and according to his service record he was at the Regulating Branch training school at Fort Wallington during August to October 1947.
His record suggests that he was attending a short course during this period.Would this be likely?
What was the basic set-up at Fort Wallington.

Sincerely

Sam Watson Royal Naval Electrical Branch 1951 to 1962.


Added: January 2, 2016
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Following on from my last contribution to the Guest Book and because of it, I have today (17 Deceber) received a delightful phone call from Bill Phillips. We talked for about 30 minutes. It was good to catch up on all the news. Sorry to hear of Paul Young's amputation of his left foot and the death of Tina Rees. My prayers are with Ivor. My goodness as life goes on we seem to get not so good news, but my sincere regards to all who read this. When next in the West Country I will,make contact with you, probably through Bill. Wishing you all a very happy Chrstmas. John Buchanan.

Added: December 17, 2015
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