(Sorry -Still lots to do on this page!)
This section of the website is concerned with the Royal Navy career of our Grandad.
(Click on underlined links for more details and photographs)

1949 Quo Vadis Status/Rating/Rank
March Age 15. Volunteered and took the "King's Shilling". Civilian
May Joined HMS ST VINCENT, Gosport, for New Entry Training Boy 2nd Class
July Joined HMS GANGES, Shotley, for Communications Training Boy 2nd Class
November   Boy Telegraphist
1950    
January   Petty Officer Boy
July   Instructor Boy
December Joined HMS SWIFTSURE (Cruiser), Home Fleet Ordinary Telegraphist
1951    
August   Telegraphist
1952    
July HMS PEMBROKE (Chatham Barracks)  
December Joined HMS JASEUR (Algerine Minesweeper) Far East  
1953    
October HMS PEMBROKE (Signal School) for Course  
1954    
May Staff of Flag Officer Second in Command Mediterranean Fleet Acting Leading Telegraphist
August HMS CHEVRON (Destroyer), 1st DS Med and Home Fleet  
1955    
May   Leading Telegraphist
December HMS MERCURY, Leydene (Signal School) for Course  
1956    
July HMS TAMAR, Hong Kong. HQBF Communications Staff.  
October   Acting PO Telegraphist
1957    
October   Petty Officer Telegraphist
1958    
July HMS STARLING (Frigate), Home Waters Radio Supervisor
1959    
December HMS MERCURY. Signal School Instructional Staff  
1960    
April HMS BERMUDA (Cruiser) Mediterranean Fleet  
1961    
May HMS MERCURY. For Special Duties Officer Course.  
1962    
June RNC Greenwich and other courses Act Sub Lieutenant (SD)(C)
1963    
February HMS TENBY (Frigate) Dartmouth Training Squadron Sub Lieutenant (SD)(C)
1964    
January HMS MERCURY, Instructional Staff and awaiting HMS FEARLESS.  
1966    
May BRNC Dartmouth, Staff, Provost Marshall and Divisional Duties.  
1967    
October   Lieutenant (SD)(C)
1968    
May HMS VERNON for Long Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Course  
December   Lieutenant (SD)(MCD)
1969    
January HMS HOUGHTON (Minesweeper) as XO and Staff MCDO 6th Minewarfare Squadron  
May HMS MAXTON (Minehunter) as XO and Staff MCDO 6th Minewarfare Squadron  
1971    
July Clyde Submarine Base, Faslane as Staff Diving Officer and OIC CSB Clearance Diving Team.  
1972    
October   Lt Commander (SD)(MCD)
1973    
September HMS VERNON as Head of Minewarfare Section  
1975    
January HMS WOLVERTON (Patrol Craft) Hong Kong as Commanding Officer and Staff MCDO to Commodore HK.  
June HMS BEACHAMPTON (Patrol Craft) Hong Kong as Commanding Officer and Staff MCDO to Commodore HK.  
1978    
June Staff MCDO to Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland and OIC Scotland & Northern Ireland Clearance Diving Team.  
1980    
May OIC Fleet Clearance Diving Team.  
1983    
January Ministry of Defence, London. Operational Requirements Staff (Underwater & Diving).  
June Awarded MBE.  
1988    
June Retired and became a plumber, but more of that another day! Civilian again!
     

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