Dave (Clarry) Rogers

 

              It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform you of the death of Clarry   aged 85. A Devonport Shipwright he served 1948-1987 on the following ships:

 HMS Illustrious, HMS Cumberland, HMS Pellew, HMS Hartland Point, HMS   Centaur, HMS Mull of Kintyre, HMS Hydra,  and HMS Osprey plus Christmas   Island tests, RNAS Culdrose, RM Poole, and the Falklands.

             Clarry joined the SSA in 1993 and attended 8 reunions until bad health   prevented him from attending. His funeral will take place on Monday 20 November at   Exeter Crematorium at 1400.

 

Commander Robert “Bob” Halliday, Royal Navy (Retd.)

21st April 1936  -  27th August 2016

 

Commander “Bob” Halliday  “Crossed the Bar” on Saturday 27th August 2016 after a 2 year battle with cancer.

 

He served on board the following:

HM ships Dampier, Scott, Owen, and Lachlan as a Lieutenant;

 

HM Ships Enterprise and Bulldog as Lieutenant Commander and C.O.

 

And HM Ships Hydra and Herald as Commander and C.O.

He was Commanding Officer of the Herald when she served as

Ambulance Ship during the Falklands campaign of 1982.

 

His funeral will take place at 1030 on Wednesday 14th September 2016

in St. Anne’s Church, Sunny Walk,

HM Naval Base Portsmouth PO1 3PX

and afterwards at the

Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club,

17 Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2NT.

Blazers/Jackets and Full size medals may be worn.

 

If you wish to attend the funeral then you must send details of your

Vehicle )Make/Model/Colour/Registration), and the names of

all occupants, to the funeral director so you can be put on the list

to gain access to HM Naval Base Portsmouth through Trafalgar Gate (Entrance off the M275). You must also carry Photograhic ID

 (ie Passport/Driving License/Bus Pass)

 

May he Rest in Peace

Dennis Brake, HMS Scott 1943 – 1946

 

It is with sadness that I have to inform you that one of our long time members, Dennis passed away in his sleep on the 1st August 2016.

 

Because he has been housebound in a wheelchair for the last couple of years he was unable to continue with his memberships. However he remembered, with fondness, all the Survey Ship’s reunions he attended.

 

The funeral is on Friday 26th August at 13:30 at Lawnswood  Crematorium, which is on Otley Road in Lee. All welcome to attend.

 

Our thoughts, as ever, are with his family

 

May he Rest in Peace

Anthony Francis Xavier Balch

 

Passed away peacefully at his residence in Grand Valley, Ontario on Sunday January 31st 2016 at the age of 89. A true English gentleman, charming and gallant. Anthony was a decorated WWII veteran.  He was the centre point of the family and will be missed by all who knew him. Beloved father of Trevor (Christy) and Loretta (Steve Wright). Devoted Grandfather of Philip Wright and Alex, Natasha, Sam, Adam, Ryan, Liam, and Darby Balch. Cherished great-grandfather of London.

 

In memory of Anthony, donations may be made to 85 Tornado Air Cadet Squadron to help raise funds for the 2017 Vimy Ridge/Normandy trip. Donations may be made through Simes Funeral Home, Grand Valley, Ontario. (519) 928-2933

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

 

May he Rest in Peace 

Peter Richard Apps

 

Peter passed away on Boxing Day 2015 in Narbonne France. He joined the Royal Navy as a boy entrant in the 1950’s and served through to the 1960’s. His service number was C/JX 912317 and his rank LTO. He served aboard the following ships:- HMS Ganges, HMS Grenville, HMS Loch Alvie, HMS Pembroke, HMS Mercury, HMS Jutland, HMS Dampier and HMS Jufair.

He is survived by his wife, Carole, Children and Grand-Children.

 

Although a non-member of the Association his family requested he be entered into our obituary columns.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are, as ever, with his family.

 

May he Rest in Peace 

 

Anybody who served with or knew Peter can make contact with his son, details with the secretary.

Reverend Albert Braithwaite RN (Ret’d), 1924 - 2015

Reverend Albert Braithwaite RN (Ret’d)

Chaplain to the Survey Ships Association 1997 - 2007

 

 

Albert was born in east London on 3rd October 1924.  The son of Alfred and Edith, he was raised in a loving Christian home with elder sisters Phyllis and Mary.  Intent on a career at sea he left school at 14 and joined the TS Arethusa on 26th March 1938 and two years later he joined the RN as a ‘Boy 2nd Class’. Serving on numerous ships throughout WW ll he saw action in most major theatres; onboard HMS Sheffield he took part in several ‘Russian Convoys’ and other actions including the sinking of the German battle cruiser Scharnhost and finally returning home in July 1946 as an Acting PO.

 

      From an early age the idea of full-time Christian service was never far from his thoughts; encouraged by an RN Chaplain and others, he bought himself out of the Navy in 1947; however the road to ordination was long.  Academic study at Clifton (now Trinity) was initially unsuccessful.  Stints as a builders’ labourer, assistant secretary of a YMCA, two years as an RN Lay Reader and verger of a church in Kensington provided further life experience and Christian learning that he was to draw on later.  During this time he met his beloved Joan and they were married on 21st January 1950.  Paul was born in Scotland in 1951 followed by daughter Sarah who was born in London in 1954.  During the Korean War, Albert was recalled to the RN and served in home waters.  Appointed a Lay Reader at St Matthews, Bestwood in Nottingham he continued to study and finally passed his theological exams and was ordained Deacon on 4th May 1959 and as a Priest on 12th June 1960.  Number two and three sons, David and Matthew were born in 1959 and 1961.

 

Undeterred by an initial rebuff and determined to follow God’s call, he joined the RN as a Chaplain in 21st January 1962.  His Naval ministry spanned most areas of the Fleet and Royal Marines, but he counted his time with 42 Cdo. RM in Borneo and Malaya and on the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes as his most memorable appointments.  Reports from his CO’s have a common thread; all highlighted his deep and practical faith, wise counsel and his ability to relate to all ranks.  This was perhaps best summed up by one who wrote “It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve with Rev Braithwaite, he is the best RN Chaplain I have encountered in my 38 years’ service, indeed the best padre I have encountered anywhere.  A humble and godly man, he is trusted and respected by everyone and he talks alike to Admirals and Able Seamen.  His unique experience as a sailor, lay reader to Chaplain gives him a feel for men and women in all walks of life that he puts to utmost use. His profound belief in the Christian message shines forth and I can recall no one I have met who has such sincerity and humility and who by his conviction, Christian leadership and way of life stands out as an example to us all.”  Albert retired from the RN on 3rd October 1981.

 

The words ‘book’ and ‘wood’ give a clue to Albert’s love of reading, DIY and carpentry.  He amassed a library of Christian books, most of which have notes scribbled in the margins or written on impromptu bookmarks.  He would often have several on the go at once, normally accompanied by a novel with a naval theme.  He loved whiling away the hours in the cellar or garage surrounded by his tools.  He was an avid correspondent too, often writing to folk to encourage them in their faith and lend them his support and on occasion help provide direction!  Ahead of his time in recycling terms his keen eye for a skip was legendary; over the years enough wood and pieces of furniture to build and equip a small Ark were ‘saved’ and put to good use!

 

Throughout his career, Albert supported and took an active part in numerous military and Christian organisations; among them – the Bible Society, SPCK, CMS, Aggie Weston’s (RSR), NMAFBS, Officers Christian Union, the HMS Sheffield Association, the Survey Ships Association and the Burma Star Association to name a few.

 

Following retirement he joined the staff of St Jude’s as an honorary curate and served as a member of the Pastoral Team, ministering too many in Southsea and widely across the Portsmouth diocese.

 

Throughout his ministry in the RN and St Jude’s, Albert was supported by ‘his better three quarters’ Joan, who supported, stood beside and followed him throughout their 61 years of marriage.  They formed a unique and loving partnership and were in every sense a Christian team.

 

Following Joan’s death in 2011, Albert suffered a stroke that reduced his mobility but did not inhibit his ability to preach the gospel nor recount tales of his many and varied experiences!  Over the last 2 years he has borne increasing ill health with grace and acceptance.  He was exceptionally grateful for all who helped him care for Joan and who provided care and company for him.

 

Albert passed away peacefully on 22nd October 2015, his daughter and son-in-law by his side; fittingly he shared prayers with Simon Springett of Aggies and the Chaplain of the Fleet that afternoon.

 

May he Rest in Peace

Ronald “Bernie” Scrivens

It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform you that Bernie “Crossed the Bar” on Sunday 27th September 2015 after losing his fight with Cancer.

 

Bernie joined the RN as a Junior Seaman at HMS St. Vincent on 10th February 1959 following which he qualified as an RP. It was during initial training that he was given the nickname “Bernie” when his instructor mistook his surname as Cribbens, and called him Bernie after the actor Bernard Cribbens, the name stuck.

 

Bernie had a couple of ships and a spell in Chatham barracks as an RP before successfully changing branches and becoming a BT (Boom Trained) rating. His time as a BT was short lived. With the branch being disbanded in the early 1970s, Bernie re-categorized again, time becoming a Survey Recorder. He was able to keep the seniority he had gained before becoming an SR and within a few months of joining the branch became a PO(SR).

 

Promoted to CPO(SR) in around 1975/76, Bernie spent time in drafts at the Hydrographic school and in HMS Hecla. He was promoted to Fleet Chief in 1981, whilst serving at the school. Appointments as a Fleet Chief alternated between Captain (H) organization ashore in Devonport and seagoing in Naval Party 1008. Bernie left the Navy in 1993, having served 34 years. It wasn’t long after leaving the RN that he found himself in prison. Fortunately it was as a member of staff at Dartmoor prison. He continued working in the prison until retirement in 2008. In retirement Bernie devoted his time to his family, whilst still remaining an active participant in his local community, becoming a councilor on Calstock Parish Council.

 

He served on the following ships:

HMS Solebay, HMS Malcolm, HMS Victorious, HMS Mohawk, HMS Woodlark,

 HMS Hecla, HMS Enterprise, HMS Fawn, NP 1008, and HMS Gleaner.

Retiring on the 7th November 1993 as a Warrant Officer 1st Class (Survey Recorder)

Founder member and Vice Chairman of the Survey Ships Association.

 

Aged 71

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with Margaret and his family.

 

May he Rest in Peace

Paul “Lofty” Cobbing

 

It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform  you that another of our number has “crossed the bar”.

 

Paul Cobbing served as an Able Seaman on HMS Shackleton in 1957. He passed away in hospital on Friday 31st January of Complications due to asbestosis and an infection he fought hard to beat.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

 

May he Rest in Peace

John “Rod” Pearson

 

It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform  you that  Rod Pearson “crossed the bar” in  May 2013 aged 69.

 

I would also take the opportunity to apologise for the late reporting of his passing. Rod, a WO1 (MEA), served in the RN 1964 – 1996 serving on the following ships:

 

Blake, Forth, Juno, Arethusa, Veralum, Urchin, Hydra (twice), Herald, Bristol, Nelson, Tamar, Sultan, The Sultan of Brunei’s Navy and St. Georges Barracks.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

 

May he Rest in Peace 

Ronald Jarvis

 

It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform you that  Ronald Jarvis “crossed the bar” March 2013 aged 88. I would also apologise for the late reporting of his passing which has only recently come to light.

 

Ronald, who was a Leading Seaman served on the following Survey Ships from 1948 to 1954:

 

Scott, Franklin, Dalrymple, STU Pembroke, Sharpshooter and SML 324.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

 

May he Rest in Peace 

Richard “Ginge” Woodhouse

 

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform  you that  “Ginge” “crossed the bar” on Monday 19th August 2013, very suddenly of Cancer. He had only been ill for approximately 4 weeks.

 

His funeral is to be held on Monday the 9th September 2013 at 11:30am at St. Mary’s Church Honley and then 12:30 at Huddersfield Crematorium.

 

Ginge was a long standing member of the Association and served on the following Survey Ships:-

HMS Mermaid  AB(RP) 1966, HMS Hecate AB(SR) 1967 – 68, HMS Fawn AB(SR) 1968 – 70, HMS Egeria AB(SR) 1970 – 71, FSL Waterwitch (SCESU) AB(SR) 1971 – 73,

 HMS Woodlark AB(SR) 1973 – 74, HMS Hecate LS(SR) 1974 – 76, HMS Endurance PO(SR) 1976 – 77, HMS Fawn PO(SR) 1978 – 80, HMS Endurance CPO(SR) 1981 – 82,  HMS Hecla CPO(SR) 1985 -90, Naval Party 1008 WO(SR) 1993 – 95

 

Ginge was very modest about his role in the Falklands War and seldom spoke about it. He was ashore with a Survey Party from HMS Endurance surveying near Stanley when the Argentinians invaded. The team hid all the charts and data they had produced and also the SMB – the Argentinians never found them. Ginge and the Survey Party were then attached to the Royal Marine Detachment from Moody Brook. Ginge was detailed off as Sir Rex Hunt’s personal bodyguard until they were captured and sent back to the UK where Ginge and Lt. Todd Hunter were debriefed at Whitehall before being sent back down to HMS Endurance.

 

 

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with Cynthia And his family in their time of sorrow.

 

May he Rest in Peace

Mike Wiggins

 

It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform  you that  Mike Wiggins “crossed the bar” on Sunday 4th August 2013  following a long illness (Motor Neurone Disease).

 

 Mike joined the Association in 2005,  he served as Able Seaman onboard:-

 

HMS Dampier (1954 – 56),  SML326 (1956 – 57)

 and as AB(SR)  onboard HMS Owen (1957 – 59)

 and HMS Shackleton (1959 – 60).

 

The funeral will be held on Monday 19th August 2013 at:

 Essex Vale Crematorium, Hedge End, Southampton at 1045am 

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his Partner Sue and his family in their time of sorrow.

 

May he Rest in Peace

Derek “Dickie” Bird

 

It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform you that Derek “Dickie” Bird “crossed the bar”

on Saturday 2nd February 2013 in hospital suffering with lung cancer.

 

Dickie has been a regular attendee at our reunions since he joined the Association in 2006.

 

He served as Able Seaman SR3 on HM Ships Bulldog, Fox, Hydra and Naval Party 5640 Between 1971 and 1975.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

 

May he Rest in Peace 

Rear Admiral Steve Ritchie, CB, DSC

 

It is with regret that I have to inform you of the death of Admiral Steve Ritchie. Steve was a regular supporter of the Association and attended re-unions as and when he could until ill health prevented him from doing so.

 The following statement was issued by the UK Hydrographic Department. 

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I am sure that colleagues will be as sad as I am to hear that Admiral Steve Ritchie died yesterday 8th May 2012, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Steve was 97 and the nineteenth Hydrographer of the Navy from January 1966 to February 1971. This post was the culmination of a long and active career in the Royal Navy. We did, however see Steve here at UKHO on his many visits to our eponymous archive to research his most endearing tales of surveying.

 

Steve went to sea as a cadet in 1932 and after thirty-five years as a Hydrographic specialist retired as Hydrographer of the Navy in 1971. In 1972, he was elected President of the Directing Committee of the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) and served for ten tears in Monaco. He was the first recipient of our prestigious Alexander Dalrymple Award given in recognition of his contribution to world Hydrography over 70 years.

 

His memoirs, “No Day Too Long” are a fascinating and often humorous account of his life as a surveyor afloat and ashore and recount many tales of life at the UKHO. His book, "The Admiralty Chart” is a most readable history of what lies behind the compilation of our charts, the development of surveying and the stories behind the expeditions.

 

Colleagues here at the UKHO, in RN and at the IHB will be saddened to hear that one of the most colourful and memorable characters in the surveying and cartographic world is with us no more but all who had the honour of knowing him will undoubtedly retain the fondest memories of this impressive leader.

 

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family.

Lawrence Thomas

 

We have recently been informed of the death of Lawrence Thomas who passed away sometime this year. Lawrence, joined the Association in 2006 but never Attended a reunion. His membership lapsed last year.

 

He served on HMS Dalrymple 1951 to 1953

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

 

May he Rest in Peace

Joan Braithwaite

 

It is with regret that I have to inform you of the death of our previous Chaplain, Albert Braithwaite’s wife Joan. Joan always fully supported Albert and accompanied him everywhere until prevented from doing so by illness. Here is the message I received today. Hope as many of you that can will attend the Funeral:-

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The Braithwaite Family would like you to know that our beloved Joan Louisa went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday 7th June 2011. Her Funeral and Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday 11th July at 13:00 in St Jude’s Church Southsea, to which all are welcome, followed by refreshments.

 

Family flowers only. Thank you offerings if desired c/o The Administrator, St Jude’s Church, Southsea, PO5 3EL.

 

If you think you will be joining us and to enable us to make catering arrangements, please contact Sarah Steel by email – steelrj@yahoo.co.uk or by telephone – 07595 338929 – where you can leave a message.

 

 

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Albert and his family.

Paul “Adge” Cutler

 

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Paul “Adge”  Cutler who passed away on the morning of the 9 June 2011 aged 64.

 

Adge, who was an MEA(H)1 (CPO – Chippy), joined the Association in 1997 missing only one reunion in 2001.

 

He served on HM Ship’s FOX & Fawn 1978 to 1980 and HMS Endurance 1981 to 84. Adge was also a member  of SAMA (82).

 

 The funeral will take place in about 2 weeks time at the Eton Crematorium, would anybody who wishes to attend please let the Secretary know.

 

May he Rest in Peace 

Cdr. John Pryor RN

 

I have just been informed of the death of Cdr. John Pryor RN of Drury Park, Snape, Suffolk.

John passed away on 15th April 2011 aged 91 following a short illness.

 

His service career began as a Naval cadet on HMS Erebus following which he served as a Midshipman on HMS Sheffield and HMS Hood. In the Hydrographic service he served on HM Ships Cook & Franklin and Commanded HM Ships Owen & Dampier.

 

After retiring from active service he was appointed Assistant Hydrographer after which he became Superintendent of Sailing Directions in Taunton.

 

He is survived by two sons by his first marriage and by his second wife Mary who continues to live in Snape Suffolk.

 

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his wife Mary and family.

Phil Page

 

Once again it is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of another of our members.

Phil passed away on Monday 04 April 2011. He joined the Association in 1996 and had attended 7 reunions the last one being in 2005, In his latter years he was wheelchair bound.

 

Phil served onboard HMS Scott 1951 – 1952. The Funeral will take place at Woodvale Crematorium, Lewis Road, Brighton on Tuesday 19th April at 1415.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are, as always, with his wife Jeanette and family.

Steve Hackett

 

It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform you of the passing of yet another of our members. Steve passed away sometime between Monday 31 January and Thursday 3 February when his landlord found him dead in his flat.

 

Steve has attended two reunions, following last years reunion he ended up in Bangor hospital for two weeks and, it seems, didn’t fully recover.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

Peter “Jan” Spray

 

It is with regret and great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of another member of the Association. Jan passed away on the morning of the 9th January 2011 following a prolonged illness which had deteriorated since Christmas.

 

He was a founder member of the Association and had just stood down as it’s Chairman for health reasons. Peter was also a member of SAMA (82) and the SAMA (82) Wales branch.

Jan served as Master at Arms onboard  HMS HYDRA from 1981 to 1983.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Alison and their family

Maurice Roy Stevenson

 

It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform you of the passing of yet another of our members. Maurice passed away on Monday 30 August 2010, he had been suffering from Cancer for the past year.

 

Maurice, who joined the association in 1995 and has attended all but three reunions since,

served as a Leading Cook on HMS Scott from 1942 to 1944

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

Commander Henry Hatfield RN

 

Millar Telfar (LRO(T) HMS Hecate 1970 – 1972) kindly advised me of the passing of Commander Hatfield and sent the following link:-

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/7871480/Commander-Henry-Hatfield.html           

 

Although Commander Hatfield was not a member of the Association he was known to many members and was the author of the Admiralty Manual of Hydrographic Surveying.

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

Roy Benson
 

It is with sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of a member.

 Roy passed away last May but we have only recently been informed. He joined the Association in 2002 and served onboard the following Survey ships between 1947 and 1965:

HMS Scott, HMS Dampier, SML 325, NP Sandstone, HMS Sharpshooter/Shackleton, HMS Owen, HMS Egeria And HMS Myrmidon

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

John Albert “Kipper” Herring
 

It is with sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of a member.

“Kipper”,  late of 79 Murchison Street, Scarborough, passed away on 21 October2009.

He served onboard the following Survey ships:

HMS Hecate AB(SR) 1975 – 1978,

HMS Bulldog AB(SR) from 1978-1980 and LS(SR) from 1980 – 1983

HMS Herald LS (SR) 1983 – 1986

HMS Fox  LS(SR) from1986 – 1988

HMS Hecla LS(SR) 1988 – 1991 and 1994 - 1997

 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family