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Promotion Time 2

My second book covered the eleven years I served in the Royal Navy. Starting on 15th March 1955 when I entered through the gates of HMS Ganges, the Royal Navy’s Boy Seamen training establishment located in the village of Shotley, … Continue reading

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Christmas 1954. Royal Navy Bound.

It was a time of excitement but not because it was Christmas, I was awaiting word from the Royal Navy to hear if I had been accepted. I hoped to get word early in the new year of 1954.   … Continue reading

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Sixty Years Ago this Month (HMS Ganges)

Sixty years ago on the 15th March 1955, I entered the gates of HMS Ganges, a boys Royal Naval Training establishment located in the village of Shotely England. A harsher place I have never known and yet they provided the … Continue reading

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Battle of the River Plate

Over the week end I watched an old movie that was filmed around 1956. The title was Battle of the River Plate, it was the first major sea battle of the second world war. The hunt for the German Pocket … Continue reading

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Another Review!!

I have managed to find another possible market for my book “The Royal Navy & Me”. It has been accepted into the ranks of other books about the Royal Navy. Maritime Books (Specialist Publisher of Books on the Royal Navy) … Continue reading

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HMS Ganges Mast 143 feet Ht

l/iAQFdQQAYAQGR9YNFDpBgEEiyY8kaqaQpMG99hQ3kEikslw/www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSuZXlUxwbk hope this video works for everyone, its something I did in 1955 and seems hard to believe all these years later. It sure stirred my blood this morning watching the boys climbing that grand old mast. It was the … Continue reading

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One Sunday Long Ago

On a Sunday morning back in March 1956 I was the guard commander of the class guard. Every Sunday morning at HMS Ganges we held Divisions, followed by Church parade.¬† Every boy, instructors, officers, and the Royal Marine band formed … Continue reading

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Here is a Bigot with a Beef???

It grieves me to say the statement I have added below came from not just a retired member of the Royal Navy, but like me he was also a Ganges Boy. I have always been proud of having passed through … Continue reading

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Arsenal and Horse Meat

What does Arsenal have to do with horse meat??? actually nothing!! I just wanted to brag about Arsenals great win yesterday, they beat West Ham 5-1. Horse meat is a subject entirely unto itself. Apparently traces of horse meat have … Continue reading

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HMS Cockade – My Other Family

I doubt in this day and age the kind of shipboard comradeship I experienced aboard HMS Cockade back in 1956 still exists. I flew from London to Singapore to join the Cockade in early August 1956. This grand old ship … Continue reading

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