Able Seaman Thippa Vankatajarapathy Ananth Rahman (H.M.I.M.L. 1109)
Able Seaman Walter Joseph Middleton (H.M.M.G.B. 331)
Lieutenant Maxwell Campbell Innes (H.M.S. Wasp)
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
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.
The April edition of the London Branch newsletter commemorates John Lloyd, a long time member of the London Branch who died recently. His funeral service in Harpenden was attended by branch members, and our white ensign was in place. The edition concludes with an update on the Victoria Cross awarded posthumously to Able Seaman Bill Savage (MGB 314), for the raid on St Nazaire. His medals were purchased in 1990 by the National Maritime Museum, with the assistance of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association.
London Branch April 2014
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.
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.
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