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by Pioneer
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930

Further to the report above: Len Welch is to be cremated on Wednesday 19th December. He joined the Royal Navy on his 18th birthday in June 1942 and was de-mobbed in June 1946. He went first to HMS Ganges where, after basic seamanship training, he was sent on a mechanics course to Bournemouth and the...
by Pioneer
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930
Replies: 1
Views: 33

PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Len Welch on Wednesday 5th December 2018.
Len served on Minesweeper ML 143 - between 1942 - 1946. Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

'Lest We Forget'
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RML 497
Replies: 2
Views: 1772

Re: RML 497

Some excellent footage of RML 497 (courtesy of the IWM - Imperial War Museum).
Best viewed in full screen.

http://bit.ly/RML497-Oct2108
by Pioneer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 10005

Re: MGB 81

Some superb shots of MGB 81 after her recent (October 2018) refit. Unfortunately no sound but a lovely sight.
http://bit.ly/MGB81-Oct-2018

Well done to all at Berthon Marine Services.
by Pioneer
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Petty Officer Patrick John O'Hare. MID - DSM.
Replies: 0
Views: 400

Petty Officer Patrick John O'Hare. MID - DSM.

It is sad to report that ex-Petty Officer Patrick John O'Hare MID. DSM. 'Crossed the Bar' on 12th November 2018. A very early member of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association - membership number 41 - he served on MGB's 642, 648, 659, also on ML233. ' Lest we Forget' Funeral arrangements to f...
by Pioneer
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Ldg Seaman Douglas Withey. CFVA 1613
Replies: 0
Views: 186

Ldg Seaman Douglas Withey. CFVA 1613

It is with deep sadness that the London Branch reports that ex-Leading Seaman Douglas Allen WITHEY 'crossed the Bar' on Saturday 10th November 2018. A long standing member of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association, bearing the membership number of 1613, he was a crew member of HDML 1387 , no...
by Pioneer
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID.
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Re: Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID.

Ken's funeral arrangements -

11o/clock Monday 24th September.
St. John The Evangelist Church
Chapel Ln, Galgate, Lancaster LA2 0PW
by Pioneer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID.
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID.

Very sad news received today. Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID crossed the bar peacefully this morning. Aged 97, married to his Harriet for 71 years, he will be sadly missed by all his family and many many friends. It is not to overstate his contributions but he was one of this country's true hero's. De...
by Pioneer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

'Bernie' Coot's funeral was reported by the local 'Southwark News'.
by Pioneer
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

Dear Bernie certainly had a splendid send off, with many showing deep respect for the passing of a WWII veteran.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
R.I.P. Bernie.
'Lest we Forget'
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by Pioneer
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

Bernie’s Funeral Procession 3rd July 1018 The procession from Bernie’s home will leave Ayers Street at 10.15 to Southwark Cathedral. The coffin will be in a horse-drawn hearse, the family following in cars. The Cathedral is close to London Bridge Rail and underground stations and clearly signed. The...
by Pioneer
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

The funeral service for Bernie Coot will be at Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday 3rd July at 11.00 hours (family flowers only). It will be followed by a private service at the Crematorium (family only). Guests are then invited to lunch at the Anchor Tap. 28 Horselydown Lane, Bermondsey, London SE1 2LN....
by Pioneer
Thu May 31, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

It is with sad and deep regret that we learn of the passing of Bernie Coot. Bernie was a unique character, a stalwart and an untiringly faithful worker of the London Branch. He will be greatly missed by us all. Our sincere condolences go to his family at this very sad time. Details of funeral arrang...
by Pioneer
Sun May 06, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: AB/TM Donald MacDonald CFVA 1531
Replies: 0
Views: 961

AB/TM Donald MacDonald CFVA 1531

It is sad news to report the passing of Don MacDonald on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. An early member of the CFVA (1531), AB/TM Don MacDonald served on MTB's 613 and P1034. MASB's 30 and 53. HDML 1152. Our sincere condolences to his family at this very sad time. ' Lest we forget ' (Funeral arrangements w...
by Pioneer
Sun May 06, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: The British 'Dark' class
Replies: 31
Views: 23405

Re: The British 'Dark' class

A blurred image of the Bridge of a Vosper built Dark. Not sure of vessel ID but either HMS Bold Buccaneer. 'Clipper, 'Highwayman or 'Rover.
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