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.
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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
London Branch has learned of the deaths of these former Coastal Forces members:
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.
An obituary for Kenneth Alfred Speed has been posted in the Obituaries section of the web site. Ken who served as part of the crew of MGB 647 in the Adriatic, passed away in September. A service was held for him at the Three Counties Crematorium on 9 October 2013.
London Branch would like to wish a very happy birthday to shipmate Ken Gadson who has just celebrated his 90th birthday. Ken served on MTB 651 in the Mediterranean, where he sustained a serious injury. and is a longstanding member of London Branch, having served as both Chairman and Secretary at one time. We all wish him many happy returns!!
London Branch would like to extend their very best wishes to shipmate Eric Hirst who has just celebrated his 90th brithday. Eric, a member for many years of the Sheffield Branch of the CFVA prior to its closing, served on MTBs out of Lowestoft, and was a crew member on MTB 440. Eric sends best wishes of his own to all surviving Coastal Forces veterans.
The December edition of the South London Branch newsletter is a brief summary of Minutes taken at the meeting. Mention is made of proposed restoration of MTB 71 with possible Branch involvement.
South London Branch December 2013
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.
Sub-Lieutenant William Alexander Kerr (H.M.M.L. 1394)
Able Seaman Robert Parry (H.M.M.T.B. 431)
Leading Seaman Stanley Briggs (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Sub-Lieutenant Peter James Byrne (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Able Seaman William Arrowsmith Carr (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Able Seaman Ernest Witherington Craythorne (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Ordinary Seaman Edwin Frederick Daniels (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Able Seaman John Hamilton (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Ordinary Seaman Albert Earnest Johnson (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Ordinary Seaman Maurice Robert Kiddle (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Stoker 1st Class Robert Martin (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Stoker 2nd Class Harold Oldfield (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Able Seaman George Alexander Reid (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Leading Motor Mechanic Walter Scott (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Able Seaman Alan Shaw (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Sub-Lieutenant John Nevil Snowdon (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Stoker 2nd Class William Edward Stone (H.M.M.T.B. 622)
Motor Mechanic Harold Bamford (H.M.S. Mosquito)
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