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by Admin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: Centenary of Remembrance 1918–2018
Replies: 0
Views: 57

Centenary of Remembrance 1918–2018

The home page of the web site is currently displaying the names of all casualties for Coastal Forces during the Second World War, and the period after, and in this the centenary year of Armistice Day, we also recall the sacrifices made by our relatives during the First World War.
by Admin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Anniversary of Ml 916 sinking
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Anniversary of Ml 916 sinking

The Coastal Forces Veterans web site is grateful for the assistance of the many veterans, and relatives of those who served, who have contacted the site over the years and provided photographs, documents and information to share with others, and without whom this site would not be the success it is....
by Admin
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: HMS 447 FL
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: HMS 447 FL

Hello Grapen25 and welcome to the forum.

I suspect the reference to 447 is more likely a landing craft of that number, or else a Landing Craft Flotilla. This document on the Royal Marines Museum web site contains a reference to a 447th LCP Ancillary Flotilla.
by Admin
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 898

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

It transpires that there are three Royal Naval casualties from Patrol Vessel 4 recorded by the CWGC for the 29th November, including two officers: Royal Navy Personnel Lieutenant (E) George Percival Harding Aged 58 Lieutenant Reginald Henry Whiteley Aged 49 Ordinary Seaman John Caleb Mitchell (MiD) ...
by Admin
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 898

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Hooray at last! I found them all but that one. And the story around No. 19 mentions trying to shift the Dutch gold out of the country! So now it's a question of whether Leonard Shannon had been a member of the crew in Holland, or being based in Poole, signed up on the ship when it arrived there at s...
by Admin
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 898

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Incidentally, Google Translate gives the Dutch stoom, rather than stroom, as steam, loods as pilot, and vaartuig as vessel — so it's a straightforward description, but we may be looking for a Stoomloodsvaartuig, rather than Stroomloodsvartuig. Here's a photo of Stroomloodsvartuig 19 , which might be...
by Admin
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 898

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Stephen, I think you are correct in reading it to be M/V which would more likely make it Steam Ship / Motor Vessel. Having seen a reference to the sinking as the 29th, not the 28th, I have looked again at the CWGC, and sure enough, in amongst all the casualties for HMS Javelin, there is Lieutenant R...
by Admin
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 898

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

I wonder if the comment on the card which I believe reads Unable to verify whether S/S or M/N means Senior Service (Royal Navy) or Merchant Navy, and that it was an unresolved issue of his status which led to his being withheld from the roll, which was never subsequently resolved by anyone? There’s ...
by Admin
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 898

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

There is a useful memoir on the BBC web site for Lieutenant Commander Norman Yates which explains the Examination Service. The function of the Examination Service is to board all merchant ships and trawlers entering the river, scrutinize their papers, if needs be search the ship for evidence of inte...
by Admin
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 898

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Many thanks for anything you can come up with or direct me to I checked out the Navy List but there was no mention of the vessel. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists five casualties for that day, one or two of whom may have been a DEMS gunner on S.S. St. Elwyn. In the meantime Stephen appe...
by Admin
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 898

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Hello Sid Thank you for your enquiry to the forum. I have checked in The War at Sea Volume III by S W Roskill, and in British Warship Losses of World War II by Lenton & Colledge, and cannot find any reference to this vessel, or vessel type, if it continued to be known as a Pilot Vessel, and was defi...
by Admin
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: HMML 916
Replies: 6
Views: 1449

Re: HMML 916

Here are the two photos Geoff mentioned
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Able Seaman Royce Thomas Homewood
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Able Seaman Royce Thomas Homewood (top right) with an as yet unidentified crew
by Admin
Mon May 21, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: General Data Protection Regulation
Replies: 0
Views: 1261

General Data Protection Regulation

Dear Forum Members General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new data protection law which comes into full effect in 2018. It sets out the main principles of data protection and the responsibilities organisations have when handling personal data. As things stand at the time of writing, it’s not...
by Admin
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 76
Views: 21118

Re: MGB 658

Hi my name is carl woodiwiss. My grandfather served on MGB 658, his name was John McGuffie. He was an Able seaman and his record showed he served on the boat late 1944 onwards...I have tried to find out more but to no avail ...f anybody remembered him or could help me in anyway with information I w...
by Admin
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: Royal Navy at War in Colour
Replies: 1
Views: 1311

Re: Royal Navy at War in Colour

That's an interesting find, with footage I'd never have imagined would exist in black & white, let alone colour!

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