Mystery Photo(s) #1
A pair of photos taken outside the same building... but
where? And which ship is this crew from?
No big clues for this, other than they are in temperate climate uniform
(so the palm trees maybe misleading) and the photo donor
believes them to be Coastal Forces, possibly an MGB or MTB
Anyone any ideas?
From the London Branch, Coastal Forces Veterans
... the location for these photos 1s the Coastal Forces base HMS BEE at Weymouth. The base was commissioned in the summer of 1942 and occupied the Pierhead Theatre, a hotel, and a row of requisitioned boarding-houses. Newly formed crews and their boats participated in exercises at sea here to bring them up to operational readiness, which is why many crew photos of crews exist with this same background.
Stephen Morse of Auckland NZ:
The trees in the background are New Zealand Cabbage trees,
so not necessarily tropical. The officers are RNVR (or
possibly RNZRNVR), so probably not Merchant Marine. They
have on their caps HMTS. Could be His Majesty's Telegraph
Ship or His Majesty's Training Ship or His Majesty's Troop
Ship. RNZN came into existence in 1941. It looked a bit like
Auckland NZ, just up the road from the RNZN base at
Devonport. There are also lots of NZ cabbage trees in
Frank O’Neill suggests:
HMS St Christopher , Fort William, and supplies another
photo taken in front of the pavilion, this one is of the
crew of MTB 639. The commanding officer, Lt. Stewart
Gould is in the middle of the front row