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 on: 02 October 2017 09:34:28 AM 
Started by Boomerang - Last Post by Boomerang
Hello PhiloNauticus,

thank you for the information. I read up on the Boy seaman Class 1 and Class 2 which he started with, and I have started to try and navigate my way around the different ships and the bases. I sincerely appreciate your help and any direction on resources that are around. I have the intent to create a more deeper history 'story' to share based on the record and the names of the ships/places and dates.

I have attached his record.



 on: 02 October 2017 07:50:31 AM 
Started by Boomerang - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
War Gratuity was an extra payment for those who had served for more than 6 months in uniform

The 'List' number just refers to a pay list

Rattlesnake was a destroyer:

PO - Petty Officer

CPO - Chief Petty Officer

ns - non-substantive

BS2 = Boy Seaman, second class

If you post up his ships/rates etc or could attach a copy of the record, it can be de-ciphered

 on: 02 October 2017 05:28:39 AM 
Started by Boomerang - Last Post by Boomerang
Hello all,

I just acquired by Great Grandfathers service record. I interpret this as telling me was in the Royal Navy for 22 years : 1905-1927.
The record shows him serving on many ship or bases over this time and progressing from BS2L (?) to CPO.
During WW1, it says he was posted to HMS Dido. I understand it was a 'depot ship'. During this time he was a Leading Seaman and then a "PO" (I assume Petty Officer) - after the "PO" is has in brackets (n.s) - would this be 'non-substansive' ?

There's a number of other notes on the record that I will be trying to interpret later. Including a stamp with handwriting spaces in it :
"HMS Dido LLIST 89"

I am tryiing to gain an appreciation for what type of work he may have been involved in during this period.

thanks in advance,


 on: 01 October 2017 11:31:31 PM 
Started by SonofPeter - Last Post by NR1234
Hi sonofpeter, my grandad was part of the same naval party so must have served with your dad during that mission.

 on: 23 September 2017 08:54:58 AM 
Started by MAH091 - Last Post by MAH091
Thanks for the confirmation on this.  I'm a Light Blue Job organising this Remembrance Service in the memory of those RAF aircrews, who were Killed in Action flying from RAF Swannington in WW2.  However, I will make sure that these two Navy Boys will be remembered by name at the Service in November.  I will research a bit deeper to find out what happened to them. Many Thanks PhioNauticus

 on: 15 September 2017 06:50:37 PM 
Started by MAH091 - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Apparently they were serving with 157 Squadron.  The Navy List shows them with the naval air station at Lee on Solent (HMS Daedalus), but the authoritative Naval History site has Pryor (pilot) and MacKenzie (observer) were killed in a flying accident on 7 August 1944, whilst flying a Mosquito serving with 157 Squadron RAF

The National Archives file ref is: ADM 358/2369 :
Temporary Sub-Lieutenant D MacKenzie, RNVR and Lieutenant (A) P J Pryor, RNVR: report of deaths in an aircraft accident

From <>

 on: 14 September 2017 03:39:05 PM 
Started by MAH091 - Last Post by MAH091
I am trying to find out if the information I have is correct or not.  I am researching RAF Aircrew members who died in Service whilst serving on 85 Squadron RAF and 157 Squadron RAF based at RAF Swannington in Norfolk, UK  However, I have come across a report of 2 Naval Officers who were reportedly killed in action whilst flying with 157 Squadron RAF.  I don't know the details of how they died only that they crashed near Friningham Manor in Kent, on the 6th August 1944.  Their names being (Pilot) Lieutenant (A) Peter Francis Pryor, Age 28, RNVR HMS Daedalus and (Observer) Sub-Lieutenant Douglas MacKenzie, Age 22, RNVR HMS Daedalus. Both Died of their wounds the following day.
There is to be a Remembrance Service to take place on Saturday 11th November at St Peter's Church, Haveringland, Norfolk, in memory of those aircrew members who were killed whilst based at RAF Swannington on the above Squadrons during WW2.  If anyone can concur that these two Naval Officers were indeed attached to 157 Squadron RAF when they died, I will ensure that their names are included in the memorial and that a wreath will be laid in their memory on that day.

 on: 07 September 2017 06:26:54 PM 
Started by Stevee - Last Post by Stevee
Hi Everyone

I am just starting to do some research into my Dads ancestry etc.. He served as a Sparks in the 1950-60's. I have a fair amount of info on the ships he served in etc..

I know that he went to some kind of Naval School before becoming a full rating, but am having difficulty finding out anything else. I think it may have been in Scotland. If it helps he was living in Lambeth London.

Thank you


 on: 21 August 2017 03:49:53 PM 
Started by MikeH1 - Last Post by MikeH1
Thanks for the reply and web address.

 on: 17 August 2017 11:17:16 AM 
Started by Duneane - Last Post by Duneane
Hi there - I have this photo of an unknown sailor, found in my Dad's prisoner of war diary when he was held at Marlag und Milag Nord, Westertimke during WW2.

I presume from his uniform that he was in the Royal Navy, but can anybody confirm that and maybe shed some light on the serial number on the reverse? Is it a service number or ship id maybe?

Thanks for your help.

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