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Mike Crowe's Monthly Reunion List



Every month Mike Crowe produces this spreadsheet listing forthcoming reunions and here's his latest compiled on 7th January  2018.   He's happy for it to be shared so here it is.  I'll try and update it regularly.  Will we see HMS Carysfort on here any time soon?


2018 . .    
February 16th - 18th H.M.S. Penelope Association Blackpool 01502 584555
February 23rd - 24th H.M.S. Birmingham Assocation Royal Maritime Club Portsmouth  
March 2nd - 4th H.M.S. Exeter Association The Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter.  
March 2nd - 4th H.M.S. Diana Association Blackpool  
March 9th - 12th H.M.S. Ganges (Devonport Division) Inglewood Hotel Torquay Vic Denham 07949 955003
March 8th - 10th R.N. Communcations Association BUXTON
March 23rd FAA Armourers Association Royal Court Hotel, Coventry
March 23rd - 26th H.M.S. Surprise Association Hadleigh Hotel Eastbourne 01394 274813
March 23rd - 26th 40 Commando Association Royal Marines Britannia Country House Hotel Didsbury Manchester
March 25th Royal Naval Auxiliary Service (East Anglia) Last Anchor, Ipswich Haven Marina,  12.0 noon  
March 30th - 1st April H.M.S. Ledbury, Brecon & RMS St Helena Falklands 1982 Menzies Strathallan Hotel Birmingham 07769 149612
April 5th H.M.S. Hermes Association Park Inn Cardiff  
April 6th - 9th Fleet Air Arm Association Shire Hotel Kettering
April 12th HMS Loch Fada Association Radisson Park Hotel, Cardiff  
April 13th 15th H.M.S. Cossack Association Royal Beach Hotel Southsea  
April 13th - 16th RN Engineroom Association Royal Beach Hotel Southsea  
April 13th - 16th H.M.S. Hermes Cooks 1968 - 1970 Royal Maritime Club Portsmouth  
April 13th - 16th R.N. Colony Class Cruisers. Aztec Hotel Bristol
April 13th - 16th H.M.S. Ganges Association Mill Rythe Holiday Village Hayling Island 07787 106202
April 14th H.M.S. Dunkirk Association Union Jack Club London  
April 14th AIRCREWMANS Association Rembrandt Hotel, Weymouth, Dorset  
April 20th - 22nd H.M.S. Courageous Association Mickleover Cout Hotel Derby  
April 20th - 23rd H.M.S. Decoy Association Park House Hotel Blackpool 01502 677395
April 26th - 29th 849 Naval Air Squadron Gannets Hotel Mariners Haverfordwest Dyfed  
April 27th - 30th Loch Class Frigate Association Royal Maritime Club Portsmouth  
April 27th - 30th H.M.S. Dido Association Book Hotel Norwich  
April 27th - 30th H.M.S. Aisne 1966 - 1968 Tillington Hall Hotel Staffordshire 07531 546185
May 4th - 7th H.M.S. Saintes Association Royal Beach Hotel Southsea Ron Miles 01404 43177 38 Cypress Close Honiton EX14 2YW
May 11th - 14th H.M.S. Solebay Association Aztec Hotel Bristol  
May 11th - 14th Bulwark, Albion & Centaur Association Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth  
May 18th - 20th H.M.S. Broadsword Association Mercure Hotel Bristol
May 18th - 21st County Class Destroyers Assocition Cavendish Hotel Torquy
May 18th - 21st H.M.S. Tenby Association Collingwood Hotel Bournemouth 01752 406326
May 18th - 21st H.M.S. Cavalier Association Sittingbourne
May 19th RNEBS Guildhall London .
May 26th H.M.S Ardent Association H.M.S. Drake
June 1st - 4th H.M.S. Londonderry Association The Country Hotel Basingstoke
June 6th Fleet Air Arm Buccaneer Association Royal Court Hotel, Coventry
June 9th H.M.S. Liverpool Association GI’s Association Whale Island Portsmouth.  
June 9th 2nd HMS Manchester Association WO's, SR's & SNCO’s Mess, HMS Nelson 07710 282633
June 9th HMS Ark Royal Association The West Riding, Wellington St, Leeds  
July 14th H.M.S. Daring Association (Fifth & Final Commission) The Bell House Hotel, Sutton Benger, Chippenham, Wiltshire,  
August 17th WRNS 1966 Royal Maritime Club Portsmouth
August 31st - Sept 3rd H.M.S. Diana Association Grantham  
September 8th The Fisgard Association Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea  
September 15th HMS Ark Royal Association The Still & West, Old Portsmouth  
September 21st - 23rd H.M.S. Protector Association Hadleigh Hotel Eastbourne
Sept, 21st - 24th H.M.S. Ulster Association Hallmark Midlands Hotel Derby  
September 21st RNCCA Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire
September 21st H.M.S. Tiger association Tillington Hall Hotel Staffordshire  
Sept 28th - Oct 1st R.N.E.W.E.B. Association Hallmark Hotel Preston  
Sept 28th / 29th H.M.S Caprice 1968 Association World Cruise Royal Maritime Club Portsmouth
September 29th Royal Navy Stewards Past and Present Plymouth
September 29th BRNC Dartmouth September 1978 Entry BRNC Dartmouth
October 5th H.M.S. Lowestoft Association Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea, Hants
October 5th H.M.S. Troubridge Final Commission Royal Beach Hotel Southsea
October 6th Royal Naval Patrol Service Association Lowestoft 01502 584555
October 8th Bay Class Frigates Association Royal Beach Hotel  Southsea Doug Turk
October 12th - 15th Royal Naval Writers' Association (RNWA) The Royal Beach Hotel Southsea
October 12th - 15th Royal Navy Photographers Association Plymouth
October 13th Type 21 Club Association Crownhill RBL Club, Plymouth
October 14th H.M.S. Neptune Association National Arboretum Alrewas Graham Davies 07941 440113
October 20th H.M.S Nubian Caledonian Hotel Rosyth  
October 26th - 29th HMS Eagle / HMS Yarmouth / HMS Undaunted but open to all Tillington Hall Hotel Staffordshire  
November 9th H.M.S. Intrepid Association Liverpool  
October or November H.M.S. Endurance Association First Commission 1968 - 69 To be announced 0116 267 5339
April 26th - 28th Royal Navy Safety Equipment & Survival Association Aztec Hotel Bristol  
Sept. 7th -10th 2019 847 NAS H.M.S. Simbang 69 -71 Aztec Hotel Bristol
December 2019. H.M.S. Ajax & River Plate Veterans Trip to South America


Guest Book


The Guest Book has been offline since around Nov 2016 and I'll try to explain why without boring you to death. You are probably not aware but when you set up a website you have to pay an annual fee for the domain name ie HMS Carysfort as well as renting webspace for the website on the internet (similar to Council tax - the bigger house/space you need - the higher the fee).  To have a Guest Book on a website you also have to find another provider and in my case a one off fee was paid when the website was set up in 2004 to which was run by Leslie Wright a singer/songwriter from Arkansas.  This was about the only Guest Book available that was ad free.  Just over a year ago Leslie who is now a web designer - check her website out at  sold the rights to Guest Book World for a four figure sum and the new owner decided to start charging an annual maintenance fee - probably to recoup their costs - which I rather grudgingly paid bearing in mind the original deal ie "one off fee".   This dit is getting even more boring and I apologise for this but you need to know when Carysfort's website is updated by me a copy is saved on a memory stick/USB/flash drive/disc whatever you want to call it from the last backup.  Unfortunately when the Guest Book was being transferred/updated to another server by the new Guest Book owner this process failed.   When they tried to re-install it they found the backup disc was corrupted. They tried their hardest to recover the Guest Book but it's gone forever along with the historical entries made over the last 13 years which is really disappointing to put it mildly.  We have also lost the tally of the number of visitors to the website which was around 98000 at that time.  The owner is absolutely distraught about the situation (but not nearly as much as I am).   

However, we have to move on so now in 2017 we have a new Guest Book and we'll have to see how that goes.   Please make an effort to sign it.  It doesn't cost you anything and lets others see you are still around.


Jim Donaldson  7th February 2017  

"C" Class Destroyer Association - Facebook page


For any of you old salts on Facebook the above newly started group may be of interest to you.



John Garrity wrote on 11th July 2016.   Many thanks for the help from your website.  As a result I have managed to get a Service Medal for my father Ronald Thomas (Yorkie) Garrity who served in the first commission.


It will be 50 years this October since HMS Carysfort re-commissioned for the last time (6th October 1966). Who amongst this fine ship’s company is willing to step up to the plate and organise the 50th anniversary bash for the last commission? Come on! Are we going to let this historic occasion simply slip by in a wave of lethargy or are we going to get a grip and celebrate it in true Carysfort style. It's not too late to start getting it underway so let’s be hearing from you.  Is it going to be in France (Ginge Orme) or Malta (Denis Gilmore) Pompey (Flossie Foster) or anywhere else? 



Former Lieutenant R A R (Tony) Hill RN has provided a copy of this commission book to view.



The late Peter (Fred) Gannon

Tony Leeks is trying to gather as much info as he can about Peter, who served in the penultimate commission for his son.   Peter died in a house fire where all his Naval records and photos were destroyed.  If you can help please contact Tony, who is also ex RN and you can do this by clicking this icon:     Your help is appreciated.


Lee Garrett is looking for information on his father Ken (Gary) Garrett aka Gary Whistler who served onboard for part of the last commision.  He may have been a TAS rating because he used to mention "Blossom" to his family (Blossom Petchey).  He may also have been a ship's diver. Lee would love to hear from anyone that knew him onboard as he is trying to put together the family history for his Mum's 70th birthday.  You can contact Lee direct by clicking on this icon    


Keith Wren of the last commission bought a copy of the 1959-61 Commission Book at a car boot sale and sent it to me some time ago.   If anyone from that commission doesn't have a copy of the book Keith is willing to let you have it for free but you would need to meet the postage costs. For further details me.


Footnote:  It's been claimed by Eddie Howe 3rd February 2016




Chris Wright who is the son of Alexander Robert Wright (Brummy) would like to hear from anyone from the first commission who knew his father on the first commission.  Chris thinks he was a Petty Officer.   You can contact Chris direct   



Nick Bailey recently got in touch.  He was a Lieutenant onboard for this commission; action OOW and Ship's Office and played rugby for the ship.  He transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1970 and retired as a Captain RAN.  He now lives in Canberra.



This photo has been sent by Richard Bentley who is the late Chief Mechanician David "Dick" Bentley's son.  Dick crossed the bar in 1989 and the family are keen to have some background information on why he his having his beard trimmed and when this event took place.  They thought the picture was published in a Brisbane newspaper so I am guessing it was probably taken during the 1959-61 commission when the ship visited Brisbane.  One other piece of information is Dick's run ashore oppo onboard was called Bert Gill.  If you can help please email me and I will pass the information on to Dick's family.  Thanks.  


Change of email address


 Please note the new email address to send photos/dits for the website is  with immediate effect.  The old email address of will no longer be monitored.  Thanks.  


The above organisation is trying to raise £20000.00 for a major new exhibition entitled HMS-Hear My Story which will recall, celebrate and honour the serving men, women and ships of the last eventful century.  Please visit their website for further details:



Do you want to appear on a Channel 4 TV programme?


The following email has been received from Emma Linstead who is a researcher for Remarkable Television (an Endemol Company - the same company who produces Noel Edmonds' "Deal or No Deal" programme "Big Brother" etc etc). 

I am working on a new primetime four-part Channel 4 beauty series fronted by Katie Piper. There is going to be a social history strand to the series, with each episode exploring a different theme. For one episode in particular, we are covering the history of tattoos in the UK.

I'm currently looking for two or more friends that decided to get tattoos in the 1950s/60s/70s - be that together or at similar times.  Perhaps it was as a symbol of their friendship or one decided to get a tattoo and the rest followed suit.

From what I can understand, tattooing was quite common in the Navy so I was wondering whether you could help spread the word amongst your members be that in a newsletter, any social networking sites etc in the hope that this may be of interest to someone?

What we are looking to do is a fairly short sequence where our presenter Katie Piper meets them and finds out about their story and experience, their motivations for doing it etc. It’s very much a positive, celebratory piece about tattoos – we’ve already organised filming with a lady that got tattoos back in the early 1960s and also one of the UK’s oldest living  tattoo artists as part of this history strand. I’m not sure whether you are familiar with Katie Piper, but she was involved in a tragic acid attack and Channel 4 has previously covered her road to recovery.

If you’d like any further information, please do get in touch. My direct line is 0208 222 4690.

As is always the way in TV, we are working to tight deadlines with this! So it would be brilliant if I could get some feedback sooner rather than later.

Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,



 John Garrity, son of the late Ronald (Yorkie) Garrity who was a Stoker onboard for the First Commission would be grateful to hear from anyone who remembers his Father.  You can contact John direct by clicking the email icon

Best wishes to Alan (Pony) Moore (14 mess) who is being hospitalised in the next  week or two to have a kidney removed having had earlier surgery for another ailment.   Pony is still a fighting fit 72 years old who I had the pleasure of meeting up with this week for a pint or three in my local pub in Hartlepool.  Last time we met he was 27 years old and although the figures are reversed he has not changed a bit - Orry Orris you have changed your email address so if you want to get in touch with Pony click the email icon The photo above was taken when Pony was one of King Neptune's helpers at HMS Carysfort's Crossing the Line Ceremony on 30th January 1968.

Restoration of HMS Cavalier

The following letters have been received from Sid Anning and Paul Barnard of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and  they are reproduced below: 
Dear Sir,

Please find enclosed attached letter which I have sent out to other Naval Associations with the hope that I can raise funds for the continued maintenance of HMS Cavalier through legacies or donations and hope that you will encourage former ship's companies of HMS Carysfort to give the matter their consideration.  Also, I would like to appeal to those who live in the South East and have some spare time available, to assist the current band of volunteers in helping restoring this very fine ship.  Engineering skills are not essential, but would be an asset.  It has been estimated that the volunteers save Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust around £80,000.00 per annum.

Yours sincerely

Sid Anning


Dear Sir,

  Many of you will know metaphorically speaking, that to save HMS Cavalier initially was actually the ‘easy’ part. The hard part is preserving and maintaining the ship to a high standard is the difficult bit, and I must congratulate Historic Dockyard Chatham and their staff, and in particular, the Volunteers who give countless hours of their own time, trying to keep Cavalier ship-shape, and safe for visitors.

Recently, I visited HMS Cavalier at the invitation of the Chairman Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB and his team to the ‘Leaving a Lasting Legacy Day’ which I found very informative, and gave those who attended a very good idea and background of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust (CHDT) and the challenges it faces, not with just HMS Cavalier, but all the Historic Ships and artefacts in its possession.

This as you can imagine costs a huge amount of money, and to put matters into perspective, the Cutty Sark has had a similar amount of money spent on its refurbishment after the fire, than the whole of Chatham Dockyard and that of its three Historic Ships in 26 years.

As you will be aware, the costs of replacing plates, stopping the leaks, and generally keeping HMS Cavalier in good order costs a considerable amount of money, and there is never enough to go around – hence CHDT’s ideas of Individuals, Associations, and Organisation’s leaving a legacy to the Trust.

As we all get older, many Naval Associations are finding it increasingly difficult to keep going, and perhaps the Treasurer’s and their Members would perhaps like to consider donating any residue of funding to a good causes like HMS Cavalier, or anything else within the Dockyard if they prefer, as every little helps.

If any of you feel that you would like to help to support and preserve HMS Cavalier, or indeed, anything else at Chatham Historic Dockyard, or would like to go to a Legacy Day as a guest of CHDT, please contact Paul Barnard 01634 823844 or email



Frank Smith is the recruitment officer for the 8th Destroyer Association - a well respected naval organisation which has members around the country.  He is hoping that many ex officers and ratings who served in "C" class Destroyers in the China station between 1945 and 1963 would like to join the association.  He is also asking any Royal Naval ex personnel who served in any "C" class Destroyers in other parts of the world to join as well as they would love to hear from you and you could meet many former shipmates.  The association now meets in Bridlington (used to be Scarborough)  at the beginning of September every year for their reunion and they also produce and send two booklets to members which are well received.  Subscriptions are ten pounds per year and if you would like to receive an application form please contact Frank at 2 Rydal Avenue, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE30 3UG or email him at 


Jimmy Green from the 1961-62 commission has managed to purchase the ship's nameplate forty years after she was scrapped.  You'll see a photo of this in the 1961-62 ship photo section


HMS Cavalier


For those of you who responded to the recent email I sent regarding voting for HMS Cavalier for lottery funding she came first in the "Best Education Project" and the following email thanking you has been received from Paul Barnard.
The message reads:


We are delighted to let you know that HMS Cavalier has been crowned “Best Education Project” in the National Lottery Awards 2010.  The winners of this year's National Lottery Awards were announced at a special star-studded celebratory Awards event, broadcast live on BBC One from London's Roundhouse on Saturday 4 September - The National Lottery's Big Night.


The winners were chosen by a public vote which took place earlier this summer. The total number of public votes cast for all the competing projects was in excess of 192,000. 


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those that have shown their support to HMS Cavalier by voting for us.  Without your votes, this award would not have been possible.  With the opening of No.1 Smithery back in July 2010 this has been an important year for The Historic Dockyard Chatham and winning this award gives great recognition to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes by our education team to ensure that our educational visitors (including schools, Scout groups, Sea Cadets and many others) receive the highest quality experience when visiting the site.  If is also recognition to all the staff and volunteers that dedicate their time to restoring and ensuring that HMS Cavalier is able to be used as an important educational resource.


You can watch the awards event on the BBC iPlayer until Saturday 11th September if you missed the show (or if you want to see it again!!) by going to


Once again thank you for your support




Paul Barnard

Fundraising and Programme Development

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Tel: 01634 823844

Fax:  01634 823801




Bungy (Clubs) Edwards, PTI last commission has recently had a hip replacement operation.  Hope you will be back doing star jumps soon Bungy.

Best wishes also to George Tully who is recovering  from a triple heart bypass operation.  Speedy recovery George.





If you served onboard HMS Carysfort out the Far East between 31 August 1957 and 12 August 1966  you may be entitled to the Pingat Jasa Malayasia Medal.  For further details click on the medal

Can anyone help with a photo and any dits about Acting CPO Dave Reid the ship's Coxswain and ship's diver 21 Jan 64 to 27 Jun 66.  At the Seychelles incident when 32 men were hospitalised after eating Spam, Reid took charge of the shore party and liased with the hospital and staff ashore, displaying a high order of leadership.  For this he received the Commander in Chief's Commendation.  After leaving the ship he went to Drake 28 Jun 66 to 17 Aug 66 and then to Condor 18 Aug 66 to 25 Mar 67.  Whilst at Condor he was awarded the BEM in the New Years honours list, presumably for his service aboard Carysfort.    See the Coxswain's C-in-C Middle East's commendation

Yours Aye,  Barry Scott

PS read my website at



Dusty Miller ex PO Seaman onboard  has written his detailed and interesting memoirs of the last commission



Read George Tayor's interesting ditty published on the 1945-46 page  




Around 10 or 11 years ago I ordered 10 of these blazer badges.   Thanks to Wal Adamek and Alan Tully who bought the last two in November 2016.  I can re-order them again if anyone would like them but would need a minimum order of around 6 before doing this as they didn't exactly fly off the shelves.  They did cost around £12.00 including p & p but obviously that was 2004 prices.  contact me if interested.

Can you help?  I've recently received the following email from Captain Mohan Kuruvilla of the Indian Navy.  

"I am an ex Indian Naval Officer.  I would appreciate if you could kindly send me the wordings of the Bosun's call Waikie waikie....shake your leg"

Can any of you old salts help?  If so please email me and I'll pass it on.  Thanks.



Torrey Canyon 1967

Can you help?  Dr Sam Willis is a maritime historian and a Fellow of Exeter University.  He is giving a lecture at the National Maritime Museum in FALMOUTH in October 2008 and would be grateful if anyone from the 1966-69 commission has any photographs or memories of the Torrey Canyon disaster they would like to share with him.  You can contact him direct by clicking the email icon below:


Patrick Boniface, who has had a book published by Maritime Books on Battle Class destroyers is trying to find out if there is enough material to do the same for CA Class destroyers.  He'd welcome any help you're able to give him in the way of information or photos.  You can contact him at: