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by Admin
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: HMML 916
Replies: 8
Views: 2110

Re: HMML 916

Hello Marcus

I have a photo of Dan Curtis and will be in touch shortly.

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by Admin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Finding photo 316
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Finding photo 316

pt-26-possibly-mtb-316.jpg This photo from the Elco Naval Division Archive on Gene Kirkland's PT King web site shows PT 26 at the back, far right of picture. Gene King describes the photo thus: This photograph shows 77 and 70-foot boats on the same assembly line. PT 23 is in the left foreground, wh...
by Admin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: Centenary of Remembrance 1918–2018
Replies: 0
Views: 1394

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: 879

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: 462

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: 3449

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: 3449

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: 3449

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: 3449

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: 3449

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: 3449

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: 3449

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: 3449

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: 8
Views: 2110

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: 1732

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: 26538

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: 1647

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!
by Admin
Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

My Dad (Derek Gwyther Jones) was navigator on the ML250: The Coastal Forces Heritage Trust carries a letter from your father on the subject of minesweeping on page 11 of its Issue 15 November 2014 newsletter, available for download, along with others, from their web site. There's also an insightful...
by Admin
Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

To Admin: Thanks for the information. That's great. Also I will gladly email a copy of my father's memoirs to you if you tell me how & where to send.
Thank you – I've sent you a pm earlier with the details, if you see top right of page when logged in.
by Admin
Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 22
Views: 11068

Re: ML 206

You're welcome, and thank you for your earlier photographs Peploe. I don't know if you have followed the ML 916 thread, which was also a minesweeping ML, where the hazards of the job are viscerally revealed. It was normal practice for all of the crew who could, to remain on deck during operations, a...
by Admin
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 22
Views: 11068

Re: ML 206

Hello Norfolkgal Our Coastal Forces Awards database gives him as being ML 224 for this particular award. A batch of Mention in Dispatches awards to four crew members on this boat, listed in the 26 June 1945 edition of the Gazette are for minesweeping off the north coast of France from September to D...
by Admin
Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

All the Coastal Forces casualties are on our web site, searchable by Person or by Unit. We also have all the awards to Coastal Forces as well.
by Admin
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Many thanks for your posting Kevin, which gives a vivid impression of the minesweeping operations and of the catastrophic destruction of ML 916. It must have played on everyone's nerves the whole time they were out there. It appears from the description of the other survivor being down in the cabin,...
by Admin
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Thanks for the additional info Steve and for the useful id of the photograph. Coastal Forces was very much its own thing, but it seems to have intersected at times with any number of other services from Minesweeping to Combined Operations, the SOE, the SIS, the Commandoes, and as we are now learning...
by Admin
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Dennis George Bodman MTB 681
Replies: 11
Views: 8009

Re: Dennis George Bodman MTB 681

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Working scratch built model of MTB 681 built by Roy Skeates on display at the 2016 International Model Boat Show
by Admin
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

I recall him telling a tale of zipping over to France overnight, pre D-Day with scientists aboard to collect samples of sand (I believe to help us understand how tanks would fare on landing on the beaches). There were small survey vessels used by the Royal Navy of the kind shown below, though to th...
by Admin
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

We have one letter from my father from Ceylon, though he's not allowed to say where and no date but talks about the jungle and getting fresh water from a well on the island they were harboured in. Coastal Forces in Ceylon was HMS Barracuda which was operated by the Royal Indian Navy, and was a mobi...
by Admin
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Dennis George Bodman MTB 681
Replies: 11
Views: 8009

Re: Dennis George Bodman MTB 681

Hello Keith Thank you for your message. I note the original message is some five years old now, so I hope the original correspondent will reply, not least because I would have liked to have copies of all the resources mentioned, and I'm not sure why we didn't gather them at the time. If there's no r...
by Admin
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

On the way back out of the Scheldt they were aware the Germans had mined the channel during the night so he had all members of the crew, not needed to run the ship, to stand on deck - they were possibly sweeping. When the mine went off he was on the bridge scratching the back of his left leg with h...
by Admin
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 28265

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Is there a data base which matches names of crew to ML ship Nos? I have my Father's service history from Personnel Support Admiralty which mentions ML 1082, 1288, 1306 and 1098 on which my Father served in Ceylon but I found nothing in the records. Hello again Stuart Unfortunately, apart from the N...

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