The veteran's section contains an archive of branch news and announcements. You can also learn something of the history of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association, and of the London Branch


London Branch Winter 2020 newsletter

London Branch Winter 2020

This edition incorporates news from both London and South London Branches with a report on last year's Remembrance Service held onboard HMS Belfast Read More
London Branch February 2017 newsletter

London Branch February 2017

While I was away this past six months (you hadn't noticed?), there was some talk that as the regular attendance at our quarterly Belfast meetings was… Read More

South London Branch December 2016 newsletter

South London Branch December 2016

On Saturday 10th December 2016 nineteen of us sat down to a Christmas Lunch provided, without charge

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London Branch December 2016 newsletter

London Branch December 2016

Due mainly to travelling difficulties the October branch meeting was again a very diminished affair, but luckily it was judged able to convene with… Read More

South London Branch October 2016 newsletter

South London Branch October 2016

Once again, our Chairman, Shipmate Cyril Mabin, welcomed all aboard T. S. Trafalgar for our meeting held on Sunday, 16th October 2016. I am pleased to… Read More


Ioan Telford Hughes


London Branch have been informed of the death of shipmate Ioan Telford Hughes. A member of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association, he 'crossed… Read More

Arthur Terence Robinson


Terence Robinson has died aged 98 after a short illness. Dubbed the 'Mr Coca-Cola' of Northern Ireland after the successful family run bottling business… Read More

Henry Ernest Checkley


London Branch have learned of the death of shipmate 'Sparky' Henry Checkley who has gone "back to sea for the last time", having passed away peacefully,… Read More

Denis Cooke


Denis Aubrey Cooke, a member of the former South Wales Branch died on 15th December, 2015 aged 92. Denis was Leading Seaman and Coxwain on ML 187, ML… Read More

Ted Childs


London Branch have been informed of the sudden death of Ted Childs. As a deferred peacetime National Service candidate, Ted served at Hornet from… Read More


Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance honours the memory of those who died in service on this day. The book also lists all casualties for each month of the year. A full search of casualties by name, or unit is available from within the casualty database


The Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFVA) was founded in 1974 and ran until the official laying up of colours in 2007. Former CFVA Chairman and London Branch veteran Peter Bickmore recounts the early days of the association

London Branch

News articles and announcements from the London Branch based on HMS Belfast on the Thames near Tower Bridge in London.

Branch Meeting

The Committee have agreed Autumn meetings on HMS Belfast should now be held in October to correct the existing gap between meetings, and address the anomaly of holding two meetings in November.