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 on: Yesterday at 11:27:57 PM 
Started by deleboe - Last Post by deleboe
Hi, I am trying to research a WW2 RN Submariner - C.B. Collingridge, RN P/SSX 19847.  I would really appreciate any help from members, I am in Australia & do not know how to get his service sheet so I can find out what ships/Subs he served on.

I also served on Submarines in the Australian Navy, 1984 - 1993.  Thank you, Paul

 on: Yesterday at 10:41:41 PM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
James_harvey ... thanks for info on Kent and Arethusa both going to arctic region however does not show arctic star and I require an image of same so that I can produce a graphic image of his set of medals for my records on ... btw I also need the "order of mounting" to ensure I have produced them correctly.

BTW the addy for my record on the Ancestry site is (for those who may want to see the results of my research on him) ...

regards ... Doc

 on: Yesterday at 04:25:32 PM 
Started by pidgeonpost - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
Shown at Evolution 21 Oct 42 to 31 Dec 42
 - Evolution was the name given to a section of Excellent at Chelsea Court, London SW3

then Hannibal 1 Jan 43 to 26 Jul 44
 - Hannibal was the name of the naval base at Algiers

followed by Byrsa 27 Jul 44 to 8 Feb 45
 - Byrsa was the naval base at Naples at this time

 on: Yesterday at 11:32:00 AM 
Started by pidgeonpost - Last Post by Noel Clark
Some random comments.
94th General Hospital. In Chichester (England). Moved to Algiers in 1942.
Hannibal. Naval base Algiers/Taranto from 1st January 1943. C--in-C Mediterranean moved from Hannibal to Byrsa 9th July 1944.
Byrsa. Naval base at Bougie, Algeria, moved October 1943 to Castellammare, Naples.
Braganza. Naval base at Bombay. Commissioned 1st January 1943.
Caserta. There was an Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) there. See

Hope this is of some small use.
"Marvellous Melbourne"

 on: 13 August 2018 12:41:28 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by James_harvey

I would write to the MoD medal office and apply for the arctic star on behalf of your father, as Kent and Arethusa both went to the arctic region


 on: 12 August 2018 10:16:27 PM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
James_harvey ... many thanks for your 2 posts and the confirmation re the Africa Star and clasp ... Doc

 on: 12 August 2018 05:42:07 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by James_harvey
Page 2 of service record with list his medals also confirms Africa star and clasp

A very nice set of medals

 on: 12 August 2018 03:05:03 AM 
Started by DavidMead - Last Post by James_harvey
Can you post a picture of her record with the relevant entries

Itís easier to read then to guess as RN used abbreviations  in ww2

What makes you say she was at st maryís And not forte?

 on: 12 August 2018 02:17:59 AM 
Started by MAH091 - Last Post by James_harvey
Just before ww2 the fleet air air went back under RN control whilst it previously had been RAF

During Battle of Britain Fleet Air Arm (Navy) pots flew with the RAF,like wise RAF pilots flew with the Fleet Air Arm attached to aircraft carriers

Interestingly Carrier operations came under fleet air arm where as coastal
Operations cane under coastal command which was part of the RAF

Coastal command operated flying boats and Air Sea Rescue

 on: 12 August 2018 01:40:34 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by James_harvey
Medal record card

The tick means issued the R means clasp

The Africa star was also issued with clasp North Africa 1942-43 this means he was awarded the Africa star and clasp

Hope this helps

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