Category: RN History

Six British World War II Submarines may have been located off Tunisia

On the 6th January 2018, the Times newspaper and Mail Online reported that six British submarines, lost during the Second World War, may have been found off the coast of Tunisia. Jean-Pierre Misson, a Belgium diver was conducting a seabed study, using sonar scans, in an area between Tabarka and Cap Negro. Jean-Pierre believes the …

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Somme 100: an RNA family pilgrimage

With the centenary celebrations and commemorations of the First world War taking place since 2016, shipmate Penny Jarvis and some family members went on a pilgrimage to France to trace the steps of their relatives, killed during the Battle of the Somme. This is Penny’s summary of her trip: On the 18th August 1916 Private …

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Peterborough RNA – Newsletter, 23 November 2017

The latest publication of Peterborough RNA’s Newsletter is now available by clicking on the link below. This issue (as always) is full of useful RNA information, Branch news and RN dits in general. Newsletter No 16, November 2017 Thank you Dave Clemets for sharing this with the RNA Community.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth to enter Portsmouth Harbour, Wednesday 16th August 2017

From the official RN website: Britain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to enter her new home in Portsmouth on Wednesday 16 August 2017. The 65,000-tonne carrier, the biggest warship ever to be built in Britain, has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Scotland’s Rosyth dockyard in June. She is now …

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Huntingdon RNA: Passchendaele Centenary, 31 July 2017

On Monday 31st July 2017, members of Huntingdon & District RNA, and St Neots RNA attended a flag-raising ceremony and wreath laying service to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The day began with Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion mustering outside of the Town Hall. Shipmates Karl Webb, President of Huntingdon …

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Newbury & District Branch: Memorial Service for HMS Tigris

Newbury & District Branch, Royal Naval Association are organising a Memorial Service and Plaque unveiling ceremony on 26th February 2017, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Submarine HMS Tigris by the people of Newbury in 1942. Newbury RNA would like to invite Standards from Area 6 and any Member who wishes …

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Newbury & District RNA commemorates the loss of H.M.S. Tigris

Newbury & District RNA held a Service commemorating the loss of H.M.S. Tigris (Lieutenant Commander George R Colvin, DSO, DSC, Royal Navy) on 27th February 1943. The Service was held on Sunday 24th July 2016 at the Church of St Nicolas in Newbury. At the Service, the Submariners Association National Standard was paraded by Trevor …

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Every Man Remembered: Stoker K/23801 Clement Metcalfe Freeman

On Wednesday 27th May 2015, shipmates from Huntingdon & District, and St Neots & District Branches of the Royal Naval Association were invited to take part in the Royal British Legion’s Every Man Remembered campaign at a ceremony at the War Memorial in St Ives. The person being remembered was stoker Clement Metcalfe Freeman, who …

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HMS Pathfinder Remembered

One hundred years ago this afternoon the first Royal Navy warship to fall victim to a U-boat was sunk in the Firth of Forth. More than 250 sailors and Royal Marines were killed when HMS Pathfinder was torpedoed within sight of land as she patrolled near May Island. On the morning of September 5 1914 …

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A Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum

On Wednesday 7th August 2013, shipmate Karl Webb visited the National Memorial Arboretum. With the Royal Naval Association dedicating the ‘Naval Services Memorial’1 in June 2014 (on completion of the National Conference), this was an ideal opportunity to see where the new memorial will be positioned. The first sight of the Arboretum is very impressive, …

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