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In Memoriam

On This Day: 21st April

Motor Mechanic Stanley Eric Williams (H.M.M.L. 279)

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At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them

Veterans Visit to Vis 2014

Coastal Forces veterans revisiting Komiza on the island of Vis in 2010 © British Embassy

Vis, Croatia

This year's visit to Komiza on the Island of Vis, will take place between 27th May and 3rd June. The visit which has been organised once again by London Branch member Peter Bickmore, with the assistance of his daughter, will help commemorate fallen shipmates from the campaign in the Adriatic. Full details of the flight packages available may be found in the this article.

Read more: Veterans Visit to Vis 2014

Death Notices

London Branch has learned of the deaths of these former Coastal Forces members:

Arthur Owen Woodhouse – Commanding Officer of MTB 410.
John Lloyd – 1st Lieutenant on HDML 1392.
Laurie Strong – Commanding Officer of MTB 81 and MTB 77.
Bernard William Hart – crew member on MTB 205, RML 555, ML 243.
Joseph Drabble – crew member on MTBs 233, 235, 253 and HDML 1080.
John 'Jack' Wright – crew member on MGB 330.
John Spencer – crew member on MTB 458.
Ken Speed – crew member on MGB 647.
Phyllis Ward (nee Luke) – a Petty Officer Wren who served at HMS Hornet.
William Maher – Telegraphist on MTB 447.
Leslie Hudson – P.O.M.M on ML 309.
Leslie Fish – Leading Stoker on MTB 360.

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Steam Gun Boat

Steam Gun Boat, S309, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Peter Scott underway at sea. S309 was also known as 'Grey Goose' © IWM (HU 105409)


Sir Arthur Owen Woodhouse ONZ KBE DSC

Sir Arthur Owen Woodhouse has died in New Zealand, aged 97. A member of the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve during the Second World War, he served as a Lieutenant on MTB 85 and MTB 410 in the Adriatic, being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for an attack on an enemy convoy in the Gulf of Venice in April 1945. Sir Owen went on to enjoy a distinguished career in Law in his native New Zealand, rising to become a Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judge, as well as a Privy Councillor.

London Branch

February Newsletter

The February edition of the London Branch newsletter notes the successful AGM held by the branch, and contains some good news concerning the health of membership subscriptions. Details of the history of the 24th MTB Flotilla and mention of a planned documentary by the BBC to commemorate the Normandy landings, completes the latest round up of news from the branch.

London Branch February 2014

Heroes Return 2 To Fund Second Trips

The National Lottery backed Heroes Return 2 scheme, which helps fund veterans' trips to attend commemoration events at home or abroad, has been extended to permit those who have applied successfully once before, to fund a second trip.

Lottery honours WWII heroes with second grants for trips

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The articles section contains accounts written by veterans detailing aspects of their service in Coastal Forces during the Second World War.Read our articles

Coastal Forces Craft

Find information on a specific Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB), Motor Gunboat (MGB), Motor Launch (ML) or Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML).Search the database

Veterans Area

Visit the veterans area to get up-to-date news and information from the world of Coastal Forces Veterans by reading the latest branch newsletters.Visit the veterans section


The photo gallery forms a visual record of the history of Coastal Forces and contains many records of the working environment of boats and their crews.View the photo gallery

Map Room

The Maps Room employs Google map technologies to chart the location of all former Coastal Forces bases world-wide with a note on the history of each.Visit the Map Room

War Reports

In the War Reports section you can read official war reports written during the Second World War that offer revealing insights into the role of Coastal Forces.Read the War Reports