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 on: Today at 08:12:10 AM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc
Thank you so much, I really appreciate the help.
I may be back as I progress.
Kind regards

 on: Today at 07:39:45 AM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Ah yes, it will be Harrier - a training base for radar plotters at Kete in Pembrokeshire


 on: Yesterday at 07:11:07 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc
Thank you so much, that is really a big help. I have been looking at ships names and I wondered if at a push the unrecognisable one is Harrier?

 on: Yesterday at 04:50:51 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

The names in brackets are ships.  The shore bases would have acted as the 'parent' establishment, responsible for accounting and administration, for smaller ships

LANKA – shore base at Colombo
     LOCHY – River class Frigate, see:

BAMBARA = naval air station at Trincomalee
     POOL – indicates the ‘pool’, a party of ratings on standby to join any ship short of complement

HIGHFLYER = naval base at Trinomalee

LANDGUARD – former United States Coastguard cutter ‘Shoshone’, transferred to Britain under the lend/lease agreement.  See:

SANSOVINO – an American built Landing Ship; see:

EASTWAY – an American built Landing Ship; see:

DRAKE – naval barracks at Plymouth (still in existence today)
DEFIANCE  - training establishment at Plymouth
DRYAD = radar training establishment at Southwick, Portsmouith
NAMIR - ???  not recognised !!

 on: Yesterday at 12:36:28 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc
Thank you for your reply.
Yes there are.
Lanka (Lochy)
Bambara (Pool) I think
Highflyer (landguard)
Others he was at were
The last one I know because I was taken on it as a baby. He spent just over three years on it. HMS Vanguard.
Many thanks

 on: Yesterday at 07:58:23 AM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Act = acting
RP3 - radar plotter 3rd class

Royal Arthur = basic training establishment at Skegness (the old Butlins camp)
Glendower = Pwllheli - seamanship training establishment; it was also an 'overflow' camp for Royal Arthur when that place was full
Valkyrie = Douglas, Isle of Man: radar training establishment
Collingwood = training for electrical & radar at Fareham (still in existence today)
Mayina = Colombo, Sri Lanka

I would imagine he was initially ordered to R- Arthur to be issued with kit etc and then despatched, probably with a batch of other new entrants, to Glendower for initial training because R-Arthur was at full capacity.  Valkyrie was for specialist training as a radar operator, then to Collingwood, probably for training on a specific radar set.  Then despatched to the Far East.

Are there any names in brackets ?

 on: 24 July 2017 09:28:09 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc
I am new to forums so please bear with me.
I am trying to write up my late fathers naval service for our family history.
There are quite a few things I am struggling with and wondered if anyone can help me please.
First of all his record states that his non-substantive rating was Act RP3. I know he passed exams for radar and plotting but what does the Act mean?
Also he has a long list of shore bases he was at. Some for months, weeks or just a few days.
Royal Arthur / Glendower / Valkyier / Collingwood / Drake / Mayina the list goes on but
R Arthur is Skegness (he was there for one day) Glendower is Wales (June to Nov 1944) Valjkyier (IOM) (26 days) Collingwood (Portsmouth) 22 days and Mayina is in Colomba? Jan - April 45.
Is this right, to travel so far for not a long time?
Any help in understanding is welcome but beware it will lead to more questions I fear  :)
Many thanks

 on: 21 July 2017 10:34:47 AM 
Started by Smudger - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
This is his service number.   It is made up of

P = shows that Portsmouth was his Port Division, for welfare, drafting etc
SS - Seaman or Stoker
X = on the post-1925 pay scale
832607 = service number

AB - Able Seaman

There is no significance in a missing initial - it is not unknown. It probably means that when the forms were filled in, your fathers name was one in a list, and the person completing the details accidentally missed out the first letter

 on: 20 July 2017 08:35:05 AM 
Started by Smudger - Last Post by Smudger
First of all thanks for allowing me to join this forum.  I have recently inherited me fathers medals from my mother on the edges is inscribed P/SSX 832607 E Smith AB RN I would like to find out what this means.  My father was DE Smith so why was the D missing.  Would be grateful for any help.

 on: 17 July 2017 05:53:52 AM 
Started by daisymundy - Last Post by MarkRS
Dunkirk was from 26 May to 4 June 1940. so your grandfather may have recovered and reenlisted in 1941.

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