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Crossing the Bar 

Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,

   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.

   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;

   For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Shipmate John Barnes Falmouth Branch

It is with sadness that the Falmouth Branch reports Branch Member, S/m John Barnes of Helston, has Crossed The Bar. John Crossed The Bar on July 4th.

Before age & ill health curtailed his attendance Branch Members remember John with fond memories of a larger than life Rum Bosun with a sparkle in his eye

The thoughts and prayers of the Falmouth Branch are with John’s wife Dawn and their family at this sad time.

phot shows John and Falmouth Branch  Chairman Shipmate Mick Stevens at the National Arboretum for the unveiling of the National Memorial.

Shipmate Gordon Strudwick Liskeard Branch

It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform you of the ‘Crossing-of the Bar’ of S/m Gordon Strudwick of Liskeard Branch. Gordon passed at 07.10  on Monday 10th June, he was the last surviving Founder Member of Liskeard Branch. Gordon was very involved with Number 4 Area, past Chairman of the Reunion Committee and Liskeard’s Area Rep for many years. He and Nancy were well known throughout the Area. We are hoping to give Gordon the send-off that his commitment to the RNA deserves. We would appreciate as many friends that knew him to say goodbye and as many Standards to attend as possible.

               Gordon’s funeral will take place at 15.00 Tuesday the 2nd July at St Martin’s Church, Liskeard, PL14  3AQ.

Please contact the Area Chairman S/m Warwick Belfitt @ or Tel: 07841 993 777 if you require any further information.

Shipmate Tony McHale, St. Austell Branch

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to inform you our colleague and Shipmate Tony McHale, St. Austell Branch Life Member, ‘Crossed the bar’ on Saturday 01 June 2024, following a long illness.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time. Tony will be greatly missed and I know you will all want to join me in saying ‘Stand Easy Shipmate; your long duty is now complete’.

For your information, please be advised of the following funeral arrangements for Shipmate Tony McHale.

Date/Time:     Friday 28th June 24, at 10.00

Location:         Our Lady of the Portal & St. Piran Roman Catholic Church, St. Austell Street, Truro. TR1 1SE.
                         Then onto the Kernow Chapel, Penmount Crematorium, Newquay Road, Truro. TR4 9AA for 11.30.

Reception:      Location yet to be confirmed but details will be promulgated when known.

Tony’s son, Kevin, says all are welcome but he fully understands if anyone is not able to make it.  Kevin also welcomes some RNA involvement in the proceedings and again these details will be promulgated when finalised.

In order to assist with planning, Kevin needs to know likely numbers from the RNA and I have agreed to co-ordinate this for him; therefore it would be very much appreciated if you could indicate as soon as possible, by email to myself, if you are likely to attend.

Please be advised, Standards and Honour Guard have been requested.

I can also confirm that following the crematorium service, the RNA have been invited to join the family at the Alverton Hotel, Tregolls Road, Truro TR1 1ZQ, for refreshments.  If you have not already done so, please notify me as soon as possible if you will be attending, with many thanks to all who have previously responded.

Yours Aye,
Bill Lambert
Chairman, St. Austell RNA


Reverend Prebendary Brian Arthur Anderson Saltash Branch

On 18th May 2024, peacefully at home, aged 81 years. Husband of the late Linda, father of Helen and Nicolas and grandad of Rebecca, Nathan, Chloe and Thomas. Funeral service to take place at the church of SS Nicholas and Faith, Saltash on Thursday 6th June at 11am, followed by private burial.

The Funeral Service will take place on Thursday 6th June at St. Nicholas & Faiths Church Station Road Saltash PL12 6JX at 11.00.

On completion a gathering for friends and those who knew Brian will take place at the Saltash Social Club just off Fore Street here in Saltash. 
Rest in peace shipmate


Shipmate Lou Colwill St. Austell Branch

Shipmate Lou Colwill, St. Austell Branch Life Vice President, ‘Crossed the bar’ on Sunday 11th February 2024. Lou will be greatly missed by all who knew him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.

Shipmate Lou’s funeral will take place at St. Mary’s church, St. Blazey Gate, PL24 2EE, at 12.00 Hrs. on Thursday 07 March 2024.  RNA Guard of Honour, Standards, and medals have been requested, but family flowers only please.

Following the service at St. Mary’s, the cortege will proceed onto Glynn Valley Crematorium, Turfdown Road, Fletchersbridge, Bodmin, PL30 4AP.  All are welcome, Standards will be attending.

On completion of the services, all are invited to join the family at the Carlyon Bay Golf Club, Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St. Austell, PL25 3RD for light refreshments.

I know RNA St. Austell will make Shipmate Lou proud.

Shipmate Ken Wevill  of Torpoint & Rame Branch

Shipmate Ken Wevill  of Torpoint & Rame Branch crossed the bar  on Monday the 22nd January. Ken’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 27th February at St James Church, Torpoint, commencing at 1100 hours. The wake will take place at the Torpoint and District Comrades Club, Torpoint (Opposite Sainsburys) from 1200 hours.

Shipmate Jim Patterson Plymouth Branch

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Shipmate Area Life Vice President Jim Patterson.
Jim Crost the Bar on on Sunday 19th November. Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

Jim’s Funeral will take place at: Weston Mill Crematorium on Wednesday 13th December at 12.15 hrs. Address: Ferndale Road PL2 2EP.
Afterwards at: Kings Tamerton Community Centre, Trevithic Road, Higher Saint Budeaux, PL5 2BU.
Standards will be welcome as Jim was the Area 4 Ceremonial Officer, for a ten-year period before serving a further ten years as an Area LVP.

Shipmate Rex Dickinson Saltash Branch

Saltash reports the Crossing of the Bear of a Founder Shipmate of the branch who Crost the Bar in September.
Rex’s funeral is at 1030 on Mon 23rd October at Bodmin Crematorium (Glynn Valley). I would be grateful if you could pass this on to any member who knew him and may wish to attend.

Shipmate Sid Salter Launceston Branch

It is with sadness that I have to report that No4 Area’s Welfare Officer Shipmate Sid Salter  Crost the Bar on the 14th of September.

The funeral arrangements are 
Saturday 14th October 202 at 1100hrs at Pentiddy Natural Burials Ltd, Pentiddy Woods Attwood Lane, Pensilva, Liskeard. Cornwall. PL14 5QL
Afterwards: The Stumble Inn, Chelsfield Farm PL15 8NU (approximately 40-minute drive from Pentiddy.
As it’s a natural burial site, there are no flowers, but we would like donations that we are going to split between a couple of charities.

Please can you let me know if you are able to attend the funeral and/or the wake, so that I can let the family know of numbers.

Christine Rowe
Tel:01566 773747
Launceston Royal Naval Association


Shipmate Helly Bull Delabole Branch

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Delabole branch Patron Shipmate Helly Bull has Crost the Bar. Helly was a an inspiration to us always full of energy at branch meetings although she has been receiving treatment for cancer for sometime. She will be greatly missed by all her friends of which there were many.
She will be well known to Shipmates who attended the Croquet matches.



Shipmate Ray Barraclough MSM Bridport Branch

 It is with sadness and regret that I have the duty to inform you of the ‘Crossing of the bar’ of Shipmate Ray Barraclough MSM of Bridport Branch, Area 4 Hon Treasurer, and National Life Vice President.  Who passed away on Sunday the 4th December at home in the presence of his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and her family at this present time.
Rest in peace Ray you will be missed.

The funeral will take place at 15:00 Friday the 16th December at: The Harbour View Crematorium, Randall’s Hill, Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset BH16 6AN.
Jane has asked for no floral tributes; but donations can be made for ‘Cancer Research UK’ through the funeral directors.


Shipmate Ray Istead St Austell Branch

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that our Shipmate Ray Isted crossed the bar this morning. Ray was a former Royal Navy Master at Arms, a former RNA branch Chairman, Area 4 Committee member, a stalwart of the Royal Naval Association, a branch committee member of the Royal British Legion St Austell and above all a good friend to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Sandy and Rays whole family on this sad occasion. Rest in Peace shipmate your watch is over and your duty done.

Shipmate Annie Robbins and Shipmate Dick Barton Portland Branch

Portland branch Pete Shoesmith reports that Portland have lost two stalwarts, Shipmate Annie Robbins, ex secretary and Shipmate Dick Barton, ex president and social secretary.

Shipmate Area Life Vice President Mick Arnold MBE

It is with sadness that we report that Shipmate Area Life Vice President Mick Arnold BEM ‘crossed the bar’ peacefully at home early afternoon on Saturday 2nd July with his close family present. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean and her family at this sad time.
Mick served the Area for many years as Area Secretary

Shipmate Tony Walker and Shipmate ‘Pip’ Aldridge Falmouth Branch

Sad News form Falmouth one photograph but both the Shipmates shown have sadly Crossed The Bar.
On the left;
Falmouth Branch has been hit hard with the loss of two of its longest serving Shipmates in a week;
Shipmate Tony Walker, shown on the left, Crossed The Bar after a short illness on Wednesday 9th March. Ever cheerful Tony had been an enthusiastic Branch Member and until the pandemic attended Branch Meetings, functions and events regularly. A kind and courteous Shipmate always willing to help out he will be missed by all who knew him, not least his Shipmates.

Shipmate ‘Pip’ Aldridge, shown on the right, Crossed the Bar on Friday 11th March, his passing was sudden and unexpected. Pip was again a long standing and enthusiastic Branch Member and with wife Joy rarely missed a Branch Meeting, function or event, a member of the Branch for over twenty-five years Pip had held Branch Committee roles and contributed to Branch activities.

This poignant photograph of both Shipmates together on a collection day perfectly captures their sense of fun whilst representing their Branch

Fair Winds and Following Seas Old Friends, We Will Miss You

Shipmate Wilf Smith Falmouth Branch

Shipmates of the Falmouth Branch were saddened to hear that their oldest Branch Member, Shipmate Wilf Smith, had Crossed The Bar, Wilf Crossed The Bar on the morning of Friday 14th January 2022 following a period of illness. Wilf will be fondly remembered by Branch Shipmates as a staunch supporter of both the Branch and the Association, actively involved until age caught up with him. Wilf was enthusiastic in his support, through the Branch, of the local youth organisations, the Sea Cadets at T.S Hichens and the Falmouth Sea Scouts.

For many years he took on the role of auditing the Branch accounts and twice received “Falmouth Branch Shipmate Of The Year” awards, Wilf, along with wife Vi, enjoyed Branch meetings and events and his sage advice will be missed. The photograph shows Wilf in 1946 at the start of his career.

Fair Winds and Following Seas old friend.
The Falmouth Branch

Crossing of the Bar of Chard Centenarian S/m Norman COSFORD

It is with the deepest sympathy that we have to report the crossing of the bar of our dearest and long serving member of Chard Branch 101 year old Norman Cosford.
It was unfortunate that Norman had a fall and was admitted to Musgrove Hospital where under treatment he unfortunately caught Covid. The family were able to see him in hospital.
Yet another  shipmate gone having served in WWII carry out the infamous Arctic Convoys.

Stand down Norman duty fully carried out. RIP Shipmate.

Image shows Norman cutting his 100th birthday cake from the branch last year.

Shipmate Gordon Reed Exeter Branch

It is with some sadness that I have to report the passing of our Life President and a founder member of the branch when it was set up originally in Silverton, Gordon Alfred Reed. Gordon crossed the bar on Monday 18th October aged 95 years. He served in a whole gambit of offices within the branch, the final one being treasurer. This he took on temporarily, which lasted some 12 years, a fact he often jocularly reminded members of during his treasurer report’s. He was a widower during his later years, the final two living with Altzheimers.

His funeral service will be held at Exeter and Devon Crematorium on Friday 19th November at 13.30. No  flowers by request but donations if desired to LeRoy Funerals 10 Alphington Road Exeter EX2 8HH. These will be passed to Cranford Residential Home who cared and looked after Gordon for the last two years.

Shipmate Anne Sheppard Chard Branch

It is with great sadness that Chard branch  notify Shipmates the of the the sorrowful news of the crossing of the bar of our shipmate and wife of Shipmate Bill, Anne Sheppard after a short illness.
Anne came to our Branch with her husband Bill, at the closing down of the Axminister Branch.
Although not a member of the RN as a WRNS she did serve in the WRAC in the Signals Regiment, 16/16’ers who served in the Rhine in Germany and later in Singapore and are now back in Hereford. She left the Service as a Corporal on marriage.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to our Shipmate Bill.
RIP Anne, stand down, your duty is done.

Shipmate John Lennon Liskeard Branch

It is with very great sadness that we have to report that, our Branch President of Liskeard Branch , Shipmate John Lennon crossed the bar on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd July 2021.
Following a very successful Naval career, John joined the Liskeard branch of the Royal Naval Association on the 29th March 1988, when the branch was still in it’s infancy.
John was recruited as President for the Branch by his post-man, Shipmate Joe Dunne. At his passing, he was the current President, Social Secretary and the Public Relations Officer of the Branch
John was awarded a Life membership for his services to the Branch.
His humour and willingness to help will be greatly missed.

By the Webmaster:
John was well known by Cornish Branches and indeed throughout No4 Area and called a friend by many, He will be sorely missed by us.

Shipmate Alan Rochester Falmouth Branch

It is with deep sadness that the Falmouth Branch reports that Shipmate Alan Rochester Crossed The Bar on Thursday 28 January 2021, the Branch thoughts and prayers are with his wife Pat at this time.

Although the Branch had not seen Alan and Pat for some time, a bad car accident on the way to a Branch Meeting deterred them from travelling at night, they remained strong supporters of the Branch will be fondly remembered by all at the Branch.

Alan joins those other Falmouth Shipmates who have Crossed The Bar during these testing times and will be remembered by the Branch in the Naval Tradition when we can meet again.

Shipmate Gary Pennells Chard Branch

It is with a sad heart that I have to report the crossing of the bar of Chard Branch RNA, Secretary S/m Gary Pennells after a short illness of just a year (not Covid) on 23 January.
Gary served full time in the service leaving as a Chief Stoker, having left the RN he worked in the Far East for many years working for various companies in the region.
On return to the UK he eventually set up home in Crewkerne with his wife Daisy and it was whilst living there that he offered his services to SSAFA and became a well respected Case Worker for them for many years. During this time he then joined the Chard Branch RNA and became an active member of the association. For the past 5 years he was the branch secretary and remained a fully active member who had a great feeling of compassion, loyalty and respect for all those serving and former members of his past service.
Gary leaves wife Daisy, son and daughter.

Shipmate Ken Knight  Dorchester Branch 

It is with regret that we must inform you of the ‘crossing of the bar’ of Shipmate Ken Knight of Dorchester branch who passed away early this morning in Dorset County Hospital. Our collective thoughts and prayers must be for Pat and Ken’s immediate family at this time.  Ken was a long serving member of No4 Area serving as the National Council Member. He will be remembered by many who attended area meetings. Dorchester branch I am sure will render whatever immediate and long-term support that may be required. Friends and fellow No 4 Area Committee personnel may wish to express their sympathies by post; in sending cards to: Meadowside, Tincleton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8QR

Sad loss of RNA Chard Branch President Shipmate Roy Lovell

It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we have to report the ‘Crossing of the bar’ of our dear and beloved founder member and President of Chard Branch, Shipmate Roy Lovell, who passed away on Friday 30th October 2020 after a short illness.
Roy was instrumental in enquiring of the RNA Headquarters, some 33 years ago, into the possibility of forming a branch within Chard and because Roy made the initial enquiry into the opening of an RNA branch he was ‘volunteered’ by RNA HQ as Secretary of the new branch.
Roy served the branch as Secretary for 28 years, giving unstinted support to all its members and the branch in general, only relinquishing the role to provide his wife (Ros) with additional support due to ill health.
In September 2017 Roy was voted in by the Committee as RNA Chard Branch President, and in the October of that year was honoured to welcome many shipmates from Area 4 to the Chard Branch 30th anniversary celebrations.
Shipmate Roy Lovell will be sorely missed by all shipmates and friends within RNA Chard Branch, and members of the Chard local community, being born and bred in Chard, Somerset.

Submitted by Chairman S/m Paula Moon.
Image of Roy contributed by S/m Dick Moon

Vice Admiral Sir James George Jungius KBE DL 

Vice Admiral Sir James George Jungius KBE DL

It is with great sadness that Falmouth Branch reports that past President ‘Jimmy’ Jungius has Crossed The Bar peacefully at his home. Our thoughts are with his sons, Ian, Richard and William, his daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sir James took over from Shipmate Ted Turvey as our Branch President and held the position until he moved ‘up country’.

Vice Admiral Sir James George Jungius KBE DL (15 November 1923 – 14 October 2020), rose to become Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
Educated at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth Sir James was commissioned a Sub Lieutenant on 1 February 1943. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II and took part on commando operations in the Adriatic Sea. During the Italian Campaign, he took part in the capture of Termoli in Operation Devon,for which he was Mentioned In Dispatches.

He was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander on 1 December 1951, and to Commander on 31 December 1955. He took command of the destroyer HMS Wizard during the Suez Crisis in 1956. Promoted to Captain on 30 June 1963, he was appointed Assistant Naval attaché in Washington D.C in 1968 and Captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Albion in 1971.
Sir James was promoted to Rear Admiral on 7 July 1972 and appointed Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operational Requirements) the same year.  He was promoted to Vice-Admiral on 8 September 1974, and was appointed Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic from January 1975. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1977 New Years Honours List and was appointed the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic’s Representative in Europe in 1978.

Sir James retired on 21 April 1980. In retirement Sir James became Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall
Sir James Crossed The Bar on 14 October 2020 at the age of 96.
Sir James will have a family funeral here in Cornwall with a Memorial Service in Sherborne on a date to be announced in 2021

Shipmate David Warner Chard Branch

Chard Branch RNA has been saddened by the death of Shipmate David Warner. David was born the year the Second World War broke out. Unfortunately, David’s father was captured by the Japanese during the war and never returned. David attended a Naval Boarding school and from there joined the RN as a Telegraphist/Communications rating. He served on many ships, the most memorable being HMS Amethyst, but the Yangtse incident happened many years before he served on her.
Before the closing of RNA Axminster Branch David took on the role of Chairman (being a founding member) and was also the Chairman of the RBL Axminster Branch. On the sad closure of Axminster Branch David became a member of RNA Chard Branch. David, also held the position of Head Warden of the Minster Church, St Mary’s in Axminster.
After leaving the Royal Navy David joined the Surrey Police Force, serving in Haselmere until he retired and continued with similar work for Surrey County Council.
David met his first wife, Alma, from the Haselmere area and both moved in time to Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, before moving to Membury. Sadly David became a long time carer for Alma until she passed away.
Unfortunately David was taken into hospital as an emergency and was diagnosed with sclerosis of the liver. The medical team managed to control the issues with the liver but unfortunately, whilst in hospital, David contracted the Coronavirus. Despite a good fight sadly this virus took David’s life.
He is survived by his wife Valery (who remains an Associate Member of Chard Branch) and two children from his previous marriage.
David was cremated at the East Devon Crematorium in Whimple on 14th May 2020 where the
eulogy was given by the former Axminster Mayor and Royal British Legion stalwart Mr.
Mervyn Symes. The attendance was limited due to the Government guidelines appertaining to Covid 19.

Submitted by Chard Sm Bill Shephard on behalf of David’s wife Valery.
Image of Sm Warner by Dick Moon.

Shipmate David Bruce ASPREY  Chard Branch 7.2.1944  –  10.6.2020

Shipmate Dave spent early years growing up whilst travelling around the country in a military family ( father served in the Royal Air Force) . He was the eldest son and had a younger brother and a sister.
David joined the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh as a Seaman but changed branch to become a Naval Airman in the Fleet Air Arm where he spent all his Naval service.
He went to sea initially on aircraft carriers but later in service he joined the small ship’s flight/aircrew maintaining and flying in the helicopters carried by the ships he was on.
He met his wife Margaret a WRNS Writer during his time ashore and they married and lived in and around the area of Yeovil and Ilminster. David left the RN after his 9 years but after numerous jobs ashore he rejoined the service 
and served the rest of his full time completing his service on HMS Birmingham towards the end of the Falkland’s campaign. Both Dave and Mags became members of the Chard Branch Royal Naval Service and were both active members until both crossed the bar after fighting cancer within two years of each other.
David leaves two sons, a daughter in law and three year old grandson.

Shipmate Bob Mcdonald Portland Branch

It is with great sadness Portland Branch announce the Crossing of the Bar of Shipmate Bob Mcdonald. R.I.P

Area Life President Shipmate Charles H Thompson BEM MSM

Rest in peace Charles

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform Shipmates of the passing of Area Life President Shipmate Charles H Thompson BEM MSM.

The funeral was on Thursday (14th) at 1200 in Weymouth crematorium. Twenty members of Portland Branch bade a fitting farewell to Charles H on Thursday, we could not  go inside the crematorium gates but we lined up in the street outside, with the Area  and Branch Standards leading the hearse up to the Chapel entrance where they dipped in salute, that is as far as they could go.

Shipmate Charles Crost the Bar in the Morning of Tuesday 5th May 2020
He will be remembered for his forthright manner his good humour and his dedication to the RNA both with Portland Branch and Number 4 Area.
Charles H as he was known to many was for many years the Area Chairman and organiser of the Area Reunion at Barton Hall in Torquay, a personality second to none he had many friends throughout the Association and his advice gained through much experience was always valued.
He will be greatly missed by us all.There will be a time somewhere in the future when we will be able to record formally his many achievements and service and to mourn his passing.
For the time being in respect of his family wishes it is asked that no telephone, e-mails or cards be sent to allow them to be able to grieve as 
a close family unit.

Throughout our Area all shipmates, and friends of the RNA, will be shocked and saddened at the news that ALVP Charles Thompson BEM, MSM has crossed the bar.
We all have our memories of such a pivotal member of No 4 Area that has been Charles over so many years.
What better tribute can we pay  Charles than, as an Area, to continue along the lines that he led us while he was Chairman, and to follow the plentiful guidance he gave us as an ALVP.
Shipmate David White MBE MSM.
No 4 Area President.
  Shipmates lined the streets for Charles H with the RNA Area 4 and RNA Portland Branch standards leading his coffin up to the chapel entrance where they came to the dip as his coffin and the family entered. When I was chaplain at Portland Naval Base in the mid 90’s, Charles H was a great help to me with my work with the Family Centre, and I was sad that I could not be with the June, his wife, family and the Shipmates for the occasion.
Geoffrey Chaplain RNA Area 4
A feeling of sadness and shock enveloped RNA Area 4 when news from the Area Secretary informed that RNA Life Member and Area Life Vice President, Shipmate Charles H. Thompson BEM MSM ‘Crossed the Bar’ on Tuesday May 5th 2020, aged 87.
Charles ‘H’ will be remembered for his forthright manner, his good humour and dedication to the RNA both with Portland Branch and Number 4 Area. A Shipmate who created a vibrant and sincere impact ever present throughout the enjoyable moments in his presence. Called up for National Service in 1949, joining the Royal Navy as a Photographer training at RNAS Ford (HMS Peregrine} in Sussex. One of only seven National Service RN to serve as a photographer. Joining the Carrier HMS Theseus in 1951 and operations in Korea, followed by a period in the Mediterranean on the Staff of Admiral, The Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Drafted to RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk) in 1954 then to Singapore with 848 Squadron for the Malayan Emergency, later, joining Staff of C in C Far East. During this period Charles achieved 1st Class Referee Certificate with Joint Services and Officiated at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. During the period 1959 to 1966 Instructed at the RN School of Photography HMS Fulmar (RNAS Lossiemouth), joined Staff of Flag Officer Naval Air Command at Yeovilton, returned to Lossiemouth as Chief Phot Instructor for two years, a period in Aden during the Emergency as Joint Services Public Relations Chief Photographer working closely with C in C Middle East, Admiral Sir Michael Le Fanu, then a return to HMS Osprey on the Staff of FOST. Joined the Weymouth Branch of the RNA 1966, subsequently elected Branch Delegate for Area 4 Meetings and National Conference. Service responsibility as Manager and Community Officer of Portland Married Quarters created the opportunity to set up the local RN Community Centre incorporating the Kimberlin Club. HRH Prince Charles stationed at Yeovilton 1974 and took part in a Games Night organised between the Wardroom and CPO’s Mess. His Royal Highness was drawn against Shipmate Charles in the Darts Match, due to confusion between the names of the two players, Prince Charles honourably renamed our illustrious Shipmate as ‘Charles H’. A name which he cherished and adopted as his own personal identity. Awarded British Empire Medal and subsequently the coveted Meritorious Service Medal 1980. Transferred to RNA Portland Branch in 1982.

        Finally, ‘stepped off’ the Royal Navy Gangway in 1992 on his 65th birthday, having served an unprecedented 48 years and 7 months, at the time the longest ever serving CPO Airman. To further enhance his dedication and commitment Charles reached another milestone in 2016 – 50 years as a proud member of the Royal Naval Association. Manager Kimberlin Club 1974 -1997, Chairman RNA Area 4 Reunion 1975 -1996, Chairman Area 4, 1979 – 1996 Area Life Vice President 1996. RNA National Ceremonial Officer 1995- 1996.
        RNA Area 4 President, Shipmate David White MBE MSM conveyed the following message to Area 4 Shipmates: “What better tribute can we pay Charles than, as an Area, to continue along the lines that he led us while he was Chairman, and follow the guidance he gave us as an Area Life President.”
On Behalf of RNA Portland.

Shipmate Judith Lawrence  Exeter Branch

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform Shipmates of the passing of Shipmate Judith Lawrence
The cremation has already taken place, but a life memorial celebration will take place at a later date.

Shipmate Judith Crossed the Bar in the morning of Thursday 9th April 2020. Judith will be remembered for her wit, good humour, willingness to help, organisational skill and quiet demeanour.  She had been ill for a while, receiving amazing treatment from the NHS, but kept on regardless, with her sharp mind. Unfortunately her illness caught up with her.

Judith joined the WRNS in 1967 and served aboard HMS Dauntless, HMS Pembroke, HMS Vernon, HMS Seahawk and HMS Neptune. She left in 1970 and joined the Central Electricity Generating Board, later Powergen, as an Administrator.

Judith leaves behind her husband John, son Christopher, sort of adopted son Kevin, and many friends and family who miss her greatly”.

Portland Branch

It is with great sadness that the Portland branch announce the crossing the bar of
Shipmate John Jeffrey, long standing and founder member.
Shipmate Brian Hewson, long standing member

Shipmate Alan Polley Falmouth Branch

It is with deep sadness that the Falmouth Branch, The Royal Naval Association, reports that Shipmate Alan Polley Crossed The Bar on 1st April 2020.
Alan was a long standing Falmouth Branch Member and a former Branch Treasurer, Alan contributed hugely to the success of the Branch throughout his life and even when declining health and the inability to travel prevented him from attending meetings he remained a strong supporter of the Branch.
His latter years were spent living with his family in a specially converted ground floor annex. As Branch Chairman I greatly enjoyed my visits out to see him, he was always great fun to be with, he retained his sense of humour and his outlook on life.
I shall miss Alan and our thoughts at this time must go to Lillian and Alans family

Mick Stevens
Falmouth Branch

Shipmate John Bryant Tighe Low Falmouth Branch

It is with deep sadness that the Falmouth Branch, The Royal Naval Association, reports that Shipmate John Bryant Tighe Low Crossed The Bar on 17 March 2020. John was a long standing Shipmate of the Falmouth Branch, his easy charm, good humour and willingness to help everybody meant he was a well liked and respected Shipmate.
In these extraordinary times Johns funeral service was held behind ‘closed doors’ at Penmount Crematorium on Thursday 26 March 2020, sadly only four were permitted to attend but many of his shipmates joined the service via the video link.
When life returns to normal the Falmouth Branch will hold a Memorial for our Shipmate and send him on his way in true Naval style.

Shipmate Valerie Pitts Falmouth Branch

It is with great sadness that the Falmouth Branch informs you that Shipmate Valerie Pitts has “Crossed the Bar”.
Valerie had been in poor health for some time and was recently hospitalised in Penzance and latterly Falmouth, true to to form Valerie wanted no fuss and no visitors

Valerie was our longest serving Branch Member and although Valerie guarded her privacy she was funny, witty and outspoken on the things that were important to her. The Branch last spoke with Valerie when she rang concerned that her annual subscription had yet to be paid, she was more concerned that Shipmates would think her ‘slacking’ than with her health issues.

Valerie was never afraid to speak her mind and when required offered sound advice, a stalwart of the RNA the Branch remembers her missing very few meetings and functions before ill health intervened.

Margaret (Mags) ASPREY former WRNS and Shipmate

Margaret (Mags) Asprey (nee Kay) crossed the Bar on the 14th June 2018 aged 71years.  Margaret joined the WRNS as a Wren Writer (General) in 1967 serving 3 years before leaving the WRNS as a Leading Wren Writer (General) on marriage to Leading Fleet Air Engineering Mechanic David Asprey in 1970.
During her service Margaret served at HMS Seahawk, HMS Rooke, HMS Goldcrest and RNAS Brawdy.

Margaret was an active member of Chard RNA, and David continues to be an active member.

Margaret leaves her husband David, two sons (Andrew and Phillip), daughter-in-law (Hannah) and more poignantly her first grandchild (Joshua) of just 13 months of age.

Edna Noble

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the Crossing of  the Bar of long time member of Chard RNA and wife of long serving past president  S/m Mr Jim ‘Nobby’ Noble.
Edna took a fall at home and was being treated in Musgrove Hospital and as a result of her injuries sustained in the fall unfortunately crossed the bar on 23.05. 2018 made worst in that it was also her 86th birthday.
A memorial service will be held in her memory on Wednesday 13th June 2018 at the Methodist Church, Fore Street, Chard at 11.00hrs.
RIP Edna

The Late Frederick Chapman

We have received a request from the family of Frederick William Arthur Chapman born 21st September 1940. via Veterans Bereavement Support and Central Office asking if anyone could attend his funeral. Frederick served for 24 years in the Royal Navy including times on Submarines, he was awarded the LS and GC medal in 1973, and the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal 1977

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 6th June at 1400hrs  at St Margarets Church, Northam. DEVON

He served on the following ships:

HMS St Vincent (Gosport Training College) 1956-1957
HMS Eagle (Aircraft Carrier R05) 1957-1959
HMS Dolphin (Gosport Submarine Base) 1959 -1968
HMS Adamant (Submarine Depot Ship) 1959 -1965
HMS Vernon (Royal Navy Torpedo Branch) 1960 -1978
HMS Anchorite(Amphion-class Submarine P422) 1966-1968
HMS Aeneas (Amphion – class Submarine P427) 1962 – 1964
HMS Excalibur (HTP< high test perodixde submarine S40) 1959-1959
HMS Totem (T- Class Submarine P352) 1959- 1959
HMS Astute (Nuclear Submarine S119) 1965-1966
HMS Royal Arthur (Training Campe) 1968-1968
HMS Phoebe (Leander-class Frigate F42) 1971- 1972
HMS Naiad (Leander-class Frigate F39)1975- 1977
HMS Dryad(Maritime Warfare School) 1978-1980
HMS Nelson (nelson Class Battleship 28) 1980 – 1980

Shipmate Jack Bevis Chard Branch

It is with great sadness that It is reported the Crossing of the Bar of Shipmate Jack Bevis 93yrs a former Royal Marine and one of the last survivors of the D Day landings for which he received the French Legion de Honneur in 2017. He was one of the longest serving members of the Chard branch along with his wife Gwendoline who unfortunately passed away about two years ago.
Although in later life he kept himself to himself, whenever any other member visited him it was always Tot Time and he was always willing to attend any great social event although less after the passing of Gwen.
He spent a short time with an illness in Musgrove Park Hospital from where he crossed the bar on 2nd March 2018, he leaves a son Keith, having lost his daughter and wife previously.
Although Jack wishing for a quiet funeral, his son Keith thank the branch for all the help given to Jack and requested the Branch standard be presented and Union Flag to be draped over the coffin, this was carried out with Sm Malcolm Day bearing the standard in respect to Jack a further four members of the branch attended the ceremony.

Shipmate Tony Milliner

It is with sadness we report that Area Life Vice President Tony Milliner JP, Crossed the Bar Monday 29th of January at 13.40. 
ALVP Tony has been a strong supporter of Area 4 Serving on the Area Committee as Assistant Secretary and a Branch Standard Bearer he also served on the Reunion Committee.

The Funeral took place at Gloucester Crematorium. Coney Hill Road, Gloucester. GL4 4PA. On Friday 16th February 2018 at 1500. There were 8 standards (4 RNA and 4 RBL) plus 9 other supporters from Portland, Ferndown, Street, Frome, Bristol and Liskeard. There was a good contingent from the Royal British Legion in the Gloucester area. Nice full eulogy by the Celebrant on behalf of family. A tribute by Shipmate David White, President, South West Area, Royal Naval Association on Tony’s RNA life also by Andrew Cooper, Chairman, Thornbury and District Royal British Legion.

Like many former sailors, some time after leaving the Service, Tony joined the Royal Naval Association.  He first came to prominence when the previously commissioned Silverton Exeter branch was renamed simply Exeter branch in the 1990s.

Since then Tony became the branch Delegate to Area meetings and Annual Conferences.  For many years he was the branch Standard Bearer, latterly renowned for his consistent presence lining the route at Royal Wootton Bassett for the repatriation of military casualties from overseas conflicts.
He also held the posts of branch Chairman, Welfare Officer and Secretary.  Even after moving home to the Gloucester area he regularly made the return trip along the M5 for the monthly meetings. 

Much of the liaison work between the branch and the destroyer HMS Exeter was down to Tony’s efforts.  He maintained the link and arranged numerous visits to the ship.
Someone who enjoyed being busy, Tony was a useful member of the Area Committee, of which he had been the Assistant Area Secretary.  Always a good socialiser Tony was also a most fitting member of the Annual Reunion Committee.

Rewarded for his diligent work on behalf of his branch and the Area, he was made an Area Life Vice President.  Richly deserved.His wise council and good humour will be missed  –  but valued  –  by all who knew him.

Rest in Peace, Tony.
Area President Shipmate David White MBE MSM

The Service sheet is available in .pdf format here

Shipmate Derek Haskins Frome Branch

Shipmate Derek Haskins Crossed the Bar at 08.10 Monday 20th November in Cork Street Nursing Home.
He will be remembered as a quiet gentle man who enjoyed his model making and supported Frome branch for many years. As Standard Bearer he represented the Frome branch and the Royal Naval Association throughout Area 4 and further afield.
Although he had been unwell for quite some time he continued to attend meetings until the last few months.
He will be missed by all of us as well as many people in Frome that were fortunate enough to know him and our thoughts go to Joy at this time.

The funeral will take place at the Mendip Crematorium, Old Wells Road, Croscombe, Wells BA5 3RR on Tuesday 12th December. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Graham Owen commencing at 10.00. Joy has requested that the coffin be draped with the Union flag and that the branch Standard be in attendance.

After the service the wake will be held at Phoenix House Communal Room Frome, Dommetts Lane, Frome, BA11 4JT, and all Standards will be welcome.

Joy has requested family flowers only and donations to the Royal Naval Association Frome.

Shipmate Geoffrey ‘Percy’ Percival CPOME RN

Geoff passed away after an 18 month fight with Cancer on 5th November 2017.  You may remember him from the days when we lived in Bideford and he was the Treasurer of the Torridgeside RNA when it was decommissioned in 2012.  He was also made a Lifelong Member of the RNA by Torridgeside members for the work he did with them at that time, and attended many of the regional Area 4 meetings in the South West.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday 10th December 2017 at 1200 at the Higher Ground Meadow Natural Burial site near Corscombe and afterwards we plan a get together and refreshments at Maiden Newton Village Hall when we hope friends past and present may join us.
It would be really nice if perhaps the RNA (maybe from a local branch to us here?) could be represented at his funeral.

Branch Presidents Cross the Bar

It is with deep regret that I have to notify you of the Crossing The Bar of two of our Branch Presidents. Shipmate Dennis Morris of the Christchurch Branch  on the 5th October very unexpected, and Margaret Sallis this morning 8th October.

The Funeral of Shipmate Margaret Sallis  will take place at 12.00 at Holy Trinity Church Frome and will be conducted by our Chaplain the
Reverend Graham Owen. A private service will be held at Semington Crematorium and a wake will follow at Frome Rugby Club, Gypsy Lane, Frome.
BA11 2NA . Please notify Shipmate Mike King if you will be attending

The Funeral of Shipmate Dennis Morris is on 30th October at Bournemouth Crematorium at 14:30 ( North Cemetery Strouden Road BH8 9HX)
There will be family flowers only. Donations are invited for Macmillan Caring Locally (Christchurch). Donations can be made via Miller Bros;
The Standards of Christchurch RNA and The Royal British Legion Christchurch Branch will be paraded and S/M’s will form a guard of honour.
S/M’s are invited to Pokesdown & Southbourne ex-Servicemen’s club 21 Stamford Rd, Bournemouth BH6 5DR After the crematorium service

Both will very much missed for all the work that they have done in their respective Branches. Margaret has been a very active member of the Area for as long as I can remember.

May they depart in peace and rise in Glory