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 on: 30 March 2018 04:33:26 PM 
Started by Yettoner - Last Post by James_harvey
I would apply for his arctic star

YOU will need the form on the mod medal claim site.

I would also apply for his Malta GC 50th anniversary medal



 on: 17 March 2018 09:09:35 AM 
Started by Kc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

This site has a lot of info and guidance:

 on: 17 March 2018 09:05:33 AM 
Started by Kc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
There were lots of Boys Training Ships established at various ports around the country, to deal with Orphans Waifs and Strays and those from the Workhouse or Juvenile Offenders.  They were usually old sailing warships, but were not run by the Navy, but usually by Charities.

If your ancestor was a Juvenile offender, he was probably sent to a Reformatory Ship - which one would depend where in the country he was.

For some background, see:

He would not necessarily have gone on to join the Navy. 

 on: 16 March 2018 04:50:17 PM 
Started by Kc - Last Post by Kc
Can anyone please point me in the direction of where records are kept concerninng children that were sent to Navy training from the Workhouse? My Grandad was born in 1905, after getting into trouble for stealing bread he was sent to a Naval Ship to be educated and trained. I don't know the year, name of ship.... Well if I'm honest, I don't know anything. I do know it was an old style ship with masts and sails. Please help if you can  :-\

 on: 10 March 2018 06:44:01 PM 
Started by Paul White - Last Post by Paul White
I am looking for information and pictures relating to Dazzle ships, from their introduction in the first world war to the recent art exhibition in Liverpool docks.
Any and all info appreciated.
Please contact me at

 on: 26 February 2018 02:25:11 PM 
Started by Yettoner - Last Post by Yettoner
Many, many thanks, we had twigged that it was Tyne but didn't connect it to a ship, Beaver is obvious when someone points it out.

 I do have to Icarus page history printed out, it was one of the first things I did when I went online many years ago.

I also found among his papers a diary he kept when on Operations Harpoon and Pedestal, my wife has transcribed them and they make interesting reading as they are from the viewpoint of one off the smaller ships involved.

They are a bit long and I wondered about posting them here, I would value your thoughts on this as I don't want to upset the moderators as I'm a new poster.

 on: 26 February 2018 08:53:39 AM 
Started by Yettoner - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
Icarus was an ‘I’ class destroyer and had a very full war. See:

The names are those of the “parent establishment” – small ships (including destroyers) had their admin work / pay etc administered either by a depot ship or shore establishment, which was known as the “parent”. The names in front of (Icarus) are these parents - he would not have actually served on them, but may have visited on the odd occasion, to sort out any admin, pay issues etc.

The names you could not decipher were Beaver-II and Tyne

Victory = the naval barracks at Portsmouth
Beaver – II = naval base at Immingham
Tyne = destroyer depot ship
Ferret = base at Londonderry


 on: 25 February 2018 01:04:30 PM 
Started by Yettoner - Last Post by Yettoner
My dad served on HMS Icarus in WW2 and when he died 10 years ago we found his service records, postings, gunnery reports and injury report, which we put away somewhere safe and then forgot.

On hearing about the Arctic Star we looked for them without success, my wife recently found them while having a sort out and a request is now in the post.

Dad opened up in his later years about his experiences so we know quite a bit about his war, research on the internet filled in some of the questions about his postings, HMS Excellent being Whale Island where he told us he did his gunnery training and HMS Ferret being in Londonderry, he was in hospital there after being hit in the face with a shell being carried by a colleague in rough seas.

There are two entries on the postings which are baffling us though and the reason for this post, I hope that someone here with more knowledge of such things will be able to decipher the  handwriting and explain what they mean.

I have attached a copy of the relevant page in the hope someone can help.

The first is the entry from 01 April 1941 to 30 June 1941, the second is 01 July 1941 to 09 October 1941, I've searched for shore establishments without success and as far as I know dad only ever served on HMS Icarus.

Many thanks in advance.

 on: 23 February 2018 05:34:24 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc
Thank you very much.
Kind regards

 on: 23 February 2018 03:03:48 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

WG - War Gratuity

PWC = Post War Credits

War Gratuity was a lump sum of cash paid by the Government to all service personnel on leaving the forces - basically a 'thank-you' payment

Post War Credits = were payments to compensate people for the higher taxes paid during WW2; the 'extra tax' was repaid over several years

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