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 on: 14 January 2024 09:17:26 am 
Started by CALitster - Last Post by CALitster
I would like to use a photo from the website in a book I'm writing about my grandfather's wartime service. It's from the collection of
Lieutenant Pearce Trewhella Lovelock DSC, RNVR, and is of HMT Pladda when she was blown ashore in Madagascar in 1943.

I have been unable to trace the copyright holder and wondered if anyone on the site has any suggestions or information regarding this photo.
Many thanks.

 on: 04 January 2024 12:29:08 pm 
Started by bigbert2023 - Last Post by bigbert2023

I am trying to find any details of a Albert Tegart (From Nottingham) who servied on HMS Ramillies during WW2, possibly a stoker.

I have searched all usual records but cant find any details at all, please can anyone help.

 on: 03 January 2024 09:55:53 am 
Started by Yoshi - Last Post by Yoshi
Good morning,

I am hoping someone can help me decipher what ships are listed on my wife's grandfathers discharge papers. I can decipher some but there are a few which i am unsure on. Its due to the writing style. Hoping someone with more experience with these can assist.

I believe the ones i have are below

1. Duke
2. Europa
7. Pembroke IV (Tower)
8. Europa
9. Badger

The ones i have found i think are all base ships or bases where he was based.

I still need to apply to the MOD for his service record, but i am presuming these will match. Sorry RN records in not my thing. So this is all new to me.

Thanks in advance.

 on: 02 January 2024 04:56:47 pm 
Started by garrettprestage - Last Post by garrettprestage
Thanks for this. I have attempted this in the past, but as my stepfather changed his name (unofficially), and thereby disconnected both himself and his subsequent family from his own past, it has been virtually impossible to establish next of kin bona fides, even for his children, my (half) siblings. Plus, we cannot find any information that verifies that a service record even exists in his (original) name, or provides us with his service number. Is there not an index somewhere that at least provides names (and, hopefully, service numbers)?

 on: 01 January 2024 09:33:48 pm 
Started by Paul_Harwood - Last Post by Paul_Harwood
Good evening all,

I am researching the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors (RCNC) and the Royal Naval Engineering Service (RNES) and I'm trying to compile a complete list of people who were in both organisations.

I have been using the Navy List, London Gazette and the RCNC Journal to identify people but I have a number of gaps. The RNES should feature in the Navy List from 1963-1975 and the RCNC until at least 1987 and possibly later.

I would greatly appreciate a picture of the pages for the RCNC and RNES if anyone has a copy of any Navy List for 1947-1950 (inclusive) or 1952-1955 (inclusive), 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963-1967 (inclusive), 1969 and 1971 onwards. It is usually listed as Naval Constructors, Royal Corps

Many thanks, Paul

 on: 01 January 2024 09:55:23 am 
Started by garrettprestage - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

For obtaining service records, see elsewhere on this website

 on: 31 December 2023 08:47:04 pm 
Started by garrettprestage - Last Post by garrettprestage
I am trying to find information about my stepfather’s service during WW2. His name was Kenneth Edward Lukes and he served aboard the HMS Lewes. The Lewes was scuttled off Sydney in 1946, but before that happened, my stepfather left the ship (in Adelaide I think), and was reported as having absconded. Unfortunately, he changed his name sometime thereafter, to Patrick Edward O’Toole, which has made it difficult to identify him properly, and even more difficult to establish any bone fides for accessing his records. We only know this much due to some newspaper records from the time.

Any advice on how to find his service records would be much appreciated.

 on: 28 December 2023 05:26:55 pm 
Started by Maxim Bloesing-Olson - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

This at the far edge of my knowledge of the Navy in WW2 - if he was working as a war correspondent etc., then as far as I know he would not have been regarded as being 'in the Navy', but would have been employed by a company that was allowed to publish pieces for newspapers/magazines etc. He may have been attached, briefly, to ships etc.  or simply given access to personnel. 
I think that all of this would have been covered by the Ministry of Information ?   
Perhaps this website may help?

 on: 27 December 2023 08:40:18 pm 
Started by Maxim Bloesing-Olson - Last Post by Maxim Bloesing-Olson

I'm aware of his time with Thomas the Tank Engine, as I was the one who worked on the video you've linked!

Sadly he was never credited for his work, and died only a year after the book was published, suggested to have been linked to a mental breakdown from his time in the Royal Navy. I've been hoping to track down a photograph of him or perhaps his relatives to give him the recognition he deserves, having illustrated an icon in children's literature.

I am not too familiar with how the Navy kept records, but would ones have existed for war journalists? From what Payne contributed in the Boy's Own Paper magazines, it seems he was aboard ships in the early 1940s, discussing the events happening at sea.

 on: 24 December 2023 10:13:04 am 
Started by Philip L - Last Post by Philip L
I have been reading - Messing, Provisions and Stores, Chapter X11, from Manual of Seamanship 1937 (Printed in 1941), Volume one (By Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty). I have inherited the book from my late father who served with the Royal Navy in WW2.

I am interested in how the standard ration (and a messing allowance paid in addition) for smaller ships (Not modern ships of the larger types, as at 1937 and WW2) compares to food and drink issues to Royal navy sailors on comparable smaller ships now (2023 - 2024 or the last 20 years or so). If such a comparison is possible. I am not sure if an escort ship such as HMS Findhorn in WW2 would be considered a smaller ship (And not a modern ship of the larger type, as at 1937 and WW2).

Philip L

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