London Branch are sad to relate news of the sudden death of Brian Holmes, who is understood to have passed away peacefully in his sleep. A long-standing, senior member of crew for the preserved Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML) Medusa, and Chairman of the Medusa Support Group, Brian was also well known and respected for his efforts to collate details of all Coastal Forces craft. He was a member of several internet forums, including our own, where he regularly answered pleas for information about boats from relatives of those who served, giving of his time freely. His contributions will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace
The veteran's section contains latest branch news and announcements, as well as up-to-date information on boats that have been preserved. You can also learn something of the history of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association, and of the London Branch
The Book of Remembrance honours the memory of those who died in service on this day. The book also lists all casualties for each month of the year. A full search of casualties by name, or unit is available from within the casualty database
The Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFVA) was founded in 1974 and ran until the official laying up of colours in 2007. Former CFVA Chairman and London Branch veteran Peter Bickmore recounts the early days of the association
News articles and announcements from the London Branch based on HMS Belfast on the Thames near Tower Bridge in London.
The Committee have agreed Autumn meetings on HMS Belfast should now be held in October to correct the existing gap between meetings, and address the anomaly of holding two meetings in November.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them
Although MTB 345 had been captured by Germans forces earlier, on the 28th July 1943, whilst on patrol in Norwegian waters, the 30th July marks the anniversary of the loss of her crew, who, after being captured and interrogated by the German Navy Intelligence, had been handed over to the Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police), who executed them as 'pirates' and saboteurs, despite the crew all being in uniform, and engaged in legitimate naval operations. MTB 345 was crewed by members of the Royal Norwegian Navy, under the command of Lt Andreson, with one member of the Royal Navy, Leading Telegraphist Rennie Hull.