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  1. Hi, '''''The Steam Ship Cambank was a registered Cardiff ship and became the first casualty of a German U-boat in Welsh waters during the Great War when she was sunk off the coast of Anglesey on the 20th of February in 1915.''''' Steam Ship Cambank was a Cardiff registered ship and belonged to Merevale Shipping Company and was originally built in 1899 by John Readhead & Sons of South Shields. In February of 1915 she had sailed from Huelva in Spain with a valuable cargo of copper bars which was valued at between £60,000 to £70,000 and was heading to Garston. [Liverpool] Obvio
  2. Here we have 2 photographs of HMS Bonaventure :- [a] The photograph was taken in 1945 in the Pacific and there are 3 American submarines berthed alongside HMS Bonaventure and an 'X' craft [midget submarine] passing the bow of the submarines. [b] The second photograph was taken after HMS Bonaventure was returned to her original owner.
  3. Hi, '''The real 'X' Men by Robert Lyman.''' Captain William Fell was a major player in these special operations during the Second World War and later commanded HMS Bonaventure in the Pacific and was therefore Yeoman of Signals George Christie's Captain. Captain William Fell, nicknamed 'Tiny' due to his small size, in March of 1942 was 45 years old. Captain Fell commanded the Infantry Assault Ship ''HMS Princes Charles.'' He had previously served in submarines and ''Q'' Ships and he was given the assignment to introduce and train for the new methods of Naval warfare ie Chariots,
  4. Hi, '''C/JX143528 Commissioned Communications Officer George Christie serving on HMS Belfast during the Korean War. HMS Belfast is a Town-class light cruiser and was built in 1939. HMS Belfast saw action in 1950-52 during the Korean War. HMS Belfast carried out coastal patrols and supported United Nations troops with bombardment of various targets. In September of 1951, HMS Belfast provided anti-aircraft cover for the salvage operation to recover a crashed enemy MIG15 jet fighter. In 1952, HMS Belfast was hit by enemy fire and a 75mm shell struck a forward compart
  5. Hi, ''''' Midget Submarines and 4 VC's.''''' This relates to the career of '''C/JX143528 Yeoman of Signals George Christie,''' serving on HMS Bonaventure which was a Submarine Depot Ship - midget submarines. Later promoted to '''Communications Officer, Lieutenant''' and serving with HMS Belfast during the Korean War. Yeoman of Signals George Christie - HMS Bonaventure. HMS Bonaventure was built as a merchant ship for the Clan Line Company and was launched on the 27th of October in 1942. The ship was converted and commissioned into the Royal Navy on the 26th of
  6. I have attached more details on his life and service with the Royal Navy....he was obviously very proud of his medals because there is some wear to the Royal Victorian Medal due to over cleaning of the medal.
  7. Hi, ''Queen Victoria's Funeral on the 2nd of February in 1901.'' ''Sailors of the Guard of Honour [Royal Navy] at Windsor pulling the funeral gun-carriage which carried Queen Victoria's coffin. The Royal Yacht Alberta transported Queen Victoria's coffin from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth and at Clarence Victualling Yard a 100 bluejackets [sailors] from Excellent and 200 marines from Forton Barracks formed up on the dockside. The Royal Train then took Queen Victoria's coffin and the Royal Party to London where the Funeral Parade passed through the capital and then the Roy
  8. Part 2 - 'It only takes one person to remember.' Andy Brown was the 15 year old boy who took part in the original 4 member search team in February of 1942. Finding the Wellington Bomber and knowing that its 8 man aircrew had died must have created memories that would remain with him for the rest of his life. Andy Brown believed there should have been a memorial to them and so in 1999 he applied to the Ministry of Defence for permission to recover the Pegasus engines from the R1646 crash site. The engines could only be removed from the site by helicopter and a RAF Sea King helico
  9. Hi, Imagine it is February in 1942 and the Second World War is being fought in many places around the world. You are in Braemar Village which is in Aberdeenshire, in the Scottish Highlands. Braemar Village is approximately 58 miles from Aberdeen and that you are a Scottish Police Constable serving on the Home Front. [Braemar is the place where they hold the 'Royal Highland Games.] As Private Fraser from Dad's Army might say, 'it is a wild and lonely place.' Most of the able bodied men have gone to serve in the armed forces and it was mainly the young and the old and those in res
  10. Here we have a small but interesting article from the Dundee Courier, dated Wednesday the 10th of October in 1877. Therefore the story is 143 years old and is titled '''London Policemen and their Beards - City of London Policemen denied the right to have beards.''' London Policemen and their Beards - London City Police Constables are complaining of the regulation which denies them the privilege long since conceded to the Metropolitan Police of wearing beards and moustaches. ''Of course writes one, if beards are wrong in one place, they are wrong in another.'' In Victorian London
  11. Hi, I remember many years ago watching the film, '''Battle of the River Pate,''' and this event in history really impressed me because many years later I bought a set of naval medals which were directly connected to the, '''end of the Admiral Graf Spee.''' I should point out I am not a collector of military medals and only have a few examples in my collection. M38967 Petty Officer Thomas George Wilcox, HMS Cumberland, Royal Navy, I was there to witness the end of the heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee, scuttled in the River Plate estuary, at Montevideo, in neutral Uruguay. After th
  12. Many thanks for the update, I did not even realise this was an America form and it make sense that the 8055 MASH would have completed the documentation. It was the story of ''Gunner Michael Banbury'' I just could not resist because military medals are not really in my collecting area. Although I have one or two examples in my collection. Alan.
  13. Even in 1952 the British Army was very careful and professional when dealing with those who had died. Gunner Michael Banbury's body came directly from the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital but the British Army personnel were extremely careful when identifying the body and the recording process was fully documented. Here are some parts of the forms used when they dealt with the body of Gunner Michael Banbury.
  14. Hi, '22546434 Gunner Michael Banbury died in Korea, in 1952.' Michael Banbury was born on the 26th of February in 1930 in Blaby, in Leicestershire. On the 7th of December in 1950, he elected to be a regular soldier with the Royal Artillery, on a five-year engagement with seven years in the reserve. 22546434 Gunner Michael Banbury served in Korea with the 61st Light Regiment, 120 Battery, in 'E' Troop. The 61st Light Regiment which was equipped with the 4.2 inch mortar was originally designed to be an infantry weapon to give greater firepower and range than the standard 2 or
  15. This is just a quick and small correction to Arthur Sawyer's details........ Arthur Sawyer was born on the 28th of April in 1850 and was baptised on the 25th of May in 1851 at Saint Paul, in Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham. This means he was 21 years old when he joined the Metropolitan Police. I had originally stated he was born in 1852 which was a mistake.
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