COASTAL FORCES VETERANS

HMS Campbeltown at St Nazaire, 27 March 1942: Wilkinson, Norman 
Mid 20th century © National Maritime Museum Collections

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In Memoriam

On this day: 29th March

Able Seaman Elijah Buckingham (H.M.M.T.B. 602)
Ordinary Seaman Andrew Holmes (H.M.M.T.B. 602)
Able Seaman Kenneth Winston Odell (H.M.M.T.B. 602)
Ordinary Seaman Walter Ernest Selby (H.M.M.T.B. 602)
Leading Seaman Ronald Symons (H.M.M.T.B. 602)
Able Seaman Stanley Towndrow (H.M.M.T.B. 602)
Stoker 1st Class Wilfred Tubman (H.M.M.T.B. 602)
Ordinary Seaman Andrew R Lindsay (H.M.M.T.B. 608)
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Armstrong (H.M.M.T.B. 614)
Leading Motor Mechanic Edmund James H. Fuller (H.M.M.T.B. 614)
Able Seaman James Kelly (H.M.M.T.B. 614)
Chief Motor Mechanic Harry Shaw (H.M.M.T.B. 614)
Able Seaman Joseph Henry Forster (H.M.M.T.B. 699)

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

London Branch

February Newsletter

The February edition of the newsletter carries a message from the new Chairman Ken Gadsdon, who carries the very best wishes of the branch in his new post. As well as an update from the Treasurer, this edition also carries the first report from the City of London Sea Cadets detailing their recent achievements. Finally there is a reminder of the reality of war in a letter sent to deceased branch member Harry Leader DSM by Frank Coombes DSM, recounting their time in MTBs 621 and 622, both part of the 31st MTB Flotilla

London Branch February 2015

Coastal Forces Veteran Ken Gadsdon

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! The newly appointed London Branch Chairman Ken Gadsdon

British Veterans of Vis 2015

The details of this year’s visit by veterans to Vis have been formalised, and are now available to read on-line. The dates for the package deal are Wednesday May 20th to Wednesday May 27th, 2015, with the Vis Veterans Commemoration Day to be held on Tuesday May 26th. The commemoration event will once more be supported by the British Ambassador and Embassy.

British Veterans of Vis 2015

A commemoration service in the port of Komiza, Vis, the wartime location for the frontline base of Coastal Forces in the Adriatic.

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Articles

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

Gallery

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