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Royal Navy / Hms Orlando Boxer Rebellion
« Last Post by discwizard on 17 March 2017 02:00:45 PM »
Hi
This is my first reguest for help, i am currently writing a book about my great grandfather Arthur Ernest Parrott Hood who served in the Royal Navy-Royal Australian-Australian imperial forces. now i was just checking where i got up to on the book. hms orlando boxer rebellion he thought there and was awarded the china medal with 3 claps now his brother Frederick George kemp Hood was also on the ship at the same time. and last night a came across a newspaper clip say that Frederick was dangerously injured in tientsin a able seaman this is news to me, i tried getting more information about this but no luck. was there a clearing station for injured or field hospital or where they treated on the ship i have his navy info from national archives and it doesn't mension anything about him been injured. was he returned to england what injury was it and any other news about the brothers would be cool so i can finish this book, every time i read through it something crops up thanks.
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Great to hear - is it open to everyone that turns up or do you need to buy tickets first?

A good question... I was merely distributing the MOD press release, but it is an all ticket event. Minimum cost seems to be £22 which is entry on a specific day plus tree workshops of your choosing. The tickets can be ordered here http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/news/tickets-now-sale
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Web Site Links / My new Facebook Page
« Last Post by Popeye1975 on 15 March 2017 12:22:49 AM »
Hi All

Hope this is acceptable to announce this here. I have recently formed a Facebook Group entitled 'Forgotten Naval Signalmen of WW2', aimed at descendants and supporters of RN Signalmen with missing or incomplete service records, and is for people to exchange relevant views, opinions and ideas, as well as to share memories of our Bunting ancestors.

The group is completely non-political, with strict guidelines concerning online behaviour and the posting of inaapropriate material. If anyone is interested in joining they are welcome, subject to a brief profile check.

Thanks
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Great to hear - is it open to everyone that turns up or do you need to buy tickets first?
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Royal Navy Research Archive site news / Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2017
« Last Post by spooks1959 on 14 March 2017 10:23:44 AM »
MOD Record Office press release

The Ministry of Defence will be attending the Who Do You Think You Are Live show at the NEC, Birmingham, between the 6 and 8 April 2017.

 The show, a spin off from the popular TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” has about 12,000 visitors over the 3 days and focuses on genealogy. The MOD stand will be staffed by experts from the MODs Medals and Records Offices and offer medals and records advice, live searches of the MOD databases supporting their holdings of service records and RAF Casualty Packs, and issue of Veterans Badges.

The MOD holds all service records where the individual was discharged after 1921 (including about 500,000 who saw service in World War One) and has catalogued about 10,000 RAF Casualty Packs.  This is therefore a rare opportunity to access these databases and talk direct to experts from the MOD, and will be of interest to family historians and military researches. The stand will also feature a display of Medals, Service Records and RAF Casualty Packs.

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Service Records/Medals and Awards / hms RENOWN ww2
« Last Post by humpvic on 06 March 2017 12:43:43 PM »
i am  A 92 YEAR OLD  rdf + RADAR OPERATOR IN 1943  ON BOARD tHE BATTLE CRUISER HMS RENOWN,  AM NOW 92  7 COULD STILL CLIMB THE MAST TO GET TO TYPE 273 RDF = RADAR SET .IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ASK ?
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Overseas Establishments / St Helena - Telegraphists during WW2
« Last Post by ColinF on 06 March 2017 10:43:19 AM »
Hello, I am the editor of a journal called 'Wirebird' which is published by the Society of Friends of St Helena. I have recently come across part of a typewritten manuscript by a RN telegraphist named Robert Stephen who served on St Helena during WW2. The ms describes his life on the island during his service there. Robert died in 1981 and I have been in touch with his nephew who is his last surviving relative but he knows very little about Robert.  This is clearly a long shot but if anyone out there knew Robert or else served on the island during the war I would be glad to hear from them. My email address is:
colin@foxhome.plus.com. Thanks

Regards Colin (Fox)
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A friend pointed out that Canteen / Welfare funds could accumulate quite large sums which got me wondering whether it might have been decided to use some up on the graves when HMS Glendower closed rather than send it to some central RN fund?


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Mine Warfare / HMS MMS 101 (J 601) information
« Last Post by sidnik77 on 03 March 2017 07:02:52 PM »
MMS 101 was a motor mine sweeper of the MMS I class,
built by Wagstaff & Hatfield and sunk off the coast of Mihaniona, Greece,
on the 29th of November 1944.
I have tried to find some more informations about it,
but nothing,
not a single clue.
Most of the informations are taken from the excellent uboat.net,
but nothing more.
Does anyone know something more about it ?
Any information would be much appreciated.
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Thanks, I don't think some documents were available when I first wondered about the graves.

I suspect Billy Butlin donated to the canteen funds because a training establishment with a transient population would seem to be unlikely to raise much themselves.
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