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by Pioneer
Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: An interesting development?
Replies: 10
Views: 11168

An interesting development?

The BMPT website Forum has recently had a posting that contains this interesting link https://drive.google.com/open?id=1t3tMm ... sp=sharing
The link is still under development it appears but certainly a welcome addition for any CF enthusiast wishing to view surviving craft.
by Pioneer
Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: SGB 6 Grey Shark
Replies: 16
Views: 19914

Re: SGB 6 Grey Shark

Hello Don
Welcome aboard.
Thank you for the information regarding your brother- Sub Lt. Frank Judson Tomkinson RNVR.
Our webmaster has updated the Casualty Database with details confirmed by the CWGC.
Best Regards
by Pioneer
Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 622
Replies: 7
Views: 14466

Re: MTB 622

Welcome aboard 'gwynpe7'
The letter was published in the Feb 2015 Newsletter
Scroll down to the 'Ides of March'
by Pioneer
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: London Branch Newsletters
Replies: 2
Views: 5770

Re: London Branch Newsletters

Hello 'johnk'

At, the very end of the Summer edition of the London Branch newsletter, the Secretary pressganged into the position of Temporary Newsletter Editor, gives his full address. Please send your subs cheque to him.
by Pioneer
Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: London Branch Newsletters
Replies: 2
Views: 5770

London Branch Newsletters

Having been 'off line' for a while, I was unable to report that, thanks to the webmaster, the London Branch Newsletter can now be viewed as a full colour pdf document.
A link can be seen at the very end of the Spring edition.
by Pioneer
Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: St Patricks Day 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 5721

Re: St Patricks Day 2016

Well done Admin. A timely reminder of Ireland's not so well known sacrifices.
by Pioneer
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 77326

Re: MGB 658

Hello Gail Welcome aboard, we're glad that you found us. Your father, Stanley Campion, is mentioned in our database Awards (just type in the surname). It reads - Able Seaman Stanley CAMPION Service No: P/JX 654587 MGB 662 Mention in Dispatches For gallantry, skill and determination whilst serving in...
by Pioneer
Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: ERA (4) E. S. Childs
Replies: 1
Views: 5135

Re: ERA (4) E. S. Childs

Ted's funeral will be held on the 4th February 3pm at Albert Munn Chapel
Kettering Crematorium, Rothwell Road, Kettering. Northants NN16.
by Pioneer
Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: John Lambert
Replies: 2
Views: 5605

Re: John Lambert

John’s funeral has been arranged for Friday 29th Jan at 1pm.
South Essex Crematorium Ockenden Road. Corbets Tey. Upminster. RM14 2UY.
by Pioneer
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: ERA (4) E. S. Childs
Replies: 1
Views: 5135

ERA (4) E. S. Childs

Sad to report that Ted Childs has crossed the bar. A peace time member of the RN's Coastal Forces, serving toward the very end of that specialist branch - 1954/56 - being primarily based at HMS Hornet. An enthusiastic member of the London Branch (CFVA) 3419 and well known for his skilful modelling a...
by Pioneer
Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: John Lambert
Replies: 2
Views: 5605

John Lambert

Very sad to report that John crossed the bar after a long illness - funeral arrangements will follow when known.

R I P John
by Pioneer
Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 116
Replies: 1
Views: 6012

Re: ML 116

Hello Terry
Welcome Aboard

If you type in ML 116 into the Search Panel (top right of this page) there will be several references to ML 116 that you may wish to read through

Regards
by Pioneer
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Sub-Lieutenant Douglas Elliot SANF (V)
Replies: 0
Views: 5519

Sub-Lieutenant Douglas Elliot SANF (V)

Sad to report passing of another well respected London Branch member, Douglas Elliot, Sub Lt SANF (V), a one time committee member of the London Branch. He served on RML 521 - 1ST Lt on ML261 - CO on HDML’s 1006 and 1333. His gentle nature was enjoyed by all who came to know him – he will be greatly...
by Pioneer
Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Dennis Reeve
Replies: 0
Views: 5201

Dennis Reeve

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dennis Reeve. A gentle person but one of London Branch's stalwarts, having held the CFVA membership number of 61. He was one of the original Branch members at its formation - way back in 1976. He served on ML 208 and MTB 647 during WW 2 - He wil...
by Pioneer
Sun Aug 30, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Alan Phillips MBE
Replies: 0
Views: 5377

Alan Phillips MBE

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Alan Phillips MBE. Ex Royal Navy, he rose to the rank of Lt Cdr in the Sea Cadet corps; for his unstinting hard work and dedication to the Sea Cadet movement he was awarded the MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List of 2011. A loyal supporter o...
by Pioneer
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 616 (Formerly MGB 616)
Replies: 4
Views: 6865

Re: MTB 616 (Formerly MGB 616)

Hello Richard
I have let Steve Borne know of your request - he will be in touch shortly via e-mail.
Regards
Pioneer
by Pioneer
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 25065

Re: MGB 81

A fairly recent shot of '81' off the I.O.W. (4th June 2015) on her way to France for the D-Day Remembrance celebrations.
Still going strong and now sporting a twin Oerlikon abaft the Bridge. - no mention of her being laid up just yet (fingers crossed!!)
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Photo; R. Hellyer
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by Pioneer
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Lieutenant Commander G S Knowles RNVR
Replies: 0
Views: 5182

Lieutenant Commander G S Knowles RNVR

It is sad to relate that we have been informed of the death of CFVA member (286) Geoffrey Stafford Knowles. Lieutenant Commander RNVR Rtd. He was Navigator aboard MTB 725, then First Lieutenant on MTB 5013.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Lest we Forget
by Pioneer
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: A/B Telegraphist Wallis Randall
Replies: 0
Views: 4898

A/B Telegraphist Wallis Randall

Very sad to report that A/B Tel. Wallis Randall, former London Branch Vice Chairman and CFVA Librarian, crossed the bar peacefully on the 9th June after a very long illness. The funeral service for Wallis will be held at The Parish Church of St Nicolas, Chipping Hill, Witham Essex CM8 2JS at 2pm, 2n...
by Pioneer
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: SGB 7 scuttled and onwards to Marlag POW camp
Replies: 7
Views: 15034

Re: SGB 7 scuttled and onwards to Marlag POW camp

Hello Nigel Welcome aboard. I saw your post a couple of days ago and I have since been awaiting a reply from Dr Andrew Weir - the son of Lt Weir MID RNVR, the officer in charge of the scuttling operation. I have been given permission to pass on his contact details - and have sent you a Private Messa...
by Pioneer
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: D-Day Anniversary + 1
Replies: 0
Views: 5765

D-Day Anniversary + 1

D Day Anniversary + 1

This well known clip states it all IMO.

by Pioneer
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: Building Little Ships (1943)
Replies: 0
Views: 8982

Building Little Ships (1943)

An interesting film of building wooden boats in 1943. Very nostalgic opening with a slow start but eventually an RML takes centre stage. Best viewed full screen.

by Pioneer
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 219
Replies: 9
Views: 17840

Re: MTB 219

Very impressive - thanks for posting, well done
by Pioneer
Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 219
Replies: 9
Views: 17840

Re: MTB 219

She has made a BBC news item - well done the Childs Team.
by Pioneer
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: 70th D-Day Anniversary Little Ships Voyage
Replies: 0
Views: 5731

70th D-Day Anniversary Little Ships Voyage

Short clip of MGB 81 on the voyage from Portsmouth plus the Little Ships slow trip through Caen

by Pioneer
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 219
Replies: 9
Views: 17840

Re: MTB 219

An update on the proposed launch proceedings can be read from Here (scroll down to bottom of page)
by Pioneer
Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 219
Replies: 9
Views: 17840

Re: MTB 219

A quick update on this major challenge to restore MTB 219 to its former glory. A superb effort being made by the Childs family, with a planned re-launch at the end of the month (Feb/March 2015).
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by Pioneer
Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Sub-Lieutenant Peter Stepto RNVR
Replies: 0
Views: 5390

Sub-Lieutenant Peter Stepto RNVR

London Branch has learned of the death of Peter Geoffrey Stepto who 'crossed the bar' peacefully on the 3 January, 2015. He joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman serving on RMLs, MGBs and later SGB 9, the Grey Goose . He then transferred to General Service and later achieved a commission as Su...
by Pioneer
Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Able Seaman Eric Hirst
Replies: 0
Views: 6421

Able Seaman Eric Hirst

We have heard of the passing of A/B Eric Hirst who crossed the bar on the 29th December aged 90 years.
Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this very sad time.
"Lest we Forget"
by Pioneer
Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: The Packard Motor
Replies: 0
Views: 5298

The Packard Motor

An interesting American wartime propaganda film of the production of the well known Packard Engine.


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