Category Archive: RN History

Aug 14

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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Jul 31

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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Jan 20

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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Jul 26

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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May 27

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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Sep 05

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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Aug 07

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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Jul 21

Arctic Star Presentations take place at the Huntingdon ‘Sea Sunday’ Service, 2013

On Sunday 21st July 2013, shipmates from Huntingdon & District and from St Neots & District Branches of the Royal Naval Association (RNA) gathered at Huntingdon’s War Memorial for the Annual Sea Sunday Service. The event brings together seafarers throughout the world; the ‘Mission to Seafarers provides support to the 1.3 million men and women …

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Jul 20

Shipmate Grosvenor Dove: Recollections of His Naval Life

Introduction After conducting some research for Grosvenor ‘Grove’ Dove’s Arctic Star presentation1, I came across an old website, and a blog that Grove had written a number of years ago. As an active member of Huntingdon & District Branch, it was an honour to be asked by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant to read a citation …

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Feb 16

Navy News

Did you know you can view electronic copies of the Navy News? This is a long-term project, but there are ‘shedloads’ of back-issues available. Visit the Navy News official website http://www.navynews.co.uk/ and select the archives (top right of page). Or, if you have Facebook; go to the Navy News ‘Albums’ pages (https://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=168937285403), select a photo, …

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