11 September 2018
51 Years! Happy Anniversary! I hope you're all well.
14 August 2018
It is with great regret that I must inform you that Mike (aka Mick or Shonk) Hartley Crossed the Bar on 2 August 2018 following a long battle with cancer.
See Messages board for funeral arrangements.
2 July 2018
Saw this on the HMS Collingwood Facebook page today.
By way of introduction I am Pete Simpson and am currently serving as the OiC of Triumph Squadron at HMS Raleigh which you may well remember as the 'Fire School'. I joined the RN as an Artificer Apprentice in 1986 and whilst I didn?t serve in HMS Fisgard or HMS Caledonia I am very proud of my Artificer training.
As you may know, the Government has marked 2018 as the Year of Engineering and the RN is playing it's part in this in many ways. As the majority of Naval Engineering ratings since WW2 commenced their careers in Torpoint either in Fisgard or Raleigh then it is only right that we here play our part. To that end on 28 September we will be holding an open day for RN Engineers past and present who joined up in Torpoint. The day will involve a tour of the present Phase 1 training site, a buffet lunch in the WO & SR mess followed by witnessing the Passing Out of a large number of Engineering Technicians. It is also hoped that we will be able to mark the day with the refurbishment and return to Torpoint of the Fisgard Clock which is currently in storage in the dockyard.
Would you be able to help me publicise this event amongst your members by announcing it on your website and within your magazine? If possible, can I humbly ask if your association would be able to make a donation towards the refurbishment of the clock? We have already secured some funding for this but still have some way to go in order to be able to achieve our aim.
WO1 MEA Pete Simpson
OiC Triumph Squadron
School of Maritime Survivability
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6 May 2018
I received the sad news today that Pete Ough, formerly of Bennett crossed the bar recently.
Pete was in S62A and left the service whilst at Collingwood and my information is that he had been suffering from cancer.
He is second from the left in the bottom row in this photograph.
6 April 2018
Profile update for Simon Dyer on the Lane page.
31 March 2018
Profile update for John Miller on the Frew page.
14 January 2018
Photographs from an S61 meet-up in The George on Queen Street in Portsmouth, 10 January 2018.
POSTSCRIPT: The thumbnail image on the left is John Shields. Sadly, John passed away suddenly on March 26th. It's not going to be the same without you John, we'll all miss you.
S61 Evening Meet Ups at The George, Queen Street, Portsmouth
These are organised by Bob Daubeney on the second Wednesday evening of every January, May and September in The George, a really nice pub just a few minutes walk from the ferry and railway station.
Next one will be September 12th 2018.
23 November 2017
Got this in an email from Ken Morrison yesterday.
Our very own Bob Daubeney will appear on the 'Celebrity Antiques Road Trip', BBC2 at 1900 on Thursday 30th November.
I believe that this was filmed on board HMS WARRIOR a few weeks before the organisation's reorganisation made him redundant!
7 November 2017
Photographs taken by Mike Batho at the 50th Anniversary Reunion
30 October 2017
Photographs taken by John Parker at the 50th Anniversary Reunion
1 October 2017
Photographs taken by Gordon Morris at the 50th Anniversary Reunion in Portsmouth.
CALEDONIA OLD BOYS' 2017 REUNION:
Photos from the Golden Anniversary reunion are now available on the Purple & Grey Empire web site at www.s61.org.uk/2017.html. There are also photos from the 2017 Army/Navy rugby lunch on the same page.
12 July 2017
Photograph taken in the Royal Festival Hall, LONDON, 15th May 2017.
Ray Ashby was awarded The Honorary Degree, Bachelor of Education.
2 March 2017
I received this interesting email a few days ago and with Allans permission have reproduced it here. I've also invited Allan to come along to one of the Wednesday meet ups in The George so you never know - shipmates yet!!
Subject: Almost a shipmate!
I came across your website a couple of years ago and have finally got around to making contact! My name is Allan Bouckley and I was scheduled to join HMS Fisgard on 11th September 1967............
I was a Sea Cadet and wanted very much to join the RN as an Artificer Apprentice. I went through all the selection procedure and had been accepted subject to "O" level results. My problem was that my parents were dead against me joining and made me promise not to leave school without good "O" levels.
I failed maths during the summer exams so postponed Fisgard and returned to retake and pass maths in November. Looking back, the moment was lost. By then, more parental pressure resulted in me joining P&O as an engineer apprentice.
I spent two years at Southampton (OND), one year at sea then a final year workshop trading. I qualified as a Junior Engineer and spent 7 months on the Liner Oriana before transferring to Overseas Containers Limited. I then spent the next 12 years on Container Ships to Australia, NZ and the Far East. I left in 1985.
I had a good career but many times wondered what might have been. My heart really had been with the RN. It would be good to hear from you and perhaps swap experiences and maybe even make a mate in the other Navy!
13 January 2017
Photograph from an S61 meet-up in The George on Queen Street in Portsmouth, 11 February 2017 to discuss the forthcoming 50th Anniversary Reunion.
9 January 2017
Had an email from Glenn Mackie who tells me that the missing name on this photo of S62A on HMS Aveley is him, sitting right at the back.
Thanks for that Glenn - another piece of the jigsaw!
5 October 2016
CALEDONIA OLD BOYS' 2016 MINI-REUNION: The Report of Proceedings for the reunion held at Balloch, Scotland on the weekend of 9-11 September is now available on the Purple & Grey Empire web site at www.s61.org.uk/2016.html
26 August 2016
Photographs taken on HMS Rapid and HMS Saintes, training ships at HMS Caledonia
22 August 2016
19 August 2016
New photographs sent to me by Fritt Belfitt, formerly of Bennett and Collingwood.
28 July 2016
A photograph taken at an S61 Meet-Up in The George on Queen Street 28 July 2016.
13 May 2016
Tom Taylor's remains were cremated on Thursday 12 May at 1430 at Baldarroch Chapel & Crematorium, Crathes, Banchory, AB31 5QR.
1 May 2016
TOM TAYLOR HAS 'CROSSED THE BAR'
I am informed by Ken Morrison that Tom Taylor 'Crossed the Bar' this morning, Sunday 1st May 2016 and draw your attention to the messages board.
Tom was originally in Bennett Division.
18 February 2016
Some reunion photographs of Greenie Waffoos from Roy Lusted.
31 December 2015
Happy New Year!
24 November 2015
Finally, some news!! Had an email from Al Witt, formerly Bennett and Collingwood REA.
He's just found the site for the first time and tells me he is retired now and living in Ferndown. If anyone would like his email address, drop me a line and I'll pass it on.
23 May 2014
Received an email from Bob Daubeney this week with the sad news that Pete Jakeman lost his life whilst on holiday in Derbyshire on the 14th May.
Pete was in Cooke Division with me and I remember him well.
There is a report HERE