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Shore Establishments => UK Establishments => Topic started by: Bruce Stephens on 21 October 2014 03:35:03 pm

Post by: Bruce Stephens on 21 October 2014 03:35:03 pm
I am researching the parts played by my late Father Samuel Joseph STEPHENS, P/JX131890, and my late uncle George Matthew COLE P/JX133599, in the funeral procession at Windsor on 28 January 1936.  At that time, they were both serving at HMS EXCELLENT.  As a child back in the 1950s, I remember seeing a large photograph of the gun crew pulling the King's coffin on the ceremonial gun to St Georges chapel. Although both my side of the family and that of my Uncle are in possession of the Royal Victorian Medal and letter sent when the medal was issued, we have no photographic record of the occasion. Also, I have managed to find a plan of the ratings position in the gun crew on the day and neither my Father nor Uncle appear on this plan. I believe this to be of the crew that pulled the King from Paddington railway station.

Therefore, could anyone confirm that there were indeed two separate crews on the occasion. Furthermore, could you please indicate where I could purchase copies of the photographs taken of the Windsor procession and if there is a position plan of the gun crew for the Windsor procession.

Thanking you in anticipation of your helpful assistance in this matter,

Kindest regards,

Bruce Stephens