Bert joined the London Branch of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association about twenty years ago. He was one of our quieter members: a good listener, followed, where necessary, by his own quietly expressed opinion. He became a popular member, but …Continue reading
It is with a great sadness that we record the death of Donald Campbell. Donald was one of the early joiners of the CFVA, having come aboard in February 1982, and carried the membership (CFVA) number 869. He was a …Continue reading
Peter volunteered for the Navy at eighteen but failed the medical; he had had rheumatic fever twice as a child which had left him with a heart condition. Six months later however, he got his call up papers. A heart …Continue reading
Andrew Banger was born in Stirling, Scotland. He had three brothers and one sister. His mother worked in catering and his father was a chauffer. Andrew moved to England with his family at six years old and started his education. …Continue reading
The news that Harry Leader had ‘crossed the bar’ and now rests in calmer waters was received with a great sadness. There will always be very warm memories of Harry; having then only very recently been discharged from hospital, he …Continue reading
We send our deepest sympathy to Alison and sister Pat and family at this sad time with the cherished memories we hold of a very sincere friend and shipmate. It was at Lowestoft HMS Mantis where Brenda met the love …Continue reading
Leading Seaman Peter Henry DSM of Seaham, County Durham died Sunday 26th October 2008 at Sunderland Royal Hospital aged 85. Beloved Husband of Freda and cherished by all the family. Peter served with honour in the Coastal forces during the …Continue reading
It was with great sadness that the news of ‘passing into calmer waters’ by George was received by the London Branch (of the former CFVA). Although unable to attend recent meetings he remained a loyal member (1212) and will be …Continue reading
Away O Soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Sail forth—steer for the deep waters only
Walt Whitman (1819–1892)