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 on: 17 December 2018 08:50:36 am 
Started by stuart kilminster - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

He was a Stoker. SPO - Stoker Petty Officer.
Coal fired boilers required a constant supply of coal to produce the steam - the original duties of a Stoker was to keep shovelling !  With the shift to oil fired engines their duties expanded and they became engineers, responsible for the whole propulsion system including hydraulics / firefighting etc

I will look through the record and get back with details of the ships listed

 on: 16 December 2018 03:36:28 pm 
Started by stuart kilminster - Last Post by stuart kilminster
Can anybody help me. William Bourne S.P.O. RN  - I know RN stands for Royal Navy, But was does S.P.O stand for?  I have posted an image of his service record before and during WW1 as I have 3 medals for the WW1 not sure if he has any more. I would like help on what ships and where he sailed, and would he have taken part in any engagements? I have a photo of him, and on his uniform is a badge what looks like a propeller. Any information at all would really be much appreciated.

 on: 16 December 2018 09:45:35 am 
Started by Jamax - Last Post by Jamax
Hi all

My uncle was serving aboard this vessel and was lost on 14/8/1944. John Shields.

Memories I have from family are that she was lost in the Bay of Biscay. I have rcently found through some great sites and this forum that she was actually lost near Harland Point on a Convoy EBC-72.

Looks like our story got mixed up and the U-Boat U-667 that sunk her was lost in the Bay of Biscay.

He served in the Italy campaign and I have an Italy Star medal for him. I would like to find out more about his time in the Navy aboard 99 Where can I find out the operations, flotillas and convoys that he served on?

If anyone has a photograph of 99 would it be possible to send me a copy, the family are digging through attics trying to find some for me.

Best Regards
Alex Shields

 on: 08 December 2018 09:17:01 am 
Started by PennyRambler - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
As indicated above, he would have stayed 'on the books' of Terror until he joined the next establishment.  If it was in the 1930's he may well have travelled back to UK on a troopship.

Could you post up details of his service? or give dates etc?

 on: 08 December 2018 12:20:20 am 
Started by PennyRambler - Last Post by PennyRambler
Thanks for the reply and sorry for the late acknowledgement.

The service record I have is from the MOD ( Unfortunately it doesn't show passage. One day he is in Singapore and the next he is in Plymouth.

Searches on the National Archives website don't find any matches. Are there any other possible sources I can try for the more complete record?


 on: 16 November 2018 09:05:37 am 
Started by Ian Old - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

It will have been 'Gazetted' i.e. published in the London Gazette, which will give some background -  What was his name?

 on: 15 November 2018 11:18:23 pm 
Started by Ian Old - Last Post by Ian Old
I have been asked by a colleague to assist his family is researching a relative who served in WWI and WWII.  The major problem is not being able to locate the citation for the Distinguished Service Cross awarded in 1944 to a RNR Temp. Skipper, serving on a minesweeper.  Does anyone know how to locate the details as to why the DSC was awarded?

 on: 12 November 2018 10:57:56 am 
Started by Noel Clark - Last Post by Noel Clark
Does anyone have access to this narrative, authored (at least part III) by Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander E.L. Markham, O.B.E., M.B., R.N., which I believe was published in the Naval Review in three parts in 1921 (volume 4) and 1922 (volumes 1 and 2).

I can't seem to find any on-line access to this publication, and would greatly like to obtain a copy of the "Narrative."

Thank you,

 on: 12 November 2018 10:38:43 am 
Started by Noel Clark - Last Post by Noel Clark
Thank you for the explanation. I understand now.

 on: 11 November 2018 02:46:03 pm 
Started by Noel Clark - Last Post by James_harvey
Qualifying period for BWM started on 1st day of way so they qualified 28 days after the start of war

A training base still qualified as he was in uniform for 28 days

One of the last ww1 veterans only had the bwm as he joined the navy in last few months of ww1 and never had overseas service



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