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by Pioneer
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark
Replies: 11
Views: 3838

Re: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark

The "D" 751 comes into shot at 06:55 in the above clip .
by Pioneer
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930
Replies: 1
Views: 1010

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: 1010

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: 2679

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: 12645

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: 1054

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: 778

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: 1360

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: 1360

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: 2852

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: 2852

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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Photo by David Carter.
by Pioneer
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 2852

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: 2852

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: 2852

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: 1594

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: 27597

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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by Pioneer
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: London Branch Obituaries
Replies: 0
Views: 1578

London Branch Obituaries

by Pioneer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Sir Derrick Holden-Brown
Replies: 0
Views: 1768

Sir Derrick Holden-Brown

Sir Derrick Holden-Brown We are sad to report the news of the passing on Tuesday 6th March of Sir Derrick Holden-Brown. He served with distinction as Navigator and 1st Lt in Dog Boats in the Mediterranean, first with the Canadian CO Tom Ladner DSO, in MGB 663. Eighteen months later, after MGB 663 w...
by Pioneer
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Post War Swedish MTB's
Replies: 1
Views: 2191

Post War Swedish MTB's

Well known footage of Swedish Motor Torpedo Boat's T56 and T26.
Impressive 'start up' sounds. Best viewed in wide screen.

by Pioneer
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 12645

Re: MGB 81

Time lapse YouTube clip of engine removal
by Pioneer
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 12645

Re: MGB 81

Some recent news that many may have missed regarding Motor Gun Boat 81.
Now being restored and re-engined at Berthon Marine Services Yard - see [HERE]
and also at http://www.berthon.co.uk/berthon-blog/m ... continues/
by Pioneer
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 11177

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

ML 1301 now has her own website - click for the English version
https://mecmuseum.nl/hdml-1301/
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Telegraphist Alfred Solomon. CFVA number 2684
Replies: 0
Views: 1936

Telegraphist Alfred Solomon. CFVA number 2684

It is with great sadness that we report that Alfred Soloman 'crossed the bar' on 6th November 2017. Alf was a Telegraphist serving on MGB’s 330–644-612 and was drafted to replace the usual Telegraphist for one day, fatefully being on board MTB 622 on her final mission - sunk March 1943. Alf spent th...
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie
Replies: 3
Views: 2406

Re: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie

Hello again 'Tommo' Sorry that I'm a little late with this reply (off line for a few days). I am sure that you are aware that MGB 89 was an American built 70ft Elco, formally one of USN PT boat's 1-11. She had 4 awards by RN crew members. Petty Officer Motor Mechanic William John Edward LAST. MID P/...
by Pioneer
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie
Replies: 3
Views: 2406

Re: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie

Hello 'Tommo' Welcome aboard. You may have traced all of the following by using the sites databases but in case that you were unable to reach the correct page of the London Gazette - page 41 lists the name of your father - page 42 gives the citation. Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie, P/JX. 298632 (Sto...
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 3
Views: 3339

Re: HMS Brave Swordsman

Latest update from Mike. "...I am about make the Sights and from John Lambert's schematic's drawings it’s looks a bit daunting, due to the complexity and the bits and pieces that it has in the drawing it will be a challenge to replicate..." and "...I’ve had a ball making the 2 guns so far. The one o...
by Pioneer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2
Replies: 2
Views: 1948

Re: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2

Thank you Steve
I have modified the post and substituted the link - a much clearer recording as you say and without the timing scroll. Thank you again for the 'heads up'
by Pioneer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2
Replies: 2
Views: 1948

The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2

Some classic shots of 'short' boats, the East Coast base has been identified as Weymouth. Familiar 'action clips', best viewed in 'wide screen'.
by Pioneer
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: James Frederick (Nick) Carter
Replies: 0
Views: 2038

James Frederick (Nick) Carter

It is sad to relate that London Branch member 'Nick' Carter sadly crossed the bar on Tuesday 25th July, age 99. A long time member of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association - CFVA Membership number of 1049 - attending many meetings of the London Branch but lately had been unable to make the ...
by Pioneer
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.
Replies: 2
Views: 2110

Re: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.

Brian's funeral will be held on Wednesday 16th August at 1.15 pm at Portchester Crematorium. Details of how to get there can be found on the following link

http://www.portchestercrematorium.org/c ... tro.aspx

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